President of Belarus to visit Italy and the Vatican May 20-21
Alexander Lukashenko on May 20-21 will visit Italy and the Vatican. The program of the visit includes the President's talks with the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.
The visit will begin on Quirinale - one of the highest of the seven hills of Rome. Here you can find 13 churches and six palaces. But when Italians say Quirinale, they mean the entire state apparatus of the country, like the pair Moscow - the Kremlin. Here is the official residence of Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
Belarus plans to reduce state support to enterprises - draft presidential decree
Measures to ensure a balanced budget were discussed at a May 17 meeting with the Belarusian head of state. The main task is to reduce budget costs by reducing state support for enterprises.
A related decree was signed in Belarus in February 2016, according to which state-run enterprises were to get recuced compensation for interest payment from the state budget. On May 17, further steps along these lines were talked over. Some specific mechanisms of action were raised.
President: Belarus open to friendly dialogue with Russia
Coherent policies on the international stage. Alexander Lukashenko has met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The sides have discussed the Belarusian-Russian relations, integration issues and the situation in the world. The head of state stressed the readiness to talk on any topic, because the dialogue with Russia is always confidential and friendly.
Alexander Lukashenko meets Dmitry Medvedev in Alexandria: 3 hours of informal communication and photo near President's house
President Lukashenko this week met with Russian Prime Minister Medvedev, who came on a visit to Alexandria. Alexander Lukashenko showed Mr Medvedev his native village. The two politicians talked about the big deeds of the two brotherly countries, with refreshments on their 'negotiating' table.
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Chairman of the Russian Government Dmitry Medvedev held an informal meeting on Thursday in the agro-town Alexandria. The agreement to hold the meeting was reached in Sochi in January. The meeting lasted more than three hours.
Turkmenistan embassy opens in Minsk
A complex of buildings of the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Belarus opened in Minsk on 12 May. Taking part in the ceremony were presidents Alexander Lukashenko and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
At all stages, maximum attention was given to the construction of the complex, said the Belarusian President. This can be said about the setting of appropriate tax incentives, infrastructure and the improvement of the adjacent territory.
Belarus, Turkmenistan presidents discuss mutually beneficial cooperation in Minsk
Negotiations between Belarus and Turkmenistan presidents were held in Minsk on May 11. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov arrived in Belarus on an official two-day visit. In the conversation, the heads of state touched on a number of topics. This is the further deepening of the political dialogue and reciprocal steps to build up trade, including through the expansion of partnerships between the business communities. A striking example of cooperation remains the construction by Belarusian specialists of the Garlyk mining and processing plant. But there are already some new ideas too.
Victory Day 2016: Ceremony near Victory Obelisk in Minsk
Belarus is celebrating the holiday of nationwide pride and glory. May 9 is one of the most revered dates in our history. During the years of World War II every third inhabitant of Belarus was killed. No other country in the world knew such mass resistance to Nazi aggression.
Alexander Lukashenko promises to do utmost to preserve stability and goodwill in Belarus
Victory Day festivities are now being held in all parts of Belarus. In Minsk, the center of morning celebrations was Victory Square. A ceremony of laying wreaths and flowers at the Eternal Flame in the central square of Minsk was attended by the Belarus President. Thousands of Belarusians, including the main heroes - veterans - came to the square too.
2016 university admission campaign in Belarus: Major innovations you should know
It’s not only in England where people are worried about exams. Parents and children in Belarus who want to obtain a higher education are feeling worried as well. This topic disturbs people's minds every spring; it’s common for Belarusians to do everything possible so that their children obtain a higher education. Some irony can be seen in all of this. But on the other hand, Belarusians are truly a highly-educated nation. When high-tech development is in focus, then success is sure to come. But before entering a university, applicants have to go through testing.
President Lukashenko congratulates Belarusians on Victory Day
May 9 is a holiday of pride and glory. This is one of the most revered days in Belarus' history. Today is the 71st anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. For Belarus, this is a holy date to remember the war that took lives of every third Belarusian. No other country in the world knew such mass resistance to Nazi aggression. That is why on May 9 veterans hear words of special gratitude and thanks.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Belarusians on Coat of Arms and Flag Day
On May 8, Belarus celebrates Coat of Arms and Flag Day. Traditionally, it falls on the second Sunday of May. The symbols of the Republic were approved by presidential decrees in 1995 after a referendum.
The coat of arms and the flag are inherent characters of the republic's sovereignty. Alexander Lukashenko congratulated countrymen on this day.
President Lukashenko visits Minsk Motor Plant, states need to breathe new life in entire industry
When everything is all right, people tend not to think about the future. From the rostrum of the All-Belarusian People's Congress, the authorities are going to declare state guidelines. There is no doubt that export will remain the major challenge for the Belarusian economy. Also out of doubt is the fact that the "assembly shop" under the name Belarus will continue to produce vehicles. This was confirmed by President Lukashenko who visited Minsk Motor Plant on Friday. Yevgen
Alexander Lukashenko to visit Minsk Motor Plant
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is going to visit Minsk Motor Plant on 6 May, 2016.
It’s the leading manufacturer of diesel engines in the CIS. Alexander Lukashenko will be informed about the state and prospects for further development of the industrial holding plant. Tasks set by Belarus President concerning domestically produced engines, structural assembly of different types of engines and product differentiation are to be discussed as well.
Alexander Lukashenko presents Belarus' state awards ahead of Victory Day
Honored people of Belarus were hailed in the Independence Palace May 5. Representatives of various professions were invited: the military, diplomats, doctors, teachers, cultural workers - those whose contribution to the country's development cannot be overestimated. The state awards were presented by the President of Belarus. These are orders and medals.
Investments and logistics: Belarus, UAE ready to implement joint projects
Belarus and the United Arab Emirates are ready to develop cooperation in the sphere of investment and transport logistics. The Belarus President said this on May 4 meeting with a chairman of the board of directors of one of the world's largest logistics companies. This corporation controls 77 terminals in 40 countries.
All-Belarusian People's Congress to be held in Minsk June 22-23, 2016
The 5th All-Belarusian People's Congress will be held in Minsk on June 22-23. The corresponding decree was signed by the head of state. Traditionally, this most important political event in the life of the country will be a refinement of the state development policy for the coming years. As always, the Congress will bring together representatives of all branches of the government, industry and business, science, health and culture. In total, about 2,500 people.
General jurisdiction courts in Belarus to become part of economic courts
Alexander Lukashenko met with Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus on May 3. Valentin Sukalo reported to the President on the operation of the united judicial system.
According to the chairman of the Supreme Court, the burden on economic courts has increased significantly and is now higher than that on general jurisdiction couts. In this regard, Mr Sukalo proposed to transfer part of general jurisdiction judges to economic courts.
President Lukashenko visits Chernobyl-hit regions: Belarusian NPP safety in spotlight
The deep meaning of Easter is passing from death to life. This is what permeates another topic of the week - the revival of Chernobyl-hit regions. The disaster struck 30 years ago. It's almost the whole earthly life of Jesus Christ, just for comparison. People who experienced trouble believed in God but at the same time, they created some pagan symbols, for example, towels with the national pattern woven as amulets.
Belarus President: 2016 parliamentary election needs to be democratic and peaceful
We can say that everything that happens in life in different countries (except natural phenomena, of course) is the fruit of joint efforts of citizens and authorities. But if something goes wrong, people prefer to blame the powers that be. Such is the tradition in all corners of the earth. But according to the principles of democracy, both people and the authorities always act together. After all, it is people who elect their presidents, MPs and (in some countries) mayors and governors. The coming autumn, Belarusians will again be able to use this right to vote. The elections of dep
Alexander Lukashenko takes part in Easter service in Shklov
Orthodox Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Christ today. Bells call parishioners to churches. Easter liturgy began last night, with thousands of people gathering in temples to hear the joyful news - Christ is Risen!
The worship will be held the entire following week, which is considered to be the Easter week. Christians believe that good deeds these days help to remove sins from the soul. The joy of light covers even those people who are far from religion.
Belarus, Indonesia should establish joint ventures, Alexander Lukashenko says
Belarus proposes to set up joint ventures in Indonesia. Alexander Lukashenko met with the Defense Minister of that Asian state on April 28. There are no forbidden topics in the two nations' relations. Moreover, Belarus is ready to develop cooperation not only in the military-technical, but also in the civil sphere. The ultimate goal is the export of technologies that will create a joint product for implementation in the region.
Belarus eases visa requirements for UAE citizens
Belarus is easing visa regime for citizens of the United Arab Emirates. This is provided for by the decree signed on April 27 by President Alexander Lukashenko.
The document authorizes visa-free transit through the territory of our country. This also applies to temporary stay for a period not exceeding 30 days from the date of entry through international checkpoints. In this case, UAE citizens can voluntarily register at the place of actual residence.
September 11 is most likely date for Belarus parliamentary election 2016
President Alexander Lukashenko agreed with 11 September as a date for elections to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly, said Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina after the meeting to discuss the upcoming parliamentary elections.
The President noted that the election campaign should be held in strict accordance with the Belarusian legislation and in a calm atmosphere.
Belarus President calls new economic development program realistic
April 26, the Belarus head of state answered questions from journalists. One of them concerned the holding of the 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly. Alexander Lukashenko called "realistic" the new program of social and economic development of Belarus for the next 5 years.
Alexander Lukashenko about expectations from Rio Olympics
April 26 the head of state answered questions from journalists visiting Chernobyl-hit areas.
The Belarusian President shared his expectations regarding the performance of the national athletics team at the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Alexander Lukashenko about All-Belarusian People's Assembly: We need to show people how we will live tomorrow
April 26 is the day of the Chernobyl tragedy. Exactly 30 years ago, the largest man-made disaster in history occurred. An explosion at one of the power units of the Chernobyl NPP in Ukraine led to the release of radioactive materials. The consequences have affected many countries. But it was Belarus that was the most affected. Overcoming the consequences of the catastrophe has become a task of national importance for the modern Belarus.
Belarus President for development of agrotowns in revived Chernobyl areas
April 26 is the day of the Chernobyl tragedy. Exactly 30 years ago, the largest man-made disaster in history occurred. An explosion at one of the power units in Ukraine’s Chernobyl NPP led to the release of radioactive materials. The consequences have affected many countries. But it was Belarus that suffered most. To overcome the consequences of the catastrophe has become a task of national importance for the modern Belarus.
Traditionally, on April 26, the President of Belarus visits the affected regions.
Alexander Lukashenko to visit Chernobyl-affected regions April 26
Life has confirmed the correctness of the decision adopted by the President of Belarus 20 years ago to rehabilitate Chernobyl regions. By tradition, on April 26, Alexander Lukashenko will visit the Chernobyl-affected regions. In the Yelsk district, the head of state will visit one of farms, where sowing campaign is now underway.
The agrotown Dobryn, the President will get familiar with how conditions are being created for comfortable living of the population in the areas affected by the accident.
Belarus wants to toughen penalties for 'crime bosses'
Belarus plans to toughen penalties for leaders of criminal groups. This initiative was voiced at the April 25 meeting of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko with the Minister of Internal Affairs Igor Shunevich.
A bill to toughen the fight against particularly dangerous crimes has already been prepared. It targets so-called "thieves in law". The Ministry of Interior believes this category of offenders should bear a heavier penalty than other members of illegal groups.
President Lukashenko bestows Francysk Skaryna Order on Helen Clark
Experience of Belarus in overcoming the consequences of the Chernobyl accident can become a kind of our country's contribution to the development of humankind and be used by other countries as it recently was at Fukushima. Belarus' scientists shared their knowledge and equipment to help Japan overcome the aftermath of the disaster. The topic was raised during the April 25 meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with the UN Deputy Secretary General, the UN Development Program Administrator Helen Clark.
Nationwide voluntary Saturday working day: Belarus' President works at Dinamo stadium renovation site
April 23 turned into the nationwide voluntary Saturday working day! Start with yourself, as they say! On the eve of a significant date - the 75th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War, TV reporters put in order monuments to the heroes of that war. President Lukashenko also built a bridge between the past and the future working at Dinamo Stadium, which is being renovated in Minsk. This will become a brand new sports complex but in historical "packaging." Our correspondents collected details of the voluntary labor day from the different regions of Belarus.
From ministers to actors: Belarusians discussing President's 2016 State of the Nation Address
The famous American magazine Time published this week a list of the most influential people in the world. This is an annual tradition. The list includes politicians, businessmen, and idols of the public. About 30 people are in the Leaders section: these are heads of the largest countries and international organizations. The influence ranking is not built according to the scale or the size of a country. This is a worldwide vote organized by the authoritative edition.
President Lukashenko answers MPs' questions during State of the Nation Address 2016
President Alexander Lukashenko delivered this week his annual State of the Nation Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly. Economy turned out to be the main topic. According to the head of state, the current year is to be crucial in overcoming the negative trends in this area. 2016 will be the first serious test for the entire vertical of power. The President also touched on foreign and social policy, investment, business, science and security.
Belarus' President addresses nation: top social-economic issues raised
President Alexander Lukashenko on April 21 delivered the State of the Nation Address to the Belarusian people and the Belarus Parliament. The CTV offers you the main points relating to social and economic development of Belarus voiced by the President.
Belarus aims at Doing Business top 30
Alexander Lukashenko criticizes work on Chinese-Belarusian industrial park
The current year must be crucial in overcoming the negative trends in economy, said President Alexander Lukashenko addressing the Belarusian people and the National Assembly.
The principles of economic development are first of all diversification of export, reduction of production costs by 25%, creation of 50,000 jobs and the development of agriculture. The economy must take the path of innovative development.
Belarus President's State of the Nation Address 2016: Main foreign political and economic points
President Alexander Lukashenko on April 21 delivered the State of the Nation Address to the Belarusian people and the Belarus Parliament. The CTV offers you the main points voiced by the head of state.
The President instructed the government to prepare by July 1 the state program of innovative development
Alexander Lukashenko believes the National Academy of Sciences and High Technology Park are the most important components in the innovation strategy.
Belarus President: 2016 should be decisive in dealing with negative economic trends
2016 should become decisive in combating negative trends in Belarus' economy, said President Alexander Lukashenko today in his State of the Nation Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly.
The Head of State drew attention to the fact that in the last few years, the pace of development in the economy slowed down a bit. And although this is mainly down to external factors, one needs to work at home to resolve the issues.
Belarus President's State of the Nation Address: Deputies' expectations
The strategic vectors of development of the country for the near future are going to be outlined in the Belarus President's state of the nation address on April 21. This political tradition in Belarus began two decades ago.
The CTV will offer you an extensive coverage of the event in its evening news release.
Belarus, Russia preparing for 3rd Forum of Regions
Belarus and Russia are to find new ways of cooperation at the forthcoming Third Forum of Russian and Belarusian Regions. The sitting of the organizing committee was held in Minsk last week. Minsk is planning to receive guests at the beginning of June.
President Lukashenko to address Belarusian people, Parliament on April 21
President Alexander Lukashenko on April 21 will deliver the State of the Nation address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly. The structure of the address will remain traditional. It will consist of a few large thematic blocks.
The economic topic is likely to dominate. Here, the President will outline tasks and objectives for 2016.
The most urgent issues in social policy are to be addressed by the head of state too. This is improvement of the pension system, health care and education.
Results of Istanbul negotiations for Belarus: business dialogue with Kabul already underway
The summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul has gone down in history. And with no doubts whatsoever the forum took relations between Belarus and the Eastern countries to a new level. The President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko made a speech at the summit and held a series of bilateral negotiations. The talks were rather resultative. Afghanistan has already begun an active business dialogue with Belarus.
IAEA's Yukiya Amano impressed with Belarus' Ostrovets NPP
Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko and IAEA Director General discussed the security and economy of the peaceful atom. The sides noted the high level of cooperation in this sphere. Yukiya Amano visited today in Ostrovets (Astraviec), where he shared impressions of the most large-scale construction of our country.
Houlin Zhao: Belarus among the top ten ICT nations
Belarus is ready to continue active cooperation with the International Telecommunication Union, said Alexander Lukashenko meeting with Secretary General of the organization Houlin Zhao.
Belarus has recently made significant progress in the way of informatization. As a confirmation: the country is now 36th in ITU ranking among 193 member countries.
How did 2016 begin for Belarus' economy?
Alexander Lukashenko demands that the government regroup in solving the tasks of socio-economic development of Belarus. On April 18, the head of state was presented a report on the results of the work of all sectors in Q1 2016.
The event turned out to be really large-scale. 73 participants were sat in one of the largest halls of the Palace of Independence. These are chiefs of the National Bank, the Government, regional executive committees and the Minsk executive committee.
Belarus President meets Secretary General International Telecommunication Union Houlin Zhao
Belarus will continue active cooperation with the International Telecommunication Union, stated Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with Secretary General of the Organization Houlin Zhao.
Informatization is the foundation for a modern economy. Our country has recently made significant progress in this direction. In the ITU ranking, Belarus occupies 36th place among the 193 member countries.
Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that Belarus is not going to scale back its efforts to develop in this area.
President Lukashenko meets with IAEA director general
Safety is the main priority of the Belarusian nuclear power plant construction, said President Alexander Lukashenko at the April 19 meeting with the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano.
Belarus President demands government address economic issues more efficiently
The President of Belarus requires the highest officials, the government, the National Bank and the governors to better solve socio-economic problems the country faces. A large-scale meeting is being held at the Palace of Independence.
Taking part in the meeting are more than 70 people. The agenda includes two major tasks - to summarize the work in Q1 2016 and identify measures to increase economic efficiency.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Syria's Bashar al-Assad on Evacuation Day
Syria is marking Day of Evacuation on April 17. On this day, 70 years ago, the last French soldier left the territory of the country and it became in fact independent.
President Alexander Lukashenko has sent congratulations to Syrian President Bashar Assad on behalf of the Belarusian people and himself. The head of state reiterated its support for the Syrian society in the fight against terrorism and foreign interference and wished the country peaceful life.
Belarus' presidential team wins 9th nationwide amateur hockey competition
The Belarus President's ice hockey team have won the ninth national ice hockey competition among amateur teams. Silver went to the Gomel region.
The final match was really bright and spectacular. After the first period, Gomel were in front 2:1. But in the beginning of the second period, the score was equal. Another goal was scored by Pavel Belyi, assisted by Alexander Lukashenko. By the end of the second period, the scoreboard read 6:4 in favor of the presidential ice hockey team, which eventually won the game.
Belarus President at OIC summit: Muslim world can become another pillar of stability
The main political news today is coming from Turkey. No nation can feel secure in the face of terrorism, said about an hour ago Alexander Lukashenko at the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. This forum is being held in Istanbul, which is dubbed the crossroad of civilizations.
The Belarusian leader is convinced that only through the mutual enrichment of civilizations, through dialogue and cooperation can nations find a way to solve the global challenges facing the world community.
Belarus President meets Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Al Thani
On the sidelines of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Summit, the Belarusian side will hold talks with heads of other countries. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has already met with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Al Thani.
The two leaders discussed various aspects of cooperation. The focus was on economic issues. Tamim Al Thani said that Qatar's relations with Belarus are of strategic nature. He expressed willingness to build cooperation with Belarus in all directions.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan ready to visit Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko is taking part in the 13th Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul. The Belarusian Head of State was invited to the forum as a special guest. President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally met the summit participants.
Turkey ready to increase investment in Belarus, develop tourism cooperation
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko continues his working visit to Turkey. Last night, the Belarus head of state held talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The two leaders came to conclusion that it was time to restart the economic relations with an emphasis on trade. Belarus and Turkey intend to intensify work in this and other areas and adjust the roadmap of agreements.
President Lukashenko arrives in Turkey on working visit
President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has arrived in Turkey on a working visit.
It is planned that on April 14, the Belarus head of state will attend the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul. The meeting will be held under the motto "Unity and solidarity in the name of justice and peace."
Alexander Lukashenko is also set to meet with the Turkish President in the evening.
Belarus President tests satellite control complex in Stankovo
The Belarus President set a task to go along the path of integration into the world information space and develop national satellite broadcasting system. On the Day of Cosmonautics, Alexander Lukashenko visited the Space Communication Center, located in the Dzerzhinsk region. The head of state also raised the question of creation of national missile systems.
Belarus to develop national system of satellite communication and broadcasting
Belarus intends to follow the path of integration into the world information space and develop the national satellite broadcasting system.
This task was set by President Alexander Lukashenko during his April 12 visit to the Center for Space Communications in the village Stankovo, Dzerzhinsk district.
On the Day of Cosmonautics, Belarus launches ground satellite control system for Belintersat-1. This is the first Belarus-made unit designed for the transmission of television and radio, as well as providing access to the Internet.
Belarus' President expresses condolences over tragic fire in India
The number of victims of the blaze in India has risen to 109 people. Almost 380 are hospitalized. Many victims are in critical condition. Fire experts continue to work at the scene.
News agencies report that the district administration, where the incident occurred, had not given permission for a festival with fireworks.
The fire started in the temple the day before, when one of the firecrackers fell on the roof of a warehouse with fireworks. This caused an explosion and the collapse of several buildings.
Belarus President signs decree increasing retirement age by 3 years by 2022
Belarus will be gradually increasing retirement age, by three years for both men and women. The corresponding decree was signed by the head of state.
According to the document, the retirement threshold will increase gradually - by six months per year. The system will change according to this algorithm in the next 6 years, beginning from January 1, 2017.
As an outcome, women will retire at 58 and men at 63 by 2022.
Vladimir Makei: Belarus is not a ship drifting in any political direction
This week, much has been said about Belarusian-European relations in Brussels and in Minsk. The Belarus President held a meeting with the Foreign Ministry on the productive steps forward between Belarus and the EU. In February, the EU Council lifted most sanctions against our country. Of course, this was a good sign for collaboration in economic terms and not only. Russia remains Belarus' main trade partner but Minsk is ready to listen to pragmatic proposals of the EU.
Drug trafficking situation in Belarus stabilizes, President Lukashenko warns against complacency
Penalty for drug traffickers will remain tough in Belarus. The situation with drug trafficking was discussed at the level of the Head of State on April 8.
During the existence of Decree No.6, the situation in this area has improved substantially. For the first time over the last three years the share of drug-related crimes has declined. The share of synthetic psychotropic drugs has decreased. The number of overdose cases has dropped 25%.
This situation persists in 2016 but the head of state's requirement is not to stop there.
Alexander Lukashenko: There's too much politics in sport these days
There should not be so much politics in sport as today, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko meeting with the head of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Sebastian Coe.
The Belarusian leader is categorically against any private issues in sport, including doping.
Belarus President visits MAZ, sets specific tasks for all machine-building market players
Investments will be granted only for goods due to be sold in specific markets. Such a condition was set by the Belarus President on 7 April. Alexander Lukashenko got acquainted with the newest pieces of machinery produced in our country, and, of course, asked about the state of affairs in the engineering industry as a whole.
The head of state then talked to the staff of the enterprise. He answered people's urgent questions.
Belarus President for keeping major machine-building giants
Investments for the development of Belarusian mechanical engineering will be provided only if specific markets for these goods are found, said April 7 President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko visiting Minsk Automobile Plant.
The head of state was informed about the situation in mechanical engineering in general. At MAZ, the President got acquainted with the exhibition of the latest equipment models produced in Belarus. In recent years, there have been difficulties with sales because of demand reduction. Now the main task is to search for access to new markets.
Alexander Lukashenko visiting Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ) on April 7
New models of machinery and new sales markets were discussed during the visit of the Belarus President to Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ) on April 7. Alexander Lukashenko asked about the development of mechanical engineering.
The whole range of the manufactured products was presented at an improvised exhibition. The Head of State was informed about the results of financial and economic activities and MAZ's prospects.
Belarus is to join the WTO: what are the consequences?
The question of Belarus entering the World Trade Organization was discussed in Minsk earlier this week. Having discussed all the pros and cons, a positive decision was made. The Belarus Head of State is in favor of reinvigorating the negotiations. Alexander Lukashenko insists that the main principle should be respect for the national interests. How will Belarus benefit from entering the organization?
President Lukashenko sees new horizons in Belarus-EU relations
The Belarus President has held on April 5 a meeting to discuss the positive dynamism in relations between Minsk and Brussels.
In February, the EU Council lifted most sanctions against our country. Of course, this is a good sign for collaboration in economy and beyond.
Europe Automotive Holding once declared interest in Belarus and since then the joint production facility has been operating successfully. The lifting of the sanctions was a particular boost for the company.
Belarus President: Do not make us choose between east and west
Belarus-EU relations should be built without prejudice in relation to Belarus, said April 5 Alexander Lukashenko at a government meeting.
Dynamic relations between Minsk and Brussels can be called positive. In recent years, the level and intensity of contacts has increased and the overall atmosphere of the bilateral ties has improved.
In February 2016, the Council of the European Union lifted most of sanctions against Belarus.
Head of Ecuador National Assembly visits Minsk
Belarus continues work to enter new markets. The Belarusian outpost in Latin America was first established in Venezuela, but with the passing of a great friend of Belarus Hugo Chavez that post became frankly weak. However, Belarus has another promising ally called Ecuador.
An atmosphere of understanding is created by a number of factors, among which is similar political rhetoric. The presidents of the two countries exchanged visits. And this week it was the head of the National Assembly of Ecuador, Gabriela Rivadeneira, who visited Minsk.
Belarus hopes for new stage in relations with USA
Discussions on Belarus' accession to the WTO again become more relevant after the removal of Western sanctions. Belarus has been negotiating about joining the World Trade Organization for more than 20 years. These talks decay and are then re-animated depending on the economic and political situation.
Belarus urges Armenia, Azerbaijan not to escalate Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko urged the parties to the Karabakh conflict to begin a dialogue. This topic was discussed during a telephone conversation with President of Belarus leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan, reports the press service of the President of Belarus.
In the evening, on April 2, Alexander Lukashenko and Serzh Sargsyan in a telephone conversation discussed in detail the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Vladimir Putin on Day of Peoples' Unity
Belarus and Russia are celebrating the Day of Unity of the Peoples. 20 years ago in Moscow, Alexander Lukashenko and Boris Yeltsin signed the treaty establishing the Community of Belarus and Russia. During this time, the name of the integration association has changed, but not its significance.
Victoria Azarenka wins Miami Open crown
Belarus' Victoria Azarenka has won the tennis tournament Miami Open. This is the 20th title in the career of the Belarusian and the third this season.
The victory over Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova (6:3, 6:2) in the final gave the former world No.1 enough points to climb into the top 5 of the WTA ranking again. The match lasted 1 hour and 18 minutes. At the start of the season she scored more points than during the previous year, which was bad for her.
Belarus' secondary education to be more field-specific
Belarusian education system should not be reformed but improvement is necessary, said April 1 the Belarusian President at a meeting on the development of secondary and higher education. Among the meeting's topics were new textbooks and the sixth school day. The topic of optimization was also raised. It will touch upon approaches to the construction of kindergartens and the creation of entire educational holding companies.
Belarusians need more safety, President Lukashenko says
Seasonal load on the western border has no effect on the quality of the work of customs and border structures. The President of Belarus heard out a report of the State Secretary of the Security Council.
The officials discussed the situation on Belarus' borders, in particular, the queues in the Lithuanian direction. It was decided to strengthen the work of the relevant crossing points.
President Lukashenko: Belarus education system should be improved rather than reformed
The education system in our country does not need to be reformed. Rather, it should be just improved, stated the Belarus President at a meeting on the development of secondary and higher education.
One of the main topics of discussion were new textbooks. They should be written in a clear way so that everyone understands them.
The effective use of the sixth school day was also a topic. Saturday should be used to prepare students for adult life.
Alexander Lukashenko: USA vital for balancing Ukraine crisis
Positive elements in the relations between Belarus and the United States will mark their new stage, said President Alexander Lukashenko meeting on March 30 with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Carpenter. The sides discussed Belarus' position on military matters and the bilateral dialogue.
During the meeting they touched upon regional security issues. In particular, the conflict in Ukraine. Belarus' President noted that it is impossible to balance the situation there without the United States.
Brussels terrorist attacks: how did it happen and is Belarus in danger?
Last week (March 22, 2016) Europe was once again under the threat of terrorism. Several bombs went off in Brussels, leaving more than 30 people dead and about three hundred injured. A family from Belarus was at the Brussels airport, when the bombs blasted. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the terrorist act.
Charles Michel, the Prime Minister of Belgium: Indistinct, abominable and deathly acts of terrorism have taken place in Belgium.
Three explosions and more than 30 people dead.
Belarus' accession to the WTO: pros and cons
Belarus will invigorate the negotiation process on accession to the World Trade Organization. This instruction was given on March 29 by President Alexander Lukashenko after the meeting to discuss Belarus' WTO accession.
There are 162 World Trade Organization members nowadays. Even Belarus' partners in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) are there. However, now they need to adjust EEU regulations to WTO rules.
Alexander Lukashenko counting on Parliament's higher professionalism
The President of Belarus is counting on continued growth of professionalism of Parliament. The Head of State noted this meeting with chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly Vladimir Andreichenko.
The two discussed the forthcoming parliamentary election campaign, due in late summer or early autumn. The President believes it is necessary to strengthen the work with people and provide additional assistance to local authorities in solving the regional problems.
Belarus still on course to join WTO
National interests should be the main argument when deciding on the accession of Belarus to the World Trade Organization. The Belarus head of state voiced his doubts concerning the accession of our country to the WTO.
On the one hand, Belarus should integrate into the world trading system. On the other, it needs to protect its domestic interests.
Belarus President may visit Ecuador in 2016
Belarus is ready to strengthen trade-economic and political ties with Ecuador. This matter was discussed at a meeting between Alexander Lukashenko and President of the National Assembly of this country Gabriela Rivadeneira. According to the President of Belarus, the establishment of a close partnership will contribute to the improvement of the welfare of the two peoples.
Belarus to gradually reform pension system: solidarity approach debatable
On Friday, the President held a regular meeting on the pension system and made some key decisions. Next week, the head of state is ready to sign the documents on a pension reform. And this reform will affect not only the retirement age.
This is not a secret that Belarus was preparing to improve the pension system long ago. This is a forced step, because the labor market may lose balance. In 2017, 80,000-90,000 people may enter the working age, while nearly 1.5 times more working-age population are going to retire.
Belarusian President, Georgia PM discuss prospects of business relations
Another guest of the week is the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili. He became head of the Georgian government in late 2015. But because his political outlook is similar to his predecessors, starting with the billionaire Ivanishvili, who actually ousted Mikheil Saakashvili, Kvirikashvili, as a member of the same party, will continue the policy of cooperation with Belarus. Olga Petrashevskaya has more on this topic.
Review of official visits to Belarus March 21-25: Witold Waszczykowski, Tamas Ajan, Tigran Sargsyan and Giorgi Kvirikashvili
The visit to Belarus of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland and his meeting with President Lukashenko drew much attention this week. In recent years, relations between Belarus and Poland have repeatedly been characterized by tension. Conflicts were connected with the Union of Poles, Cards of the Pole and incidents with Catholic priests. But comparable to the conflicting relations between Moscow and Warsaw, yet Belarus and Poland are better neighbors. One cannot get away from it. As President Lukashenko likes saying: "we do not choose neighbors because neighbors are given to us
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Slovenia Foreign Minister
Belarus is ready for closer cooperation with Slovenia. And to this end, major joint projects could be of help, said President Alexander Lukashenko meeting with Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia. The sides focused on the prospects of bilateral relations. A large delegation of representatives of Slovenian business circles visited Belarus.
Belarus is open for Slovenian businessmen and investors. But for now it is too early to talk about the stability of the bilateral economic relations.
About 500,000 Catholics meet Easter in Belarus
In Belarus, a half million representatives of the Catholic denomination, the second largest in the country, met Easter this night. Bright Resurrection of Christ is celebrated on March 27 by Catholics and Protestants. This important day in the church calendar, a symbol of hope and faith.
Christians celebrate Easter with a special celebration and joy, greeting each other with "Christ is risen!" Festive divine service are being held in all churches of the country.
Alexander Lukashenko has addressed Christians celebrating the resurrection of Christ.
Belarusian Potash Company increases share in world exports
On March 24, Belarus President met with the Director General of Belarusian Potash Company to discuss the situation in the industry. In addition, the sides touched on the situation on world markets and the leading potash producers.
BPC director general Elena Kudryavets reported that in 2015, the company exported more than 9 million tons of potash fertilizers. The figures are smaller than in 2014.
The world volume of exports fell almost 6% in 2015, according to the International Fertilizer Industry Association.