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Matyushevsky: Belarus may start applying sectoral preferences

MINSK (BelTA) - Belarus may start applying sectoral preferences soon, First Deputy Prime Minister Vasily Matyushevsky said in an interview with the Belarus 1 TV channel, BelTA has learned.

According to him, the issue has already been discussed in the government. "There is a general agreement that the number of preferences should be decreased. We should gradually move towards sectoral privileges when we stimulate the strategic sectors of the economy rather than certain economic entities,” said Vasily Matyushevsky.

He noted that Belarus' development strategy for 2016-2020 clearly defines these priorities.

He also responded to a question about the government's plans on the dedollarization of the Belarusian economy. He agreed that it is time the Belarusians stopped calculating everything in dollars. "But for the integrated implementation of this plan we still need to go a long way and enhance the level of public trust in the national currency," said Vasily Matyushevsky.

Commenting on the changes in the taxation, he assured that the issue of raising the income tax is not on the agenda in Belarus. "We can solve the social problems without raising taxes," said Vasily Matyushevsky.