Minsk hosted the Assembly of Business Circles on March 1. The forum was one of the central events of Belarusian Entrepreneurship Week. Representatives of business and government met at one site.
Now one of the main tasks is to give more freedom to private initiative. Work is already under way: for example, trade inspection has been banned from inspections, sanitary rules have been significantly simplified and small businesses will no longer by checked by the Emergency Situations Ministry.
Vladimir Zinovsky, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Belarus:
Unnecessary checks, which lead to bad consequences, do not give businesses enough freedom and need to be eliminated. Any check should anticipate violations rather than aim at fining businesses.
The National Business Platform was presented at the Assembly March 1. This is a set of proposals to improve the business climate in Belarus. The program consists of more than 80 ideas. In particular, businessmen would like state support to be provided solely on a competitive basis. They also propose to reduce the tax burden.