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Belarus President: Reforms we are offered are not for our people

The pricing policy, wage growth and employment are the three main areas for Minsk vice mayors designated by the Belarus President. Alexander Lukashenko agreed a number of appointments in Minsk.

He expects from the new managers first of all professional approaches and absence of red tape

as well as quick solutions to problems of the residents of the capital. Minsk should become an example for the whole Belarus.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
There are three tasks you need to solve. First are prices. Everything goes from Minsk all over the country. Second is employment. I don't want to see any unemployment, especially because there are so many jobs this spring in Minsk. You are the former heads of administrations, so you know this work very well.

Today we must involve everyone who is without work.

Everyone. We need to help all those who would like to find a job. We have to make work those who don't want to work. Do everything possible to give people jobs. The third problem, and your task is salary. Yes, for Minsk $500 is nothing. There needs to be a higher salary. Then it will make the average salary in the country higher. These are three tasks that you must resolve. It is clear that the solution of these problems will entail the need to resolve other tasks.

Salary increase means increase in productivity.

And it also means increase in production volumes. To have money you first need to sell something. That is a whole chain. But we have to solve this problem. And much in the country will depend on how Minsk lives and works. That's your problem. So take the reins into your own hands and start to act.

Fedor Rimashevsky, first deputy chairman of the Minsk city executive committee:
Wages, everybody understands it, should not be paid but earned. This requires our businesses to have lots of orders.

Igor Yurkevich headed the Committee on Health of the Minsk City Executive Committee. He is widely known in the medical community of Minsk.

Alexander Krepak, another deputy chairman of the Minsk city executive committee, will be responsible for the socio-economic development of the capital. Prior to that, he headed the Administration of the Moskovsky district.

Alexander Krepak, Minsk City Executive Committee deputy chairman:
First of all, the head of state gave instructions to increase efficiency in all sectors of the economy. First, it is in order to qualitatively improve the lives of our people. The primary task is to normalize the pricing policy.

Alexander Lukashenko:
I get information about how the Minsk city executive committee works. This is not normal when people come to you with proposals and you just send them back.

But people come with good proposals sometimes. They ask for a piece of land to build some enterprise. This would mean that 60, 70 or 100 more people would be employed. But there is no decision. Then these people have to contact me. This is bad of you.

Today, people want solutions to their vital needs.

Where it is necessary to reform, let's reform. Let's improve something where necessary. But the slogan to reform everything by breaking and building everything from scratch will not work. It's not the right time to break everything. And secondly, how many years do we need to break and build again? You will not be living by that time. This is not our way.

We must continue and develop what we already have,

We should improve what we already have. What we do not need will simply die out and we'll rid of it. The reforms we are offered are not for people, these are not our reforms. Therefore, let us resolve these issues of life using the methods we know. I don't demand anything extraordinary. You probably know this and feel. Take and solve these problems.

The President also approved the appointment of Andrei Zhailovich as head of Administration of the Moskovsky district of Minsk. Previously, he was Deputy Head of the Administration of the Partizansky District.

The President also drew attention to the need to re-examine the work of housing and communal services.

It causes a lot of complaints. An order was given to accurately calculate housing and utility rates.

Belarus President: Reforms we are offered are not for our people