Belarus began preparing for the most important political event of the year - Belarusian People's Assembly. It will be the fifth such event in the recent history of the country. The main goal of the event is to refine the state policy for the coming years.
This important platform of democracy will bring together representatives of all branches of government, industry and business, science, health and culture. The details of the upcoming People's Assembly were discussed by the Government on 6 April.
An interdepartmental working group last week began to discuss the draft program of socio-economic development. The proposals will be formed by April 15. Within the same dates, the preliminary date of the Assembly will become known. And today, the first meeting of the organizing committee was held.
Andrei Kobyakov, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus:
We need to ensure the nomination of candidates for this Assembly, we need to invite not only to all segments of Belarusian society, but also foreign visitors.
The 4th All-Belarusian People's Assembly in 2010 was attended by 2,500 people. Among them were MPs, government officials, bankers, industrialists, representatives of agribusiness, construction, and, of course, social spheres. Human well-being and everything one needs for a happy life is always among the priorities.
The population of Belarus is increasing. The minimum required population for Belarus is about 20 million people, and the optimum one is 30 million (now it is about 10 million – note by CTV.by). This was one of the topics brought up during the 4th All-Belarusian Assembly.
During the whole five-year period, from 2011 to 2015, the birth rate was steadily growing.
Just for comparison: from 2010 to 2015, 11,000 more Belarusians on average were born with each coming year. 2015 set a record in this regard, with 119,000 newborns.
Zhanna Vasilevskaya, Deputy Chairwoman of the National Statistics committee of the Republic of Belarus:
The main factor contributing to such statistics is the government policy pursuing demographic security, strengthening families and improving fertility.
Not only fertility, but also life expectancy. This is primarily medicine: equipping hospitals with necessary equipment and the availability of quality medical care. Throughout the previous five years, the healthcare sector continued to work on these tasks.
Export of medical services has also grown. High-tech surgery and human resources are bringing the sphere to new heights. Belarusian industrial enterprises should also be high-tech in nature. This is one of the key goals of the last five years.
This company in the Gomel region opened a few years ago and has been increasing production capacity since then. During one year, they have been producing products worth one million euros. They make trendy packaging from quality raw materials. And what is more, the company has its own laboratory.
Vladimir Morozov, Deputy General Director of the company:
The company is equipped with the most modern production lines for high-barrier films for food packaging. The technology allows you to control the environment in which the product is stored.
Many Belarusian enterprises have acquired new high-tech lines during these five years. Here is a new workshop of Belarusian Steel Works. It was finished in 2015 and opened in a festive atmosphere. The new facility provides new opportunities, including in terms of export.
The past five-year period was not easy. Economic realities have evolved in these years and the scenario turned out to be worse than expected. But this, too, is the reason to think about the future actions.
Georgy Grits, economist:
This is good to hold the Belarusian National Assembly at this time, this fateful period. It is vital to hear the opinion of people and representatives of the Government, and the real economy. In the end, the President has always honestly and openly declared his position. I think that the decision to hold the Assembly in the next 30 days is very important and timely.
The All-Belarusian People's Assembly allows citizens to implement the right to participate in state affairs, which is guaranteed by the Constitution. It is traditionally held in Minsk’s Palace of the Republic. However, the details of the fifth Assembly will be announced later.