Session to discuss development of Belarus’ national security agencies

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The state of affairs in the national security and the development prospects for the law enforcement system will be analyzed in a comprehensive way in Belarus, President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the session to discuss the development of national security agencies on 10 November.

Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that it is essential to have a comprehensive look at the national security system. In particular, it is important to know whether the system can promptly respond to today’s threats. It is also important to find out if the law enforcement bodies are prepared for all kinds of scenarios in the world, if they can forecast and forestall possible negative consequences, the head of state said.

“In this context, all agencies must be effective in coping with the existing tasks and have the strategies of operation,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. Therefore, the President urged all agencies to prepare concrete plans of action. According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, first of all, heads of these agencies should determine long-term and short-term development prospects of their organizations.

The President also focused on the need to optimize resources used to ensure the smooth operation of law enforcement bodies in the country. “We are not that rich to keep an excessive number of law enforcement staff. We cannot oversimplify the system either. Otherwise, when understaffed the system will be inefficient,” Aleksandr Lukashenko warned.

Addressing the participants of the session, Aleksandr Lukashenko said that he would like them to take a fresh look at the operation of their agencies. The President demanded more cost-effective means of solving existing issues and higher quality, Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “It is necessary to get rid of excessive and sometimes artificial functions, including supervisory ones, prevent the duplication of certain functions of different agencies,” the President continued. Aleksandr Lukashenko believes it is inadmissible when auditors visit enterprises one after another and create additional obstacles instead of doing their best to improve the situation in the economy.

The President said he would like to understand if the officials present at the meeting are ready to lead the agencies amid rapidly changing conditions. “At the end of the session we need to determine the concrete ways of developing the country’s law enforcement system, to reconsider the tasks which have been assigned to the law enforcement system in general and to every national security agency in particular,” the head of state said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko has no intention of appointing members of the new government as a mere formality.

Following the latest presidential election the Belarus government has been retired. The head of state is supposed to appoint the new government. Aleksandr Lukashenko reminded about his requirement: all the people willing to work as part of the new government will have to prove their competence.

In essence the composition of the new government was suggested before the election in order to let the voters know with whom the head of state intended to work with if he won the presidential election. “Nevertheless, I would not like to sign appointment decrees as a mere formality,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko. Every executive will have to present his or her vision of development of the subordinate government agency. Suggestions in favor of deep reforms and even radical remodeling as well as step-by-step advancement are welcome. “Since we have implemented rather profound reforms already,” noted Aleksandr Lukashenko.

The heads of the government agencies in charge of national security will have to present plans concerning the development of their agencies during today’s government conference. BelTA reported earlier that at the end of the conference prospects of the national law enforcement system will be clearly determined.