Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on Friday will meet with representatives of the public and Belarusian and foreign mass media.
Participating in it will be about 40 journalists representing the largest public and private Belarusian mass media, popular online portals and foreign media.
Invited to the press-conference are numerous experts, including well-known political scientists, economists, representatives of political parties, religious communities and associations. They will also participate in the dialogue on the most relevant topics.
A live broadcast of the head of state's press-conference will be available on TV channels "Belarus 1" and "Belarus 24", as well as the First National Channel of the Belarusian Radio. It will start at 10 am on February 3.
The TV version will be shown in the evening on Belarusian TV channels.
Oleg Gaidukevich, first deputy chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party of Belarus:
The fact that the President invited leaders of political parties, political scientists suggests that the President finds it important to hear out the maximum number of people. The second point that I want to mention: the President finds important the opinion of every person in this country, regardless of political views and beliefs.
Experts are seriously preparing for the meeting with Alexander Lukashenko discussing topics and preparing questions.
One thing is clear: the conversation will touch on the most urgent and topical issues of foreign and domestic policy of Belarus.
Georgy Atamanov, Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Belarus for organizational and legal work:
Probably questions of utility prices will be raised. Social issues are particularly relevant for people with low incomes - pensioners and so on. They are very concerned with the problem of prices. A lot of problems have accumulated. If they are heard, perhaps, correct management decisions will be taken.
The frankness of the Belarus President with journalists has already become a peculiarity of such press conferences. By the way, this time every citizen of our country can join the conversation personally.
You can file a question to Alexander Lukashenko via the online service www.belta.by and the agency's accounts in social networks.
It is expected that the President will give answers to the most interesting and relevant questions.
Igor Marzalyuk, chairman of the Standing Commission on Education, Culture and Science of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
First, they show that the President is open to media, that he is not afraid of any complex issues and is ready to answer. I think that a variety of issues will necessarily be raised, from the Code on Education and the Bologna process, about which we've heard so much noise in the press, to our uneasy relations with the Russian Federation in the economic sphere. I think these are the key topics, the most important.