State awards and president's letters of commendations were awarded to 57 representatives of various fields of activity. The awards ceremony with the participation of Head of the Belarus President Administration Igor Sergeyenko was held at the Palace of the Republic in Minsk on 28 December, BelTA has learned.
For services to industry and construction, voluntary insurance and road sector, healthcare, culture, charity and humanitarian activities, education, 45 people have been awarded the medal “For Labor Merits”. Eight people have been bestowed with the Order of Francysk Skaryna. Another four have been received the president's letters of commendation.
"2021 is coming to an end. The country is preparing to pass the next milestone in the chronology of its independence. Every year is important for us as a new step in the construction of our young sovereign state,” Igor Sergeyenko noted. “The outgoing year will be remembered primarily as the main political event in the life of the country. We held the Belarusian People's Congress, determined the priorities for the development of Belarus. Together we set the date and marked, for the first time, a new state holiday - the Day of National Unity."
Belarusians are ringing in the new 2022 year with optimism and confidence in the future, the head of the President Administration noted. "We have this confidence thanks you, hardworking, responsible, dedicated people. On behalf of the president, I would like to thank each of you for your personal achievements this year, which make up the well-being of our native country, your families and all Belarusians in general. You and your labor collectives create our common success, and we really have something to be proud of," he stressed, addressing the awardees.
Igor Sergeyenko added that in 2021 the country showed the highest industrial production rate over the last 10 years and made progress in innovative activities. “MTZ has produced the first unmanned tractor. We start testing prototypes of the new domestic mining equipment BelAZ with a carrying capacity of up to 300 tonnes. Belarus has significantly increased the export of agricultural products, expanded the geography of goods and machinery supplies, and secured trade surplus. In 2021, some 40,000 apartments were built in the country; a number of important healthcare facilities were commissioned in Minsk, Mogilev and Brest. New schools and kindergartens were built in Baranovichi, Bobruisk, Gomel, Minsk and sports complexes in the Mogilev, Brest and Vitebsk oblasts. We are confidently climbing up to high places in international rankings on the standard of living. It is important that we are moving forward, despite the pandemic and unprecedented pressure from abroad,” he said.
According to him, high achievements in various areas of activity have been achieved thanks to professionals, reliable and dedicated people. The awardees include representatives of such well-known in Belarus and abroad enterprises as Belaruskali, Molochny Mir, Orsha Flax Mill and many others. Distinguished awards were presented to teachers, cultural workers, managers, representatives of public organizations and creative professions. Those present also included many medical workers, who are on the front line of the fight against pandemic and other diseases.
“You are the real heroes of this year, and given the challenges of our time, this is not a metaphor, but a fact. Let me, in your person, to thank the labor collectives you represent. In any business, personal growth is impossible without the participation and shoulder of the person next to you. Recognition of your merits at the state level is also a sign of quality of enterprises and organizations which developed you into highly-qualified specialists. I am sincerely glad to fulfill the assignment of the head of state and present you with well-deserved awards. I bow to you for your loyalty to the country and the people, for what you do for the people,” Igor Sergeyenko added.