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from 04.09.2020

Prime minister introduces new deputy

Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko introduced his new deputy Anatoly Sivak to personnel of the Office of the Council of Ministers.

According to Roman Golovchenko, Anatoly Sivak has quite a track record as a civil servant. He worked as the transport and communications minister for six years. He worked in the transport industry for over 23 years starting that part of his career as a foreman and ending it as the head of Belarusian Railways. Anatoly Sivak also worked as the President's Aide – Inspector for Minsk. He was also Minsk's mayor for two years.

As a deputy prime minister Anatoly Sivak will be in charge of overseeing civil engineering, housing and utilities industry, transport, the Emergencies Ministry and partially the State Border Committee. “I expect his experience and knowledge will help him deal with the entire complicated set of tasks these important spheres face,” the prime minister noted.

Talking about the former deputy prime minister of Belarus Vladimir Kukharev, Roman Golovchenko said he had selflessly worked for the benefit of the country for over two years. A lot of decisions were made under his guidance to develop housing construction, improve state regulations in this sphere, and clean up waste collection. Vladimir Kukharev was in charge of overseeing a number of important infrastructure projects. According to Roman Golovchenko, Vladimir Kukharev is determined to achieve concrete results and is not afraid of assuming responsibility. Roman Golovchenko said he believes these qualities will help Vladimir Kukharev do his new job as the Minsk mayor.

Roman Golovchenko wished Anatoly Sivak and Vladimir Kukharev success in their new posts.

In turn, Anatoly Sivak noted the spheres he will oversee are connected to the daily life of the citizens. “They are very well regulated. It is only natural because safety is the foremost priority. Improvement of these regulations, various norms and standards will allow making interaction in this sphere even more up-to-date and more effective. It is the key task today,” he stressed.

When asked to comment on appeals for Belarusians to demonstrate civil disobedience by not paying their utility bills, Anatoly Sivak said: “How will they get their utility services if they don't pay for them? There is a direct connection. This is why such appeals seem rather odd. If they don't pay, they will not get these services.”