Updated at 20:54,07-12-2016

United Civic Party leader points to popularization of opposition coalitions Anti-crisis Platform

The promotion and popularization of the United Pro-democratic Forces (UPF)s Anti-crisis Platform will be the top-priority activity of the United Civic Party, Anatol Lyabedzka, leader of the party, told BelaPAN on Friday.

"The coalition should now step up its effort to familiarize people with the document," Mr. Lyabedzka said. "There is a very high demand for an alternative opinion in the country at present."

The popularization of the UPF Anti-crisis Platform will boost the ranks of supporters of the coalition, Mr. Lyabedzka noted.
According to him, the coalition has started to conduct training seminars for "anti-crisis propagandists." The first such seminar was held in Hrodna on May 21. Six similar seminars are to be held in the Minsk region in June.

The UPFs Anti-crisis Platform titled, "On Ways of Overcoming the Financial and Economic Crisis and the Guidelines of a New Economic
Policy,"
was adopted on March 13.

The platform consists of three sections. The first section assesses the current economic situation in the country on the basis of the opinion that a crisis in Belarus had begun much before the current global crisis. The second one proposes high-priority measures to be carried out within three months and the final section deals with the guidelines of a new economic policy for a period of between three and five years.

The platform prioritizes the balanced development of the economy and calls on the government to speed up the introduction of information technologies in the economic management system.