Belarusian president calls for country’s population increase

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko (2nd R) takes part in a celebration marking Independence Day in Minsk July 3, 2009. REUTERS/Nikolai Petrov/Pool (BELARUS ANNIVERSARY POLITICS MILITARY)

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko Thursday said the main tasks for the government now is to increase the population of the country to 15 million people.

While hearing a report on the demographic situation, the Belarusian leader said the country can feed 20 million people, but the main task is to increase the population to 15 million people.

“People are important for the economic security of our country, are the strength of our country,” Lukashenko said.

The head of state said the creation of conditions for promoting birth rate, providing people with jobs and increasing their wellbeing are the main tasks for the government. He promised that officials will be responsible for resolving these social issues.

As of January 1, 2017, the population of Belarus exceeded 9.5 million and increased by more than 6,000 over the past year.

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