Production and Entrepreneurship needs to be More Actively Developed in the Regions

       On 11 June 2008 a meeting between Mr Stepan Pisarevich, member of the Council for Cooperation of Local Self-Government Bodies at the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus for Economy, Budget and Finances, and chairmen of village Councils of Deputies took place at the Institute for Top Management Personnel of the Academy of Public Administration under the Aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus. Mr Alexei Stepanenko, executive secretary of the Council for Cooperation of Local Self-Government Bodies and Ms Z. Kruglikova, Head of the Regional Budgets Office of the Main Department of Budget Policy Management of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Belarus, also took part in the meeting.
       Mr Pisarevich informed the participants of the meeting about the social and economic development of the Republic of Belarus and about the need to create favorable conditions for production and entrepreneurship in small and middle-sized towns and in the countryside. He noted the generally positive republican economy development dynamics. Mr Pisarevich underlined though, that there exist a number of problems, and the Legislature as well as the Government of the Republic of Belarus are constantly working on them. One of the priority directions of the state policy is lowering the tax burden, which is of vital importance for further increase in the amount of production, growth of export and finally for social and economic development of the country. In connection with this it is necessary to use other sources of filling the budget. Local Councils of Deputies should strive for retrieving additional financial resources from the territories under their jurisdiction by developing artisan activities and entrepreneurship in the countryside, selling unprofitable enterprises to legal persons etc. The existing legislation allows the Councils of Deputies and Executive Committees of all levels to take steps in this direction.
       The participants of the meeting exchanged their opinions on various challenges that arise in the activities of the village Councils of Deputies, e.g. forming the budgets of the primary territorial level Councils of Deputies, transferring the road maintenance in the villages to the balance of special organizations, maintenance of the exterior lightening in villages, purchase of agricultural products surplus from the people.