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Session to discuss manufacture and sale of tobacco products

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MIL OSI – Source: President of the Republic of Belarus – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Session to discuss manufacture and sale of tobacco products

4 December 2017

The proposals to revise the system of work in the manufacture and sale
of tobacco products have been submitted to Belarus President Alexander
Lukashenko at a corresponding session.
The head of state remarked that there are two reasons why this session
was convened. The first one is a big demand for these products abroad. “It is
clear that these are excisable goods generating huge budget revenues,” the
President said. “We expect to get Br1 billion, or $0.5 billion in the
equivalent, this year. These are big tax revenues.”
However, Alexander Lukashenko stressed that he is against smoking and
alcohol abuse.
“Nevertheless, this industry has been growing in Belarus, not
only in connection with the existing demand. As for Belarus, I have been informed that
the demand for these products has been recently stable in our country and that
there has been no growth. It is good,” the Belarusian leader remarked.
The second reason for holding the session is the need to discuss the
proposals of certain Belarusian businessmen regarding the improvements in the
manufacture and sales of these products. “Businessmen say that the potential of
our tobacco industry has not been exhausted yet. There are proposals to streamline
work in this industry,” the head of state said.
He mentioned a constant increase in the output of tobacco products;
export is also on the rise. “Foreign businessmen have even recently told me
that our manufacturers do not want to export their products. There are big
niches, even in the European Union. It is beneficial for us. Why are we
reluctant to fill these niches?” Alexander Lukashenko wondered. “I have
instructed to check this information. Today I will be informed about the
results. This is one of the crucial sources of budget replenishment. Therefore,
if there is demand, we need to sell tobacco products. If we do not sell them,
others will. Markets will be saturated.”

The President emphasized that it is important to make a decision in sync
with the interests of the state. “I have promised to those making proposals and
to those concerned about these proposals that the decisions will be made in
public and in the best interests of the state. If someone provides schemes
which we will be able to use in the manufacture and sale of tobacco products,
these schemes will be applied immediately. But the main principle is as
follows: a new scheme should be more beneficial than the previous one,” the
head of state said.
In this context, Alexander Lukashenko suggested discussing possible
benefits from the changes in the existing system of making and selling tobacco
products and the influence of these changes on the final price of products.

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