MINSK, 12 May (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko reminded the participants in the government meeting in Minsk on 12 May of his requirement to do everything possible in the current conditions to keep people employed, BelTA has learned.
“We need to hold on to our staff. This requirement of mine remains stringent,” the Belarusian leader said.
As for state support for individual enterprises and citizens, these issues will be addressed at the local government level. “All the money that we can allocate today to support specific enterprises and citizens should be directed to the local level, to governors in the first place. They will decide whom to support,” the president said.
The head of state stressed that one should not rely solely on outside help. “It is necessary to support those who need this support and who does everything possible themselves to stay afloat,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The Belarusian leader cited an example of restaurant business and its individual representatives who have shifted to the delivery of ready-made meals. “People have found a new way to earn money,” said the head of state.
Another example is the potash industry, which revenues have been decreasing recently. “Markets have closed, there has been no movement,” the president said. “Nevertheless, they have found a way in this situation to agree with the People's Republic of China and other markets and earn money by supplying their goods. In other words, people are doing everything possible to continue working, reach agreements.”
There are industries, however, that objectively do not have the opportunity to work under the current circumstances, for example the national air carrier Belavia. The state should provide support in such a situation.
“It is true that today it is impossible to sell products anywhere outside the country. However, we need to work on future contracts. Markets will open in a week, in a month, and you will have a ready-made contract, you will be able to supply your goods. We have not closed any production facility, any restaurant, any cinema house. We have not closed anything at all and have not restricted anyone. We just warned our people to take care of themselves,” the president said.
Belarus' Labor and Social Security Minister Irina Kostevich told BelTA after the meeting that the labor market is currently experiencing some negative aspects, including a reduction in the number of vacancies. “Demand from employers is on a decline. The number of people applying for the employment service has been increasing. Despite the fact that the number of vacancies is declining, there are 72,000 of them now. People who want to find a job can do this today,” she said.
Irina Kostevich added that the task is to keep the staff employed, and support will be provided primarily to those employers who take measures to hold on to their people.