Belarus president makes new appointments

    Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made new appointments on 25 June.

    The head of state appointed:

    Andrei Kovkhuto

    Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection;

    Gennady Akhramovich

    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Azerbaijan;

    Igor Nazaruk


    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Armenia;

    Alexander Alexandrov

    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Cuba;

    Valery Kurdyukov

    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Czechia;

    Alexander Turchin

    Aide to Belarus President – chief inspector for Gomel Oblast;

    Sergei Rovneiko

    Aide to Belarus President – chief inspector for Grodno Oblast;

    Olga Dovnar

    Deputy Chairperson of the National Statistics Committee;

    Yelena Mashnina

    a member of the Board of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus.

    The president also approved the appointment of:

    Alla Fyodorova


    as Consul General of the Republic of Belarus in Bialystok (Poland);

    Nikolai Tokar

    as First Deputy Chairman of the Brest Oblast Executive Committee;

    Mikhail Serkov

    as Deputy Chairman of the Brest Oblast Executive Committee;

    Vladimir Belous

    as Deputy Chairman of the Vitebsk Oblast Executive Committee;

    Dmitry Kharitonchik

    as Deputy Chairman of the Mogilev Oblast Executive Committee;

    Mikhail Kreidich

    as Chairman of the Pruzhany District Executive Committee;

    Alexander Pachko

    as Chairman of the Luninets District Executive Committee;

    Piotr Korobach

    as Chairman of the Gorodok District Executive Committee;

    Alexander Shestakov


    as Deputy Architecture and Construction Minister;

    Svetlana Shevchenko


    as Deputy Taxes and Duties Minister;

    Andrei Lobovich


    as First Deputy Labor and Social Protection Minister;

    Valentin Tataritsky

    as First Deputy Chairman of the State Standardization Committee;

    Nikolai Samoseiko

    as First Deputy Executive Secretary of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia;

    Viktor Senko

    as a member of the Vitebsk Oblast Executive Committee;

    Igor Yevseyev

    as a member of the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee;

    Yuri Chechukevich

    as a member of the Minsk City Hall.

    Addressing the diplomats, Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that professionalism and dedication to the state represent the key component of their work.

    “You understand perfectly well that we don’t play some geopolitics. A normal country as a quiet, calm and convenient place to live is what’s important for us. Economy should be developed as well. Economy is about making and selling things. This is why export is a most important task for us,” stressed Aleksandr Lukashenko.

    The President pointed out that the ambassadors should work to improve economic indicators. “We should increase our export even in this complicated period,” said the head of state. In his opinion, the relevant conditions in all countries are available for it.

    Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that it is necessary to put more effort into foreign trade with various countries in several specific directions.

    “We don’t want to wallow from one end to another like we did in the past. There is no need to rush and try to grab a dozen or a couple of dozens of cooperation directions. We could use 5-7 real cooperation directions. It applies to any country,” the President said.

    “You should represent our country in a decent manner. Don’t promise something we cannot do. You’d better stay silent if there is nothing to say,” noted the head of state.

    While appointing aides to the president with the combined office as chief inspectors for Gomel Oblast and Grodno Oblast, the head of state remarked that they will have to work together with municipal government agencies to organize the election campaign. “You have to closely cooperate with the governor in organizing the election and working for end results. It is your top-priority task,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.

    At the same time the aides to the president will have to monitor the compliance of the pre-election campaign with the legislation and the guidelines set by the government conference on topical domestic policy matters. “You have to stay on top of things. It is necessary to arrange the election in an accurate and calm manner,” said the head of state.

    The aides to the president will also be responsible for work with human resources in the regions. Aleksandr Lukashenko instructed them to establish contacts with the entire municipal power vertical.

    Addressing the newly appointed heads of municipal government agencies, Aleksandr Lukashenko advised them to get up to speed soon. “Sort out personnel matters and decide who you are going to work with or not,” said the President. He called for a very careful and attentive attitude to people. “Arrogance or ill-conceived decisions will not be tolerated,” stressed the head of state.

    Aleksandr Lukashenko warned against decisions based on populism during the presidential election campaign, including with regard to salaries. “Let’s calmly live through this election. Let’s see what we are capable of,” noted the President. The head of state stressed it is necessary to add more weight to government agencies. It is inadmissible if an executive gives an instruction only to fulfill it on his or her own later instead of the person responsible for doing it. “Government agencies should deal with their own matters. But decisions must be implemented. If you make a decision, it must be fulfilled immediately,” said the President. The approach will allow effectively optimizing the state machine while raising salaries and revenues of civil servants, noted Aleksandr Lukashenko.

    The head of state reminded that the harvesting campaign will begin in Grodno Oblast and Gomel Oblast virtually in 2-3 weeks. “It is the most important thing. It is necessary to gather in the harvest well and ensure discipline. People should work and get paid for it. It is what our entire pre-election campaign is all about. Without results we will not be able to convince people to vote for us,” noted the President.