Report of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Minister Andrei Kovkhuto

    It is needed to step up mineral exploration, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he listened to the report of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Minister Andrei Kovkhuto on 30 July.

    Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized that this issues has been discussed already, but the previous government led by the former prime minister did not make a difference in this field.

    The President pointed out the need to improve mineral exploration. “I do not believe that we do not have big oil and natural gas deposits. Russia extracts a lot of oil and natural gas as well as precious metals in similar territories. All that creates the foundation of wellbeing and sustainability of any economy in any state,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

    Aleksandr Lukashenko said that this meeting is held before the session to discuss mineral exploration in Belarus which will take place at the level of the head of state this year. The head of state stressed that the session will focus on the prospects of mineral exploration, not only on the current state of affairs. “I would like to know what we have now and what we will have tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. You should submit an action plan regarding the ways to step up mineral exploration,” the President demanded. He said that he will keep an eye on these issues.

    It is important to use the best practices of foreign partners and enhance cooperation in mineral exploration with them, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

    “Many countries have abundant natural resources, and the leaders of these countries are interested in cooperation with us. These include Venezuela, Zimbabwe, other Latin American and African countries. We need to discuss these issues with all interested sides in detail, analyze the terms and advantages of cooperation,” the head of state remarked.

    Aleksandr Lukashenko also said that it is important to prepare for the session to discuss the prospects of mineral exploration which will take place at the level of the president this year. In particular, the head of state stressed: “These are not ordinary events. These are very important issues which have an influence on the future wellbeing of our people.”