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7 Jun 2019

Lukashenko displeased with sales of Belarusian products abroad

Lukashenko displeased with sales of Belarusian products abroad

MINSK, 7 June (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko criticized low sales of Belarusian products abroad at a session to discuss upgrade of Belarusian oil refineries and efficiency of exports of petroleum products on 7 June, BelTA has learned.

The head of state recalled his visit to Ukraine. When on a visit, he asked how popular Belarusian petroleum products were there. It turned out local drivers were displeased with the absence of Belarusian fuel on the market. “The quality of the product is good, but the marketing effort is inadequate. We need to learn to sell our products. We need to fight for our markets, maintain a foothold there and efficiently sell the products we make, in particular petroleum products. However, the same pertains to other products as well,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The president recalled that two years passed since the last meeting to discuss upgrade of oil refineries and oil refining industry. “It was initiated by you, specialists and executives of the oil refining industry,” he said. New heads of Naftan and Mozyr Oil Refinery were appointed around that time, too.

“While making these appointments, we carefully and thoroughly studied all the aspects of the industry and determined priorities, tasks and deadlines. The financing of the upgrade program was the most critical issue. These issues have been settled at both companies. All the rest depends on the management of these companies. Everything the government and the heads of the oil refineries asked me for, was 100% upheld. This attests to the importance of the work we are doing,” he said.   

Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized that one should not say that Belarus’ sovereignty and independence directly hinge on the oil refineries. However, their efficient work plays an important role in maintaining stability of the domestic economy. “There is no state without good economy,” the president underlined.

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