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17.03.2017

President Lukashenko:  Government staff optimization mustn’t result in unthoughtful personnel reduction
President Lukashenko: Government staff optimization mustn’t result in unthoughtful personnel reduction Optimization of government structure and elimination of duplicate functions. The effectiveness of the government staff was discussed at Belarus President’s meeting on March 17, 2017. Alexander Lukashenko had once again emphasized that optimization mustn’t result in unthoughtful personnel reduction. The prime question is about creating an effective governance model, which will facilitate the dynamic development of Belarus.
Alexander Lukashenko:  Belarus is interested in state transformation experience of Kazakhstan
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is interested in state transformation experience of Kazakhstan Belarus is interested in state transformation experience, which is happening in Kazakhstan. This was stated by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with Nurlan Nigmatulin, Chairman of Majilis Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Both Belarus and Kazakhstan are longstanding strategic partners. Official Astana is at its political reload stage today. After adopting the new version of the Constitution, Kazakh lawmakers will have more powers.
OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen tastes Belarusian chocolate
OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen tastes Belarusian chocolate and tries fashion clothes Belarus is committed to the basic principles of the OSCE, said Belarus President on March 16 at a meeting with the chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Christine Muttonen spent several days in Belarus. On March 15, she met with Belarusian MPs. The sides signed an agreement on the 26th annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. It will be held in July 2017 in the capital of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that our country will make every effort so that the upcoming session becomes the best in the history of such meetings.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Governor of Stavropol Krai
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Governor of Stavropol Krai Belarus and Stavropol Krai are open to dialogue on innovative technologies and cooperative ties in industry and construction.  The governor of this Russian region met with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at the Palace of Independence on March 16. At the end of 2016, the mutual trade turnover exceeded $140 million and increased by 9% compared to 2015.

16.03.2017

We will show western biases about Belarus are far-fetched, Alexander Lukashenko says
We will show western biases about Belarus are far-fetched, Alexander Lukashenko says Belarus is committed to the basic principles of the OSCE, said President Alexander Lukashenko a meeting with OSCE Parliamentary Assembly president Christine Muttonen. Yesterday, she had meetings with Belarusian MPs. The parties signed an agreement on the 26th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. It will be held in Minsk in July 2017. The decision to hold the event in Minsk was passed unanimously.

15.03.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus interested in Belgian investments
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus interested in Belgian investments Belarus is interested in attracting Belgian investments and ready for a political dialogue on extending business cooperation. On March 15, 2017 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium. Didier Reynders is an experienced politician and is visiting Belarus for the first time, primarily as a representative of Belgium.
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to strengthen its financial presence in Belarus
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to strengthen its financial presence in Belarus The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is to strengthen its financial presence in Belarus. This is one of the major investors which has activated cooperation with Belarus in the last couple of years. As many as 200 million euros are invested annually. The Bank finances major projects in the sphere of housing and utility services. One of the brightest examples of cooperation is the organization Stadler production, Fast Light Innovative Regional Trains.
President Lukashenko: I am for EU but against its double standards
President Lukashenko: I am for EU but against its double standards Belarus is interested in attracting Belgian investments and ready for a political dialogue on extending business cooperation. On March 15, 2017 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium. Besides the internal political issues, cooperation between Belarus and the EU was discussed. Alexander Lukashenko said that Belarus will always work for unification and stability in Europe.
Today we can confidently look into the future, Belarus President says
Today we can confidently look into the future, Belarus President says Compliance with the rules laid down in the Constitution is the guarantor of stability and prosperity in the society, which ensures decent conditions of life. This is stated in the congratulation message of Alexander Lukashenko to compatriots on the occasion of Constitution Day. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:Today, we can confidently look to the future knowing that our coordinated work, cohesion and creative energy predetermine further development and progress towards prosperity of the Motherland.

14.03.2017

President Lukashenko makes new personnel changes on March 14, 2017
President Lukashenko makes new personnel changes on March 14, 2017 President Alexander Lukashenko made a number of personnel changes. On March 14, 2017 Alexander Lukashenko appointed a new Minister of Labour and Social Protection. Irina Kostevich took up the post. Belarus President appointed Igor Buzovsky the new Head of Minsk Tsentralny district, Vladimir Karpyak as President’s Aide, Chief Inspector in Minsk. Changes have also been made in the oil-industry.
Irina Kostevich: A target of 70,000 new working places by 2017 in Belarus
Irina Kostevich: A target of 70,000 new working places by 2017 in Belarus Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made a number of personnel decisions. On March 14, 2017 Alexander Lukashenko appointed a new Minister of Labor and Social Protection. Irina Kostevich took up the post. Earlier she served as deputy minister of economy. The skilled specialist has years of work behind her in statistics and analyzing sectors. The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection has a number of tasks set up, which are to ensure a high level of employment and Belarusians' income growth.
Belarus government report on 2016 results to be presented
Belarus government report on 2016 results to be presented The tendencies of Belarusian Economy will be the main subject of the upcoming government’s report. A serious dialogue is planned for the next two weeks, and the preparation for the dialogue was discussed at Belarus President’s meeting on March 14, 2017.
Egypt military industry officials interested in cooperation with Belarus
Egypt military industry officials interested in cooperation with Belarus Cooperation with Egypt needs to develop more intensively and without any forbidden topics. The President of Belarus noted willingness to work with the Arab republic of Egypt in all areas. He said this on March 14 at a meeting with Minister of State for Military Industry of Egypt. A new impetus to the relations between the two countries was given earlier this year during the official visit of Alexander Lukashenko to the Arab Republic of Egypt. Now these agreements are being implemented at all levels.
Prokopenya: Belarus will be among the first countries to support unmanned vehicles
Prokopenya: Belarus will be among the first countries to support unmanned vehicles The IT sector in Belarus will receive further support from the state under the condition of honest and transparent business, said President Alexander Lukashenko while visiting companies successfully working in the field of high technologies in Minsk. The head of state was presented a project of the so-called augmented reality. It is a unique application that allows you to recognize human emotions and accompany them with graphics.

13.03.2017

President Lukashenko instructs to create a book on Belarus’ 25 year development results As many as 25 years of creation and achievements. A book about Belarus, dedicated to the country’s development results over the sovereign quarter of a century, will be published by order of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.The book will be written by the members of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus.
Belarus to continue to support IT sector, President says
Belarus to continue to support IT sector, President says Belarus will continue to support the IT sector but the companies involved conduct fair and transparent business, said Belarus President on March 13 visiting companies in Minsk that are working in the field of high technologies. One of them is engaged in a unique project in the field of augmented reality and artificial intelligence. This is a mobile application that allows users all over the world to communicate with the use of visual effects.

12.03.2017

Social aspects: Belarusian government's plans for 2017
Social aspects: Belarusian government's plans for 2017 During the meeting on March 10, 2017 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko got back to Decree № 3. The list of real dependants will be compiled by October 1, 2017. Their payments will go  towards the support of children only. This demand was put forward by Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with civil servants on the 9th of March. The social sphere in Belarus is prioritized. As many as BYN 1820 million went towards these purposes (it is practically every tenth budgetary ruble) in 2017 alone.
Amendments to Decree №3: who will be referred to as dependant?
Amendments to Decree №3: who will be referred to as dependant? Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko criticized the progress of the implementation of Decree №3 (Decree “On prevention of social dependency”) on March 10, 2017. Alexander Lukashenko demanded to file down the legislative machine to the last detail. Every car owner knows that a new car has to go through several stages of exploitation. First of all is test drive, when all the pluses and minuses are seen. At the moment the legislative machine is in the stage of a test drive.
President Lukashenko on decree No3, dialogue between authorities and people and Belarus-Russia relations
President Lukashenko on decree No3, dialogue between authorities and people and Belarus-Russia relations While different kinds of managers, politicians and ordinary Belarusians wondered and fantasized and, perhaps, were waiting for the situation to resolve, the President decided not cut the Gordian knot of Decree No3 but gently pulled the necessary strings to untie it. It so happened to the good intentions of decree number 3 - to stimulate those who are out of work, to restore justice in terms of the distribution of social benefits - were not able to live with the current economic reality. And, strictly speaking, the document is not economic or financial.
Increasing operational efficiency: President Lukashenko instructs law enforcement bodies
Increasing operational efficiency: President Lukashenko instructs law enforcement bodies Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko held two important meetings. The issues of justice comfort of the community and good order as a guarantor of Belarus’ development were discussed. This is the brand identity of Belarus. It is not by chance that it was decided to hold the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Minsk. To ensure security of a country and in a country is everybody’s responsibility. However, law enforcement bodies do it professionally. Alexander Lukashenko emphasized, that in this case the law must be obeyed stringently.
Alexander Zapesotsky: Belarus is hated for its strong economic development model
Alexander Zapesotsky: Belarus is hated for its strong economic development model Once again attention is being paid to the meeting which was held by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, who openly assessed the present relations of Belarus and Russia. Problems do exist, it's not a secret. The background is evident. Belarus has its own model of development and independent policy. It is one of the reasons of misunderstandings. Many authoritative figures recognize the originality and success of the Belarusian development model.
From Decree No3 to Belarus - Russia relations: discussions held over President Lukashenko's meeting
From Decree No3 to Belarus - Russia relations: discussions held over President Lukashenko's meeting The subjects which were brought up by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko are being actively discussed in families, in mass media and in the expert community. Citizens:People must work and earn money. But everything, I mean tax letters, was done to quickly. The Decree needs to be looked into more thoroughly. A special approach should be taken towards the situation. Belarus is not Russia.

11.03.2017

Decree № 3 to be adjourned
Decree No3 to be postponed in Belarus Decree No3 (Decree "On prevention of social dependency”) won’t be canceled, but there will be no need to pay the social tax in 2017. This and other matters were mentioned at the Belarusian President’s meeting dedicated to topical aspects of Belarus’ development. Those who have already paid the tax won’t have to pay it in the next 12 months.  
Decree "On prevention of social dependency” to be improved
Decree "On prevention of social dependency” to be improved Decree №. 3 (Decree "On prevention of social dependency”) won’t be canceled, but there will be no need to pay the social tax in 2017. This and other matters were mentioned at the Belarusian President’s meeting dedicated to topical aspects of Belarus’ development. Those who have already paid the tax won’t have to pay it in the next 12 months. But if a person finds a job and it is registered in the employment work book in 2017, than the payment will be returned to this person.
Belarusian law enforcement bodies to be optimized
Belarusian law enforcement bodies to be optimized The law enforcement system in Belarus should be as effective and optimal as possible, said President Alexander Lukashenko on March 10 at a meeting to review the operation of law enforcement agencies in 2016 and optimization of the law enforcement and judicial system. More than 250 participants were invited to the meeting.

10.03.2017

President Lukashenko insists on $500 salary and performance discipline of officials
President Lukashenko insists on $500 salary and performance discipline of officials Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting on the topical issues of national development on March 9th. The President focused on topics of stability and peace in Belarus. One of the tough requirements of the President is strict performance discipline.
Belarus President: Preventive work should be practical and effective
Belarus President: Preventive work should be practical and effective The law enforcement system in Belarus should be as effective and optimal as possible, said President Alexander Lukashenko on March 10 at a meeting to review the operation of law enforcement agencies in 2016 and optimization of the law enforcement and judicial system. Invited at the meeting were more than 250 participants. Over the past 10 years, crime in Belarus has fallen by almost half. This is a good result.
Belarus wants Russia to discuss and resolve topical issues in bilateral relations
Belarus demands equal rights with Russia in Eurasian Economic Union Decree on social dependency, employment policy, relations with Russia and mutually beneficial partnership in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) were among the topical issues discussed at the March 9 meeting hosted by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. The Head of State responded to the issues that most concern to society. The President drew attention to the most important values ​​that Belarus preserves, which are stability and calmness. MORE:
Belarus ready to cooperate with Uralkali if its interests taken into account
Belarus ready to cooperate with Uralkali if its interests taken into account Belarus is ready to cooperate with Uralkali, but if its interests are met, said the head of state March 9 discussing the activities of the Belarusian Potash Company. The Russian side has repeatedly requested to re-start cooperation on the production and sale of fertilizers. Therefore, the management of Belarusian companies was instructed to study the options for collaboration. But, as Alexander Lukashenko remarked, in this case, it all should be fair and objective and only mutually beneficial compromises are necessary.

09.03.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: There will be no Maidan in Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko: There will be no Maidan in Belarus Relations with Russia, employment policy and the decree on social dependency were discussed on March 9 at the meeting hosted by President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko. MORE: Gas prices should not be basis of Belarusian-Russian relations, Alexander Lukashenko says
Belarus President: Social dependency decree is ideological and moral
Social dependency fee payments delayed until 2018 on Belarus President's order Stability and peace in society remain the most important values ​​for Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko on March 9 raised the most resonant topic for Belarusians. Including decree number 3 on social dependency. It is not going to be cancelled but people will not have to pay for it. The President announced a number of decisions relating to this document.
Gas prices should not be basis of Belarusian-Russian relations, Alexander Lukashenko says
Gas prices should not be basis of Belarusian-Russian relations, Alexander Lukashenko says National interests and protection of Belarus' domestic market are the main landmarks and the latest global trends, which are replacing global integration. This is shown primarily by Western countries: the United States and the EU. Belarus should take into account the new conditions in geopolitics. On March 9, the President discussed the topical issues of further development of the country, including cooperation with Russia, Belarus' main partner in integration associations. Alexander Lukashenko answered all the questions that concern the society.

08.03.2017

President Lukashenko congratulates Belarusian female population on International Women's Day
President Lukashenko congratulates Belarusian female population on International Women's Day Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko congratulated Belarusian female population on International Women’s Day. Alexander Lukashenko expressed gratitude for their big contribution into all spheres of the society.

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.

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