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02 March 2018, 11:17

Belarus government criticized for poor job creation efforts

MINSK, 2 March (BelTA) – The Belarusian government is not working hard enough to create more high-performance workplaces, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting to hear out the reports of the government, the National Bank, the oblast executive committees and Minsk City Hall on the economic performance in 2017 and goals to secure the country's sustainable economic growth, BelTA has learned.

“It is extremely troubling that the decisions of the head of state are implemented in a distorted way. My requirement is to have more high-performance workplaces. They are the basis for growth, they are a source of earning decent money not just getting salaries as it was in December. I have not delved into the way the government organized the execution of my orders, but the results are no good,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

The president noted that high performance workplaces account for approximately 5% of the newly created jobs. “At the level of district and city administrations, as I was reported, they even did not hear the words ‘high-performance workplaces'. They see the task as “retain and not dismiss'. Not firing is also important. People should have a place of work,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

He recalled that at the end of last year a large business forum was held, a package of decisions including those stimulating employment was adopted. “But two months later some people in the government started to assume some things. For example, they decided that if a person is self-employed in some simplest kind of business, then he should pay a full-cost utilities bill. As you understand people have started complaining. Is this is an intentional sabotage of the president's decisions or misunderstanding?,” Alexander Lukashenko asked.

According to the head of state, this does not characterize the work of the government on economic matters in the best way.

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