“I’d like you to report on the work of our petrochemical complex. Clearly, its influence on development of the economy and the regions is great. What is the current situation? Another question refers to the budget. What is your position here? To what extent do you fulfil the outlined plans?” Aleksandr Lukashenko said, also asking of whether there are any problems related to oil supplies to Belarusian refineries.
Operation of the Belarusian petrochemical enterprises under sanctions pressure was also in focus of attention and the President noted, “It is clear that there are attempts to break us down and bring to heel. Our so-called foreign partners do not behave decently. What is the situation right now?”
The issue of functioning of Belarusian and Russian enterprises – or to be more correct – creation of equal conditions for our economic entities’ work was also high on the agenda. “We still have a difference here,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “A tax manoeuvre is also present. We're kind of halfway agreed here somehow; however, problems still exist. What is this difference in the economic conditions within the Union State?”
The President also asked about the progress in implementation of investment projects, “We agreed that we should complete these investment projects this year. We definitely need, Yuri Viktorovich [Nazarov, Deputy Prime Minister], to schedule trips to these refineries jointly with the Head of the Administration – to see how these projects have been implemented.”
The Head of State also asked about the level of elaboration of the project dealing with construction of a new nitrogen complex at Grodno Azot.
Andrei Rybakov reported to the President that, this year, steady operation of Belneftekhim’s all organisations has been maintained. “A positive growth rate of industrial production has been ensured. At the same time, we are not producing to stock but export our products. Our overstock is declining against the beginning of this year.