|Сяргей Мікалаевіч Румас|
|9th Prime Minister of Belarus|
18 August 2018
|Preceded by||Andrei Kobyakov|
|Born||Syarhey Mikalayevich Rumas
1 December 1969
Gomel, Belarusian SSR, Soviet Union
|Alma mater||Military Finance and Economics Institute
Academy of Public Administration
Syarhey Mikalayevich Rumas (Belarusian: Сяргей Мікалаевіч Румас, Russian: Сергей Николаевич Румас/Sergey Nikolayevich Rumas,) is a Belarusian politician and economist who was appointed Prime Minister of Belarus on 18 August 2018.
Rumas was born in Gomel, but in early 1970s his family moved to Minsk. He graduated from the Higher Military Financial School in Yaroslavl (1990) and the Academy of Public Administration in Minsk (1995). In the early 1990s Rumas successively served in the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus as a chief of several departments and in private banks. In 1995, he became a regional director of Belarusbank and later became the first deputy chairman of the board of this bank. In 2001, Rumas was awarded a Candidate of Sciences degree in economics, his thesis was entitled “Ways of optimization of resource structure of commercial bank”.In 2005, he headed Belagroprombank, another big state-owned bank in Belarus.
In 2010, he was made a vice-premier in the new government led by his old acquaintance Mikhail Myasnikovich. During the financial crisis of 2011, Rumas supervised the creation of a program of structural reforms, which was criticized by the president Alexander Lukashenko and his adviser Sergey Tkachyov. Rumas advocated privatization, foreign investments, and abolition of preferential loans for state-owned companies In 2012, Alexander Lukashenko appointed him a head of Development Bank of the Republic of Belarus.
Rumas was appointed Prime Minister by Alexander Lukashenko on August 18, 2018. The decree had a clause on the subsequent approval of Rumas’s appointment in the House of Representatives, but the Constitution prescribes an opposite procedure. According to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, his predcessor Andrey Kobyakov was appointed in the same way.
Rumas also heads the Football Federation of Belarus.