Aleksandr Lukashenko hears out report of Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Piotr Prokopovich

    President of the Republic of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko heard out a report of Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Piotr Prokopovich on 6 May.

    Top on the agenda of the meeting was the upgrade of Belarusian companies. The head of state wanted to know about the progress made.

    “You remember, at the session of the Council of Ministers I voiced my concerns about the plans of the government to spend a colossal amount of money on modernization. I do not know what exactly needed so much money. I wanted to throw cold water on the government and remind them that modernization is an expensive project, but it should be feasible,” the President said.

    The State Control Committee studied the rationale of the planned spending and revealed a formal approach to certain matters. “Not everything is correct and thoroughly elaborated. Anyways, what is the state of things with modernization? What has already been done? I ask this question to make sure we will not waste the resources and will not set up new production facilities where we will have no raw materials and sales markets. This is unacceptable,” the head of state said.

    The President demanded that this year Belarus should meet all the targets needed to increase revenues up to $60,000 in USD equivalent per one economically active person by 2015. It means that in 2013 the figure should stand at $48,000 at the minimum, which necessitates raising revenues by 20% compared with the previous year. In 2014 the figure should reach $54,000.

    According to the Vice-Premier, this is a quite challenging task; however the government is working hard to fulfill all the instructions of the head of state.

    “If we fulfill this task, we will be able to considerably improve the living standards of people as early as this year and increase the average salary up to Br5-5.6 million by the yearend and lay the foundation for the next year,” Piotr Prokopovich said.

    The Vice-Premier also updated the President about the progress to implement the complex modernization program at every enterprise. According to Piotr Prokopovich, about a quarter of companies have not started the modernization program yet.

    “All companies are expected to begin the work during the second quarter. The task to utilize capital investment will also be fulfilled this year,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
    Aleksandr Lukashenko warned Piotr Prokopovich, officials and company chiefs about personal responsibility for absolute execution of the complex modernization program. The results of the work in H1 2013 will be reviewed at a session led by the head of state.