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7 Apr 2017

Belarusian scientists expected to contribute more to national projects

MINSK, 7 April (BelTA) – It is necessary to put more efforts into getting scientists to contribute to the accomplishment of important state tasks. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the relevant statement during the government conference held in the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus on 7 April to discuss problems and prospects of developing Belarusian science, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko said: “We sometimes fail to tap the potential of Belarusian scientists. And it is our fault. They are experienced, trained, smart, well-read, and educated people. They are geniuses for resolving concrete problems. Why can’t the government invite them for consultations? They represent a huge stratum of the society, which is not involved in state administration and the resolution of most important state tasks. Who is to blame? Scientists are, up to a point, but above all we are.”

As an example the president mentioned the development of legislation, in particular, the presidential decree on preventing social dependency. In his words, the document would not have been so contradictive if experts with hands-on experience would have been involved in its development.

“The way the decree was executed was disgusting. After I gave instructions to rework it, I read it again to find out what the document’s underlying principle is. The principle has not been changed. Do you think ‘freeloaders’ as they call themselves will work through the year, paying $12 or whatever every month? They won’t. It is a disaster waiting to happen. They will once again stay idle till the deadline. Once again they will be invited to take to the streets and so on,” Alexander Lukashenko was convinced.

This is why highly specialized experts have to be directly involved in the development of legislation because they can come up with new elegant approaches. “Couldn’t we get together with scientists, humanitarians, and academicians in order to work on the document and produce several options? Instead I received the same kind of the draft decree,” stated the Belarus president.

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