Among the priorities outlined by the Government were exports and the President stressed, “This is reasonable. After all, while there is an opportunity to sell and gain a foothold in world markets, we need to act. We should not miss the moment to come into the spotlight. If we intensively increase foreign exchange earnings, the Belarusian Rouble will strengthen. Our people will then stop being cautious, while more eagerly investing in deposits or bonds. In this way we will progressively increase the base for long-term investment.”
The President noted that this is the task not only of the Government, but also of the banking sector – especially considering that investments are shrinking as of yet.
The Head of State recalled that the previous cycle and related major projects have almost been completed. Among them are the nuclear power plant, the Belarusian National Biotechnology Corporation, the Petrikov Mining and Processing Plant, pulp and paper complexes. Oil refining projects are being completed.
“If we fail to keep up to date, then we will be outsiders in terms of competitiveness in 3-5 years. The situation was spoiled for us from the outside in some areas but we are also underworking is some spheres. All investment tasks are clearly outlined in the five-year plan programme but they are still poorly being implemented. Secondly, it is necessary to remember: people do not need figures and indicators. Our citizens are concerned about pragmatic issues – such as salaries, jobs, prices. In this context, I ask you to conduct our dialogue: are there enough planned measures on the issues I control?” Aleksandr Lukashenko addressed those present.