Meeting with senior officials of the Council of Ministers
President Aleksandr Lukashenko held a meeting with senior
officials of the Council of Ministers to discuss economic matters on 2
meeting with the country’s top officials responsible for the economic
sector is a traditional format used by the Belarusian head of state to
discuss the state of things in the domestic economy and work out
“We are having another meeting to discuss
current issues, though there are also some strategic matters, like
relations with Russia within the framework of the Union State. We are to
discuss these matters and to take decisions. These are not the kind of
issues where we need to start from scratch trying to come to grips with
them. These matters are well known, they are discussed one way or
another in the society. We need no self-reports. We need concrete
proposals and their substantiation,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
matters that were discussed covered finances, investment and foreign
economic activities. “People who initiated a number of projects, decrees
and resolutions of the President and draft laws will be asked to
provide further explanation and clarification on these documents. It is
also important to hear alternative views in order to take balanced
decisions. Therefore, this traditional economic session is attended not
only by government members, but also other high-ranking officials, heads
of law enforcement agencies and bodies whose work has to do with the
matters discussed at the meeting,” the President said.
advancement of relations with Russia was one of the items on the
meeting’s agenda. Aleksandr Lukashenko
spoke in more detail about the recent negotiations in St Petersburg with
President of Russia Vladimir Putin and gave instructions to expedite
work on reconciling terms of the updated action program.
participants of the meeting also discussed investment projects in the
woodworking industry in Dobrush and Shklov.
was also high on the agenda. Some 55% of cropping area has
already been cleared. However, the head of state noted that not in all
regions the situation is good. Unfortunately, weather conditions
interfere with harvesting. The President gave appropriate instructions to rectify the situation and
provide farmers with the necessary fuel supply.
addition to that, the participants of the meeting discussed the visa
waiver for foreign nationals. A decision was made to expand the
visa-free zones in Grodno Oblast and Brest Oblast.