MINSK, 30 May (BelTA) - The new position of Grodno Mayor will offer former Housing and Utilities Minister Andrei Khmel new experience and knowledge to continue his career growth in the future, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he made personnel decisions on 30 May, BelTA has learned.
“Andrei Valeryevich, frankly speaking, I have been thinking about giving you some other work,” the head of state said. The president had his own point of view on this matter, as he explained, different from the position of some members of the government. “I think you are a highly qualified person; I remember your reports from Vitebsk Oblast. You have a very good understanding of the topic. When I received a request from the Grodno Oblast authorities, and not only [Grodno Oblast Governor Vladimir] Karanik asked me about it, I thought that if you agree, it will be quite a good position for you. And not your last one, of course. I really hope it will not be the last position in your career,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The experience of managing such a large regional center as Grodno will be useful for future possible career appointments and will come in handy for other government positions, the president stressed. “You need to know this level - regional or urban, the level of a regional city. Grodno is a big city. It is your homeland (you are from Grodno Oblast), this is also very important.”
“I think that this particular work will offer you new experience, certain knowledge and approaches,” the head of state said. “I have a very good attitude to your approaches, your work. The post of minister of a very important yet relatively small agency [Housing and Utilities Ministry] seems invisible. But it is not true! For me it was noticeable enough.”