Preventing road carriers from seeking alternative routes

Belarus should use its transit potential to the utmost, notes Belarus’ Prime Minister, Mikhail Myasnikovich, on meeting Martin Marmy, General Secretary of the International Road Transport Union (IRU), in Minsk

By Olga Belaynchikova

The Head of the Belarusian Government has underlined that Belarus is located at the centre of Europe, making the development of road transportation and transit essential. “We should use this geopolitical advantage to the full,” he emphasises. In this respect, co-operation and further interaction with the IRU is of great interest to Belarus, while opening up new prospects.

Mr. Myasnikovich notes that more vehicles than ever are using Belarus’ road network. “Last year, the volume of road transportation rose by a third and, this year, the same growth is evident,” he stresses, adding that the country aims to focus on its transport system, directing considerable funds into developing roads and road-side infrastructure. “We’re well aware that if we don’t tackle the road network and infrastructure, road carriers will find alternative routes,” he adds.

Last year, Belarusian exports of road transport services totalled almost $700m. “Over the first five months of this year, we’ve already generated almost $400m,” Mr. Myasnikovich says. However, he asserts that we shouldn’t rest on our laurels, expanding the figures via bilateral and multilateral collaboration with international partners.

Mr. Marmy is delighted with the Belarusian Government’s level of understanding and vision regarding road transportation problems. “I’d like to note that I’m really impressed with the attitude and approach, demonstrated,” asserts the IRU General Secretary. “With this recognition and understanding from our partners, our Union aims at even greater improvements.”

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