On November 10, 2016, the Ministry of Economy hosted a meeting of the First Deputy Minister of Economy Alexander Zaborovski and UNICEF Representative in Belarus, Dr. Rashed Mustafa Sarwar.
Opening the meeting, Alexander Zaborovski said that one of the main directions for which the Ministry of Economy is responsible, coordinating the work of government agencies, is economic policy, the priorities of which are defined in the Belarus’ Social and Economic Development Program for 2016-2020.
“Youth and innovations are those priorities and important issues, on which we could be cooperating effectively with UNICEF, using a rich intellectual and professional potential of the Fund, as well as seeking innovative forms of work,” said Alexander Zaborovski.
This approach received the fundamental support of the UNICEF representatives.
Participants of the meeting discussed the forms of possible cooperation between Belarus and the Fund.
In particular, the meeting participants reached an agreement to consider the possibility of carrying out together with the UNICEF a research on the state investments in children’s and youth support. “Investing in the well-being and support of children and young people today, the state ensures dividends for itself in the future and it should redistribute these funds effectively,” defined the research objective Rashed Mustafa Sarwar.
Pilot initiatives supporting youth entrepreneurship in Belarus were also mentioned as a promising area of cooperation. One of the initiatives focuses on an opportunity to train young authors of innovative projects to transform their developments into a business-idea. Yet another initiative is dedicated to developing a rational consumer behavior in young people, teaching them how to select goods in an informed way. It also helps to examine the goods for children through the eyes of children, which helps provide domestic manufacturers with a quality feedback. The initiative on teaching young people the basics of entrepreneurship in the spheres of services provision and trade has a great potential for the development of the services sector in the regions.
“Integrating such initiatives in the current and future programs of the UNICEF Belarus is a real contribution to the regional development,” noted Alexander Zaborovski.