Belarus President to make State of the Nation Address April 21: expectations


Belarus President to make State of the Nation Address April 21: expectations

The development strategy of the Belarusian economy , employment and the creation of new industries. Experts and political scientists have named the topics that are likely to be raised in the President's Address to the Belarusian people and the parliament.

On April 21, Alexander Lukashenko will address the people and the parliament in the Oval Hall at a joint session of the House of Representatives and the Council of the Republic, the two chambers of Belarus' parliament.

This political tradition is two decades long in Belarus. What are the expectations of the current political elite of our country, businessmen and scientists?

One of the most pressing topics is business liberalization in Belarus. A package of documents, on the initiative of the President, has been submitted for public discussion.

Dmitry Gursky, deputy chairman of the standing committee on housing policy and construction of the House of Representatives, National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
There is no doubt that this is relevant. The head of state has a lot of times said about the simplification of business, reduction of the number of inspections, about job creation. And thereby he is going to remove another tense issue.

In 2016, Alexander Lukashenko set specific targets for the government and the National Bank, from monetary policy to real sector. For sure this year these demands will be repeated or logically continued. Earlier the President spoke about the effectiveness of employment, new jobs in high-tech industries. Alexander Lukashenko has also recently touched employment issues quite often.

Irina Dorofeeva, deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
Of course, everyone is primarily interested in the question of salaries. Everybody wants to get decent work and decent salary. I think that this issue is the most relevant.

Most importantly, everyone has to have a job.

Recently, the President has held a big meeting at the Academy of Sciences. He talked about the implementation of scientific developments, an innovative way of development. It is necessary to increase the knowledge-based component of Belarusian GDP. Scientists believe that Alexander Lukashenko heard their opinions. It is likely that in the message, the President will mention scientific developments, too.

Vladimir Gusakov, Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences:
I would say that tomorrow there should sound a new strategy of development of our economy, and science will find its place in it.

Belarus' transit potential needs to be monetized. To do this, the country is building bridges and roads for international routes, but one should not forget about local roads either.

Antoly Sivak, Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Belarus:
We have done some work on the program "Roads of Belarus".

It has undergone some changes. We are now going through some coordination activities and it will be implemented within the timeframe set by the President.

The international agenda is likely to include the analysis of the environment, security and integration processes, the position of Belarus in the international arena.

Dmitry Shevtsov, deputy chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
We are open to all countries, in all markets, we have a lot of new and innovative platforms.

But, at the same time, we are not just waiting for people to come to us; we go to other markets ourselves.

These are Latin American countries; we are closely cooperating with them. We also cooperate with Southeast Asian countries.

Igor Marzalyuk, chairman of the standing committee on education, culture and science of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
I think the main things will be the issues of security, sovereignty, economy, science, education, and everything that should make Belarus a powerful state in the post-industrial world.