Belarus President approves resolution on state border protection in 2016
On 14 January Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko
held a government session to approve the resolution on the state border
protection in 2016.
The session focused
on the economic side of the issue. Head of the Belarus President Administration
Alexander Kosinets was instructed to set up a group of independent specialists
to monitor the fulfillment of the President’s instructions to protect the
economic interests on the border, including the efforts to protect the domestic
In this context, the President
spoke about self-employed businessmen. On 1 January they have to start working
in equal conditions in compliance with the corresponding documents. “They should
realize that the certification of products that we had introduced is the first
step. All products should have accompanying documents. We need transparent
trade,” Alexander Lukashenko stressed.
The President expressed concerns regarding the consumer market of
Belarus being flooded with imported goods. The President is confident that the
issue can be addressed only with the efforts to invigorate the national
industry, take it to the corresponding level. The head of state is confident
that national goods can and should be of the same high quality with the imports,
and at the same time they should be cheaper.
Alexander Lukashenko deemed it necessary to focus on certain aspects
of the external situation. These include changes in the trade regulations with
Ukraine, the EU and Russia. The head of state voiced Belarus’ position on the
issue. On the one hand, Belarus fulfills its obligations within the framework of
the Eurasian Economic Commission owed to the Russian Federation and ensures the
transparent transit of Ukrainian goods to third countries. On the other hand,
Belarus is not going to limit its trade with Ukraine.
The President also pointed out the alarming global trend
concerning the increase in illegal migration and trafficking, trade in weapons
Speaking about the migration
crisis in Europe, the head of state said that Europe is flooded by migrants. The
head of state expressed confidence that such a situation is impossible in
Belarus. However, we must do our best to preserve the existing migration policy.
Alexander Lukashenko remarked that Belarus is not against the increasing inflow
of migrants, but absolutely all migration cases will be scrutinized.
Speaking about the facilitation of state border
procedures, the President said that it is necessary to get rid of queues at
border checkpoints and facilitate border crossing procedures. “But all decisions
regarding the facilitation of regulations should be fulfilled taking into
account the national interests,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
At the end of the session the President approved the state
border protection resolution.