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11 June 2021, 12:58

Multi-level regulation of administrative procedures to be introduced in Belarus

MINSK, 11 June (BelTA) – It is essential to step up efforts to provide full information availability of administrative procedures and to promote digitization, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he convened a meeting to discuss legal aspects of economic activity on 11 June, BelTA informs.

One of the topics on the agenda was the improvement of the institute of administrative procedures. According to the head of state, the quality of regulation is very important: the operational efficiency of services, the investment appeal of the country, bigger revenues to the budget and economic development.

“But the main thing is that administrative procedures are the contact point for the state and the society. And the efficiency of such interaction has a strong influence on people's sentiments and trust in the state and the government in general. Therefore, it is essential to step up efforts to provide full information availability of administrative procedures and to promote digitization,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.

A draft decree providing for a multi-level system of regulating administrative procedures has been submitted for consideration. The principles and major approaches rill be determined by the president, the list of administrative procedures – by the government, regulatory activities – by specialized and operational state bodies.

“Will this system be efficient? Can such revision cause excessive formalism and, what is even worse, red tape and chicanery at the level of agencies or the local level? We must prevent it,” the head of state stressed. “How do you plan to build the electronic interaction of state administration bodies and economic operators? Will the digitization help reduce costs and avoid corruption causes?”

The president warned that there should not be any changes for the sake of popularity, for example, digitization, computer automation, and so on. “Such changes are good when they benefit us and when our people, not just 15-20% of the population, understand it. It is good when people appreciate it. Therefore, we should not be in a hurry and should not be too slow,” he stressed.

The president also deems it necessary to take the previous experience into account when revising the legislation. “Let me give you an example. When we set up the IT park, everybody supported the idea. Yes, it has played its part. We are very grateful to those who have been working and are working there. Thanks to them we now have IT specialists all over the country: at production enterprises, the Defense Ministry, the Academy of Sciences, etc. But we have lost track of many processes there. What did we get: the most forward-looking and wealthy people, and where are they now? The second example is self-employed businessmen. The former government was lamenting. And what did we get? These are lessons for us,” the head of state said.

“But life goes on, it did not stop. And we should not stop. We must move forward taking into account all the mistakes and lessons of the past. We must use all lessons of life and be proactive,” the head of state concluded.

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