Conferment of state awards

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Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko presented state awards to the representatives of various professions. The ceremony took place in the Palace of Independence.

“We summed up the results of the five-year period at the Belarusian People’s Congress. It was an uneasy period in the development of our society. There were difficulties and achievements. On the whole, Belarus has made tangible progress in its development in this period. And the people doing their best every day to multiply the wellbeing of our country have made a big contribution to it. The today’s ceremony is the first event in the series of events to honor the best workers of 2011-2016,” the head of state said.

Orders and honorary titles were conferred on 36 people in recognition of the many-year productive work, exemplary fulfillment of service duties, attainment of high results in the manufacturing sector, agriculture and the forestry industry, a big personal contribution to the enhancement of international relations, scientific research, healthcare, art, culture, and sport.

Aleksandr Lukashenko expressed gratitude to the workers of the manufacturing sector. These are the workers of enterprises which are by right considered Belarus’ brands. “Their products sell well in our country and abroad. These enterprises apply promising innovations, new technical solutions to improve the quality of products, reduce their prime cost, energy and material intensity,” the President remarked. “Unfortunately, a few enterprises are lagging behind. We have recently discussed these problems in the machine-building industry.”

“Your achievements in the current complicated period prove that initiatives, professionalism, and responsible work are the true pillars of success,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

State awards were bestowed upon the workers of the forestry industry. According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, these people make a contribution to ensuring the country’s food security and help increase the foreign currency reserves. One of the best agricultural enterprises is Agrokombinat Snov which was named the animal husbandry leader last year. The head of state also praised the achievements of OAO Lozovichi (Kletsk District), and the agricultural enterprise Svitanak (Kirovsk District). “By awarding you we honor Belarusian agrarians who are working hard, use cutting-edge technologies, and achieve excellent results in their work. It is great that agricultural techniques are improving in our country from year to year, efficient management methods are used, the wellbeing of rural people is rising,” the President said.

The ceremony was also attended by a big group of the military, including soldiers and the representatives of the Interior Ministry. They were honored with the Orders for the Service to the Homeland 3rd Class. “You have a very important mission to ensure safe living conditions, maintain law and order in the society, enhance the country’s defense capacity. We are grateful to you for protecting peace and accord in our homes. These are the most valuable things for a person, the society, and the country,” Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked.

State awards were also conferred on doctors, the personnel of the Belarusian research center of epidemiology and microbiology, the Minsk Oblast maternity hospital. “You are making a big contribution to the fight against dangerous diseases, the protection of maternity and childhood, health improvement,” the Belarusian leader emphasized.

Aleksandr Lukashenko awarded successful Belarusian athletes. Honorary titles were conferred on the medalists of international competitions, a group of coaches who train new champions and promote a healthy lifestyle in the society.

State awards were bestowed on the artists of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater of the Republic of Belarus. The President thanked them for promoting the ideals of genuine beauty, harmony, and high art in the society.

“Belarusian people appreciate your achievements in the name of the Homeland. I hope that the memories of this day will stimulate you to make new achievements,” the head of state wished.