Belarus should support private enterprises, President Lukashenko says

Belarus should support private enterprises, President Lukashenko says

The Belarus President visited the unitary enterprise Minotor-Service, which has recently organized the production of military equipment on a new site. By the way, 80 Belarusian enterprises cooperate with Minotor-Service. Alexander Lukashenko highlighted the benefits of such collaboration.

Only the chosen ones can produce combat vehicles. Belarusian experience in the USSR times and later business operations ensured the efficiency of Minotor-Service today.

Valeriy Grebenshchikov, head of the defense industry enterprise:
We work on a new series of light track laying vehicles. Different equipment, like transmission, radioelectronic and control systems, can be installed there. Our vehicles increase mobility in military units, they move in the given direction easier.

The enterprise started from scratch in the 90s. Today, the most complex vehicles are produced at two Minsk factories. 

A new range of goods has recently been presented at international exhibitions. The electronic warfare vehicle Kiwi perfectly illustrates traditional Belarusian military industry. Light and high-speed armoured Mosquito is indispensable in special operations. It has proved itself in Sahara. As much as 96% of company output is exported. And the results affect every staff member.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
I wish all the businesses were like Minotor-Service. Not on every state enterprise you (Sergei Gurulev) are responsible for, workers earn $700 on average. Around 800 people are working here. The company poses no problems to the government. It only needs some area to expand the production. We'll solve this problem in a day.

Private enterprises make up almost half of the Belarusian military industry. They cooperate with the state, and it’s not a mere tokenism.

Sergei Gurulev, Chairman of Belarus State Military Industrial Committee:
We've created regulatory framework facilitating both military technical cooperation and defense procurement. The company works principally with an enterprise of the State Military Industrial Committee. 

However, the President is looking forward to more well-managed cooperation. Consequently, the treasury would benefit from tax revenues and new well-paid jobs would be created.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
The state, the minister (the head of the State Military Industrial Committee), the government should not consider private businessmen opponents; rather, the equals of state enterprises. The partnership between government-owned and private companies should be created. The second, which is more important: Belarusian private enterprises should develop. But I can't compare Minotor-Service to a private one. He (Sergei Gurulev) has one state enterprise called Volokh and you have almost 60. But you lag behind in production level. Minotor-Service started from scratch, but it's time to expand. I'm not talking only about your business. I wish all the others were as profitable as you. Some make screws and bolts. We need it too. But screws and bolts combine into units, and units into machinery. That is the progress we need.

Only 3 years ago, a design engineering office was working here. However, by producing only gear wheels the company reached a deadlock. The staff of 2,000 shrunk to 52 workers by sale time. Today, the orders are received from around the world: from Asia, Africa and South America. New models are in demand. Russian defense procurement commissioned this company to enhance its self-propelled unit Tunguska. 

Valeriy Grebenshchikov, head of the defense industry enterprise:
Both old and new M1 turrets can be mounted on the Tunguska-M1. Moreover, by slightly changing the structure we can fix an armour turret here. Russia wants us to transform each of 120 vehicles into M1 variant.

The President paid attention to Minotor-Service on purpose. The private sector plays a significant role in the Belarusian economy. Plus, the successful privatization sets a good example.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
I came here with a specific goal. The private sector is developing and it should continue on the course. Private enterprises’ profits make up half of Belarus' budget.  Belarusian privatization was lawful unlike in the neighbouring states. Nobody blames you for actually privatizing state property. Because you did good to the people who had worked here for peanuts. You really built a castle for them. We need this kind of privatization. Then the society will be stable, the authorities won't accuse you of anything, provided people work in a diligent way. And then you start valuing these assets. Because you invested your money into almost abandoned property.

The enterprise has great plans for the future. Its second production site on Karvat Street needs to be expanded too. However, Minsk authorities have another building project for the street.  The President urges for a compromise and an immediate solution to the problem.

Alexander Yakobson, presidential aide, Minsk chief inspector:
We'll give him several alternatives to consider and he may agree to our proposal.