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

Headline: Session to discuss draft legal acts

21 December 2017

We need to raise scientists’ salaries depending on the concrete results
of their work, Belarus
President Alexander Lukashenko said at the session held on 21 December to
discuss draft legal acts aimed at the development of the real production
sector, promotion of scientific work and employment.
The head of state reminded that at the session held in April 2017 to
discuss the prospects of Belarusian science an instruction was given to develop
new principles and approaches to the calculation of scientists’ salaries. In
this context, he asked about the progress in this field, about the proposed
sources and mechanisms of labor remuneration in science, about the efficiency
of these measures.
“In other words, will scientists start getting decent salaries for the
results of their work? This is the main conceptual requirement: to pay more for
concrete results and to stimulate these results,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
The president remarked that at the recent 2nd Congress of Scientists of
Belarus he promised to sign a document on raising salaries in science. This
document should have been prepared much earlier, the head of state said.
He also spoke about the proposals of the Academy of Sciences
on the National Science and Technology Park BelBiograd. “I am not sure that
this sci-tech institution should have a special status of a national park. I
have looked through a corresponding draft decree. A certain special zone will
be introduced there. What kind of a special zone is that, do we have such
zones?” Alexander Lukashenko wondered. He asked about the feasibility of this
project and wanted to know how it will affect the development of science and
the economy.
Apart from that, the president stressed that the country is interested
in the development of the digital economy. These issues have been discussed at
a recent meeting. “Now I want the participants of this meeting to tell me about
the concrete aspects of this large-scale project. What impact will they have on
the traditional economy and the country in general? We will discuss this issue
for the last time this year, and for the last time before I sign a corresponding
document,” he said.
Alexander Lukashenko also remarked that part of the draft documents
submitted for consideration are focused on t he development of certain
industrial enterprises. “How will the proposed measures affect the stability of
work of our flagships in metal industry, machine building, wood processing, and
housing construction? I mean these draft documents where you ask for the budget
support of enterprises once again,” the head of state said. The president
stressed that he had recently held a session where he voiced his position on
the issue.

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