Aliaksandr Lukashenka asked the World Bank to expand financing of road construction projects in Belarus.
“I earnestly ask the World Bank to provide additional resources for road construction projects in Belarus as part of additional financing envisaged for this year and the next year,” he said at the meeting with Laura Tuck, the World Bank’s Vice President for Europe and Central Asia (ECA), on September, 16.
“After all, the European Union and Russia are interested in it even more than Belarus,” the Belarusian leader stressed.
The President noted that the World Bank provides huge support for Belarusian road construction projects. “The World Bank understands that Belarus is a transit state and that the efficiency of the economies of the East and West largely depends on the quality of Belarusian roads,” the President said. He noted that the country passed several big-budget programs for this year and the next year. “The World Bank promised that the financing of these programs might be increased even more. Belarus is the most attractive transit country, as other neighboring transit states between Europe and the East are going through hard times, especially Ukraine,” Mr Lukashenka said. He added that Belarus adopted additional measures to construct and upgrade the existing transport corridors between Europe and Asia.