Lukashenka promises to remove “excessive” barriers to businesses

Alyaksandr Lukashenka promised on Tuesday to remove “excessive” administrative barriers to businesses.

On that day, the Belarusian leader was informed about a package of draft ordinances aimed at easing the conditions for businesses in the country.

“We should give society and sole entrepreneurs these documents by October 1,” Mr. Lukashenka suggested, speaking at a government meeting on measures to stimulate private enterprise.

“The final decision on these documents should be very well thought out and fully meet the interests of our country,” he said. “It is necessary to be completely sure that we are choosing the right vector for regulating the field of entrepreneurship.”

At the same time Mr. Lukashenka said that the government should not lose control over the country’s economy.

“People will not forgive us for this,” he said. “If something happens, they will hold us, the authorities, accountable and, to a lesser extent, businesses.”

According to the presidential press office, representatives of the business community who were present at the meeting spoke in favor of the government’s control over the country’s economy “because sole entrepreneurs are primarily interested in stability and order.”

Mr. Lukashenka pointed out that the ordinances contained a number of “quite serious” economic novelties that will, undoubtedly, display the government’s greater trust in the business community.

The authorities are expected to make decisions that will allow anyone to set up their own business and follow a minimum number of requirements, Mr. Lukashenka said.

“All the unnecessary and obstructive administrative barriers and procedures should be removed,” he said. “Unfortunately, there are quite a few of them now.”

The package of ordinances is being drawn up by a working group led by Natallya Kachanava, head of the Presidential Administration.

The group was established in January by order of the Belarusian leader. It consists of government officials and businesspeople.