Lukashenka calls for economic liberalization

Belarus should make steps to liberalize the economy and debureaucratize the whole system, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said at a government conference on Thursday.

"We should use the situation to make resolute steps to liberalize the economy and life in general by debureaucratizing the whole system. We should do our outmost in this sense before January 1," he stressed, noting that "it is necessary to do what we were afraid to do and what we failed to do."

Lukashenka also thanked Belarusians for their confidence in the country's banking system.

He said the next meeting of the Belarusian-Russian Supreme State Council, which is to be held late next month, will be crucial, noting that he intends to raise substantive issues, reports Nasha Niva.