SVETLOGORSK, 14 February (BelTA) – Working visits of the Belarusian head of state will be organized differently from now on. Top government officials will visit local enterprises ahead of the Belarus president's arrival in order to report the state of affairs to the president later on, BelTA has learned.
The new practice was embraced during the Belarusian head of state's ongoing visit to Svetlogorsk District. Head of the Belarus President Administration Igor Sergeyenko, Chairwoman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Natalya Kochanova, and Chairman of the State Control Committee Leonid Anfimov visited a number of industrial and agricultural enterprises, food enterprises in advance.
The officials informed Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko about what they had seen in detail. Moreover, Aleksandr Lukashenko decided to visit a number of enterprises, which had not been on the itinerary initially. The enterprises included Svetlogorsk Ferroconcrete Plant and the Svetlogorsk integrated house-building factory.
“What's wrong? What we should pay attention to?” Aleksandr Lukashenko asked the officials.
Natalya Kochanova said she had visited a dairy plant the day before. “A very good enterprise that makes cheese. The salary is good – Br1,200. No problems whatsoever,” she noted.
As for Svetlogorsk Ferroconcrete Plant, Natalya Kochanova said the company's performance is poorer than last year. “But the new director is a forward-thinking individual. The enterprise works hard, is well-staffed, however, there is high personnel turnover,” the senator said.
The head of state responded: “We should help them bring things to order and stop personnel turnover. It is understandable the situation over there is not easy. But if someone gets a job, he or she should stick to it. Additional incentives are also necessary in some places.”
Natalya Kochanova also spoke in positive terms about the local agribusiness technology supplier.
“Alive?” wondered Aleksandr Lukashenko.
“It is alive,” Natalya Kochanova responded. “Besides, they make some machines on their own – feed dispensers. They have a division to make garments and a woodworking division. A normal, good enterprise. It is a strong agribusiness technology supplier in comparison with all the other ones I've seen. The most interesting thing is that they make spare parts to substitute imports. They cast parts for agricultural machines in-house.”
Aleksandr Lukashenko responded by saying: “Gomel should use it as an example and act.”
Natalya Kochanova had also visited an agribusiness enterprise that raises sheep among other things. Aleksandr Lukashenko was told that this branch will get additional support soon and will grow larger.
In turn, Leonid Anfimov had visited the Svetlogorsk integrated house-building factory and SvetlogorskKhimvolokno. The latter works steadily, makes products intended for export, including unique ones. “Markets are getting more vigorous little by little. Europe has started importing some products. The company finished last year with positive profitability,” the chairman of the State Control Committee said.
As for the Svetlogorsk integrated house-building factory, it is going through a reorganization procedure. The head of state personally visited the enterprise and gave the necessary instructions. The enterprise will take care of building a new shop at the bleached sulfate pulp plant of Svetlogorsk Pulp and Board Mill soon. The relevant agreement was reached during Aleksandr Lukashenko's visit.
Head of the Belarus President Administration Igor Sergeyenko had visited a local bakery among other places. “It uses modern equipment. There are no problems with raw materials,” he said.
Igor Sergeyenko had also visited an enterprise that makes welding rods. The enterprise works round-the-clock in three shifts.