Belarus president makes new appointments

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Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made new appointments on 3 March.

The head of state appointed:

Oleg Ivanov Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Tajikistan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (with concurrent accreditation).

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Italian Republic, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Belarus at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Alexander Guryanov Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Malta (with concurrent accreditation).

The president approved the appointment of:

Gennady Borisyuk as Head of the Leninsky District Administration of Brest;

Anatoly Linevich as Chairman of the Kopyl District Executive Committee;

Anatoly Voinilko as Chairman of the Myadel District Executive Committee;

Dmitry Vasilevsky as Chairman of the Dribin District Executive Committee;

Mikhail Kosmachev as Chairman of the Cherikov District Executive Committee;

Alexander Dorokhovich as Head of the Zavodskoy District Administration of Minsk;

Yuri Trushchenko as Head of the Sovetsky District Administration of Minsk;

Yevgeny Shestakov as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs;

Igor Voitov as Rector of the Belarusian State Technological University;

Andrei Zenevich as Rector of the Belarusian State Academy of Communications;

Anna Ryabova as Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology;

Alexei Avramenko as First Deputy Transport and Communications Minister;

Alexei Lyakhnovich as Deputy Transport and Communications Minister;

Igor Shilov as First Deputy Head of Belarusian Railways;

Piotr Arushanyants as Director of the Entrepreneurship Department of the Economy Ministry of the Republic of Belarus (for the period the director is on maternity leave);

Nikolai Yurchenko as Head of the Defense Industry and Military Technology Cooperation of the Permanent Committee of the Union State;

Alexander Sysoyev as Chief of Administration of the Vitebsk Oblast Executive Committee;

Pavel Oshurik as a member of the Grodno Oblast Executive Committee.

Addressing heads of municipal government agencies, Aleksandr Lukashenko encouraged them to realistically evaluate the necessity of implementing various initiatives. According to the head of state, the advisability and the timelessness of measures have to be evaluated before making concrete steps.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said he uses the same approach while making state-level decisions. For instance, the same reasons prompted the head of state to postpone the decision on expanding the central bank’s functions to include the regulation of the insurance market and the securities market. The idea was widely discussed by mass media. The President pointed out that the current system operates well in Belarus and causes no complaints about members of the general public. The head of state said it was possible that in the future the National Bank may be granted mega regulator functions. “But at present the central bank has a lot on its plate already. The cost of resources is the most important task for the National Bank,” said the President. Aleksandr Lukashenko went on saying that, first of all, it is necessary to resolve all the problems in monetary management.

“Certainly, times are complicated,” stated the President. “Well, what can we do? Time has chosen us. This is why we have to live in this time, doing our jobs and producing results.”

The head of state noted that it is necessary to properly carry out the spring sowing campaign in these complicated conditions. “I don’t want you to exaggerate the problem. You just need to keep things in order everywhere. We need order everywhere! Don’t put too much pressure on people. Let them work and demonstrate their best qualities. But technological process specifications must be observed. Your entire work should be focused on observing the technology,” said the President.

“I don’t understand what else is needed. We have fertilizers and seeds. We have everything. Farmers already say they don’t need any more machines. But we need order,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.

Aleksandr Lukashenko gave instructions to make the necessary amounts of fertilizers for agriculture to avoid draining the country’s foreign exchange reserves by importing the merchandise that Belarus can make on its own.

“In other words, we need to start working on basic matters. After resolving these issues you will find the 25% prime cost reduction I’ve been talking about. As far as agriculture is concerned, let me tell you, we can find much more than 25%. We can find huge resources over there,” believes the head of state.

“Our government system is strict, very strict. People feel it. But it doesn’t mean that we should force our citizens to form ranks and march somewhere while discouraging them from making any missteps and from speaking up. We must not do such things,” stressed the President. “You should not be afraid of letting people say what they think in a proper place: in a conference, while talking to colleagues, or directly to you. We will only benefit from it. But at their workstations people should stay quiet and follow the technological requirements. They have to turn up at work on time and do the things according to the technology. If they see something wrong, they should notify their superiors and are free to make suggestions. I just want you to remember that people are free to talk, to discuss, and to suggest.”

“Don’t clamp down too hard. Our people are smart. They understand how they should live and work and we should support it in our people,” added Aleksandr Lukashenko.

The President pointed out that Belarus occupies an advantageous geopolitical location in the center of Europe yet the country is open on all sides. “We don’t have to do anyone’s bidding. Our national interests should be the primary concern. But it is necessary to see the world around us and to see where it is moving. We will not be able to avoid the movement. We have to polish, possibly reform, and improve the system we have created,” said the head of state.

Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that Belarus will, probably, host the parliamentary election in September. According to the president, the parliament should play a more significant role in the society because people should see the work of the elected MPs.

The head of state once again asked the heads of local administration bodies to draw special attention to the personnel issue and give responsible posts to reliable people.

“You have a personal task in accordance with the decree, not even one task, but the main objective for you is to support unprofitable enterprises. Therefore, think what you will do there, how you will operate these enterprises,” the president added.

Addressing Oleg Ivanov who was appointed Ambassador of Belarus to Tajikistan and Afghanistan with concurrent accreditation, the head of state stressed that there are no problems in the relations between Belarus and Tajikistan. Belarus has strong positions in that country. The relationship with the leadership of Tajikistan is very good. “Through Tajikistan we can cooperate with the neighboring states,” the President said. He added that nevertheless, the cooperation with Tajikistan should be further promoted.

According to the President, Afghanistan is a country with great potential. “Our country can get lucrative offers and dividends there. This is a rich developing country, the population is not small. The region is very advantageous strategically. It will not be neglected. Therefore it is necessary to pay very serious consideration to this country, of course, not forgetting Tajikistan,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.