Belarus President makes new appointments

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Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made new appointments on 29 July.

The head of state appointed:

  • Gennady Solovei – Chairman of the Gomel Oblast Executive Committee;
  • Anatoly Linevich – Belarus President’s aide, inspector for Vitebsk Oblast;
  • Aleksandr Guryanov – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of San Marino (concurrent accreditation).

The President also approved the appointment of:

  • Aleksandr Shubsky as Chairman of the Glubokoye District Executive Committee;
  • Viktor Gutorov as  Chairman of the Shumilino District Executive Committee;
  • Aleksandr Sidorenko as Chairman of the Zhitkovichi District Executive Committee;
  • Andrei Turuk as Chairman of the Korma District Executive Committee;
  • Yevgeny Krukovich as Chairman of the Volozhin District Executive Committee;
  • Valery Melnik as Chairman of the Lyuban District Executive Committee;
  • Sergei Pilishchik as Chairman of the Kopyl District Executive Committee;
  • Aleksandr Butarev as Chairman of the Gorki District Executive Committee;
  • Mikhail Gulyi as Chairman of the Kirovsk District Executive Committee;
  • Stepan Polonnikov as Chairman of the Krugloye District Executive Committee;
  • Konstantin Zhigutsky as Chairman of the Osipovichi District Executive Committee;
  • Sergei Mikhalyuta as Chairman of the Slavgorod District Executive Committee;
  • Vitaly Vlasevich as Head of the Administration of the Pervomaisky District of Bobruisk;
  • Dmitry Korchik as Director General of the Belarusian Steel Works Management Holding Company;
  • Aleksandr Osmolovsky as Chairman of the Board of the Belarusian Universal Commodity Exchange;
  • Aleksandr Kadlubai as Deputy Education Minister;
  • Sergei Nesterovich as First Deputy Minister of Communication and Informatization;
  • Andrei Yakobson as Deputy Head of the Belarusian Railways.

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko demanded higher salaries and their timely payment in the regions as he approved the appointment of heads of local executive and regulatory bodies.

“Look at salaries. Make sure that people get decent salaries. Wherever it is not possible, salaries should be at least satisfactory, so that people  know that tomorrow, under certain circumstances, their salaries will be higher. Salaries should rise. And not because we are having elections soon. People do not tolerate when such things are done for political reasons. It is out of question,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The head of state noted that salaries, pensions and benefits are increasing little by little in the country. “People see it. Decision-makers should know that a salary is something sacred, this is the main source of  income for our people. Therefore, salaries should be paid in time and they should increase,” the President said.

At the same time, the President emphasized that this year and the next one will be special for Belarus as the country runs two election campaigns. “We do not have party bodies, no Communist Party of the Soviet Union; in other words, there is no body that focuses solely on politics. Everything is in your hands. This situation has both advantages and disadvantages. I earnestly ask you: everything should be organized up to par,” the head of state said.

According to the President, the situation in the regions where the newly appointed officials will be sent is overall stable. “People understand us and support today’s authorities. This is good and this is right. Therefore, you need to keep in touch with people, no pressure will be tolerated. Treat people with respect and kindness. You will be put to the test, so get ready. Look at the things that should be fixed not only in agro-towns, but also in district capitals. Here we have brought things into order and created new jobs,” the President said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized that a fair and honest attitude to people should be at the heart of politics at the local level. “The demand for justice is still here and is getting more pronounced,” he added.

“I plan to visit the south-east of the country in the near future. I saw it from the helicopter, but we need to sit and look carefully into the program [on the development of the south-eastern districts of Mogilev Oblast]. Plans are in place to meet with the local authorities and discuss everything,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko. The president was interested in the progress made in the implementation of his decree on the social and economic development of the region and the corresponding regional program through 2020. The President was briefed that a number of new agricultural, food and woodworking companies had been set up in Slavgorod.

The head of state also asked about the situation in other regions of the country, agricultural companies and weak farms there. “How are things with Ovsyanka? This was one of the best farms in Belarus once, never mind Gorki District. Gorki District is the leading region in the country. It needs to be supported. It was refurbished before it hosted Dazhynki,” the President said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko also spoke about Krugloye District: “This is a very good region. A lot needs to be done there. I visit the region some 20 times a year. It is not big and the right areas of work were chosen there from the very beginning. The region just needs some support.”

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has approved the appointment of Dmitry Korchik Director General of the Belarusian Steel Works – the Management Holding Company of the Belarusian Metallurgical Company.

Dmitry Korchik worked as Deputy Industry Minister before.

Aleksandr Osmolovsky, the former head of the main department for diplomatic corps and official delegations of the Diplomatic Service at the President Property Management Department, has been named Chairman of the Board of the Belarusian Universal Commodity Exchange (BUCE).

“The positions to which you are appointed are important for the country,” the head of state stressed during the ceremony to announce new appointments. The President said he wants to see the Belarusian Universal Commodity Exchange to grow and develop: “Things are slow at the BUCE. We need to shake them up and bring more goods to the exchange.”

Aleksandr Lukashenko approved the appointment of the new director general of the Belarusian Steel Works - Managing Company of the Holding Company “Belorussian Metallurgical Company”. “The company is one of the country’s flagships. A lot has been done there. The foundation has been built. I would love to see the result,” the President said. He stressed the importance of creating jobs at the enterprise and ramping up production.