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19 Sep 2019

Government conference hosted by Belarus president focuses on next year’s projections

Government conference hosted by Belarus president focuses on next year’s projections

MINSK, 19 September (BelTA) – A package of projections for the year 2020 has been submitted for consideration of the government conference hosted by Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko on 19 September. Participants of the conference are expected to discuss economy performance so far this year, projections for the end of the year and the five-year term, the draft social and economic development forecast, the draft budget, and the draft main monetary management guidelines for the year 2020, BelTA has learned.

The head of state noted that the conference had gathered not only those, who had developed the documents, but those, who had expressed opinions about them or had an alternative point of view.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “The forecast for this year was passed by current members of the government. During the last year’s conference I was told that the document is absolutely verified, well-reasoned, and well-calculated. This is why all of you know my instructions – written ones and those I’ve said in public – all the plans must be implemented.”

“It is time to take a serious look at how we’ve been working this year. If we are bad at fulfilling our own plans, then one has to wonder why do we have to gather up in this manner ahead of a new year and make some plans and projections at all if we don’t implement them?” noted Aleksandr Lukashenko.

Aleksandr Lukashenko warned that tough personnel decisions will be made if this year’s plans are not fulfilled. “If performance targets for this year are not hit, all those responsible – starting with the prime minister – will have to retire. I warned you last year at the time we were making plans for the year 2019. This is why there is nothing surprising about it,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

“[Head of the Belarus President Administration] Natalya Ivanovna [Kochanova], I don’t want some know-it-alls to blame me later on grounds of the ongoing election campaign. I’ve said many times I am not going to run for a parliamentary seat. What kind of a pre-election campaign would I have? I have had one approach for 25 years – my job as the president,” the head of state concluded.

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