President Alexander Lukashenko made a number of personnel changes. On March 14, 2017 Alexander Lukashenko appointed a new Minister of Labour and Social Protection. Irina Kostevich took up the post. Belarus President appointed Igor Buzovsky the new Head of Minsk Tsentralny district, Vladimir Karpyak as President’s Aide, Chief Inspector in Minsk. Changes have also been made in the oil-industry.
All the newly-appointed personnel have uneasy tasks to fulfill. These new appointments were waited for a long time. As a result, a woman has once again taken the lead of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Republic of Belarus. Irina Kostevich took up the post. Earlier she served as deputy minister of economy. The skilled specialist has years of work behind her in statistics and analyzing sectors. From being an economist to the deputy chairperson of the National Statistical Committee. Mrs. Kostevich is sure that all her experience will only help her.
Irina Kostevich, Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Republic of Belarus:
The task for 2017 is to create 70,000 new workplaces. They must be modern, qualitative, effective and with an adequate salary. As for the average salary, it should be no less than BYN 1000 by the end of 2017.
Employment and effective labor market. The newly-appointed Minister emphasized that the main thing is to love the people for whom and with whom you work. This is the most important thing in the social sphere today.
Igor Buzovsky has taken up the post of the new Head of Minsk Tsentralny district. Vladimir Karpyak was appointed as President’s Aide and Chief Inspector in Minsk.
Vladimir Karpyak, President’s Aide, Chief Inspector in Minsk:
It is necessary to create new working places, and to cherish what we have. It should be done in the economy sector, which gives Belarus the GDP.
Multi-vector nature of development is still at the center of attention. Belarus trades with nearly 200 countries. Among the major partners is Russia and EU states run second. About 30% of export and one fifth of import fall to this cooperation.
The CIS countries are among the main partners of Belarus. However, Belarus needs to break new ground with Kyrgyzstan. For This reason Andrei Strachko was appointed the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Kyrgyzstan. Mr. Strachko says that the stake will be placed on cooperation.
Andrei Strachko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Kyrgyzstan:
In June 2016 Belarus and Kyrgyzstan opened a joint manufacture of tractors. As many as 400 tractors are planned to be assembled every year. A joint manufacture of harvesters is at the stage of development.
Every year the cooperation of Belarus and Japan becomes closer and closer. Belarusian major concerns enter into the Japanese market. OJSC “Belarusian Steel works”, for instance. Other organizations are also ready to present their possibilities.
The commodity circulation between Belarus and Japan is not very high at the moment. Belarus exports potash manure, glass fiber and laser facilities. However, both Belarus and Japan are ready to develop their cooperation. By common efforts, a joint project attracting Japanese tourists to Belarus was set up.
What is more, Belarus and Japan are prepared for a business dialogue, and for creating an analogue of Japanese industrial estate in Mogilev region, Belarus.
Ruslan Yesin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Japan:
Belarus President has set certain tasks in all directions of bilateral cooperation. It means further cooperation with businessmen, investments attraction from Japan, and broadening of regional cooperation, of course.
Alexander Lukashenko also appointed new director generals in some oil-industry organizations.
Alexander Demidov is the new head of OJSC “Naftan”. Vitaly Pavlov will be the new director of OJSC “ Mozyr Oil Refinery”.
Vitaly Pavlov, Director General of OJSC “Mozyr Oil Refinery”:
Units for processing heavy oil residues are being built. This will deepen the level of oil refinery.
Alexander Demidov, Director General of OJSC “Naftan”:
The main task today is to finish modernization as soon as possible. It’s economics, a possibility for oil refinery. One of the tasks is to adjust to the oil refinery, which is bought at the common rate.
Oleg Pochinok will take charge of OJSC “Gomeltransneft Druzhba”. Sergei Gunko was appointed as the new Deputy Minister of Industry of the Republic of Belarus, and Viktor Kurash as Director of the Archives and Office Administration Department at the Justice Ministry.