A draft Council of Ministers executive order on implementing the national social and economic development tasks in 2017 was discussed during the session of the Presidium of the Council of Ministers of Belarus on 29 November. The session was chaired by Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov.
In October 2016 the head of state signed the decree to stipulate the country’s social and economic development tasks for 2017. The document set the main parameters of the social and economic development forecast, specified quantity guidelines, and outlined targets for the next year. Andrei Kobyakov stressed: “The head of state has given instructions to build a complete matrix of personified quarterly tasks for 2017. The tasks will have to mobilize the entire power vertical towards achieving concrete results. The central government and the oblast administrations will have to organize the work of civil servants at all levels to encourage them to secure more effective production of merchandise and services. Apart from that, civil servants will have to work hard to reduce costs, increase and diversify export, create new jobs, attract foreign direct investments, and address other priorities of the country’s social and economic development.”
The Prime Minister stated that as they had been drafting the social and economic development forecast for 2017, they had determined how the GDP growth would be secured in 2017. “Better labor productivity at existing enterprises, a considerable decrease in costs, the introduction of new technologies, improvement of the administration system, more active and aggressive work on foreign markets will secure half of the GDP growth. We intend to secure the other half through the so-called ‘new economy’. In essence we intend to encourage the development of small and medium private enterprises, the establishment of new enterprises, the creation of new jobs, and the attraction of foreign investments. The targets specified by the draft executive order are based on it,” noted the Prime Minister.
Speaking about the matrix of personified quarterly tasks, Andrei Kobyakov noted that the oblast administrations and the Minsk city administration will have to promptly pass on key effectiveness targets to the heads of their subordinate administrations. “The main goals are known. I would like the National Statistics Committee of Belarus to get involved in this work together with the Economy Ministry and the oblast administrations for the sake of putting together a full and correctly structured matrix of tasks for the entire power vertical,” concluded Andrei Kobyakov.