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11 Sep 2020

Lukashenko: Economic security is the main task

Lukashenko: Economic security is the main task

MINSK, 11 September (BelTA) – Economic security is the main task. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement as he met with scientists in the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB) on 11 September, BelTA has learned.

Participants of the meeting wondered what important tasks the state economy faces in the future. “Economic security is the main task of the economy,” the head of state stressed.

Aleksandr Lukashenko continued: “I think everyone understands the main directions of development of our economy. I don’t want to go into details. This discussion will be more inclined towards practice instead of theory. Although it may be a good idea to talk about economic theory today. But I would like to lead the discussion into the dimension of reforms. Why reforms? Because all the alternative presidential candidates were just recently shouting for reforms. Although one political analyst wondered what kind of reforms. No one can say what kind. Let me tell you that under the current government we will certainly follow our own way just the way we’ve been doing it for a quarter of the century and we will reform our economy.”

“Recall what we had a quarter of the century ago and what we have now,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted. “Back then I suggested: let’s not break anything because we stand on shoulders of giants. We have to develop what we have. We have [the automobile engineering companies] MAZ and BelAZ, we have a growing agriculture.”

Aleksandr Lukashenko once again reminded about the complicated situation the country was in right after the collapse of the Soviet Union and during other periods in the development of the country. “This is why I am philosophical about today’s events. I see what is going on from the inside. There is no catastrophe,” he is convinced.

“We shouldn’t break anything. We should develop what we have,” Aleksandr Lukashenko is convinced. “We chose the right policy. We have development schools – in agriculture, in mechanical engineering industry. Let’s develop there.” He remarked that he takes a dim view of those, who shout in favor of privatizing large Belarusian mechanical engineering companies.

During the conversation with the scientists the head of state praised efforts of Belarusian developers in the area of electric technologies, to which future belongs.

“Let’s rely on what we have and move forward,” Aleksandr Lukashenko concluded.

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