Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting on the topical issues of national development on March 9th. The President focused on topics of stability and peace in Belarus.
One of the tough requirements of the President is strict performance discipline.
If my requirement to make the average salary of $500 isn’t accomplished this year (there are some officials who say at the suggestion of Kobyakov that it is impossible to attain an objective of $500.) If my requirement isn’t accomplished, accept the consequences. There won’t be any problems with social dependents and workers if we get this salary.
Our task is to provide people with work and with a salary of $500. The strictest performance discipline. I won’t repeat it anymore. And no one of you should do it. Governors should not repeat it twice to anyone. It is up to the governor to make decisions. If he breaks the law by making some arrangements, you will find out the truth only from the President. That’s all. No split of powers.
The average salary is the result of well-adjusted economic mechanism. Hard times make us find new solutions. Belarus is a country with an open export-oriented economy. Belarus produces more than 17% of all combine harvesters in the world. Considering Russian market disruption, we must uncover new export destinations and learn how to compete in the markets that are non-traditional for Belarus.
We must take into account new tendencies and respond to them effectively. There are positive and negative effects on Belarusian economy. However, orientation to the priority of national interests corresponds to our intentions. Belarus answers world tendencies. But Belarusian products and services have difficulties with the entry into the world’s market. And, of course, we should overcome these difficulties by preserving traditional trade and economic relations, developing new spheres for the Belarusian export.
No less important tasks are to protect the domestic market, providing it with quality products. We must know the effect of the import substitution measures, what is done for the development of the local business and how we use internal reserves to tackle current problems.
Hard times are the real challenge for countries. While some governments are committed to the divide-and-rule principle , others don’t yield to empty illusions and preserve independence.