MINSK, 1 March (BelTA) – Belarus has done truly a lot to enable people to provide for themselves and their families, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with community leaders, experts, Belarusian and foreign media on 1 March, BelTA has learned.
“We have done really a lot to enable people to get things going, to make money for themselves and their families. We have created the necessary environment, from small businesses to IT,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
In particular, Belarus offered unprecedented terms for entrepreneurs and fledging businessmen, in particular, in the countryside. “It is hard to find another such country that granted so many freedoms to entrepreneurs. You can get your business registered and start working within a day. There have been no complaints of red tape yet,” the president said. At the same time, the head of state believes that Belarusians should cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset.
In this regard, Alexander Lukashenko touched upon development prospects of Orsha and Orsha District. “When it comes to employment, jobs and household revenues, our biggest concerns are not over Minsk and the oblast capitals, but over these big towns with a population of around 100,000 where problems have accumulated. They have a big population and they need help. Therefore, a decision was taken to start such a project in Orsha, a typical mid-size town. We have come up with a common strategy, which is being tried on Orsha. Similar work is underway in Borisov. Baranovichi, Molodechno and other towns also have their problems, though they are not that critical. We want to try and test this strategy that is meant for towns like that,” the president noted.
The head of state gave his take on plans to cut housing construction in Minsk and promote satellite towns. “We will delve into this matter this year and next year,” he said. The president added that such decisions are not taken overnight and are not implemented within one year. “Many have already paid for an apartment, many know where this apartment will be built, and foundation has already been laid. Therefore, developers need time to withdraw from Minsk and develop satellite towns, instead of stretching Minsk's boundaries to the limit,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
Family capital has recently been discussed by the head of state. The topic was raised again during the Big Conversation with the President. “The framework of the family capital program will be expanded. Now family capital can be spent only on a child's health and education. However we have agreed to expand it. Corresponding decisions will be taken in the nearest future,” the president said.
In the run-up to the Big Conversation with the President, BelTA invited its readers to ask the president a question. Over a day and a half of the Your Question to the President initiative, the news agency received over 2,000 questions. The agenda of the questions was very broad: from social security matters, job creation, purchase of housing and measures to improve the living standards, up to foreign policy, integration, border security, efforts to combat corruption. Some people voiced personal requests to the head of state to help them address some issues.
The head of state assured: all the questions will be processed and analyzed. Decisions on some of them will be taken before the annual State of the Nation Address. Decisions on others will be announced by the president later.
The questions were sent by residents of big and small communities from all over Belarus. Most of the questions dealt with specific situations or issues at grass-roots level.