Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko emphasized the role of citizens in maintaining order and developing communities during his visit the village of Bolbasovo, Orsha District on 4 November, BelTA has learned.
The head of state got familiar with the upgrading and social development of Bolbasovo. Speaking to local residents, he said that gradual steps are taken in Belarus to improve living conditions in the country, starting from the capital and ending with agro-towns. However, small villages, like Bolbasovo, have been sidelined a little. "We have cleaned up here and it is you who will maintain order here from now on," said the president.
Alexander Lukashenko emphasized the need for further landscaping of the village, the development of park areas and the most comfortable living conditions. Villages like Bolbasovo or Kopys are a model to be used to bring order to similar villages throughout the country in the next few years.
The president called upon the citizens to join in the process. "Everyone needs to make their contribution. We cannot rely only on the state. It will play its role," said Alexander Lukashenko.
He stressed that he is not a supporter of an exclusively market approach and the state will continue to play the necessary role in the development of territories, their improvement and the creation of new jobs. "This beauty will be in demand by people only when they have a place to work. Therefore, we must also create workplaces," said the president. A number of construction projects have been launched near Bolbasovo to give impetus to economic development. They include the restoration of the airport and the construction of a large industrial and logistics center nearby. "We have wonderful logistics here - an international automobile highway, a railway junction, and an airport," added Alexander Lukashenko.
The head of state called for a businesslike approach to the use of empty buildings and premises. Some of them can be transformed for other purposes, like doing business, providing various types of services.
"For me this village is a symbol of our inseparable friendship with Russians. During the Soviet time a lot of Russians worked here. Different nations lived here and used this airfield. It was one of the strategic military airfields. Let this restored village be a symbol of our unbreakable friendship of Slavic peoples, first of all, Russians and Belarusians," said the president.
Talking to the residents of Bolbasovo, the head of state also touched upon the demographic issue, stressing the need for at least three children in every family: "We need people for the existence of Belarus. A sovereign and independent Belarus, first of all, means people".
Alexander Lukashenko walked along the central street of the village, got familiar with its latest improvements. The things recently done in the village include repairs to roads, social facilities, facades of houses and courtyards. Modern children's and sports grounds were equipped. The issue of providing the population with high-quality drinking water was resolved through the construction of a deferrization station.
The president paid a visit to two local grocery stores, state-run and private ones. Both the trading facilities are in demand among local residents, and prices for goods are at about the same level.
The president stressed that for a more flexible pricing policy, it is necessary to level the working conditions of state and private trade organizations.
Alexander Lukashenko urged to take a careful approach to the construction of large chain stores in the area for the fear that they can destroy the business of small convenience shops.
The president also discussed with the local residents the need to improve the quality of services in the trade of industrial goods.
Alexander Lukashenko visited the restored Cultural Center in Bolbasovo. The center provides different types of services, such as dance and singing classes, and also a gym to do sport.
Alexander Lukashenko also examined the progress made in the construction of a multi-modal industrial and logistics center in Bolbasovo.