MINSK, 21 September (BelTA) – Privatization in Belarus will not suit interests of foreign charlatans. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the relevant statement as he authorized the appointment of Sergei Nikiforovich director general of the Belarusian automobile engineering company BelAZ on 21 September, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that the government will always support BelAZ because it is a Belarusian brand and part of the national legacy just like many other factories. He stated that there will be no indiscriminate privatization in Belarus to suit interests of foreign charlatans.
“Why do I revere enterprises? Not because I don't understand that private property has to exist and can exist,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “We've gained strong immunity to injustice. Fair privatization has not happened in any country. If we want to plunge our country and the 10 million people that live in it into this whirlpool only to regret the decision later, it has to be done without me and, I am confident, without you.”
Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that one cannot take away from citizens what millions of people have created and give it to one investor. “This is why I would very much like BelAZ to work reliably,” he added. “Our vehicles beat foreign competition by offering a better value for money. It is our advantage and we should keep it on international markets.”
According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, he very carefully examined the candidacy of Sergei Nikiforovich since BelAZ is a unique enterprise. Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that virtually no haul trucks are used in Belarus while competition on international markets is fierce. “You are one of the three or four manufacturers of haul trucks in the world. Credit where credit is due – BelAZ still keeps up the output volume. And it is necessary to understand that you are the city's mainstay. There will be no Zhodino without BelAZ,” he stated.
Aleksandr Lukashenko believes that Sergei Nikiforovich can do the job. “I would very much like new guys that come, a new generation to take root in our life, the society after all. They will be the ones to live and create, create the future of Belarus. We are not going to die any time soon either, but we are going to look at things from the sidelines. If you call us, we will give some tips, some assistance. This is why I would very much like you to take root at BelAZ,” he concluded.