Quarterly results of the economic development in Mogilev
The growth rate of the gross regional product constituted 109.5% with the annual forecast of 109-110%. The best economic indices among the industrial enterprises of the region had Mogotex OJSC (Mogilev) and the Bobruisk Republican Unitary Enterprise “Hydrolytic Plant”.
According to the governor of the region, Peter Rudnik, the Presidential Administration is drafting a Decree to register the Mogilev region with the National Board of Honour as the winner of the competition in terms of socio-economic development among the regions of the country in 2006-2010.
The growth rate of the gross regional product is the blueprint of the planned GDP grown of Belarus for 2011 (+9,5-10%). However, regardless of the growth of the gross regional product, the stocks of finished goods are growing too. In January and February, the stocks have increased by Br 167 billion and constituted Br 632 billion, which is due to the fact that during the two months of the quarter only 93.2% of the produced goods were shipped. The Head of the Executive Committee set the task to reduce stockpiles to the level of early 2011 at least, which means up to Br 465 billion. The regional authorities are particularly concerned that during the first quarter of 2011 the amount of foreign direct investment in the Mogilev region amounted to $ 3.9 million only.
Last week, Belarusian Foreign Minister Makei participated in the foreign ministers’ meeting of the Eastern Partnership and Visegrad Group initiative hosted by Warsaw. The Belarusian FM emphasized Belarus' interest in cooperation in the transport sector, which could be due to Belarus’ desire to export electricity surplus after Belarus finished construction of the nuclear power plant in Ostrovets. Minsk expressed concerns about Warsaw’s stance on the Belarusian NPP, as it refused to buy electricity from Belarus and supported Vilnius’ protest on this issue. Following accusations by the Belarusian leadership and the state media against western states, including Poland, of training "nationalist militants", Minsk did not agree on the visit of the European Parliament deputies from Lithuania and Germany to Belarus and to the NPP construction site near Ostrovets in particular. In addition, the Belarusian authorities have stepped up efforts to enforce education in Russian in Polish-language schools in Grodno and Vaukavysk. Should a rift in Belarusian-Polish relations persist, the Belarusian authorities are likely to step up the pressure on the Polish-speaking minority in Belarus.