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07.03.2017

Vatican representetives awarded with Fransysk Skaryna Order
Vatican representetives awarded with Fransysk Skaryna Order Representatives of the Vatican have been honoured with the Order of Fransysk Skoryna. The decree was signed by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. In recognition of their big personal contribution to the development of cultural cooperation between Belarus and the Vatican, Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine and Belarus in 2011-2015 Claudio Gugerotti and director of the Vatican Museums Antonio Paolucci were presented the Order.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus population must be no less than 20 million people
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus population must be no less than 20 million people Women, motherhood and defense of Fatherland. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko presented state awards and general’s shoulder boards on March 7, 2017. The solemn ceremony at the Independence Palace in Minsk symbolically united two popular celebrations, which are the Day of Fatherland Defenders and Women’s Day. President Lukashenko remarked that even though men and women have different roles in the society and in a family, true harmony is created only by their joint efforts.
President Lukashenko presents state awards and general's shoulder boards
President Lukashenko presents state awards and general's shoulder boards Women, motherhood and defense of Fatherland. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko presented state awards and general’s shoulder boards on March 7, 2017. The solemn ceremony at the Independence Palace in Minsk symbolically united two popular celebrations, which are the Day of Fatherland Defenders and Women’s Day. President Lukashenko stressed that even though men and women have different roles in the society and in a family, true harmony is created only by their joint efforts.
Belarus President gets acquainted with national achievements in art, literature and architecture
Belarus President: Investment in culture is investment in our future The cream of Belarusian creative intelligentsia gathered on March 6 at the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus. Here, works that claim to be the State Prize in literature, art and architecture were exhibited. All in all, eight projects were nominated. Among them is the play "The gray-haired legend" as well as works dedicated to the memory of the famous Pesnyary band front man Vladimir Mulyavin. To get familiar with each of the eight works nominated was the personal initiative of the Belarus President.

06.03.2017

Transplantology in Belarus: who gives second life to people?
Transplantology in Belarus: who gives second life to people? Merits of Belarusian organ transplant surgeons certainly deserve to be put down in the books of modern day history of Belarus. What is more, the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for Organ and Tissue Transplantation is among the nominees for the State Prize Award. This clinic is one of the largest in Eastern Europe. Belarus is among the top 20 countries where there is such a medical aid development level.
Everyday life of Belarusian police officers
Everyday life of Belarusian police officers Belarus celebrated 100 years of Belarusian militsiya (police) on March 4, 2017. 100 years passed since the times of 19th-century policemen in the Russian Empire, whose monument was unveiled in Minsk on March 2, 2017. 100th anniversary of the first chief of Minsk civilian militia, former revolutionary, Mikhail Frunze, who was known under the pseudonym Mikhailov. Today Belarusians have other police heroes. Nevertheless, police officers’ main aim stays the same: they must ensure security and social order. But what has changed? What does a Belarusian police officer do now?
Politics, economy and human relations: What is Belarus-Georgia cooperation build on?
Politics, economy and human relations: What is Belarus-Georgia cooperation build on? I've never seen in Belarus advertising of khinkali or khachapuri (Georgian national dishes). But those who tasted it say that it is delicious! I do not know what the Georgian president ate during his recent visit to Minsk last week (either their traditional dishes or Belarusian mochanki pancakes), but, judging by the expression on his face, he took a good impression of Belarus. Olga Petrashevskaya has more information on the high-profile visit and good Belarusian-Georgian relations.

05.03.2017

Celebratory march in honour of the 100th anniversary of Belarusian police held in Minsk
Celebratory march in honour of the 100th anniversary of Belarusian police held in Minsk Belarusian police marked its 100th anniversary on March 4, 2017. As many as 100 years ago, the first Chief of Minsk People’s Militia, which substituted the Russian Empire police after the February Revolution (the first of the two Russian revolutions in 1917),was appointed. This day is a celebration for the Belarusian law enforcement bodies. A lot of events were held in honour of the 100th anniversary.

04.03.2017

Celebrations held in honour of the 100th anniversary of Belarusian police
Celebrations held in honour of the 100th anniversary of Belarusian police Belarusian police celebrates its 100th anniversary on March 4, 2017. Celebrations on this day take place all over the country. The main events were held in Minsk. A ceremonial parade of Belarus Internal Affairs police units passed through the centre of Belarus capital. More than 1,000 people took part in the parade. In his address to Belarusian policemen, President Alexander Lukashenko emphasized, that Belarusian law enforcement bodies successfully keep up the high level of law and order in Belarus.
President Lukashenko congratulates law enforcement officers on the 100th anniversary of Belarusian police
President Lukashenko congratulates law enforcement officers on the 100th anniversary of Belarusian police The best work evaluation of the Belarusian police is the trust of Belarusian citizens. This was stated by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at the special event dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Belarusian police. The best policemen and veterans of the internal affairs bodies were invited to the ceremony.

02.03.2017

Belarus ready to share experience with Vietnam in ensuring rule of law
Belarus ready to share experience with Vietnam in ensuring rule of law Belarus is ready to share experience with Vietnam in the field of law enforcement, said March 2 President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with the Minister of Public Security of Vietnam Tô Lâm. That country is one of a number of priority partners of Belarus in the Asian region. Today, Vietnam is developing rapidly, including economically.
Belarus plans tight cooperation with 'brotherly and friendly' Georgia, President Lukashenko says
Belarus plans tight cooperation with 'brotherly and friendly' Georgia, President Lukashenko says Belarus is ready to provide Georgia with favorable conditions for business and offers new joint projects. The country's president Giorgi Margvelashvili is now in Belarus on official visit. On March 1, he was greeted at the Palace of Independence by President Alexander Lukashenko. The Heads of State met in 2015 in Tbilisi during Alexander Lukashenko's official visit. Many of the agreements that were achieved have been already fulfilled.

01.03.2017

Georgia understands and supports Belarus, Giorgi Margvelashvili says
Georgia understands and supports Belarus, Giorgi Margvelashvili says Belarus is ready to provide Georgia with favorable conditions for business and offers new joint projects. The country's president Giorgi Margvelashvili is now in Belarus on official visit. On March 1, he was greeted at the Palace of Independence by President Alexander Lukashenko. The Heads of State met in 2015 in Tbilisi during Alexander Lukashenko's official visit. Many of the agreements achieved back then have been fulfilled.
Belarus President notes breakthrough in relations with Georgia
Belarus President notes breakthrough in relations with Georgia Belarus is ready to provide Georgia with favorable conditions for business and offers new joint projects. The country's president Giorgi Margvelashvili is now in Belarus on official visit. On March 1, he was greeted at the Palace of Independence by President Alexander Lukashenko. The Heads of State met in 2015 in Tbilisi during Alexander Lukashenko's official visit. Many of the agreements achieved back then have been fulfilled.
State awards for scientific works in Belarus should not be formal, President says The state awards for scientific works should not be formal, said February 28 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said when visiting the centre of organ and tissue transplantation. The centre was recommended for the award of the State Prize for 2016. Among the candidates are 20 works. Most related to science and technology: the a bank of plants' genetic resources, machinery for the timber industry and even scientific historical works.

23.02.2017

Day of Fatherland Defenders celebrated in Belarus on February 23
Day of Fatherland Defenders celebrated in Belarus on February 23 Day of Fatherland Defenders and Armed Forces is marked in Belarus on February 23. This is Belarus' national holiday, the day of courage and heroism of the defenders of all generations. Their memory was commemorated today in the capital Minsk today. Representatives of security forces, veterans of the Armed Forces and the Minsk leadership laid wreaths and flowers by the eternal flame and the monument in Victory Square. However, this holiday in Belarus is also called Men's Day, in contrast with International Women's Day, which is marked on March 8.

22.02.2017

Belarus decreases checks of businesses in search for economic growth
Belarus decreases checks of businesses in search for economic growth Good news for Belarusian businesses. There will now be fewer checks of businesses and business administration principles will be simplified. Last week the Belarus President instructed the supervisory authorities to reduce the number of planned inspections. At the initiative of the head of state, a working group has been set up to restore order in this area and to eliminate unnecessary and frivolous demands of inspectors, who prevent business development in Belarus. The group consists of well-known businessmen and economic experts.

21.02.2017

People’s Artist of Belarus Finberg celebrates his 70th birthday
People’s Artist of Belarus Mikhail Finberg celebrates his 70th birthday He is known as the one-man band and his colleagues know him as a person with a unique ear for music. People’s Artist of Belarus Mikhail Finberg celebrates his 70th birthday anniversary on the 21st of February, 2017. Mikhail Finberg, who is not only a musician but a famous orchestra director, began his career in his hometown of Mozyr. Having graduated from a music school on a class of the violin, he continued his studies at college and a music academy, and then created his first orchestra at the circus in Minsk.

20.02.2017

Belarus, Kazakhstan presidents discuss EEU and bilateral cooperation
Belarus, Kazakhstan presidents discuss EEU and bilateral cooperation A telephone conversation between the Presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan was held February 20 at the initiative of the Kazakh side. One of the main topics discussed by Alexander Lukashenko and Nursultan Nazarbayev were the relations in the Eurasian Economic Union. The President of Kazakhstan expressed concern about the issues in relations between Russia and Belarus. At the same time, Mr Nazarbayev is confident that all the existing differences between Minsk and Moscow will be resolved within the union.
Belarus President demands to reduce checks of businesses
Belarus President demands to reduce checks of businesses You can either listen to the opinions of outside observers (and sometimes it is even pleasant), or simply ignore them. Still, you should have your own head on your shoulders, especially in economy, where interest and profit govern advisers and consultants. What does Belarusian experience tell us today? There are a lot of inspection departments. They work actively, but the economic benefit of total control is questionable. Even the President started to speak about it.

15.02.2017

Russian consumers and experts assess Belarusian food products amid recent food scandals
Russian consumers and experts assess Belarusian food products amid recent food scandals Rosselkhoznadzor continues to impose bans on Belarusian enterprises that supply to Russia food products which allegedly don’t meet the international standards of food safety. Therefore, our special correspondent Alexander Dobriyan went to Russian Bryansk to prove the artificiality of these restrictions.

14.02.2017

Belarus President demands to abolish excessive checks of businesses
Belarus President demands to abolish excessive checks of businesses On February 14 the Belarus President instructed the supervisory authorities to reduce the number of planned inspections and reorganize institutional control. At the initiative of the head of state, a working group has been established to improve the control activities and eliminate unnecessary requirements for enterprises. It consists of well-known businessmen and economic experts.
Belarus President criticizes training of civil servants
Belarus President criticizes training of civil servants Will officials laid off as a result of optimization of the state apparatus become payers of social dependency tax? This is a rhetorical question, although the success of the work of state agencies as well as any enterprise depends on how eager these workers are. Especially in ideology! You can't work with people like with a blank that needs to be finished with a file. Here one needs special talent! President Lukashenko drew attention to this subject one more time. No formalism and superfluous activities. No more space for bureaucracy in state apparatus.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarusian economy needs to have human face
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarusian economy needs to have human face Non-standard measures are necessary to develop the economy - such an idea was voiced at a meeting with the President on February 10. On February 9, Belarus President discussed the possible introduction of the institute of trust management with respect to companies of the republican and municipal property. If you cannot manage property during difficult times, give it to skilled professionals! Yevgeny Pustovoi has more.
Presidential Administration revamped in Belarus
Presidential Administration revamped in Belarus One third of the staff of the Presidential Administration will be cut. The corresponding decree was signed on February 13 by Alexander Lukashenko. It is expected that this measure will make the work of the main political headquarters of the head of state more efficient. In particular, the institute of presidential assistants is being reformed. Two new posts are introduced. The assistants will be in charge of two different directions. The first is the legislative and judicial and the second is the credit and financial one.
Alexander Lukashenko discusses methods of trust management of insolvent enterprises
Alexander Lukashenko discusses methods of trust management of insolvent enterprises Belarus may introduce the institution of trust management of enterprises. On February 9, the Government presented the new legislative initiative to the President. Its meaning is simple. Unprofitable plants, factories and state-owned agricultural farms will be given to private investors temporarily (for five years). The new leadership should help restore the operation of these companies, and in return the temporary managers will keep part of the profits.

13.02.2017

I cannot understand why this is done: Alexander Lukashenko about Russian ban on food supplies
I cannot understand why this is done: Belarus President about Russian ban on food supplies Kostroma region itself causes much interest. Firstly, this is the birthplace of Ivan Susanin. Remember? "Where are you taking us?... We don't see a thing!, shouted enemies to Susanin". In such a way did Ryleyev glorify the feat of the peasant who led Polish invaders in a forest swamp.
President Lukashenko meets with chief editor Narodnaya Volya newspaper Iosif Seredich
President Lukashenko meets with chief editor Narodnaya Volya newspaper Iosif Seredich Recent national issues were the subject of conversation between Alexander Lukashenko and chief editor of the newspaper Narodnaya Volya Iosif Seredich. The journalist asked the President about a personal meeting during the "Big conversation", which took place on February 3. And today at the Palace of Independence the Head of State met with the Mr Seredich. In fact, this meeting was a continuation of the serious conversation of February 3.

10.02.2017

Belarus not going to issue excessive money to stimulate economy
Belarus not planning excessive money emission to stimulate economy Belarus is not going to print excessive money, while trying to find new growth points. Such tasks were set by the President at the meeting with experts on socio-economic policy on February 10. Taking part in the February 10 meeting are economists holding key positions today as well as former leaders who assumed high government positions. According to Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus used different approaches to economic management. The main requirement is that the steps taken don't create prerequisites for the destabilization of the situation in the future.

09.02.2017

President Lukashenko comments on trust management of enterprises
Belarus considering alternatives to privatization Belarus may introduce the institution of trust management of enterprises. On February 9 the Government presented the new legislative initiative to the President. Its meaning is simple. Unprofitable plants, factories and state-owned agricultural farms will be given to private investors temporarily (for five years). The new leadership should help restore the work of these companies, and in return the temporary managers will keep part of the profits.

08.02.2017

Belarus insists on investigation into Russia's food bans
Belarus insists on investigation into Russia's food bans Alexander Lukashenko urges Russia to sort things out before introducing bans on the supply of food from Belarus. The Belarusian leader touched on the topic of Belarus-Russia disputes about the quality of food products meeting with the governor of the Kostroma region February 7. According to Alexander Lukashenko, cooperation of Belarus with Russian regions strengthens relations between the two countries, especially in times like these, when they undergo a series of disagreements, including on the supply of products.

07.02.2017

Belarus wants to find bottlenecks in relations with Russia
Belarus wants to find bottlenecks in relations with Russia Alexander Lukashenko urges Russia to sort things out before introducing bans on the supply of food from Belarus. The Belarusian leader touched on the topic of Belarus-Russia disputes about the quality of food products meeting with the governor of the Kostroma region February 7. According to Alexander Lukashenko cooperation of Belarus with Russian regions strengthens relations between the two countries, especially in times like these, when they undergo a series of disagreements, including on the supply of products.
Salaries in Belarus to increase through economic efficiency only, President says
Salaries in Belarus to increase through economic efficiency only, President says Is it possible to make the average salary reach $500 in Belarus? How soon? And by means of what resources? Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko gave simple and clear answers.Alexander Lukashenko, the President of the Republic of Belarus:
Belarus not going to cancel social dependency tax now
Belarus not going to cancel social dependency tax now In principle, the local authority may decide to redress injustice, if some Belarus are required to pay the so-called social dependency tax but cannot do it for financial reasons. In general, the President sees no need to abolish the decree of the President.
I want Belarus to be perceived as independent state, President Lukashenko says
I want Belarus to be perceived as independent state, President Lukashenko says It is not so easy for residents of the western countries to become the lucky owners of a tractor or other products with the label "Made in Belarus". This happens for different reasons. One of them are difficulties with entrance to the European market. Competition is all countries is serious and Belarusian products are not awaited there, so Belarus needs to exert efforts to get to new markets. Here is what President Lukashenko said about this.
Belarus President comments on food disputes with Russia
Belarus President comments on food disputes with Russia The Big Conversation with the President was event number 1 last week. And one of the main topics of conversation was the difficult relations between Belarus and Russia. Not between the peoples of the two countries, stressed the President, but between the political elites and economic barons ("barons" mainly on the Russian side).

06.02.2017

President Lukashenko: I'd like Belarus to be quiet, peaceful and comfortable for life
President Lukashenko: I'd like Belarus to be quiet, peaceful and comfortable for life Sweets that the wife of the Pakistani senator loved so much were perhaps from the presidential arsenal. We are back to the big conversation with the President and bring to attention some interesting fragments - about chocolate and candies, into which recipe Alexander Lukashenko delved personally, children, homeland and himself.
This is a purely political attack: President comments on Russia's reaction to five-day visa-free regime in Belarus
This is purely political attack: President comments on Russia's reaction to visa-free regime in Belarus Another important topic to which Alexander Lukashenko returned several times during the "big conversation". We started from it - the relations between Belarus and Russia at the present stage. And the latest reason to it was the introduction by Russia of a border zone regime. Formally, this is done as a reaction to the decision of Belarus to allow foreigners from 80 countries to stay in Belarus visa-free for five days if they enter Belarus through the Minsk national airport.
Does Belarus President wear home-made clothing?
Does Belarus President wear home-made clothing? The most important event of last week was "The big conversation with the President of Belarus", which took place on February 3 in Minsk. Big conversation involves great topics and sharp questions. All of that was present here. We will try to fit the most important points in our program. Journalists asked, of course, personal questions, too. The bright red tie caused someone to compare Alexander Lukashenko's suit with that of the new US president. Alexander Lukashenko commented on this analogy and revealed the secrets of his own presidential wardrobe.
Alexander Lukashenko: Presidential Administration must be ideological hub of the country
Belarus to lay off excessive public servants? Continuous staff updates and performance discipline are the main tasks set by the President at the meeting with his administration on February 6. Alexander Lukashenko is sure that only those who want to work and benefit the country should remain in this structure. As the main political headquarters of the head of state, the President's Administration should accumulate the most advanced ideas and be a powerful ideological center, where staff will have the necessary knowledge and work as a team.

04.02.2017

President Lukashenko on issues in Belarus-Russia relations
President Lukashenko on issues in Belarus-Russia relations Because of disparities in prices in Belarusian and Russian markets Belarus lost $15 billion, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media. The Head of State commented extensively on the problematic issues in Belarusian-Russian relations. The Head of State commented extensively on the problematic issues in Belarusian-Russian relations.
Housing construction rate in Minsk to be gradually reduced
Housing construction rate in Minsk to be gradually reduced The rates of housing construction in Minsk will be gradually reduced, said the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media. Alexander Lukashenko:With regard to lending for housing, I also talked about it. We first of all consider this question from the point of view of the locomotive of our economy, and we will try to create conditions for more housing construction.

03.02.2017

Alexander Lukashenko urges not to politicize Belarusian NPP construction
Alexander Lukashenko urges not to politicize Belarusian NPP construction Alexander Lukashenko urges not to politicize the construction of the Belarusian NPP, said the President at a meeting with representatives of the public, Belarusian and foreign media.
President Lukashenko: Private property on land premature
President Lukashenko: Private property on land premature Introducing private ownership of land in Belarus is premature for now, said President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media on February 3. Photo: Official Internet portal of the President of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus not seeking NATO membership
Belarus not seeking NATO membership Belarus is not seeking NATO membership, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media.
Belarus may introduce moratorium on death penalty if Belarusians support it
Belarus may introduce moratorium on death penalty if Belarusians support it The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko is ready to introduce a moratorium on death penalty if such a measure is supported by the majority of Belarusians, said the Belarus President at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus: When the majority of people vote for it, I will sign [the corresponding documents] on the same day. Photo: BelTA
Belarus lost $15bn because of price disparities in Belarusian and Russian markets
Belarus lost $15bn because of price disparities in Belarusian and Russian markets Because of disparities in prices in Belarusian and Russian markets Belarus lost $15 billion, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media.
Lifting of western sanctions provides Belarus with additional opportunities
Lifting of western sanctions provides Belarus with more opportunities Removing of western sanctions should provide Belarus economy with additional opportunities, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with representatives of the public, Belarusian and foreign mass media. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:We did not deserve sanctions. They lifted them, which is well. We started to negotiate, for example, on textile, etc. We want our economy to receive at least a small impetus from the West.
Alexander Lukashenko: No refugee camps planned in Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko: No refugee camps planned in Belarus Belarus is not going to build any refugee camps. There won't be any in the future, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with representatives of the public, Belarusian and foreign mass media. Commenting on the joint project with the European Union, the Belarus President noted that it is about points for receiving migrants.
Alexander Lukashenko: Exit of Belarus from EEU and Union State is complete fiction
Alexander Lukashenko: Exit of Belarus from EEU and Union State is complete fiction Information about the withdrawal of Belarus from the EEU and the Union State is a complete fiction, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media. The President noted that this information appears because there are people who benefit from it; they rejoice dissemination of such information.
Belarus President personally controls situation at largest industrial enterprises
Belarus President personally controls situation at largest industrial enterprises Hard times have hit both private and public enterprises, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media. The President said that he personally controls the state of affairs at such industrial giants as MTZ, MAZ, Gomselmash, BMZ and compares with what is happening at privatized firms such as Amkodor.
Belarus President: We must eliminate unnecessary functions of civil cervants
Belarus President: We must eliminate unnecessary functions of civil cervants The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko links a possible increase in salaries of civil servants with the reduction of the number of unnecessary functions they perform. The Head of State said this at a meeting with representatives of the public, Belarusian and foreign mass media.
Belarus President on results of 2016: Peace, stability and social protection
President Lukashenko on results of 2016: Peace, stability and social protection How will salaries increase in Belarus? This question was the first that sounded during the big conversation with the Belarus President on February 3. At the moment the President continues the dialogue with representatives of the public and journalists.
Belarus President: Benefits will be given to only profitable projects
Belarus President: Benefits will be given to only profitable projects Benefits will be given in Belarus only to projects that will give results. This was stated by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with representatives of the public, Belarusian and foreign media.
Belarus President does not rule out abolition of social dependency decree
Belarus President does not rule out abolition of social dependency decree President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko does not rule out the possibility of canceling decree No3 on social dependency. He stated this at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media. “This decree has not been in force for long. Let’s wait and see whether it will work. If it doesn’t, we will abolish it,” said President Lukashenko.

02.02.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: It is authorities that must ensure rights of citizens
Alexander Lukashenko: It is authorities that must ensure rights of citizens Belarusian authorities must ensure the fundamental rights of citizens, said President Alexander Lukashenko swearing in the judge of the Constitutional Court of Belarus Viktor Ryabtsev February 2. The President handed him a certificate and a gift copy of the Constitution. The ceremony was also attended by the chairmen of the House of Representatives and the Council of the Republic, as well as the Supreme and Constitutional Courts. Alexander Lukashenko wished Viktor Ryabtsev success in his new responsible post.
Belarus, Pakistan determined to achieve turnover of $1 billion by 2020
Belarus, Pakistan determined to achieve turnover of $1 billion by 2020 Belarus and Pakistan have all possibilities to achieve a trade of $1 billion by 2020. Directions and prospects of cooperation were discussed at the February 2 meeting of the Belarus President with the chairman of the Senate of the Pakistan Parliament. The countries have developed friendly relations, established strong political connections, and now it's time to increase mutual trade.

31.01.2017

National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus
Treatment of complex diseases and electric vehicles: science is main engine of progress for Belarusians The Day of Belarusian science is celebrated on January 29. Doctoral degrees and professorships certificates were awarded last week at the Palace of Independence. 2017 was declared the Year of Science, which will play a key role in building an innovative economy. Knowledge is not only the power but also a way to become richer. Belarusian science has made the republic a space power. We are engaged in the global international projects, such as the Large Hadron Collider. But there are even more ambitious goals.

29.01.2017

Belarus President on detention of businessman Knyrovich: 'Jail is the right place for a thief'
Belarus President on detention of businessman Knyrovich: 'Jail is the right place for a thief' A number of appointments were made by the President of Belarus on 27 January. During a meeting with the newly appointed leaders, Alexander Lukashenko touched upon the important subject of the detention of one of Belarusian entrepreneurs.
Alexander Lukashenko: Scientific developments must serve people instead of gathering dust on shelves
Alexander Lukashenko: Scientific developments must serve people instead of gathering dust on shelves The world community is still analyzing and citing the speech of Donald Trump during the inauguration. Two simple rules were named by the new US president: buy American and employ Americans! And we immediately remember our long-standing principle "Buy Belarusian products!" The second part is not so relevant for our country - no immigrants deprive Belarusians of jobs. But we still need to create new jobs.
Valery Malashko appointed Belarus' Healthcare Minister
Valery Malashko appointed Belarus' Healthcare Minister Alexander Lukashenko has appointed Valery Malashko as the Minister of Health. The head of state noted that not long ago Valery Malashko was appointed the Labor and Social Security Minister. The President noted that there were a lot of candidates for the post of the Minister of Health.  Nevertheless, he had made this decision given the high authority of Valery Malashko.
Aleksandar Vučić: Trade with Belarus needs increase
Aleksandar Vučić: Trade with Belarus needs increase Belarus and Serbia are going to build and maintain bilateral relations. On January 27, this was discussed during a meeting of the Belarusian head of state and Prime Minister of Serbia. Back in 2009 the two countries signed a free trade agreement. Over the 7 years the turnover has grown almost 5 times. In 2015, it amounted to more than 250 million dollars. However, in 2016 the volume of trade fell, and this situation must be rectified.

28.01.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus should build and maintain relationships with Serbia
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus should build and maintain relationships with Serbia Close economic and trade contacts of the two countries were established in 2009. Then Belarus and Serbia signed a free trade agreement. For the last years the trade turnover grew almost five times. In 2015, it was more than $250 million. And the volume of mutual trade declined in 2016. The situation must be corrected, said Alexander Lukashenko. “We need to unite and work together to survive and develop in such difficult conditions," was his message.
Belarus President makes new appointments
Belarus President makes new appointments Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has approved the appointment of a number of first deputies and deputy ministers on January 27. The President also appointed a number of heads of district executive committees and regional administrations.  Common tasks set for new officials are work with people, high demands of discipline, invigoration of the operation of state companies and infrastructure development.

27.01.2017

Alexander Lukashenko instructs to tighten control over woodworking industry
Alexander Lukashenko instructs to tighten control over woodworking industry The President of Belarus has stressed that the supervision of the woodworking industry must be strengthened. Billions of dollars are invested in this industry in Belarus. Unfortunately, the efficiency is not yet in line with expectations. The State Control Committee of the Republic of Belarus must focus on unfinished projects of modernization.

26.01.2017

Science must serve as basis of Belarus' state ideology
Science must serve as basis of Belarus' state ideology Science must serve as the basis of the state ideology, young scientists must be provided with state support, and inventions must bring positive results rather than gather dust on the shelve. Alexander Lukashenko presented Doctor of Science diplomas and professor certificates to scientific and pedagogical workers on January 26. Among the 18 persons are already well-known figures of science as well as quite young scientists.Alexander Lukashenko, the President of the Republic of Belarus:

24.01.2017

President Lukashenko urges to optimize Interior Ministry
President Lukashenko urges to optimize Interior Ministry Alexander Lukashenko has heard out a report from the Minister of Internal Affairs Igor Shunevich on the 24th of January. The President emphasized that the funds saved thanks to state apparatus optimization will remain on the accounts of the ministry. During the meeting, the Minister of Internal Affairs reported on the performance of law enforcement bodies in 2016 and the plan of organizational and practical events aimed at raising the efficiency of the Interior Ministry.

22.01.2017

Alexander Lukashenko to the leader of China: We proud of Belarus and China truly allied relations
Alexander Lukashenko to Xi Jinping: We are proud of Belarus and China relations This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Belarus-China diplomatic relations. On this occasion, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and President of China Xi Jinping exchanged congratulatory messages. One of the biggest results of cooperation is the construction of the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park Great Stone. It’s already called a true gem of the economic belt of the Silk Road.
Belarus to seek for additional oil as Russia cut supplies
Belarus to seek for additional oil as Russia cut supplies The reduction of Russian oil supplies to Belarus will be replaced by alternatives, said Belarus President meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko. This question was already raised at the end of 2016. From an economic point of view, Belarus considered the possibility of oil supplies from the Black Sea and the Mediterranean regions.
Belarus to build migrant detention centers funded by EU?
Belarus to build migrant detention centers funded by EU? The cancellation of visas by Belarus does not mean the abolition of control, said Alexander Lukashenko meeting with state border authorities. Recently, the President made an unprecedented decision to abolish visas for citizens of 80 countries, including the USA, EU and others. The Head of State stressed that this decision does not bear any risks for Belarus or the neighboring countries.

21.01.2017

President Lukashenko: the abolition of visas does not mean the abolition of controls
Belarus President: Visa-free regime is not absence of control The visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries doesn’t have any risks for Belarus and neighboring countries. On the 20th of January Alexander Lukashenko approved the decision on the protection of the state borders of the country in 2017. This topic was earlier discussed twice at the highest level. It was affected by some external factors such as difficult international environment, increase in terrorism and illegal migration.

19.01.2017

Belarus’ cooperation with Sudan, Egypt: concluded agreements and plans for future
Belarus’ cooperation with Sudan, Egypt: concluded agreements and plans for future Belarus President completed official visits to Egypt and Sudan on January 17. The leaders of the countries defined strategies for future partnership cooperation in Cairo and Khartoum. Moreover, in each of the capitals, business communities held talks that resulted in dozens of agreements. Taking into consideration global trends, African countries, first of all, have a good potential. The proof can be seen in the rapid growth of investment attractiveness of these states.
Belarus and Sudan sign agreement on friendly relations and cooperation
Belarus and Sudan sign agreement on friendly relations and cooperation Belarus and Sudan held official negotiations in Khartoum. The leaders of the two countries put emphasis on economic cooperation. 

18.01.2017

Belarus President concludes official visit to Sudan
Belarus President concludes official visit to Sudan Major contracts, agreements for the supply of Belarusian vehicles and the creation of assembly plants in Africa. The President of Belarus has completed official visits to Egypt and Sudan. These two countries are neighbors on the continent. In Cairo, the two leaders discussed a roadmap for cooperation development. The sides then held the third Belarusian-Egyptian business forum. The parties agreed to deepen cooperation in industry and agriculture.
Official talks between Alexander Lukashenko and the Sudanese President were held in Khartoum.
Presidents of Belarus, Sudan hold official talks in Khartoum Belarus is ready to participate in projects to develop industries and infrastructure of Sudan. Official talks between Alexander Lukashenko and the Sudanese President took place in Khartoum. Belarus’ head of state and the members of the official delegation arrived in Khartoum on January 16. In the morning on January 17, Alexander Lukashenko arrived at the residence of his Sudanese counterpart Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir. The one-on-one negotiations have already been held. The sides plan to put emphasis on economic cooperation.

17.01.2017

Alexander Lukashenko met with the Prime Minister of Egypt Sherif Ismail in Cairo
Economy, defense basis for Belarus-Egypt cooperation Economy and defense should be the basis for Belarus-Egypt cooperation. Alexander Lukashenko met with the Prime Minister of Egypt Sherif Ismail in Cairo January 16. The sides will form a plan for short and mid-term strategies in the near future, the Belarus head of state emphasized. In his turn, the Egyptian Prime Minister expressed hope that the Belarus President’s visit will take relations between the two countries in economy and politics to a higher level.
Alexander Lukashenko holds talks with Egypt President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi
Alexander Lukashenko holds talks with Egypt President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi Official negotiations between Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took place on the 15th of January. The main topics were trade, industrial cooperation, science, education, health and tourism. Alexander Lukashenko met with his Egyptian counterpart in the Al Ittihadiya Palace (Heliopolis Palace). The guard of honor took part in the protocol ceremony. There was a period in the history of this palace when a military hospital was located here. By the way, most of the Egyptian leaders are people who come from the army.
Opening of the Belarusian-Egyptian business forum
Belarus President attends Belarusian-Egyptian business forum Belarus and Egypt are ready to open up new horizons for cooperation. The countries are going to create join assembly plants for the production of road-building and municipal engineering. On the 16th of January, the presidents of Belarus and Egypt took part in the opening of the Belarusian-Egyptian business forum. Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that Belarus is ready to supply not only its own products, but also to share technologies and specialists with Egypt.
President’s Special Prize and Spiritual Revival awards 2016: winners are revealed
President’s Special Prize and Spiritual Revival Awards 2016: winners are revealed This week honored people of the country have received well-deserved awards. These are the award ‘For Spiritual Revival’, the Special Prize of the President to figures of culture and art as well as Belarusian Sports Olympus Awards. Among the winners of the award ‘For Spiritual Revival’ are doctors and scientists, religious leaders and creative teams. This year’s ceremony has a truly unique composition of awardees.

15.01.2017

Belarus President awards CTV presenter Igor Poznyak
Belarus President awards CTV presenter Igor Poznyak The future of Belarus depends on every Belarusian's impact at work, said Alexander Lukashenko on January 13 at the official reception on the occasion of the Old New Year. The Head of State noted that 2016 was not easy and the country had not been able to fulfill everything it aimed for.

13.01.2017

Alexander Lukashenko to make official visits to Egypt and Sudan on January 15-17
Alexander Lukashenko to make official visits to Egypt and Sudan on January 15-17 Alexander Lukashenko will make official visits to Egypt and Sudan on January 15-17, according to the presidential press service. The head of state will hold negotiations with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo. During the talks in contracted and extended formats, the two sides are planning to discuss the current issues of cooperation and prospects of achieving a new level of interaction. Among the topical issues to be discussed is the development of trade-economic relations and industrial cooperation.
German Gref and Alexander Lukashenko
Belarus' for more active cooperation with Sberbank Group Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and German Gref, the Chairman of the Executive Board of Sberbank of Russia, met in Minsk on 12 January to discuss the further development of cooperation. German Gref has been the head of this Russian financial institution since 2007. Sberbank remains an undisputed leader of the Russian banking sector. This company has representation offices in more than 20 countries, including Belarus.

12.01.2017

Alexander Lukashenko and Ivan Noskevich
President to discuss work of Belarusian law enforcement authorities The work of enforcement authorities will be discussed at a meeting with the head of state in the near future, as Alexander Lukashenko stated during the working meeting with Chairman of the Investigative Committee Ivan Noskevich. Reforms, the optimization of the judicial and investigative systems as well as the results of its activity in 2016 are among the issues on the agenda of the meeting.
President changes “social parasites” list
Belarus President changes “social parasites” list The list of persons who are obliged to participate in the financing of public expenditures was changed in Belarus. The President amended the decree on the prevention of social dependency. Participants of the national sports teams and alternative servants in the army are now exempt from the so-called 'social dependency' tax. The unemployed who are sent to retraining are excempt only if there are no complaints about them at universities.

10.01.2017

President awards best athletes and figures of culture and art
President awards best athletes and figures of culture and art As a tradition, on January 9 President signed the decree naming the winners of Spiritual Revival awards, Special President's Prize for figures of culture and art, as well as the conquerors of Belarusian Sports Olympus. The award For Spiritual Revival was established in Belarus 20 years ago.

09.01.2017

Konstantin Vashchenko
Ten special prizes of the President of Belarus Ten special prizes of the Belarus President were awarded to people of culture and art, men of science, educators, teams of authors and cultural institutions. Konstantin Vashchenko is one of the laureates. The famous artist received the special prize for the design of the multi-volume facsimile edition The Book Legacy of Francysk Skaryna.

07.01.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: I am very pleased that our church is beside us
Alexander Lukashenko hails unity of state and church in Belarus The President of Belarus wished all Christians bright feast. Alexander Lukashenko on January 7 lit a Christmas candle near the Icon of the Mother of God in the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk. Addressing the clergy and parishioners, the Belarusian leader underlined that today the most important thing for Belarus is the peace and quiet.
Alexander Lukashenko visits  Christmas service at  Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk
Alexander Lukashenko visits Christmas service at Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk On January 7, the head of state visited the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk, where a Christmas service was held. In the temple, the President met with the head of the Belarusian Orthodox Church. Alexander Lukashenko and Metropolitan Pavel exchanged gifts. The head of state also lit a candle before the icon of Our Lady of Minsk.

05.01.2017

Belarus wins against Team Balkans at 2017 Ice Hockey Christmas Tournament
Belarus wins against Team Balkans at 2017 Ice Hockey Christmas Tournament Team of the President of Belarus has won a second victory at the 2017 Christmas Amateur Tournament. A few hours ago, at Chizhovka Arena, Belarusians with beat the team of the Balkans 14:7 (5:2, 2:2, 7:3). Martin Milanov and Vadim Bekbulatov were named the best players of today's match.  President Lukashenko also played in the match and scored four times. He is thus the leader of the tournament’s player ranking, with eight points (five goals and three assists).

04.01.2017

President Lukashenko opens Christmas Ice Hockey Amateur Tournament
President Lukashenko opens Christmas Ice Hockey Amateur Tournament Belarus for the 13th time hosts the Christmas tournament among ice hockey amateurs for prize of the President of Belarus. In 2017, representatives of 14 states came to Minsk to participate in ice battles. This is thanks to the fact that a unique team of the Balkans is taking part in the tournament. It brings together players from eight countries at once. Belarus is traditionally represented by the team of the President. All the games are held at two ice hockey rinks of Chizhovka Arena, which is certainly convenient for the fans.

01.01.2017

Belarus President's New Year Address (December 31, 2016)
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus will never threaten neighbors Another year of the 3rd millennium passes into history. The year was complicated, bright and eventful. For some people 2016 was a sad and sorrowful year because of the loss of a family member or a friend, some people might have failed to achieve their goals. Others had to deal with family or professional issues. But I am convinced that 2016 was a joyful and happy year for the majority of people.
Belarus President: Year of Culture was not marked by anything special
Belarus President: Year of Culture was not marked by anything special Culture and art are among the priorities of Belarus' state policy. It is not accidental that the year 2016 was marked by cultural events in Belarus. It was planned that significant achievements and successes would happen in this sphere. But there was no breakthrough in 2016 in terms of culture, said the President. Yulia Beshanova, CTV:2016 passed under the sign of culture. Do you think the goals set were achieved?
What is the main event for Belarus President in 2016?
What was the main event for Belarus President in 2016? The Belarus President talked with reporters on the eve of New Year. The year is coming to an end, so the media, of course, asked what the President thinks about the outcome of the eventful 2016. Journalist:The year was very rich in various events in Belarus and around the world. This is the victory of Trump and the doping scandals, the Panama papers and Brexit. What event was the most important for Belarus in 2016? What has or maybe will have the biggest impact on us?
President Lukashenko wants $500 salary for Belarusians as New Year gift
President Lukashenko wants $500 average salary for Belarusians as New Year gift On December 30, Alexander Lukashenko visited Nikolaevschinsky home for war veterans, labour veterans and the disabled. After a warm dialogue with the residents, the President of Belarus answered questions of the journalists who accompanied him on the trip. It is customary in Belarus to make a wish before the New Year's Eve. Journalists asked Alexander Lukashenko whether he has a gift that he would like to get for New Year.

30.12.2016

Belarus President: State must take care of old people and kids
Belarus President: Businesses should be more involved in charity, like in the west Business in Belarus should be more involved in philanthropy and support of the elderly and children. The Head of State instructed businesses to study the issue during his visit to Nikolaevschinsky orphanage for veterans or war and labour and the disabled on December 30. Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that Belarus can draw on positive foreign experience in this matter. The President also emphasized that helping the elderly and children should not be episodic, on separate occasions or holidays. Rather, it must be carried out on an ongoing basis.
Our Children New Year charity campaign in Belarus in full swing
Our Children New Year charity campaign in Belarus in full swing Attention to children and safety during public festivals were the main topics of the meeting of the Belarus President on the eve of New Year celebrations. Alexander Lukashenko asked in detail how preparation for upcoming events is going across Belarus. The campaign Our Children, which has already become a tradition for Belarusians, has also been discussed. These days, the Belarus President is preparing the New Year's address to the Belarusian people. What will it be and what main words of the head of state Belarusians will hear on TV?

29.12.2016

President Lukashenko appoints new deputy prime minister
President Lukashenko appoints new deputy prime minister Alexander Lukashenko on December 29 made a number of personnel decisions. Vasily Zharko was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus. Introducing the candidate, the head of the Presidential Administration Natalia Kochanova noted that Mr Zarko has proved a competent and proactive leader in all areas of professional activity. He has been heading the health system of Belarus for more than 10 years. During this time, the industry carried out reforms that brought Belarusian medicine to the world level.

28.12.2016

Alexander Lukashenko awards distinguished Belarusians
Alexander Lukashenko awards distinguished Belarusians The government appreciates the hard work and high achievement in any field of activity, said President of Belarus on December 28 at the state award ceremony at the Palace of Independence.

27.12.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarusian free economic zones must retain competitiveness in EEU
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarusian free economic zones must retain competitiveness in EEU The free economic zones in Belarus should maintain their competitiveness in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) market, be attractive to investors and ensure the development of the national economy. On December 27, the Belarus President held a session to discuss the operation of Belarusian free economic zones (FEZs) in connection with the onset of 2017.

26.12.2016

People devoted to their state: New leadership of Belarus Presidential Administration appointed
People devoted to their state: New leadership of Belarus Presidential Administration appointed The head of state of Belarus took important personnel decisions this week stopping all sorts of guesses about who will chair the Presidential Administration. Let’s start our program with this very topic. Polotsk accepted the main domestic news of last week without surprise. It is here where Natalia Kochanova, now head of the Presidential Administration, began her career. Here, her personality and inner core were noticed even from college.

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