Lukashenka Admitting Deterioration of Economic Situation
Meanwhile, Lukashenka warned the government ” the social direction of our economic policy must be retained. And the voices from the government about the necessity of amendment and changing of the economic direction we shall consider as a private opinion”, Lukashenka declared.
According to him, the issue of socio-economic development of the country must be treated” reasonably, thoughtfully, as we have promised to the people”. Lukashenka considers that” enough time has passed for the government to get rid of the shock of uncertainty”.
Serious Trial for Country’s Economy
The Belarusian ruler remarked that” the current year started in the situation of a sharp price hike for power resources. It became a serious trial for the country’s economy as a whole. In this connection A. Lukashenka asked Syrgei Sydorsky to dwell on the plan of the government’s actions “on minimization of consequences of the price- hike for power resources”.
A. Lukashenka expressed his concern about the fact that in the first quarter “a number of programs were underfinanced from the budget”. “Maybe our finance minister has overworked?” - the President asked.
Moreover, the head of the state wants the government to report about fulfillment of the orders in the sphere of power- saving, and power efficiency. Lukashenka also wondered, “how the re-equipment of our oil refinery complex, modernization of energy system is going on and what is the situation at the agro-industrial complex”. “I wonder how our manufacturers will compete at the local market with a great flow of the Russian goods coming to the local market after signing the agreement with the Russian government on actions for development of the trade- economic cooperation. As I have been informed, the heads of Belarusian enterprises are concerned about this problem”, head of the republic declared. Meanwhile, he remarked, ”I warned the government that such liberal habits as in Russia do not suit us”.
No Subsidies for Barbecue
A.Lukashenka also demanded from the government to clarify the situation regarding further subsidizing of the productive sector of the economy”.
“The question has to be asked “Will you continue offering general support to the production of barbecue, visit wallets, photo albums and such like goods?” head of the state asked. ”Are we short of barbecue?”- he added.
A.Lukashenka also mentioned his order to the government on suggesting the means for compensation of the losses incurred by the price- hike for the Russian energy resources through the services rendered to Russia.
Furthermore, A. Lukashenka is waiting for the government and heads of industries’ grounded suggestions on the budget resources saving. “What are the actual steps envisaged for ensuring the positive international trade balance?” - he asked the question.
The Belarusian ruler also paid attention to the housing and municipal sphere. ”We have made the following decision, Lukashenka declared, pointing out “in minds of certain officials there are ideas on raising tariffs for housing and municipal services”.
On the whole, according to A. Lukashenka, he is eager to hear the “constructive understanding of the situation” from the government.