project “Support to Economic Development at the Local Level in the Republic of
Belarus” is run by the United Nations Development Program in collaboration with
the Belarusian Economy Ministry. The project is funded by the European Union.
Local SMEs promotion plans will be the main tools of implementing the project.
The plans will be based on business ideas coming from companies, entrepreneurs
and local residents. The local initiative contest drew over 110 applications
from Orsha District and 130 business ideas from Braslav District. These ideas
cover virtually all spheres of life and help better understand the needs and
entrepreneurial potential of these districts. These applications are subject to
exploration and critical scrutiny. The project experts hold consultations with
local authorities to discuss how these initiatives can be resourced and
implemented. Simultaneously, applicants are invited to attend educational
events that will walk them through various aspects of the project. The best
ideas will be featured in local SMEs promotion plans and will be able to take
part in contests as part of the project. Winners of these contests will get
financial support. Local SMEs promotion plans will cover a period of two years.
After these plans are finalized, they will be submitted to local authorities.
The deadline is 10 November. The documents will set forth a detailed algorithm
of action for all partners, including local authorities, business people, and other
stakeholders. The success of collaboration between experts and local
communities will be assessed using the following criteria: new jobs and income
generation opportunities, higher employment and self-employment rate, Natalia
Adamchik said. The bulk of business ideas from Braslav District dealt with
tourism, with a focus on medical, sports and rehabilitation tourism that is in
demand all the year round. Another promising business niche is production of
organic products using local resources. A great deal of applications from Orsha
District sought to tap into the potential of the IT sector, for example to use
technology to improve healthcare provision and streamline export of services. A
part of business ideas dealt with promotion of the local agricultural sector,
which implied incentives for producers of traditional products and
establishment of a commodity distribution network to promote local foods
throughout Belarus and abroad. The project “Support to Economic Development at
the Local Level in the Republic of Belarus” was registered by the Economy
Ministry on 1 February 2019. Its implementation period is 36 months. The
project is set to run till 31 January 2022.