Belarus President makes new appointments

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Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made new appointments on 16 March. The head of state appointed:

Sergei Chichuk

- Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Moldova;

Alexander Ponomarev- Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on concurrent.
The President also approved the appointment of:

Alexander Kokhanas Chairman of the Bragin District Executive Committee;

Mikhail Komokas Chairman of the Lelchitsy District Executive Committee;

Viktor Doroshevichas Chairman of the Svetlogorsk District Executive Committee;

Vladimir Kravchenkoas Chairman of the Chechersk District Executive Committee;

Sergei Ignatenkoas Chairman of the Bykhov District Executive Committee;

Vladimir Tsarikovas Chairman of the Glusk District Executive Committee;

Sergei Demidenkoas Chairman of the Khotimsk District Executive Committee;

Anna Matelskayaas Head of the Tsentralny District Administration of Minsk;

Igor Letovas Director General of OAO Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant;

Anatoly Shchastnyas Rector of the Vitebsk State Medical University;

Oleg Poskrobkoas First Deputy Housing and Utilities Minister;

Dmitry Korchikas Deputy Industry Minister;

Vasily Pivovaras Deputy Agriculture and Food Minister – Director of the Veterinary and Food Control Department;

Mikhail Portnoyas Deputy Sport and Tourism Minister;

Sergei Zadiranas Deputy Justice Minister;

Andrei Kosovskyas First Deputy Chairman of the State Science and Technology Committee;

Alexander Slobodchukas Head of the Secretariat of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus.
When approving the appointment of local executives, the President pointed out the importance of the forthcoming spring sowing campaign and added that the spring sowing should not be delayed.

“I understand that this year we have a special situation with the sowing. There was no snow this winter. Yet, there is enough moisture in the soil. The winter was rainy, not snowy, especially at the end of the winter season. But still the moisture levels are lower than usual. Therefore it is very important to sow grain crops as quickly as possible,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.

"If there is risk that we will not be able to save the crops or get small harvests due to frosts or damp weather we need to act more decisively. We cannot lose the harvest. We cannot have the harvest below the level of last year. It was good last year," he said. In 2014 Belarus collected more than 10 million tonnes of grain and corn. "We must maintain that level at any cost. We cannot allow delays in the spring planting campaign," the head of state believes.

Aleksandr Lukashenko asked heads of the Gomel Oblast districts about the progress in the spring sowing campaign in the south of Belarus and about the problems that have emerged at its beginning. The President urged to pay special attention to farming standards. “You will be responsible for these issues. I have warned all the governors. Every piece of arable land should be under crops,” the head of state stressed.

“You should also make farmstead owners clean up their farms, plough up all the land, pull all weeds because they do not do good to farmland or public places,” the head of state said.

“You must clean up streets, private farmsteads and big farms, agrotowns and villages. It has to be done before Victory Day. All towns, distinct capitals, farming facilities, population centers should be in the ideal condition,” Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized.

Appointing the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Moldova, Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that Belarus and Moldova have very good relations.

“Moldova has chosen its path, and we must respect it. It would be difficult for Moldova to choose a different way,” the Belarusian head of state noted.

“Its close contacts with present-day Ukraine, with Western states which provide support to this country are a fact. We must take this fact into account to build our relations with this good republic, to expand relations, look for mutually beneficial contacts. But I would like to stress once again that the situation there, including the economic situation, is not easy,” the Belarusian leader said.

Approving the appointment of the new head of OAO Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant (MZKT trademark), Aleksandr Lukashenko gave an instruction to preserve the company.

Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that MZKT is a good enterprise, with many taking a close interest in the company. “But it is a state-run company. I would like it to stay state-owned. But to do this you will have to reach for new markets without losing the old ones,” the head of state said.

“No need to toy with prices. The state has evaluated the enterprise. If you pay the price, you will get the shares. If you don’t have the money, you can say goodbye. Keep in mind that just like any other executive you have to preserve the company instead of selling it, privatizing it or doing something else. It is a people’s enterprise,” Aleksandr Lukashenko continued.

“The products MZKT makes sell well on foreign markets, particularly defense products. You can see the situation in the world. Today all the countries bear in mind their defense capability,” the head of state added.

“But preserving the team of employees and the enterprise is the key task,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

Approving the appointment of the new rector of the Vitebsk State Medical University, Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that university rectors need to step up the efficiency of work and to maintain productive dialogue with the youth.