Prime minister tells government to tie export strategy to Customs Union rules


The Belarusian government must draw up the country's export strategy with consideration for opportunities opened up by the establishment of the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich said at a meeting of the Council of Ministers' Presidium in Minsk on February 8.

The meeting focused on a draft national program to boost exports for the period between 2011 and 2015.

Mr. Myasnikovich emphasized the importance of linking efforts to increase exports to new foreign trade rules introduced after the establishment of the Customs Union.

The prime minister criticized ministries for failing to fill the program with "specific content" and also pointed to errors in the document.

In addition, Mr. Myasnikovich attacked regional authorities for failure to describe how they plan to secure an increase in exports.

The economy is facing a "difficult" task of boosting the export of goods by 120 percent and of services by at least 200 percent by 2015, according to the prime minister. //BelaPAN