The government of Belarus expects to solve the problem of shortages of building materials in the country by 2009, said Deputy Prime Minister Viktar Bura.
A considerable increase in output should occur as early as this year, the vice premier noted while speaking to the House of Representatives on June 29.
"I think we’ll no longer be experiencing such big discomforts," he said, apparently referring to the long-standing shortage of cement in Belarus.
According to Mr. Bura, private companies are becoming increasingly active in the construction materials industry. "In practice, a lot depends on the stance of local governmental agencies," he said, adding that the situation is very good in this regard in the Mahilyow region and a relatively good is the Brest region, whereas in the Minsk region, Zabudova is the only private manufacturer of building materials. "There were offers, but they didn’t meet with a positive response," Mr. Bura said.
He expressed hope that the new chairman of the Minsk Regional Executive Committee, Leanid Krupets, would be more responsive.