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Friday, 20 March 2020

Lukashenko to visit Adani Company

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko is set to visit Adani Company that leads security, healthcare and scientific industry, BelTA has learned.

The head of state is expected to get familiar with the operation of the company, and visit its research center, laboratories, pilot-line production and an assembly workshop.

Adani is a high-tech enterprise of a complete innovation cycle (development, production, maintenance). The company is focused on technologies of medical X-ray image, X-ray inspection systems and non-destructive testing.

Adani became a resident of the Minsk Free Economic Zone in 2010. Over the past years the company has created 545 jobs, invested $38.6 million, including $25.6 million in fixed assets.

Adani supplies products to 86 countries. These are scientific analytical instruments, medical X-ray equipment, screening X-ray equipment, full height human scanners, luggage and transport scanners. Last year the company exported some $40 million worth of goods. The average salary of the personnel involved in production exceeded Br2,500 (the results of 2019).

Adani Technologies was also registered in Minsk Free Economic Zone in 2010. The company is engaged in research and development. For this purpose, a center of strategic innovations and technologies has been built there. In 2010-2019 the company created 136 jobs, attracted €10.2 million in capital investment.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Lukashenko holds meeting to discuss epidemiological situation in Belarus

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko heard out a report on the epidemiological situation in Belarus on 19 March, BelTA has learned.

The meeting at the Palace of Independence was attended by Head of the Belarus President Administration Igor Sergeyenko, State Secretary of the Security Council Andrei Ravkov, Healthcare Minister Vladimir Karanik. Partaking in the meeting were also representatives of the Belarusian Center of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Public Health, the Minsk Research Center of Surgery, Transplantology and Hematology, the Belarusian State Medical University, the Belarusian Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology.

“I have invited you today to discuss the epidemiological situation in Belarus. It is especially important amid the coronavirus psychosis,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

According to the head of state, he wanted to meet only with virologists and epidemiologists at first: the president is aware of the position and approaches of the healthcare minister. “But the minister said that he is a statesman and will not hog the blanket. I think, it would be great if the healthcare minister reports on the current situation and you share your opinions,” he said.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Lukashenko sends birthday greetings to Georgia president

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has sent a letter of birthday greetings to Georgia President Salome Zourabichvili, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

The head of state recalled the visit of the Georgian leader to Belarus in 2019 and added that the parties discussed a wide range of issues related to bilateral cooperation then.

“I am convinced that active cooperation between Minsk and Tbilisi fully meets the interests of our states and nations,” the message of greetings runs.

Aleksandr Lukashenko praised the business qualities and life experience of Salome Zourabichvili and wished her strong health, implementation of her plans and further success on her responsible post.

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Lukashenko, Council of Minister discuss Belarus' socio-economic development

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko is holding a meeting to discuss Belarus' social and economic development in 2019 and achievements in 2016-2020 on 17 March, BelTA has learned.

The traditional meeting at the Palace of Independence is attended by about 50 top-ranking government officials, representatives of the parliament and the Belarus President Administration, governors.

Monday, 16 March 2020

Belarus' Constitution Day described as symbol of freedom and independence

Constitution Day has become a symbol of freedom and independence of the Belarusian people, of a centuries-long way of development of the state and the society, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he wished a happy Constitution Day, which was celebrated on 15 March, to Belarusian compatriots, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

“The continuity of national legal traditions, the use of the best achievements of the global legislative experience were reflected in the Constitution. Its adoption determined the main goals of our modern history. History, where the rights and liberties of citizens come to the forefront, people and fair attitude to them become a priority,” the message of greetings reads.

Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized that the observation of the norms of the Fundamental Law guarantees a coordinated and productive operation of all branches of power, accord in the society, development of the competitive economy, efficiency of the social policy, which is aimed at creating favorable conditions for the all-round development of every person.

The president wished strong health and happiness to all Belarusians. He also wished peace and prosperity to sovereign Belarus.

Friday, 13 March 2020

Lukashenko wants more efficiency from Belarusian police

The number of those who want to shatter the Belarusian state from the inside is not decreasing, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he heard out a report of Interior Affairs Minister Yuri Karayev on 13 March, BelTA has learned.

“Some time ago we agreed that as soon as you get fully acquainted with the state of affairs, you will report on the situation and tell me what you need. I think that you, having analyzed the results of the previous year, can already make corresponding conclusions and say what else is needed to be done in the law enforcement to make police more efficient,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The head of state remarked that there are drawbacks in the operation of all state bodies, including police. “But we cannot do without police because police inspectors work with people, ministers are not isolated from the society. Without police we cannot ensure stability in our society,” the president is convinced.

In his words, this does not even pertain to certain political campaigns: many campaigns were held in the country, and this one will also take place in a calm way. “We need to look further – stable society is a priority. We need to keep both eyes open: the number of those who want to shatter our state from the inside is not decreasing. Unfortunately, the majority of those who are willing to do so are the so-called Belarusian citizens. It is even difficult to call them citizens. Everything is bad for them, the only thing they want to do is to criticize the authorities and disintegrate the society, to make worse. They use any moment. I read various statements of such people not only in the Internet, but also in the so-called mass media,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “Therefore, I believe that police are playing a huge role in ensuring stability in our society.”

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Belarus' ambassador takes part in Victory campaign in Hungary

Belarus' Ambassador to Hungary Aleksandr Ponomarev has taken part in the Celebrating Common Victory international campaign timed to the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory and visited the graves of Soviet soldiers in the towns of Kaposvar and Szekesfehervar, BelTA learned from the Belarusian diplomatic mission.

“Soil from the burial places was taken to be given to the All Saints Church in Minsk. About 80,000 Soviet soldiers and officers gave their lives to free Hungary from Nazism,” the diplomatic mission informed.

The ambassador met with senior officials of Kaposvar and Szekesfehervar and local activists and held talks at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Fejer County.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Belarus' government approves draft agreement on IBRD loan to upgrade higher education

The Council of Ministers of Belarus has approved a draft agreement with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) on a loan to finance the investment project to upgrade higher education in Belarus. Appropriate Resolution No.135 of 9 March 2020 was officially posted on the National Legal Internet Portal on 11 March, BelTA has learned.

Plans are in place to raise the IBRD loan of €100 million for 14.5 years in 2020-2025. The Belarusian Education Ministry shall be responsible for negotiating the draft agreement, making the necessary, but not major amendments to it, and signing the document once the parties reach an agreement within the scope of the approved draft.

The resolution came into force on the day of its adoption.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Lukashenko presents passports to young Belarusians

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko presented passports to young Belarusian nationals in a solemn ceremony in the Palace of Independence, BelTA has learned.

Taking part in the event were 25 Belarusians over 14 years old. They came to Minsk from all over Belarus a day before. Despite the young age they have already achieved a lot in the academic field, art, and sports.

Aleksandr Lukashenko personally handed over the passports to each of the attendees. He noted that at all times this document has been associated with the first step into an adult life.

“I know that you have achieved certain success in studies, sport, community leadership. It is great, you deserve the highest praise. I am confident that your biggest victories are still ahead. The state has made sure that you will be able to take any road you want. Everything else depends on your personal determination, perseverance and hard work,” the president said. The head of state emphasized that all the students who were invited to the Palace of Independence have earned this invitation through their achievements. “There are no random people here. You are the people who know how to work hard, you can be an example for others and you can take the lead,” he said.

The president noted that the previous generations did everything so that the youth could be proud of their country. “Now it is your turn to develop the country and to bring fame to it, and to defend it in the future and in the present. Maybe, you have never thought about such important things as national identity or independence of the state before. However, as soon as you were born, you became the part of the Belarusian nation who would shape the country's present and future. After realizing that, you will find a new meaning in the first words of the Constitution: “We, the people of Belarus”. After all, these people are everyone who lives now, who lived before and who will live on this land after we are gone. Therefore, we are one and the future of our country depends on everyone of us,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The president is confident that no matter what career a person chooses, the main mission of a citizen is to serve their country. “Patriotism is not about talking about love for the Motherland (although this should be discussed, too). This is about everyday work in the interests of the Motherland, preservation of its historical and cultural traditions and protection of interests of the state and people's lives - all the values that had to be defended by our ancestors with weapons in their hands,” Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized. He recalled the heroism of those who defeated fascism 75 years ago saving Belarusians from extermination. “Due to them we stayed alive and free. I am convinced that you will cherish this legacy the way we do,” the Belarusian leader said.

“Looking at you I see a new, positive, talented and ambitious Belarus. This makes me happy, just like your parents. Go forward, towards your goal, never give up and, most importantly, never be afraid of anything or anyone. Believe in yourself, believe that if you go forward, you will always find someone who will help you in your native land, in Belarus,” the president said addressing the young Belarusians.

Student of Secondary School No. 1 of Bykhov Dmitry Ivanov noted during the ceremony that he was happy to be part of this event. He said that he contributes to a school newspaper. He asked for a common photo with the president and promised to send a new issue of the newspaper to the head of state.

All the participants of the event received gifts from the head of state - the book I Am the Citizen of the Republic of Belarus and chocolate sets, as well as heart-felt wishes. “You can be journalists, artists, engineers, agronomists – our country will need people of all professions. I wish you many successes and most importantly, happiness. Take your time while making career decisions. You still have plenty of time for that. Otherwise you might repeat my mistake: make a hasty decision and then have to study again,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

After the solemn ceremony the students were taken on an excursion through the Palace of Independence and visited a special museum displaying gifts given to the Belarusian president by other country leaders, heads of foreign delegations, and well-known people from various spheres.

The ceremony took place in the run-up to Constitution Day that is marked in Belarus on 15 March.

The first ceremony of this kind took place in 2019, the year when the country marked the 25th anniversary of its constitution.

Monday, 09 March 2020

Lukashenko: Belarus has many proposals for oil supplies, processing

Belarus has a lot of proposals for oil supplies and processing, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Chairman of the Belarusian state petrochemical concern Belneftekhim Andrei Rybakov and Vice Premier Yuri Nazarov on 7 March, BelTA has learned.

“The topic of today's conversation, as you know, is the supply of hydrocarbons, primarily oil, to Belarus. I have received a number of proposals for the supply of oil and processing in Belarus. There are many such proposals at present, thanks God. I would like to coordinate some issues with you and ask for your advice on what is the best option for us (whether to buy this oil or not) and what is more economically profitable for us,” said the head of state.

 “I think that we will find the right solution. I have asked you to come at the weekend because the issue is urgent. We have to make a decision and buy this oil on Monday-Tuesday. The volumes are large - over 6 million tonnes,” Aleksandr Lukashenko added.

On 3 March Aleksandr Lukashenko held a meeting to discuss ways to streamline the operation of the oil processing industry in Belarus in 2020 and in the future.

He said then that certain states realized that with the help of an oil pipeline valve they can solve issues of interest in a much easier way. Unfortunately, in spite of any mutual obligations, such practices are also used in relation to Belarus. The domestic fuel market and the operation of chemical and other enterprises depend on hydrocarbon raw materials. “We became fixated on several suppliers for no reason and do not have alternative sources of raw materials. Oil is not an exclusive product. There are enough people who are willing to work with us even in Russia. We need to find suppliers and come an agreement with them. This is number one priority, especially amid this complicated situation in the world, including with our monopolist partner,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The head of state stressed that hard work is also needed in respect to import logistics. The matter requires not only oil transportation agreements, but also comprehensive and systematic infrastructure decisions. It is necessary to mull over the possibility to implement joint projects with foreign owners of raw materials.