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24 Nov 2016

Lukashenko: Great potential for stable operation of manufacturing sector in Belarus

Lukashenko: Great potential for stable operation of manufacturing sector in BelarusMINSK, 24 November (BelTA) – it is essential to improve the situation in the machine-building industry, and there are big reserves for it, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he heard out a report on the strategy to develop the Belarusian machine-building industry on 24 November, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

The President changed the format of the event. The program of the government session included a number of reports on various topics. Instead, he asked concrete questions to ministers, governors, directors, asked about the state of affairs at the biggest enterprises. Such issues as the production plans, collection of receivables, export, warehouse inventory were in the spotlight.

The head of state deemed it necessary to step up efforts to diversify sales markets, including the efforts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He gave an instruction to analyze the operation of the offices of Belarusian companies abroad and their personnel structure.

The President also stressed that it is important to harmonize the production policy in the country because it makes no sense to organize analogous production at various enterprises.

The meeting focused on the quality of products. The head of state demanded to analyze this issue once again and put it under strict control in all stages. “This is our face, the brand of our country,” Alexander Lukashenko emphasized.

Apart from making certain decisions in the production sector, reforming or upgrading enterprises, the head of state urged directors to focus on their social obligations, the need to raise the earnings of workers. It is clear that there should be a commensurable growth in labor productivity and production efficiency.

The state, in turn, is ready to support enterprises if necessary. For example, this pertains to the accumulation of working assets. The main condition is to find concrete orders and profitable projects.

Alexander Lukashenko mentioned the readiness to solve strategic issues concerning the development of the industry at his level and make corresponding decisions. At the same time, he stressed that directors of enterprises and heads of agencies should, first of all, address the issues within the scope of their competence.

“You must count on yourselves. There are too many problems in the world, so people must count on their own efforts. The first one who will start to solve these problems will stay alive. Those who will be lagging behind will drown,” the President said. “Thanks God we are not at war. This is our happiness. But from the point of view of the economy, we must set ourselves for war.”

“I would not have put pressure and would not have insisted, if we were unable to do it. But, as far as I can see, there is a big potential,” Alexander Lukashenko remarked.

“I would not have put pressure and would not have insisted, if we were unable to do it. But, as far as I can see, there is a big potential,” Alexander Lukashenko remarked.

“There are no privileged directors and oligarchs in the country. Everyone must step up efforts and produce results. You do not give me these results. This is your dignity, your enterprises. Please start working. I am convinced that you can work well in this situation,” he said.

In conclusion, Alexander Lukashenko reminded that the performance of civil servants in 2016 will be thoroughly analyzed. This pertains to the manufacturing sector, agriculture, housing and utilities sector, and other industries.

Belarus’ industry Minister Vitaly Vovk informed the President about the operation of Belarusian machine-building enterprises, their development prospects and strategies, and the influence of global trends on these plans. He also spoke about the objective and subjective reasons in the industry.

On the whole, there is the development strategy of Belarus’ machine-building till 2020 and the prospects till 2030. The head of state was informed about the financial and credit support of enterprises, the work on the markets of partnering countries, the diversification of export.

Lukashenko demands serious improvement of machine-building

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