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Lukashenko speaks about salaries, prices and discounts in Minsk

MINSK (BelTA) – It is essential to raise salaries of low-paid workers in Minsk although the per capita salaries in the capital city are half as much as the average salaries in the country, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the meeting with Minsk authorities on 20 December, BelTA informs.

“Twenty percent of Minsk residents still earn less than Br400 per month. Therefore, it is also essential to raise salaries of low-paid workers in Minsk. All the more so as the prices for goods and services in Minsk are the highest in the country,” the head of state said.

According to Alexander Lukashenko, there are about 12,000 retail outlets, 3,000 public catering facilities and 98 trade centers in Minsk. The shopping floor has increased almost three times in the past 12 years. “However, such large-scale competition has a small impact on the situation with prices. There are no real discounts still, or they are symbolic. Western European shopping is more attractive for Minsk people,” he said.

In this context, the president urged the authorities to step up efforts to encourage local residents to buy more in Minsk.