MIL OSI – Source: President of the Republic of Belarus – Press Release/Statement
Headline: Session to discuss draft decree “Concerning the development of the digital economy”
11 December 2017
Belarus should step up
efforts to develop the digital economy, Belarus President Alexander
Lukashenko said at the session held on 11 December to discuss a draft decree
“Concerning the development of the digital economy”.
“We should accept the new reality, as they say, the digital reality and
use all the opportunities it opens up for Belarus. Therefore, we have
prepared a draft decree “Concerning the development of the digital economy”. It
has a comprehensive and very meaningful title. Our country’s position is clear.
Digital transformation of the economy is one of the key priorities of
development,” the head of state said.
Partaking in the session were high-ranking government officials and
famous representatives of the IT community.
Alexander Lukashenko remarked that the topic is very important and wide.
However, several years ago no one could even imagine that such issues will be
discussed in detail at the level of the president. “Life is developing so fast,
and we cannot neglect the fact. If we start lagging behind in this hectic life,
we will suffer and lack something important,” the head of state said. “This
pertains not only to the development of the IT sector and advanced
technologies. The topic on the agenda is much wider. At the meeting in spring
we made a decision to create the IT country. The title is relative, but the
essence is clear.”
Information technologies are penetrating all spheres. Therefore, the
agenda includes not only the problems of the IT industry, the president said. There
is tough competition between countries for markets and capital. More than that,
they are competing not only for the financial and human capital, they are
competing for smart, educated and ambitious people, for new ideas and
“The Belarusian IT sector needs an impulse for development because young
people should be able to realize their potential in full here. Belarus should
become a real center of gravity for talented people, successful companies and
international corporations. Our country has a good chance to become at least a
regional leader in the development of advanced fields such as the artificial
intellect, big data, blockchain technology,” the Belarusian leader is
Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that he is not going to slow down
corresponding processes and has never been a retrograde person. However, he
remarked that the fulfillment of the plans will largely depend on the
representatives of the IT sector.
The president urged to focus on the interests of the state while trying
hard to get profits. The state creates conditions, guarantees stability and
security. “Wise people now understand what stability and order are. And they
are doing their best to find a reliable hub. We are ready to become this hub.
You should be good owners of this hub. You should give people an opportunity to
make money. But the state needs power. Therefore, it should be supported. I am
trying to say that you should not forget about your state while making money,”
Alexander Lukashenko said.
“You will never reproach me that you money coming to the budget in the
form of taxes are plundered. Never! If you can propose new ways of using the
budget money, you are welcome. Reasonable initiatives and proposals will be
implemented immediately,” the head of state emphasized.
“Frankly speaking, I do not need a wonderful and attractive hub here
where people will work and earn money without thinking of others and even of
their employees. Understand me. I am a statesman,” Alexander Lukashenko
remarked. “It does not contradict your intentions and ideas, but let’s be
responsible for this piece of land together. I will guarantee stability and
non-interference to you. But everything should be in order.”
The president noted that there are not universal responses to all global
challenges deriving from the robust technological development. Therefore, the
current draft decree will have to be revised after its passing. “This will be
the foundation, but it should be developed,” he said.
The head of state encourages all the participants of the meeting to
start an open and sincere conversation. “Let’s think together, discuss these
issues, arrange a brainstorming to realize what we should do to achieve an
objective and create the IT country. This will be a common achievement of ours,
and we will be proud of it,” the Belarusian leader concluded.