Alexander Lukashenko expressed concern that given the increasing potash production flow of currency into the country is now yet good enough.
At the same time, the President expressed concern that given the increasing production volumes, the inflow of currency into the country has not yet been restored. Addressing the meeting participants, Alexander Lukashenko demanded to report to him what is being done to increase foreign exchange earnings, what the optimal sales strategy is taking into account the current trends in the international potash market, what Belarus’ pricing policy is and what is being done to consolidate the positions in the key markets, particularly in Brazil, India, and China.
Alexander Lukashenko asked about the measures being taken to improve the efficiency of the distribution network. "The State Control Committee says the number of mediators is increasing. This is unacceptable! If at some difficult point it was OK, today they need to go. We need direct contacts, not middlemen. If we still need intermediaries, they should be the barest minimum,” he said. He believes that a more vigorous use should be made of direct trade links producers and consumers of fertilizer. Better ways to solve the existing problems should be found.
The President was also interested in the staffing issue. “I would like to draw the attention of those who report to me that we allegedly have no good specialists in potash sales. Stop this nagging. We have enough highly-qualified people who know how to make a quality product and sell it. If our miners and specialists in Soligorsk make a good product and someone cannot sell it, such specialists are worthless. I just read these reports and place them aside. I do not believe them,” the President said.
“It is some kind of inaction: we have no specialists. We do and in a sufficient amount! They are in the Belarusian embassies abroad,” the head of state added. Alexander Lukashenko reminded the participants of the meeting that Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei and his deputy Valentin Rybakov had been instructed to look into the issue. The President asked to update him on the results.