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7 Dec 2015

Lukashenko warns government against experiments in economy

MINSK, 7 December (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has warned the government against the experiments in the economy. The head of state made the statement at the government session held on 7 December to discuss the 2016 draft budget and monetary policy guidelines, BelTA has learned.

The President urged the government to step up concrete efforts. He said that the situation in the economy is complicated “as if there is almost a war in the world today”. Alexander Lukashenko remarked: “It is essential to mobilize efforts using viable and efficient methods. We should rely on them and act instead of trying to carry out various experiments.”

“I need concrete reasonable proposals,” the President said. The head of state was against the reduction of targets. “We need more concrete targets,“ he said and cited the situation with the creation of jobs for local authorities as an example. This will serve as an additional stimulus for the search of investors who will create these jobs.

Alexander Lukashenko is convinced that the Belarusian economy is absolutely competitive in terms of prices and quality. “There are no wonders, in the crisis time we cannot, even if we want to, create the new economy. It means that we cannot give up on machine building and start producing space equipment. We cannot do it and we do not need it. We have good people, education, and the industrial school. We just need to step up our efforts,” the head of state stressed.

“We should not do anything to please anyone, even the international community, the International Monetary Fund, Russia and other states. We have never created problems,” the President continued. Meanwhile, Belarus expects to get assistance from the international community, first of all, in the economy, and only in the economy. “We do not need other assistance,” Alexander Lukashenko stressed. Belarus also counts on the support of friendly and fraternal Russia. The President noted that Russian companies cooperating with Belarus employ 10 million Russians.

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