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14 March 2017, 11:30

Kostevich appointed Belarus' Labor and Social Security Minister

Irina Kostevich
Irina Kostevich

MINSK, 14 March (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko appointed Irina Kostevich Belarus' Labor and Social Security Minister, BelTA has learned.

The head of state instructed the ministry to step up efforts to fulfill major tasks, namely to ensure a high level of employment in the country and create an efficient labor market, raise the incomes of people and improve the system of protection of vulnerable categories of people.

“There is a task to create 70,000 new jobs in 2017. These should be modern and efficient jobs with decent salaries,” Irina Kostevich told reporters after the meeting with the President. “The average salary in the country should make up at lest Br1,000 by the end of the year. As for the pension coverage, pensions should make up at least 40% of the average monthly salary.”

In her words, all these tasks are difficult but feasible. The government is doing its best to fulfill them jointly with all enterprises, state administration bodies, and regions.

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