Draft decree on the management of state assets at the center of the government meeting

MINSK, July 5 (BelTA) — Belarus has prepared a comprehensive draft decree on the management of 100% state assets and assets of economic entities with a state share. The corresponding draft decree was submitted to a meeting of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko with senior officials of the Council of Ministers, BelTA has learned.

“Last year, we agreed to draw up a regulatory legal act that would regulate the most important provisions in this area with an absolutely transparent scheme for the implementation of these provisions. Indeed, Belarus avoided blind privatization They called it a shock privatization. Long-established enterprises regularly operate in the country, new production facilities are being created, including at state industrial sites. However, we need to increase the efficiency of l “use of state assets. By the way, this also applies to private manufacturers, “says the head of state.

He noted that the government has prepared the comprehensive draft regulating the management of not only 100% state assets, but also the assets of business entities with state share.

The main changes are related to the redistribution of powers between government bodies.

Alexander Lukashenko welcomed this approach and considers the redistribution of powers a fair and necessary decision. He also pointed out that there are two fundamental issues: land management (agricultural land, forest resources) and state property. These things are within the mandate of the chair. “But both issues need to be delegated top-down to some degree,” he said.

The Head of State recalled the recent decision on the land. In some things, powers have been delegated to the heads of district administrations. “People on the ground know better. But some issues such as the allocation of agricultural land and forests for residential development or other projects will remain in the president’s terms of reference. Today, it is not necessary to delegate such functions even to the level of governors,” said Alexander Lukashenko. “Land resources, state assets and finances are the three pillars of any government. But we are moving carefully and calmly towards this [redistribution of powers].”

Regarding the project, it is assumed that most decisions would now be made at the local level. “It’s a good decision. We agreed on this a long time ago. Except for the things I mentioned,” the president said.

Along with this, Alexander Lukashenko raised a number of questions for the meeting participants: where will these government proposals lead, whether the state will lose control over the sale of the most lucrative assets, whether it will create loopholes for the corruption. “We have seen this happen in neighboring countries,” he said.

In addition, the President asked what innovations the project offers in relation to economic entities, what mechanisms it offers for the use of unused space of enterprises. “Once, we took the decision to encourage the use of unfinished objects from the Soviet era. How did the local authorities do on this front?” asked the head of state.

“The most important thing is whether it will generate good results?” stressed the Belarusian leader.

The expert council of the Council of the Republic and the Minsk City Hall suggested their proposals on the project.

“You know my requirements well: the legislation must not change too often. When we see that the changes are really long overdue, we have to make sure to take everything into account, ”said Alexander Lukashenko.

Michael J. Birnbaum