New local authorities appointed in Belarus

Alexander Lukashenko approved the appointment of MP Ivan Markevich as Minsk Oblast Vice Governor

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has approved the appointment of heads of local executive and regulatory bodies, BelTA has learned.

Igor Brilevich, the former director of Pinsk Meat Packing Plant, a subsidiary of the Nevel agricultural company, was appointed Chairman of the Pinsk District Executive Committee.

Former Chairman of the Pinsk District Executive Committee Valery Rebkovets was approved for the post of the Brest Oblast First Deputy Governor.

Mikhail Kiselevich will head the Lepel District Executive Committee while his predecessor Boris Yefremov will take the post of the Vitebsk Oblast Deputy Governor. Mikhail Kiselevich previously served as First Deputy Chairman, Head of the Agriculture and Food Department of the Lepel District Executive Committee.

Alexander Bodanin, the former Deputy Chairman of the Miory District Executive Committee, will lead the Braslav District Executive Committee.

Alexander Lukashenko also approved the appointment of MP Ivan Markevich as Minsk Oblast Vice Governor.

While making new appointments, Alexander Lukashenko studied the experience gained by the nominees at their previous posts, the situation on the ground, and progress made in different economic sectors.

“These specialists are not random people. It would be great to have more such people to achieve better results,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

According to Head of the Belarus President Administration Natalya Kochanova, two nominees out of three were selected from the special talent pool compiled recently by the President Administration. The group comprises executives of regional level under 40.

“We need to pass the country on to new hands [the program to train and promote a new generation of promising civil servants] and make sure it remains really independent and sovereign. Not in words but in deeds,” the president noted.

Examining the situation in Pinsk District, the head of state asked about the experience of mergers in the agricultural sector, warning against advancing this process artificially. On the one hand, a bigger enterprise should give an impetus to the enterprise it takes over. On the other hand, it is important not to ruin the both companies. “Make sure there are no artificial mergers, partitions and so on,” the Belarusian leader noted.

“This is a very large district. We need to apply the same approach as we did in Orsha District and look into enterprises. The situation is not as bad as in Orsha. Nevertheless we need to take this approach. Please pay attention to this and take this trend into account. We need to spruce up large cities (we call them medium-sized on the national scale) and, if needed, raise them to a higher level. But the main thing is production. People need jobs and salaries,” the president noted.

Other similar cities include Orsha, Borisov, Baranovichi, Lida, Mozyr, Polotsk, and Bobruisk. “I would like to highlight Pinsk. This is our southern stronghold, especially in terms of population. I will visit you next year, and we will examine the program you will draw up together with the governor. We will either support you or keep you on your toes to make sure we avoid the things that happened in Orsha,” head of state said.

As regards Braslav District, Alexander Lukashenko noted that a lot of decisions had been taken to promote the development of the district.

“These decisions seem to be working more or less. Make sure every piece of land is utilized. I saw this year that it is possible. It is clear that Miory District and Braslav District cannot be compared to Slutsk District. They have other issues – rugged land and lower soil quality,” the president noted.

The head of state recalled that he had suggested promoting farming enterprises more actively in Braslav District taking into account area-specific features. “They listened, but approached it halfheartedly. Therefore, think how to utilize every piece of land,” the Belarusian leader instructed.

Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that northern regions of Belarus are not so well positioned to develop agriculture compared to southern regions. However, northern regions can boast beautiful nature and other things that can be monetized. “We need to advance Braslav District. It is a pearl of our Belarus,” he said.

Lepel District also needs an area-specific approach in agriculture, just like Vitebsk Oblast in general. “Of course, we need to have a clear view what we will do there. We have set out to tackle the situation in Vitebsk Oblast, in particular in agriculture,” the head of state noted. Alexander Lukashenko revisited the targets related to optimal crop rotation and selection of cultivated crops.

“If grain crops do not grow well there, if we cannot sow them and harvest in time, the crop cultivation targets should be revised downwards. Grain cultivation should not be a goal in itself. We should sow as much grain as we need. The rest – grasses, corn – should be cultivated to feed the livestock,” the president noted. The same pertains to pig breeding, poultry farming, and cattle breeding. Priorities and specialization should be clearly determined taking into consideration natural and climatic conditions.

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