According to BelTA the prospects of setting up the Digital Economy Ministry was discussed by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and Chairman of the Business Promotion Council, head of the Council of Ministers Office Alexander Turchin on 27 March.
“I would like to consult with you regarding digital economy and a so-called digital ministry. The proposal has been put forward by entrepreneurs. In your opinion, do we need a new digital economy ministry?” the president asked. “Businessmen suggested financing it in full and even more. Or, maybe, we need a certain reform and unite the ministries that will go digital in the future and create a powerful ministry, a ministry of the future,” the head of state added.
“The head of state did not set any deadlines, but the government is not going to drag on the issue.
We have already accumulated certain experience. We have a digital economy council led by the prime minister. We have already discussed the matter at the meeting of the council. In two weeks we will hold another meeting of the council to discuss the digital economy ministry,” Alexander Turchin said. Speaking about the time for the new agency to go online, he noted: “The goal is to do it this year.” Alexander Turchin added that the Belarusian president supported the idea of a new ministry and instructed the government to submit the corresponding proposal, including the basis and functions of the new agency.
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