Belarusian prime minister Mikhail Miasnikovich thinks the import of beer to the country has no grounds.
Charter97.org learnt it from the government's press service.
“Although the import of beer has recently reduced [by 3%], we think the import is unreasonable,” Mikhail Miasnikovich said during his visit to Krinitsa Brewery.
The PM noted Belarus had all necessary conditions for the effective work of breweries. “We allowed the world's leading brands to enter the country, allowed them to produce and sell beer in the domestic and foreign markets,” he said.
The prime minister thinks that not all breweries work as they were expected to. “As a result, parent companies produce beer, while their Belarusian subsidiaries, residents of our country, import it and sell in the domestic market. We don't need such work,” the PM emphasised.
“We will consider the questions of performance in the sector and the issues of import substitution, because certain companies continue to import beer for selling it in Belarus's domestic market, though it is unreasonable,” he said.
Mikhail Miasnikovich noted the brewing industry makes substantial revenue to the budget.
After a meeting with Lukashenka to discuss the current state and the future of Belarus's brewing industry, Miasnikovich took control over the implementation of the instructions given by the head of state. The prime minister expects heads of the industry and other officials to make their reports in early September.