Report of First Deputy Prime Minister Vasily Matyushevsky

  • 1
Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko met with First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vasily Matyushevsky on 11 January.

The First Vice Premier presented the head of state with the government’s outlook for 2016 taking into account the rapidly changing external macroeconomic conditions as well as mid-term prospects for sustainable economic growth. Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that "with all problems and difficulties out there (there will be many more), we need to think about people, manufacturing, development, and get our job done.”

The President demanded that the prospects analysis be conducted on a wide scale. It should not be limited to one market and one direction, he noted. As was reported to the President, when preparing its vision of the country’s economic development for 2016, for the medium term, the Government analyzes 12 fundamental factors that influence the development of the economy.

The meeting also focused on the new program of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which Belarus expects to launch in January – early February 2016. The President was told that virtually all topical issues on this agenda have been solved.

After the report on the government’s vision of the mid-term economic prospects Aleksandr Lukashenko wanted to discuss the program of Belarus social and economic development for 2016-2020 with the expert community. Upon the instruction of the head of state, such discussion will be organized in the near future.