Aleksandr Lukashenko holds meeting with chief of Russia’s Sberbank German Gref

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President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko met with President, Chairman of the Board of Sberbank of Russia German Gref on 13 September.

“You are the hero of the anniversary today and we are too — our common bank (BPS-Sberbank), your personnel,” noted the head of state as he welcomed German Gref.

The President suggested discussing current affairs and problems in the joint work. “Although the bank operates, it functions despite certain difficulties that happen due to problems in the global economy,” noted Aleksandr Lukashenko. “As an economist and a government man dealing with these problems you know what the real economy sector is, what an export-oriented economy is, and how hard it is to work when consumer demand takes the plunge”.

“We are concerned about that and it seems that dynamics over here has improved for the better. At least we don’t see a decline in production or sales. Contrariwise, we add sales little by little, by 2-3%, including in alternative markets not only Russia. Therefore, we hope that we will fix the situation by the end of the year,” stated Aleksandr Lukashenko.

The head of state also asked German Gref to speak his mind regarding future development of the economic situation in Europe and the world as a whole, asked whether there are any signs of recovery from the recession. “You track it precisely and you have never been wrong. If it is so, then next year we will recover from problems and difficulties. I think Sberbank is extremely interested in it because it has invested a lot in the Belarusian economy and certainly you are most interested just like I am in things turning out well here,” said the President.

German Gref said that at present BPS-Sberbank employs over 8,000 people. “We are now investing a lot in reforming the outlets, in new technologies, in training and retraining the personnel. I’d like to say that we get very grateful personnel and students here. The people study everything very fast. We teach 560 employees in the world’s best business schools every year and every year the best people from our bank in Belarus are among them,” he remarked.

German Gref said that on 13 September he started his work in Minsk by visiting the Lyceum of the Belarusian State University. The Lyceum was granted a Virtual School education process management system, which had been developed by a Russian company.