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26 Jan 2016

Lukashenko urges executives to work harder, be more efficient

MINSK, 26 January (BelTA) – It is essential to raise the efficiency and productivity of work of all executives, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the session held on 26 January to discuss topical issues of economic development, BelTA has learned.

“The government should not be a kind of an office. Given the difficult economic situation the government must enable the so-called mode of manual control of the economy where necessary. It should provide all kinds of help to everyone: enterprises, governors, local authorities and require flawless execution of the decisions taken and also mobilization of efforts and high productivity of work,” the head of state said. He added that everybody should be focused on results.

Alexander Lukashenko noted that the proposal of the government to discuss the recent trends on international markets, fist of all, in the Russian Federation, connected with the instability of the Russian ruble and oil prices, was the reason why today’s session was convened. The head of state pointed out that Belarus depends on oil prices as the country refines about 22-23 million tonnes of oil per year.

Speaking about the Russian ruble, Alexander Lukashenko said that the Russian Federation is the major market for Belarusian products. “We cannot neglect this fact. We have to keep an eye on the development of Russia and its economy, be aware of the trends there,” the head of state said.

“The situation on other external markets we are working with is far from being perfect too. The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other organizations analyzing global economic trends also make negative forecasts. Monthly reduction is 0.5%, 1%,” Alexander Lukashenko said. “It is clear that these are just forecasts, but they have a certain psychological and actual impact on the development of various industries, including our economy, in these market conditions.”

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