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01 March 2019, 09:00

Belarus president meets with media, community leaders

MINSK, 1 March (BelTA) – On 1 March, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is meeting with community leaders, experts, Belarusian and foreign journalists, BelTA has learned.

The Big Conversation with the President will take place at the administrative building on 14 Pobeditelei Avenue in Minsk and will start at 10.30 (local time). Taking part in the event will be over 200 people. These are not only reporters, but also representatives of various expert communities, like political analysts, economists, real economic sector employees, representatives of public associations and religious denominations.

The first open dialogue of this kind took place in February 2017 and drew a lot of public attention. The meeting lasted for more than seven hours.

The TV channel Belarus One and the international satellite TV channel Belarus 24 will broadcast the Big Conversation with the President live. The meeting will be streamed online on the Belarusian State Television and Radio Company website The first channel of the Belarusian radio will broadcast the meeting live, too. Access to live coverage of the event will also be available to viewers of the interstate television and radio company Mir.

BelTA News Agency held Your Question to the President campaign on 27-28 February. Readers were invited to talk about the things that concern them the most. About 2,000 questions were received during the initiative.

The forthcoming Big Conversation with the President is very important not only because it offers an excellent opportunity to sum up last year's accomplishments, discuss the most prominent events with Belarusian and foreign reporters and experts, Natalya Eismont, Press Secretary of the Belarusian head of state, said. “It is also important because, as you know, the president traditionally addresses the nation and the parliament in mid-spring. We also look forward to tomorrow's Big Conversation from the point of view of preparations for that event – it is always a very important, guiding document for the entire country. For the president it is kind of a litmus test, an opportunity to get feedback, primarily from people, because multiple online polls are in progress in the Internet to find out what worries our society today,” she said.

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