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4 Jun 2020

New Belarusian government encouraged to overcome modern challenges

New Belarusian government encouraged to overcome modern challenges

MINSK, 4 June (BelTA) – As he appointed new members of the government, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said that everyone would have to work hard to overcome modern hardships and challenges, BelTA has learned.

The head of state explained why it had been necessary to gather for the conference all the new candidates and the executives, who would continue working in their previous jobs. “You all know the state of affairs evolving in the world and hence in our country. A large number of new challenges concentrated within a short period of time require the utmost mobilization of efforts of all the government agencies and primarily the central government,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “It is an utmost trial of our resilience and the preservation of the state. We have to survive it. And we will survive it, we’ve done it before, and we will win.”

The previous Council of Ministers worked for three years under the leadership of Sergei Rumas. “They managed to keep most of the economic indicators balanced in the period. Together with the central bank they secured stability on the financial market. Earnings of the population increased. A number of significant investment and infrastructure projects were implemented,” the president stated.

Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that preventing economic downturn and falling living standards would not suffice. “We have to know how to not only work in complicated and unpredictable conditions but also see ways of advancement where others fail to see them. Since it is a matter of our survival, all of us should see the light and see these ways,” the president noted. “We should grab every chance, explore every opening for advancement. To accomplish that, we should evaluate the work that has been done without embellishing it: what has been achieved and what has not been. We have to give an honest answer to the question 'Why?', we have to make conclusions and determine the entire spectrum of the tasks we face – tasks of immediate priority, medium-term tasks, and strategic tasks. The new composition of the government should focus on resolving the tasks in the spheres that are close to the people: housing and utilities, civil engineering, agriculture.”

Aleksandr Lukashenko continued: “We should most seriously take care of regional policy matters in order to pull areas that lag behind in terms of living standards closer to major cities. Something like what we've started doing in Vitebsk Oblast. It is a job not only for municipal authorities to do. The central government will have to systemically resolve the problem. Remember that all the suggested solutions should be evaluated from the point of view of their influence on needs and demands of the people – decent jobs, growing revenues, affordable prices for goods and services.”

The necessary decisions have already been made on many issues. The new officials should immediately get down to implementing them in addition to formulating their own proposals. “I strongly hope that the government's action program will cover ways to accomplish all the tasks the country faces and will be presented before the parliament within the timeframe specified by the Constitution,” Aleksandr Lukashenko summarized.

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