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24 June 2016, 10:33

Opinion: The state should be a partner to economic operators, not a donor or a supervisor

VITEBSK, 24 June (BelTA) – The state should be a partner to economic operators, not a donor or a supervisor, Chairman of the Vitebsk Oblast Organization of the Belarusian Trade Union Sadruzhnast Yevgeny Klimentenok told BelTA as he commented on the results of the 5th Belarusian People's Congress.

“Economy is the basis of our wellbeing and sustainable development. This sector needs serious improvement and not dramatic changes. The state should be a partner that creates favorable conditions for operation, not a donor or a supervisor. Proposals were voiced at the People's Congress to change the oversight activities and also the system of providing companies with loans and subsidies,” Yevgeny Klimentenok said.

Employees' dismissal is inevitable in the process of improving the economic activity, closing or reorienting outdated, loss-making companies. Highly relevant here, according to Yevgeny Klimentenok, are systemic measures to prevent unemployment, preserve social guarantees, especially for socially vulnerable categories of people, and create new jobs. The significance of protecting labor and social rights of employees at companies of all forms of ownership is rising, and there is a need for updating the corresponding legal framework.

“The head of state stressed that companies should provide highly productive and well-paid jobs. For this new companies should be created. The existing enterprises that produce popular services and goods should be further developed. Investment is needed to create favorable conditions of the operation of such companies. Simple and clear rules of the game are needed to attract both foreign and domestic investors. These rules are simple: investment should bring returns, with the guaranteed owners' rights,” Yevgeny Klimentenok said.

He stressed that the state exists not for the achievement of tactical goals such as investment attraction, but for securing the implementation of the rights of its citizens.

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