Report of Chairman of State Control Committee Leonid Anfimov
It is essential to get rid of
unfounded inspections of businesses, Belarus President Alexander
Lukashenko said when he heard out a report of Chairman of the State Control
Committee Leonid Anfimov on the draft decree “Concerning measures to improve
control (audit) activities” on 22 September.
“We have discussed and agreed that we will replace a punitive focus of
our audit activities with a preventive one. We will concentrate on the
prevention of wrongdoings, eliminate scheduled checks (although you will still
do them because a schedule is a schedule), focus on selective checks. I have
always said that you can check whoever you want if there is a good reason to
visit an enterprise, a businessman, an individual or a legal entity. If you have
such reasons, please conduct your inspections,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
However, if representatives of audit agencies conduct inspections
without a good reason, they must be responsible for it. “Otherwise, they will
be able to devise any reasons, and if there are no facts, no one will be
responsible. In my opinion, this legal act does not make an emphasis on this
issue. Pay attention to it. There should not be any loopholes,” the president
In his words, it is also essential to reduce the number of reasons for
unscheduled checks. “There should be clear-cut instructions and conditions for
such inspections,” the head of state said.
Alexander Lukashenko pointed out the fact that, in accordance with the
existing legislation, enterprises are inspected using the materials of law
enforcement bodies without a criminal case. It is inadmissible, the president
stressed. “You should inspect if there is a criminal case. Then it will be also
possible to monitor the work of law enforcement bodies and auditors,” he said.
The head of state believes that workers of audit bodies should be also
responsible for serious violations during inspections. “A provision on such
responsibility should be included in this legal act. Maybe, this will be the
first step in this direction, but they should feel their responsibility. Of
course, we should not overreact because we will risk to take the wind out of
the auditors’ sails. But all involved persons should be responsible, including
auditors,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
The participants of the meeting also discussed the system of
departmental control. There president asked what measures will be taken in this
field. “I want you to inform me about the progress in this field so that I
could make a decision. I mean to sign or not to sign the document. But I
reiterate: as an auditor, a civil servant you should eliminate all excessive
things, even those that are not on the surface right now. You should not
“liberalize” to the point when we will lose control in the state. Balance is a
priority,” the Belarusian leader concluded.
At the meeting Leonid Anfimov also told the president about his visit to
the Slobodka secondary school in Braslav District on Knowledge Day, 1
When he presented Belarus
is Our Motherland books to first-year students, one girl asked if he was
Alexander Lukashenko. He said that he was not. Then the girl asked to say hi to
the president. “Of course, I fulfill my promise and convey greetings and
gratitude to you not only from the first-graders of that school but also from
all the students,” the chairman of the State Control Committee said.
“Perhaps, that girl will grow up and become a good auditor in the
country,” Alexander Lukashenko said jokingly.
“Why not? You know, I did not expect that from her. It was so genuine.
Of course, she did not prepare for it. She said it with all her heart,” Leonid