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The deputy prime ministers discussed a number of issues related to the development of construction complexes in both countries, including regulatory control in this area. They also touched on road construction, and housing and communal services.

Marat Khusnullin holds working meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Anatoly Sivak

A working meeting between Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin and Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Anatoly Sivak was held in Moscow. The meeting was attended by Minister of Construction and Housing Irek Faizullin, First Deputy Minister of Architecture and Construction of the Republic of Belarus Igor Kostyukov and others.

During the meeting, the participants discussed a number of issues related to the development of construction complexes in both countries.

Opening the meeting, Marat Khusnullin said that there is a labor shortage in the construction sector in the Russian Federation today, and that it is important to hire workers to carry out key construction projects, such as, for example, theatre and cultural centres in Vladivostok and in Kaliningrad, at Vostochny Cosmodrome and other projects. Anatoly Sivak, in turn, confirmed Belarus’s interest in cooperation in this regard. The participants agreed to work out the cost of attracting Belarusian specialists as soon as possible.

Regulatory control in construction was also discussed. The meeting participants came to the conclusion that it is necessary to analyse the building standards of both countries and bring them closer together, taking into account the best practices of both Russia and Belarus in terms of technical standards.

“We have already done a lot of work to reduce the number of mandatory standards in construction and we continue to move towards reducing them. I believe that we need to work to bring our standards closer together. This will allow for avoiding additional approvals and inspections during collaborative projects,” said Marat Khusnullin.

Anatoly Sivak expressed Belarus’s interest in increasing the export of construction services to Russia. Marat Khusnullin instructed Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities Irek Faizullin to analyse the projects implemented in Belarus.

Also during the meeting, the parties discussed road construction and housing and communal services.

“We are interested in using the housing and communal services management system in Russia as a foundation,” said Anatoly Sivak.

Marat Khusnullin instructed the Russian Ministry of Construction to work with the Ministry of Architecture and Construction of the Republic of Belarus on this matter.

In conclusion, Mr Khusnullin stressed that the volume of construction in Russia would grow, so expanding cooperation in this area is relevant for the Russian side. Anatoly Sivak, in turn, noted the importance of establishing direct contact between the deputy prime ministers of both countries and the prospects for further expanding cooperation.

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