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City of Minsk

Minsk

Minsk is the capital of Belarus, the city of official residence of CIS interstate bodies.

Having convenient geographical location Minsk is a kind of ‘crossroad’, where two civilizations, two cultures – western and eastern – are met.

Minsk is the most industrially developed region of the country. It leads in production pattern and number of industrial personnel. There are about five thousand enterprises producing industrial products in the city.

Priority development sectors are mechanical engineering and metal working, instrument making and radio electronics, food and light industries. Motorcycles, bicycles, refrigerators and all types of tractors produced in the republic are manufactured in the city.

Minsk is the largest exporter with 40% of the foreign trade turnover of the Republic of Belarus. Minsk enterprises produce more than 1/5 of the Belarusian industrial output, more than 60% of which is exported. The main export items are engineering products. The products of Minsk brand are exported to more than 150 countries. The main consumers of the products manufactured in Minsk are in Russia, Great Britain, and the Baltic states, Germany, Ukraine, Italy and Venezuela.

Basic importing products are raw materials, materials, component parts and equipment for technical upgrade of enterprises.

More than one third of Minsk companies have certified quality management systems of international standards.

Minsk region, one of the most economically developed regions of the Republic of Belarus, is situated in the central part of the country. Its territory including the city of Minsk is 39,9 thousand km (19,2% of the area of the Republic of Belarus).

The basis of the resource base is formed by potassium and rock salts, peat, iron ore, oil shale, clay, sapropels, mineral water, sand gravel and sand.

The region is administratively divided into 22 districts, comprises 24 towns (1 of them is of district subordination), 19 urban type villages, 5206 villages. Region’s population is 1454 thousand people.

Minsk is the largest scientific and cultural center. There are 212 scientific and research institutions and 30 higher educational institutions in the city. The leading Minsk and republican scientific organization is the National Academy of Sciences. The capital is the main cultural and tourist center. More than 20 museums and exhibition halls, about 20 theaters and concert halls are opened to the residents and guests of the capital.

In 2014 Minsk will host World Hockey Championship. That’s why sports objects and hotel complexes are constructed actively.

The construction of logistic centers is becoming especially essential under conditions of Customs Union formation between the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. Minsk Investment Atlas containing necessary information for potential investors (http://minsk.gov.by/share/2010/10/04/main.html) is created to attract investments.