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Wednesday, 27 November 2019 10:07

Problems with export of Belarusian cement, glass noted

Problems with export of Belarusian cement, glass noted

The government keeps an eye on how cement industry and glass industry enterprises work to meet their state support provision terms, however, there are still a number of problems left to be addressed. Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Rumas made the relevant statement at a session of the Council of Ministers' Presidium on 26 November, BelTA has learned.

Sergei Rumas noted: “The government keeps an eye on and reviews how the organizations meet state support terms and follow debt repayment schedules every month. At the same time there are a number of problems: the export of glass and cement is declining, the manufacturing facilities do not operate at full capacity, unnecessary intermediaries are used to sell products and buy raw materials.”

On 26 November the Council of Ministers' Presidium convened to discuss matters relating to the fulfillment of the head of state's instructions to improve performance of the cement industry and the glass industry. The head of state made decisions in favor of restructuring debts of these enterprises to gas suppliers, banks, and national organizations in order to stabilize the operation of the cement mills and OAO Gomelglass.

The State Control Committee also pointed out problems plaguing the cement industry. The committee suggested fixing the identified problems and pressing charges against those responsible in ministries, municipal government agencies, and organizations.

According to Sergei Rumas, the complicated situation at Neman Glassworks requires close attention. The company's performance has been affected by previously borrowed loans, debts owed to the central state budget, and payments owed for fuel and energy resources. While the company earns about Br40 million per annum, its debts stand at Br200 million.

“Today we have to analyze the problems, including those pointed out by the State Control Committee, and make the necessary decisions to fix the problems,” the Belarusian head of government concluded.

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