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14.04.2016

OIC Summit in Istanbul: Alexander Lukashenko to speak April 14
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
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.

13.04.2016

Belarus President arrives in Turkey on working visit
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.

12.04.2016

Belarus President tests satellite control complex in Stankovo
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 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.

11.04.2016

President Lukashenko expresses condolences over tragic fire in India
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 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.

10.04.2016

Vladimir Makei: Belarus is not a ship drifting in any political direction
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
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 and Sebastian Coe
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.

07.04.2016

Belarus President visits MAZ, sets specific tasks for all machine-building market players
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
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
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.

06.04.2016

Belarus is to join the WTO: what are the consequences?
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?

05.04.2016

President Lukashenko sees new horizons in Belarus-EU relations
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 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.

03.04.2016

Gabriela Rivadeneira in Minsk, 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
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
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
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
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.

01.04.2016

Secondary education in Belarus to be more field-specific
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
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
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.

30.03.2016

Belarus' President meets U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
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.
Belgium terrorist attack
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.

29.03.2016

Belarus' accession to the WTO: pros and cons
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 continued growth of Parliament's professionalism
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 President questions need to join WTO
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.

28.03.2016

Alexander Lukashenko meets with Chairman of Ecuador National Assembly
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. 

27.03.2016

Step-by-step retirement age rise in Belarus to finish 2023
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
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
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
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
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.

24.03.2016

Belarusian Potash Company increases share in world exports
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.
Eurasian Economic Union should be no worse than the EU, Alexander Lukashenko says
Eurasian Economic Union should be no worse than the EU, Alexander Lukashenko says The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) should be no worse than the European Union, said the Belarusian President meeting with Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission to discuss integration processes in the framework of the EEU March 24. Tigran Sargsyan has been in the post since February. Before that, he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to the United States and for six years was the Prime Minister of Armenia.
President Lukashenko: Belarus and Orel region to develop economic cooperation
President Lukashenko: Belarus and Orel region to develop economic cooperation Belarus and the Orel region of Russia intend to develop trade and economic cooperation. First of all in agriculture and industry, said March 24 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the governor of the Oryol region Vadim Potomsky.

23.03.2016

Belarus may host 2019 Weightlifting World Championships
Belarus may host 2019 Weightlifting World Championships Belarus is ready to host sporting events of the highest level.  To do this, the whole infrastructure has been created in our country, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko meeting with IWF President Tamas Ajan. Belarus has already hosted a competition in this sport. Now Belarus has been suggested to make a bid for hosting the World Weightlifting Championship, scheduled for 2019. There, licenses for the Olympic Games will be contested. 
Belarus President approves maximum allowable tariffs for some utility services
Belarus President approves maximum allowable tariffs for some utility services Belarus has approved the maximum allowable tariffs for housing and communal services. The presidential decree, signed today, affects 14 positions. The financial burden for the population has significantly reduced after the recent utility services cost hikes in Belarus. 
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and Poland can resolve many issues together
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and Poland can play a significant role in Europe Belarus is ready for close cooperation with Poland, stressed today President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with Foreign Minister of that country. The foreign minister is now in Minsk on a visit. Witold Waszczykowski has been in office since November 2015. But his diplomatic service began in the late 90s. In his career, the diplomat occupied the post of deputy foreign minister and deputy director of the National Security Bureau of Poland.

22.03.2016

Belarus, Georgia aim at $200 million trade turnover in near future Belarus and Georgia in the near future are going to reach $200 million of mutual trade turnover. This was stated at the March 22 meeting of the Belarusian head of state with the Prime Minister of Georgia in Minsk. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established two decades ago. Nevertheless, the bilateral potential has not been fully used. Cooperation is possible in industry, agriculture, transport, public health, and tourism. 

21.03.2016

Belarus to abolish limits on storage of alcoholic beverages by individuals
Belarus to abolish limits on storage of alcoholic beverages by individuals Limits on the storage and movement of alcoholic beverages by individuals are going to be abolished. Today, this issue was discussed at a meeting hosted by the Belarus President on improving the legal regulation of the turnover of alcohol.  We are talking about domestic products marked with excise stamps. The document was drafted on behalf of the President, and its main purpose is to determine the optimal approach to the turnover of alcohol products in the country.
Modernization at Belarus' Kommunarka confectionary checked by President Lukashenko
Modernization at Belarus' Kommunarka confectionary checked by President Lukashenko Mistakes in economy can be very expensive. Although sometimes it is not so noticeable. Last week, the President checked the modernization process at Kommunarka confectionary, which was 4 years ago returned under the wing of the state. The company was modernized, staff was kept and moreover, new jobs were created. A benefits package is considered one of the best in the Belarus capital. Raiders and then a foreign shareholder tried to swallow the tastiest morsel of Belarus' pastry pie several times. And each time the factory was literally defended by the President.

20.03.2016

President Lukashenko visits Kommunarka confectionary
President Lukashenko visits Kommunarka confectionary After 90 minutes, and even has less, lights on office buildings in Minsk and other Belarusian cities will turn off for an hour. Do not be afraid - it is a global event. Last year, it looked like this (you see it now on the screen). "Earth Hour" is held in the 7,000 cities to draw attention to climate change on the planet and conserve resources.
Belarus President takes utility tariffs under personal control
Belarusians to pay 50% of communal services by end of 2016 The size of utility bill rates in January 2016 outraged virtually the entire population of Belarus. Messages that came from Belarusians were sometimes more like front-line reports. Moreover, tenants and public utility services were on opposite sides of the barricades. The main question that troubled everyone without exception was "How did utility services count the tariffs?" The crisis in the housing sector was to be resolved at the highest level. President Lukashenko personally gave an order to figure out where these exorbitant fees came from.

17.03.2016

Alexander Lukashenko to EBRD: Business partners appreciate Belarus' honesty
Alexander Lukashenko meets EBRD's Alain Pilloux Business partners appreciate Belarus' honesty, said March 17 Head of State Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with Vice-President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Alain Pilloux.  According to the Belarusian leader, if our country promises something, it fulfills them. This is particularly important at a time when Belarus can conduct a more open dialogue with the EU.

16.03.2016

Belarus to reduce the number of villagers in need of housing
Belarus to reduce the number of villagers in need of housing The President has signed decree №97 aiming to stabilize staff turnover in agricultural organizations and bring down the number of those in need of better housing conditions. The document establishes a uniform procedure for the sale of residential premises of state housing stock in the territory of a particular locality. It is expected that the implementation of the decree will help keep specialists in their positions and will also reduce agricultural organizations' workload when it comes to the maintenance of the housing stock.
Belarus' Golovatsyuk wins gold at World Junior Speed Skating Championships
Belarus' Golovatsyuk wins gold at World Junior Speed Skating Championships On March 14, one of the victors of the last junior championships in speed skating Belarus' Ignat Golovatyuk came back from China. In China, our compatriot won the gold medal in the men's 500 meters race and set a new record of Belarus in the sprint. This is not the first success for the Belarusian athlete at the global forum. Previously, he won silver at the Junior World Cup, which also took place in the Chinese Changchun.

15.03.2016

Alexander Lukashenko holds meeting on social and fiscal spheres
Alexander Lukashenko holds meeting on social and fiscal spheres On March 15, the Belarus president discussed the improving of the efficiency of government agencies, timeliness of salaries payment and job creation at a meeting on some issues of social and fiscal spheres. Taking part in it were officials from the Presidential Administration, the Government, Ministers of Finance and Labour and Social Security. The main task today is the creation of 50,000 jobs. However, all the necessary conditions should be created for this purpose.
Belarus marks Constitution Day on March 15
Belarus marks Constitution Day on March 15 The strong foundations of a sovereign state. Belarus marks Day of Constitution. It was on 15 March 1994 when the Parliament adopted the first-ever main law of Belarus.  The document concentrates rich historical experience and clearly defines the priorities of national development. So the essence of the holiday is close and understandable to every citizen of our country. Alexander Lukashenko addressed the nation wishing it happy Constitution Day.

14.03.2016

Belarus President approves new tariffs amid utility price row
Belarus President approves new tariffs amid utility price row Water supply and elevator maintenance will be cheaper. The President of Belarus has approved the tariffs for basic public utilities. The President ordered an in-depth review of utility costs after the January price rises. Alexander Lukashenko demanded that the real value of the services be specified in utility bills. And utilities should be transparent and understandable to the public. The decree on the new tariff policy will be signed in the near future.
Belarus President demands clear utility tariffs
Belarus President demands clear utility tariffs Utilities must be made objective and tariffs understandable. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko demands that the real value of utility services be written in bills so that Belarusians know what exactly they pay for. In late February, the President instructed to review in detail the rates and introduce a new calculation of utility services. And today, the President was presented a draft decree on the tariffs policy. The President requires that all utilities be transparent and understandable to the public.
Belarus, Thailand ready to work on global scale
Belarus, Thailand ready to work on global scale Belarus and Thailand are ready to work on a global scale. In order to implement this mutual intention Belarus' parliamentary delegation on March 14 will pay an official visit to Bangkok. The negotiations, including with the leadership of the Kingdom, will span five days. During this time, the parties intend to fill with concrete projects their cooperation in trade and economic sphere. This, in particular, should be made possible thanks to the first joint business forum. The focus will be placed on the expansion of the legal framework.
When and how will retirement age in Belarus change?
When and how will retirement age in Belarus change? The subject of raising the retirement age has been ripening in the Belarusian society for a long time and now it seems Belarus have come to this point. This is due to both demographic and economic processes. While today 100 persons pays pensions for 61 pensioners, after 4 years there will be a 64 to 100 ratio. In 10 years, it will stand at 78:100.

13.03.2016

Belarus President: Retirement age should be raised for everyone
Belarus President: Retirement age should be raised for everyone Talented Belarusian actor, People's Artist of Belarus Vladimir Gostyukhin has recently turned 70, but he is still the most popular Belarusian cinema actor. And he is not in a hurry to retire. And we would like to talk to him about retirement, but now he is not in Minsk. Today we will talk to experts with whom we will discuss the pension reform in Belarus. This topic was the subject of consideration at the meeting with the President of the country. Let us watch again the key episodes of that meeting.

11.03.2016

State officials and NGOs representatives granted state awards
State officials and NGOs representatives granted state awards State officials and the NGOs representatives have been granted state awards. The President Alexander Lukashenko signed a corresponding decree. The Order of Honour was awarded to the member of the Belarusian public association "Veterans of physical fitness and sport" Vladimir Aleshkevich, to Deputy Head of the Belarus' Presidential Administration Igor Buzovsky, to Presidential Aide Vsevolod Yanchevsky and to Chairperson of the Trade Unions Federation Mikhail Orda.

10.03.2016

The meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with Stavros Lambrinidis
Belarus favouring ongoing dialogue on human rights with EU Belarus favours the ongoing dialogue on human rights with the EU. The President Alexander Lukashenko made this statement on the meeting with Stavros Lambrinidis, the EU's Special Representative for Human Rights, on March 9. The Belarusian leader also assessed the relationship of the republic with the EU. He was pleased that the sides departed from the forthright opposition.

05.03.2016

Alexander Lukashenko honours women
Alexander Lukashenko honours women for dedication to family and career The President conferred state awards on women on March 4.   Warm atmosphere prevailed in the hall for award ceremonies of the Palace of Independence. Alexander Lukashenko congratulated women ahead of the International Women's Day. He addressed every Belarusian woman while presenting prestigious awards for their dedication to family and career.

04.03.2016

Alexander Lukashenko meets new local executives
Alexander Lukashenko meets new local executives The Belarusian President changed executives in the state and local governments on March 3. The head of the state appointed Oleg Ivanov as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Tajikistan and to Afghanistan (with concurrent accreditation). Alexander Guryanov, the head of the Belarusian diplomatic mission in Italy, will represent Belarus in Malta (with concurrent accreditation).

29.02.2016

Meeting with Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko discusses Belarusian financial market efficiency Belarus will place its shares on the international capital market, and partial tax exemption for bond income will be preserved. The efficiency of the Belarusian financial market was discussed on February, 29 during the meeting with the President of the Republic of Belarus. The Government and the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus have prepared three draft decrees.

26.02.2016

The Supreme State Council
Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin on results of Supreme State Council The negotiations in the extended format lasted longer than it was expected. Now we know the outcome of the meeting. The Presidents announced the results of the session when they were talking to the press.

24.02.2016

Belarus-Russia Union State meeting to take place in Minsk February 25
Belarus-Russia Union State meeting to take place in Minsk February 25 The meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Belarus-Russia Union State will be held in Minsk on February 25. The agenda will include more than a dozen questions. In particular, it is expected that the meeting participants will discuss the approval of the Union's budget for 2016 and results of the implementation of last year's budget.  There will also be discussed the results of trade and economic and political cooperation. The participants of the Supreme State Council session will also adopt a program of cooperation for the next two years. 

23.02.2016

Alexander Lukashenko son's team win Minsk ice hockey competition
Alexander Lukashenko son's team win Minsk ice hockey competition The team Grifony of the Tsentralnyi district of Minsk has won the city stage of the national competition Golden Puck. It features the youngest son of the Belarus President, Nikolai Lukashenko.  During a month, Minsk sportsmen fought for entering the national stage. 18 teams - two from each of the nine districts of Minsk - entered the final of the tournament. Griffony met in the final with the team Berkuty. During the three periods the two teams scored 9 goals. As a result Griffony won 8-1.
Belarus identifies measures to enhance economic efficiency
Belarus identifies measures to enhance economic efficiency Belarus has identified measures to enhance the efficiency of the economy. The corresponding decree was signed on February 23 by the head of state.  It provides for accelerated development of small and medium-sized businesses, attraction of foreign capital, the development and creation of enterprises and gradual decline in interest rates on loans in the economy.
Belarus President lays wreath at Victory Monument at Motherland Defenders Day
Belarus President lays wreath at Victory Monument at Motherland Defenders Day On February 23, early morning, Alexander Lukashenko laid a wreath at the Victory Monument in Minsk.  Minsk residents, guests of the capital, representatives of national governments, non-governmental organizations, ambassadors of foreign states gathered in the square.  Once wreaths were laid a minute of silence was observed to commemorate those fallen in battles for the Motherland. After laying the wreath, communicating with the diplomatic corps, Alexander Lukashenko commented on the situation in Belarus with tariffs for housing and communal services.
President Lukashenko confers general ranks on senior officers
President Lukashenko confers general ranks on senior officers President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, presented the general's shoulder straps on senior officers on 23 February, which is the Day of Fatherland Defenders and Armed Forces. 
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Belarusians on Fatherland Defenders Day
Belarus President congratulates nation on Fatherland Defenders Day Day of Fatherland Defenders and Armed Forces is celebrated in Belarus today. February 23 is considered to be a national holiday, the day of courage and heroism of the defenders of all generations. Anniversary ceremonies and celebrations are held today across the country. In Minsk, the celebration will begin the ceremony of laying flowers to the monument in Victory Square.

22.02.2016

Price increases should first be compensated by rising incomes, Belarus President says
Belarus President dismisses Gaidar-style reform proposals Alexander Lukashenko is angered by the situation with the tariffs for housing and communal services. This was the main topic of the February 22 meeting to discuss taxes and excise policy in 2016. The meeting participants also talked about the growth of prices for food, fuel and public transportation. They also discussed issues of privatization. The President noted that the government's proposals to amend the privatization of state property system cannot be accepted.
Privatization system in Belarus likely to remain unchanged
Privatization system in Belarus to remain unchanged The Belarus President does not see the need for the reorganization of privatization system. Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting on February 22 on the excise and tax policy in 2016.

21.02.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: 'Crisis is in our heads only!'
What are Belarus' main economic objectives for 2016? The Belarus President is going to visit Pakistan in 2016. This is a 200-million market that is very profitable for Belarus. It is a promising destination for exports of Belarusian machinery. And serious steps in this direction were already made in 2015.
Territorial Defense Forces checked in Belarus
Territorial defense forces combat readiness in focus in Belarus Belarus this week checked the readiness of territorial troops. This order was given by the President at a meeting with participants of a territorial defense camp. The newly created troops will add strength to the army and to defend facilities that are vital for the country. The territorial defense system in Belarus is 15 years old. Even then it was clear that reserve soldiers can be of great assistance to the regular army. This is mainly the protection of urban facilities: factories, power plants, and bakeries.
Belarus, Azerbaijan presidents discuss trade cooperation
Belarus, Azerbaijan presidents discuss trade cooperation Cooperation in trade and economic cooperation was discussed the February 19 in a telephone conversation by the presidents of Belarus and Azerbaijan. The heads of state reaffirmed the strategic nature of bilateral relations, noting that the interaction of the countries is always in a spirit of friendship and mutual understanding.

18.02.2016

Belarus President takes part in opening of Uruchcha sports palace
Belarus President takes part in opening of Uruchye sports palace The President of Belarus demands the return on funds invested in sport. Alexander Lukashenko said this on February 18 during the opening ceremony of the renovated sports complex Uruchcha. The modern sports palace has appeared on the basis of a small athletic arena. The site has become more universal. Now it can host handball, volleyball, basketball, mini-football, and even tennis training. The European Handball Federation hailed the complex too. And it also says that Minsk has more opportunities for hosting sports competitions of international level.
Alexander Lukashenko opens sports palace Uruchcha in Minsk
Alexander Lukashenko opens sports palace Uruchye in Minsk At the moment the President Alexander Lukashenko is taking part in the opening ceremony of the Palace of Sports Uruchcha and the international children's tournament in handball. The modern complex has appeared on the basis of a small athletics arena. Running tracks are now a thing of the past. Instead, athletes can use exercise bicycles. Seats are now located closer to the site, which again is in the spirit of the times. The stands are located at the perimeter of the playing area, thus forming a cup.
Pakistani Premier calls Belarus President to discuss bilateral cooperation
Belarus President to visit Pakistan in 2016 Today, February 18, at the initiative of the Pakistani side, a telephone conversation took place between President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif. During the conversation, the sides discussed in detail the current situation and prospects of bilateral relations, as well as the international agenda. One of the results was an agreement that Belarus President this year will visit Pakistan with an official visit. 
Alexander Lukashenko expresses condolences over terrorist attack in Ankara
Alexander Lukashenko expresses condolences over terrorist attack in Ankara A wave of terrorist attacks has swept Turkey. In less than a day after the terrorist attack in Ankara, there has been another explosion. It thundered on the way of a military convoy in the south-east of the country. According to preliminary reports, several people were injured.  Meanwhile, new details have become known about the terrorist attack that occurred the day before. The attack was carried out by a Syrian citizen. He was identified by fingerprints. He is reported to be a member of the Kurdish movement. 

17.02.2016

President Lukashenko for army's increased mobility
President Lukashenko for army's increased mobility Mobile machinery is in focus during Belarus' Armed Forces rearmament, said President Alexander Lukashenko addressing territorial defense forces February 17, 2016. These forces have recently been created in Belarus. Their main task is to ensure the safety of the main objects of life, if necessary.  The Head of State asked the territorial defense forces about their readiness and then asked whether heads of districts and regions are ready to assume command. 

16.02.2016

Belarus President dismisses structural economic reform proposals
Belarus President pleased with EU's lifting of sanctions Decisions taken to improve the efficiency of the economy should not have a negative impact on the social sphere in Belarus. Important issues of the socio-economic complex were discussed on February 16 at the Palace of Independence. Taking part in the meeting hosted by the Belarus President were representatives of the Government, the Presidential Administration, the National Bank, the regional leaders and chairmen of corporations.
No departure from political and economic course, Alexander Lukashenko says
No departure from political and economic course, Alexander Lukashenko says Decisions taken to improve the efficiency of the economy should not have a negative impact on the social sphere in Belarus. Important issues of the socio-economic complex were discussed on February 16 at the Palace of Independence. Taking part in the meeting hosted by the Belarus President were representatives of the Government, the Presidential Administration, the National Bank, the regional leaders and chairmen of corporations.
Alexander Lukashenko's son taking part in youth ice hockey competition
Alexander Lukashenko's son taking part in youth ice hockey competition The city competition "Golden Puck" has started for the 18th time in Minsk. During the month, Minsk athletes have been fighting for the entry to the final stage. The puck turned out golden for 18 teams - two from each district of Minsk. Opening the final match series were the teams of the Central and Soviet districts. Nikolai Lukashenko, the son of the Belarus President, plays for the team of Central District.

15.02.2016

President meets with Belarus' health minister
No flu epidemic expected in Belarus, health minister says The situation with prices in Belarusian drugstores remains under control. The Belarus President, hearing out a report from the Minister of Health, urged not to leave this topic without attention in the future. Also, Alexander Lukashenko was informed about the situation with the flu.
Belarus marks Day of Remembrance of fallen Afghan soldiers February 15
Belarus marks Day of Remembrance of fallen Afghan soldiers February 15 The day of remembrance of soldiers-internationalists (Afghan war soldiers) is celebrated on February 15 in Belarus. Exactly 27 years ago, Soviet troops left Afghanistan. This war lasted for more than 9 years, becoming the longest in the 20th century. In the modern history it is often referred to as the first anti-terrorist operation. All in all, more than 30,000 Belarusians roamed the fire roads of Afghanistan, of whom 800 did not return home. Someone was killed and someone is still considered missing.

14.02.2016

Alexander Lukashenko demands to set up trade system suitable for private and state-run businesses
Alexander Lukashenko demands to set up trade system suitable for private and state-run businesses The topic of the week in Belarus was trade, which affects the lives of everyone. All of us go to shops. How successfully Belarusian companies sell the goods produced determines the state of the national economy. The President has given the Trade Ministry additional powers and set the task to organize the work in a new way. To sum up, the main principle is fair distribution of revenue from trade. And work in line with general rules, with no exceptions. For example, what gets on the shelves or entrepreneurial stalls must be mandatory certified. Here bargaining is not appropriate.

12.02.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Science is vital resource for revival of entire industries
Alexander Lukashenko: Science is vital resource for revival of entire industries Science can and should bring maximum return, including material, said the President of Belarus at the ceremony to present diplomas of Doctor of Science and professor certificates. At a meeting with the Head of State, there were discussed the future developments and present-day state of Belarusian science. The ceremony was attended by more than 20 people. These are scientists working in various fields, from medicine to agriculture. After the collapse of the Soviet Union Belarus has managed to preserve a strong scientific school. 
Belarus to create expert group to study OSCE recommendations
Expert group in Belarus to study OSCE election recommendations Belarus will create an expert group to study the recommendations of the OSCE. The Belarus President has set such a task 12 February meeting with Chairwoman of the Central Commission for Elections and National Referenda Lidia Yermoshina. Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President: Mrs Yermoshina, did the OSCE ODIHR present the final report on the 2015 presidential election? Their chief visited us.
Science can and should bring maximum return, Belarus President says
Science can and should bring maximum return, Belarus President says Science can and should bring maximum return, including material, said February 12 the President of Belarus at the ceremony to present Doctor of Science diplomas and professor certificates. Today there were about 20 scientists in the hall. Alexander Lukashenko stressed that only based on the results of their work can one judge on the development of the whole industry. 
Alexander Lukashenko: Science vital for rebirth of certain industries
Alexander Lukashenko: Science vital for rebirth of certain industries Belarusian science is an essential resource for the recovery of entire industries, said today President Alexander Lukashenko, handing diplomas of Doctor of Science and professor certificates to science workers. New developments can significantly save resources and energy, help reduce production costs and make Belarus competitive in foreign markets. The topic of import substitution is still relevant. It is important to not just produce affordable goods of higher quality but also fully meet the needs of the consumer.

11.02.2016

President Lukashenko demands that Investigative Committee serve people, not statistics
President Lukashenko demands that Investigative Committee serve people, not statistics How effectively are Belarus' law enforcement agencies working? According to the President, the answer to this question must be sought in society. Alexander Lukashenko, at the board of the Investigative Committee, advised the security forces to do everything necessary to improve its image among the population. And for this, they need to assess their work on a daily basis. The Belarus President also recommended the Committee to rely less on statistics in assessing performance. Other topics covered were the fight against corruption, economic crimes, and staff training.
Alexander Lukashenko is Ukrainians' most respected foreign leader - poll
Alexander Lukashenko is Ukrainians' most respected foreign leader - poll Alexander Lukashenko was named the most respected politician by 63% of respondents in an opinion poll conducted in Ukraine. It should be noted that in Ukraine, Alexander Lukashenko has a high level of support among supporters of both European and Eurasian integration. Mr Lukashenko is followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the poll. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė is also among the top three most respected foreign leaders.
President Lukashenko takes part in board meeting of Belarus' Investigative Committee
President Lukashenko asks Investigative Committee to root out corruption from the outset How effectively are Belarus' law enforcement agencies working? The answer to this question must be sought in society. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, at the board meeting of the Investigative Committee, advised to rely less on statistics when assessing the results of the Committee's work. 
Belarus President taking part in Investigative Committee board
Belarus President taking part in Investigative Committee board Alexander Lukashenko is taking part in the extended meeting of the board of the Investigative Committee. It is considering the results of work in 2015 as well as tasks lying ahead. The board has brought together heads of regional departments of the Investigative Committee. The head of the Investigative Committee during the board proposed the creation of a university for investigative staff training. The staffing of the Committee's divisions stood at more than 96% at the beginning of 2016.

09.02.2016

Retail trade system overhaul due in Belarus
Retail trade system overhaul due in Belarus To establish a new operation system of the Trade Ministry was the main instruction of the Belarusian head of state who today met with Trade Minister Vladimir Koltovitch. Belarus should develop equal working conditions for all trading entities. The meeting also discussed the development of distribution networks in the region, protection of domestic producers from imports and the work of individual entrepreneurs in the framework of the existing legislation.
Alexander Lukashenko instructs to establish new trade system in Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko instructs to establish new trade system in Belarus Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has instructed the Ministry of Trade to establish a new system of work when meeting February 9 with Trade Minister Vladimir Koltovitch. Belarus should first of all establish a level playing field for all trading entities. The meeting also discussed the development of distribution networks in Belarusian regions, protection of domestic producers from imports and the work of individual entrepreneurs in the framework of the existing legislation.
Belarus to continue talks with IMF over $3 bn loan
Belarus to continue talks with IMF over $3 bn loan The Belarusian President met February 8 with the Minister of Foreign Affairs to talk over the strategy and tactics of Belarusian foreign policy. It is necessary to develop cooperation both in the west and in the east, especially with partners in the framework of integration associations.
Belarus President thinks CSTO potential not used to the fullest
Belarus President thinks CSTO potential not used to the fullest The resources of the Collective Security Treaty Organization are not used to the full, said February 9 President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha. Currently, global environment is unstable. Suffice it is to recall Ukraine, Syria, or Turkey. So no wonder that security issues have been central in the recent meeting of Heads of State of Belarus and Russia. In addition, Alexander Lukashenko noted that the CSTO is not just a platform but an organization, in which participants must work together.

08.02.2016

President Lukashenko hails KGB's efforts in ensuring Belarus' economic security
President Lukashenko hails KGB's efforts in ensuring Belarus' economic security President Alexander Lukashenko on February 8 met with Chairman of the State Security Committee Valery Vakulchik. The Belarusian leader noted the work of agencies in the fight against corruption, as well as in the sphere of economic security.
Alexander Lukashenko: Government should work tighter on $7 billion Chinese loan projects
Alexander Lukashenko demands efficient use of China's $7 billion loan The Belarus Government should work harder on developing projects in line with Chinese loan of $7 billion, said President Alexander Lukashenko hearing out a report of the Foreign Minister, Vladimir Makei. The Head of State stressed that it is very good money for Belarus, especially now. These funds can be used to finance many projects.
Alexander Lukashenko about recent meeting with Vladimir Putin
Belarus President says Russia ready to help economically despite difficult times Alexander Lukashenko spoke about the outcome of his recent meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, during which the parties discussed in detail many issues and agreed to find ways out of the current economic situation together.
Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin agree to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all areas
Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin agree to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all areas The presidents of Belarus and Russia have held a meeting without ties February 5. The talks were held in Sochi, where Alexander Lukashenko is now on a short vacation. Despite the informal nature of the communication, the leaders discussed the pressing state matters. Particular attention was paid to the prospects of the bilateral relations. Minsk and Moscow are strategic partners. In February, the Belarusian capital will host a meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State. Its agenda was also discussed on 5 February.

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