On December 22, at the end of the meeting, A.G. Lukashenko with entrepreneurs outside the plan on the proposal of the President was made by the Chairman of the Supreme Coordination Council Vladimir Karyagin who said:
"I note that the year 2017 is really the year of a radical change in the development of the business environment. The preconditions for significant improvement of business by domestic entrepreneurs are created. It is good that these developments were based on the Presidential Directive No. 4, previously adopted in 2010. Well, that it was possible to defend it, because they were willing to cancel this document. The new quality of the development of the dialogue between business and government is characterized by openness, joint development and discussion of projects.
All documents adopted in 2017 are developed and finalized in cooperation with the Business Community. Entrepreneurs and officials often evaluate the work done in the business climate differently. Some officials, especially the old school, believe that if the decree or some normative act is adopted, then all work has already been done. Entrepreneurs sitting in this room think differently. In their opinion, if this normative act allows them to increase the number of jobs, produce more products, realize it and pay salaries to their employees, then this is the criterion for evaluating this document. And today one more important criterion of an estimation - time spent. The whole world is struggling to reduce the cost of goods and services. That's why we need to refine these documents to details, to their practical application, so we have to do a tremendous job.
The President mentioned the rating of our country. Yes, we achieved something. But no country is standing still. Now all countries are working to change the conditions for doing business, all are straining. Here is an example of Hungary, where today a wonderful business climate has been created in terms of taxes. Yesterday (December 21, 2017), US President Trump celebrated the victory, because his tax reform, which American entrepreneurs dreamed for more than 60 years, found support in the Congress. A wonderful business climate has been created in Georgia, which 8 million tourists visited this year, and 300 hydroelectric stations are under construction. We need to continue to work, because we need to be leaders.
It is not always openly stated what is being done in these countries. We must think about the competitiveness of the country and the competitiveness of each company. An important element in this is the image of the country. About all that we are doing now to improve the business climate, as a rule, do not know abroad. Although we work perfectly with the Foreign Ministry and positively assess its work and the work of diplomatic services. But we need to bring information together to our partners in many countries of the world. That is why, Alexander Grigorievich, I personally invite you together with the government on February 28 to the assembly of business circles.
Last year, the Assembly was attended by 98 representatives of 56 state bodies of all branches of power. Our foreign guests, in particular, the representative of the American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that he first saw what is really happening, that he could not even imagine such a level of dialogue between business and government. We then started this work in the Working Groups on improving the business climate. Representatives of financial institutions of other countries, whom we invited, saw the dialogue unfold. Therefore, it is very important that people come to us, we are going to specifically invite many associations to take part, so that they personally see, draw conclusions and disseminate this information. This will seriously affect the positive image of our country.
A very important issue that was not raised in today's meeting is the issue of fairness, fair trial and judicial protection. Earlier, at the trial of Kamenkov, we were confident in the possibility of protecting the enterprise. Today, after the reunification of the Supreme and Supreme Economic Court, many cases are delayed, they are repeatedly transferred, but the main thing is that they are not read. Nobody understands the essence of entrepreneurs' appeal. Since you are an olbudsman - I say this only because - we need to review the judicial system. Two days ago I sent a letter to the Chairman of the Supreme Court Valentin Olegovich Sukalo asking me to accept me, I would like to work out these issues. There are a number of complicated cases that even appeal to the General Prosecutor's Office, but they all come back without proper consideration
Alexander Grigorevich, you called the present here in the hall a lot of money. No, all sitting in the room - hard workers. The interests of these people are inseparable from the interests of the people. We recently conducted another study of the Business Optimism Index. According to its results, 59% of entrepreneurs from all existing problems put second low purchasing power of the population on the second place. This means that we are most interested in making people work harder with their labor. 500 dollars, a thousand, two thousand - this means that a person will invest money in an apartment, education, health ... We are in the same boat with the state and the people. Sitting here people want such changes and work for this every day. I ask that you accept me on a number of significant issues for the development of business and the economy of the country. "
The President instructed the competent persons to consider which of the issues relate to his competence, and which can be resolved at other, lower levels.