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16.12.2016

MZKT tank transporters being tested in UAE
MZKT tank transporters being tested in UAE Tank transporters made by Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant (MZKT) are being test-driven in the UAE. The vehicles were made by a special order. This is the principle, according to which the company now operates. In the case of the United Arab Emirates, we are talking about a long-term contract. It provides for the delivery of various machinery. The exact amount and timing of deliveries will be known after testing.

15.12.2016

38 BelAZ trucks to be shipped to Siberia
38 BelAZ trucks to be shipped to Siberia A large batch of BelAZ mining equipment will be delivered from Belarus to Siberia. 28 heavy trucks are purchased by the Siberian Coal Energy Company, which has branches in five Russian regions. Most of the trucks have already been sent to consumers. Another 10 vehicles will be delivered in early 2017. Belarusian Autoworks (BelAZ) and Siberian Coal Energy Company (one of the world leaders in the coal industry) have been collaborating for several years. The company bought 350 BelAZ trucks and demand for Belarusian giants is steadily growing.
Azerbaijan's economy minister: We are interested in industrial cooperation
Azerbaijan's economy minister: We are interested in industrial cooperation Belarus and Azerbaijan are discussing ways to expand cooperation in industry, health and agriculture. A delegation that includes members of the government and businessmen has arrived in Minsk from Azerbaijan. The main goal is to increase trade turnover between the two countries to $700 million. The current visit of the business circles of Azerbaijan will be a step towards the implementation of the arrangements achieved by the two heads of state.
Iranian ambassador meets with Belarus President, ending diplomatic mission
Iranian ambassador meets with Belarus President, ending diplomatic mission 2017 will be a determining factor in the relations between Belarus and Iran, said Alexander Lukashenko meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iran to Belarus. Mohammad Reza Saburi is completing his diplomatic mission. Diplomatic relations between Minsk and Tehran were established in 1993. The Belarus President visited Iran twice and the same number of times, Iran made return visits.
Why Russians love Belarusian food products?
Why Russians love Belarusian food products? Ordinary Russians from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok have always been glad to spend their Russian rubles in exchange for quality Belarusian products. Even Russian governors repeatedly told the CTV Channel about their love for Belarusian foodstuffs. Tamara Mukhina, resident of Smolensk (Russia):I buy a yogurt produced by the Vitebsk dairy plant. Sometime in 1967, I studied at the college of dairy industry and had an internship at the Vitebsk plant, the old one.
UAE to help promote Belarusian Halal products in Middle East market
UAE to help promote Belarusian Halal products in Middle East market Belarusian products are in demand in the Middle East market and the UAE company RACS is ready to speed up the certification process. Belarus will ship Halal products to Muslim countries' markets. Requirements to such goods are sufficiently high. Production technologies imply the absence of ingredients prohibited for use in food by Muslims. Belarus will also need to carefully observe hygiene rules and treat animals compassionately.
Belarus supplies food to 58 countries and only Russia has complaints
Belarus supplies food to 58 countries and only Russia has complaints The quality of Belarusian food products does not cause complaints from foreign consumers. None of the 58 countries to which Belarus delivers foodstuffs has complaints, except for Russia.  Note that we are not talking about the end customer (ordinary Russians are eager to buy Belarusian products), but the regulatory authorities. The level of control and state standards at Belarusian plants are in many respects stricter than in other countries, including the same Russia. 

13.12.2016

President: Belarus for resolving conflicts peacefully, at negotiating table only
President: Belarus for resolving conflicts peacefully, at negotiating table only There are new persons among the foreign envoys to Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko received credentials of heads of diplomatic missions of Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Finland, France, Eritrea and Estonia. For the first time after the 13-year break, taking part in the ceremony was the Ambassador of Canada. Among the diplomats was a representative of the Catholic Church. The Apostolic Nuncio handed the President the symbolic message.
Belarus' MTZ to open assembly plant in South Africa
Belarus' MTZ to open assembly plant in South Africa Minsk Tractor Plant will open an assembly plant in South Africa. Preliminary agreements on cooperation have already been signed. In particular, the document envisages the establishment of a tractor assembly plant in South Africa. In the near future, foreign partners will determine the range of equipment that will be assembled at the new production facility.
Belarus' wood processing companies earn $100 million on exports in 2016
Belarus' wood processing companies earn $100 million on exports in 2016 Belarusian producers have increased timber exports to non-CIS countries, and in monetary terms since the beginning of the year have earned more than $100 million. Plywood, particleboard, fiberboard and furniture are in the greatest demand, which means that products with a deep degree of processing and high added value are the most profitable. At the same time, the share of exports to new countries is increasing. In number terms, companies have sold to the Middle East 1.5 times more wood products than it was planned for 2016.

08.12.2016

Vnesheconombank chairman meets with Belarus President
Vnesheconombank chairman meets with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has guaranteed support for Vnesheconombank (VEB) in Belarus. On December 8 the President met with the chairman of this financial structure. Since 2016 Sergei Gorkov has headed the corporation Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs. They are working to support the Belarusian and Russian exports, including to third countries. According to the head of state, the Russian partners can count on support from the government and the National Bank. But the most important thing is to fully implement the agreements reached.

07.12.2016

Belarus government sums up work to expand export
Belarus government sums up work to expand export Remove barriers to trade with Russia and increase the export geography are the top priorities discussed by the Belarus government. It has summed up its work on the expansion of exports. Overall, in 2016, Belarus opened five new markets and is now selling products in 160 countries. It is also expanding the list of export commodity positions; however, we are talking about the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union only. As for the EU, Belarus must be more active in promoting its goods there.

06.12.2016

Belarus and Irkutsk Region to intensify cooperation in agriculture, construction
Belarus and Irkutsk Region to intensify cooperation in agriculture, construction Belarus and the Irkutsk region have to find reserves to increase mutual trade, said President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the governor of the Russian region, Sergei Levchenko. Turnover this year has fallen, especially against the backdrop of a record trade volume in 2015. There are all prerequisites to catch up. In the Palace of Independence, the parties identified several areas for possible enhanced cooperation - from agriculture to construction.

05.12.2016

Polish parliamentary delegation arrives in Minsk December 4
Polish parliamentary delegation arrives in Minsk December 4 Belarus and Poland are ready to discuss a large block of economic issues, including the increase in turnover by about 30%, the embassy of Poland in Belarus told CTV.by announcing the arrival in Minsk of the Marshal of the Polish Senate. The parliamentary delegation from Warsaw arrived December 4 at the invitation of the Council of the Republic. It will attend a meeting of the upper house of the Belarus parliament. A number of other meetings is also scheduled.

02.12.2016

Belarus-Azerbaijan trade up 10 times in 2006-2015
Belarus-Azerbaijan trade up 10 times in 2006-2015 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko received the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Belarus, Isfandiyar Vahabzade, on December 1 as the diplomat completed his mission in Belarus. The President noted that the past few years had been the most fruitful in the relations between Belarus and Azerbaijan. Over 10 years, the level of trade between the two countries has increased by 10 times.

29.11.2016

Problems and achievements of Belarusian automotive holding groups
Problems and achievements of Belarusian automotive holding groups Late November 2016 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made it clear that machine industry is extremely important for the country. He mentioned modern technology, export and underlined the importance of 150,000 jobs in the sphere. Belarusian vehicles are quite popular in Russia and Europe. However, it is not always easy to find sales destinations. This was discussed at the meeting hosted by the President. There were over 80 machine industry representatives from all the 16 Belarusian automotive holding groups.
Brazil waits for Belarusian travelers
Brazil joins the club: all about visa-free travel for Belarusians From November 25, there is one more country Belarusians can travel visa-free: Brazil has joined the club of 40 countries keeping their doors open to the citizens of Belarus. There is some more good news for avid travellers. Belarusian passport climbs slow and sure up the “travel freedom” list. All in all Belarusians can visit 41 countries without red tape constraints. The list of them is really astonishing. Not to mention the neighbouring Russia and Ukraine, there are, for instance, such exotic spots as Peru, Ecuador and Cuba.
Belarus, Azerbaijan agree to reach turnover of $700 million in 2017
Belarus, Azerbaijan agree to reach turnover of $700 million in 2017 Belarus and Azerbaijan have agreed to reach a turnover of $700 million in 2017. Alexander Lukashenko and Ilham Aliyev agreed that the cooperation between the two countries has a lot of untapped reserves. One of the steps in this development is the creation in Minsk and Baku of national trading houses. Belarus intends to cooperate with Azerbaijan in the field of petrochemistry and cotton processing.

28.11.2016

Belarus President critical over state of mechanical engineering
Belarus President critical over state of mechanical engineering Belarusian trucks, passenger cars and buses have to compete with Swedish Volvo and Scania and it's not easy. However, an interesting fact: Volvo group has recently been bought by the Chinese company Geely, whose cars are produced in Belarus. In this chain, Belarus could find benefits for its automobile industry. Firstly, this fact gives some weight to the brand BelGee. And new models of the Belarusian-Chinese cars are being developed together with Volvo. But experts say: each product will find a buyer if you sell aptly and establish production process well.
South Sinai signs cooperation memorandum with Minsk region
South Sinai signs cooperation memorandum with Minsk region The Minsk region has reached an agreement on cooperation with one of the largest and most developed regions of Egypt. The sides signed a memorandum on mutually beneficial relations in the socio-cultural and trade-economic spheres. This is the first visit of the South Sinai delegation to Belarus. Over the first 9 months of 2016, the turnover of Minsk with Egypt amounted to approximately $2.5 million.

24.11.2016

President demands improvement in Belarus' mechanical engineering
President demands improvement in Belarus' mechanical engineering The President of Belarus requires to radically improve the situation in the field of mechanical engineering. Alexander Lukashenko said this on November 24 at a meeting on the development strategy of the industry. Taking part in the meeting are representatives of the Government, relevant ministries, heads of Belarusian enterprises, scientists, as well as those who use the products of Belarus' mechanic engineering.
Profitability of Belarusian agricultural exports exceeds 20%
Belarus to introduce law on organic products in 2017 Return on sales of Belarusian agricultural products to foreign markets exceeds 20%. For example, a ton of beef gives profits of almost $750, a ton of cheese about $1,300, according to Minister of Agriculture and Food Leonid Zayats.
Belarus and Austria discussing mutual projects
Belarus and Austria discussing mutual projects Minsk and Vienna have resumed the work of all mechanisms of economic cooperation development. That was the leitmotif of the 13th session of the Belarusian-Austrian intergovernmental commission on bilateral trade and economic cooperation. This meeting in the Belarusian capital brought together the business circles of the two countries: 25 Austrian and over 100 Belarusian companies.

21.11.2016

Dictionary
How foreign languages promote Belarusian economy Your tongue will get you anywhere: to Kiev, London, New York or Beijing. Belarusian managers have to keep up with Belarusian foreign policy achievements because they need to agree on sales of Belarusian tractors, cheeses and sausages in English, French, Chinese, Spanish, Turkish and Arab. The English language is a must for Belarusian specialists. Andrei has learned about it from his personal experience. He speaks German fluently and actively uses it at work. Nevertheless, any language should be constantly practiced.

15.11.2016

President Lukashenko meets the workers of MogilevKhimvolokno
Belarus President visits MogilevKhimvolokno company The President of the Republic of Belarus has visited MogilevKhimvolokno company. By 2020, this giant of Belarusian chemical industry will turn into an entirely new enterprise. Modernization will ensure the needed radical qualitative changes, according to the task given by President Lukashenko. Many people have worked here for decades, like their parents did, along with their spouses and adult children.
Belarus' exposition opens at International Trade Fair in New Delhi
Belarus' exposition opens at International Trade Fair in New Delhi Belarusian MAZ trucks, famous candies and road machinery in India. A national exposition of Belarus opened at the international trade fair in New Delhi. The country has presented famous domestic brands. These are products from 60 Belarusian companies in the field of mechanical engineering, petrochemical, light and food industries. During the national exposition, Belarus will present its companies and their products. There will also be a business matchmaking session. The 10th meeting of "Belarus-India" Business Council will take place, too.

12.11.2016

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Alexander Lukashenko: $1 billion dollars turnover is possible
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Alexander Lukashenko: $1 billion dollars turnover is possible On November 11, the President of Turkey made his first official visit to Belarus. The visit is a very significant step in the relations between two countries. The program of the visit included the negotiations, opening ceremony of the Cathedral Mosque and business forum that gathered about 500 representatives of large Belarusian and Turkish companies. It is worth mentioning that Turkey became the first country to acknowledge the independence of Belarus after the collapse of the USSR.

11.11.2016

EAEU conference in Gomel: No trade barriers between member countries
EAEU conference in Gomel: No trade barriers between member countries There shouldn’t be any barriers between countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). That’s the main topic of the EAEU international conference held in Grodno. The business terms should be equal for all five member countries. However, according to participants of the conference, the court heard at least 10 appeals in 2015. All of them were referred to the violation of common rules of competition.   Due to the investigation, it was possible to reduce the cost of roaming on the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan comes to Belarus with offical visit for first time
Recep Tayyip Erdogan comes to Belarus with offical visit for first time Belarus and Turkey are able to make a new step in their relations. A few hours ago, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan began his official visit to Belarus. The Turkish leader's plane landed at the Minsk National Airport. Next, the Turkish leader went to the Palace of Independence, where he was met by the Belarusian head of state. In 2016, the heads of state have already met at the summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which was held in Istanbul in April.
Good partner: How much does Turkey invest in Belarus?
Good partner: How much does Turkey invest in Belarus? The head of Turkey is expected in Minsk with an official visit. November 11 will be the day of big politics. President Alexander Lukashenko's talks with Recep Erdogan will set the overall tone for the business circles of the two countries. More than 400 companies have already registered to take part in the Belarusian-Turkish business forum.

08.11.2016

Belarus export at $17 billion in January-September 2016
Belarus export at $17 billion in January-September 2016 Statistics is in favor of Belarusian producers. During the first 9 months of 2016, Belarus' exports grew by 4% compared to the same period in 2015. In numerical terms, in September, the export exceeded $2.7 billion. In general, since the beginning of 2016, Belarusian enterprises sold abroad goods worth almost $17 billion. Companies have also increased the range and scope of services provided. The positive balance in services is $1.7 billion.

04.11.2016

Belarus taking part in international arms exhibition in Indonesia
Belarus taking part in 2016 Indo Defence Expo & Forum in Indonesia Belarusian wheeled amphibious armored car, the missile system Polonez and drones are presented at an international expo in Indonesia. Belarus has presented samples of the Belarusian military industry at the region's largest international exhibition of weapons and equipment. Products by hundreds of companies are exhibited in Jakarta at an area of over 10,000 square meters. The Belarusian booth includes the latest developments: Belarusian air defense missile systems, automated control systems and models of military equipment.
Dairy companies of Minsk region expanding range of export products
Dairy exporters from Minsk region expanding range of products Dairy exporters from the Minsk region are improving their export opportunities, expand the range and improve quality of products that could be interesting to foreign consumers. The Kapyl branch of the Slutsk plant for the production of cheese, butter, dry milk products exports to Russia and Kazakhstan more than 90% of its products. In 2017, it is planning to produce whey powder, without mineral salts.
Joint production of tractors and economic cooperation: SCO summit opens in Bishkek
Joint production of tractors and economic cooperation: SCO summit opens in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan has resumed the assembly of Belarusian tractors. The opening ceremony of the production facility took place in Bishkek. This city became the center of continental politics on November 3. It is hosting the Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, with Belarus being here as an observer. The main issue is economic cooperation. Belarus offered to expand industrial cooperation within the SCO. On November 3, an assembly plant for MTZ tractors has started work in Bishkek.

03.11.2016

Belarus, Kyrgyzstan resume assembly of tractors
Belarus, Kyrgyzstan resume assembly of tractors Belarus and Kyrgyzstan have resumed the assembly of tractors in Bishkek. An opening ceremony was held on November 3 production with the participation of the Prime Minister of Belarus. The assembly facility will produce up to 5,000 tractors per year. The sides plan to sell the vehicles not only in Kyrgyzstan. The possibility of exporting machinery to China and Turkmenistan is being worked out. Delivering tractor kits to the assembly plant in Kyrgyzstan the MTZ plans to use customs regime called "free warehouse".
Belarusian producers strike profitable deals with Kazakhstan
Belarusian producers strike profitable deals with Kazakhstan New contracts for the supply of meat and milk products. Belarusian producers have returned from Kazakhstan with orders worth $10 million. A little more modest are results of the negotiations for the supply of furniture - $2 million. In addition, Kazakh partners are interested in expanding the assembly production of combine harvesters at a joint venture in the city of Kostanay. The country already has three dealerships and demand for equipment is growing.

02.11.2016

Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant to supply off-road dump truck to UAE
Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant to supply off-road dump truck to UAE Alexander Lukashenko met with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Prospective projects worth tens of millions of dollars were discussed at the meeting. Next year, the Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant will supply off-road dump trucks to the UAE. Belarus is also interested in increasing export of food products and construction materials. Strategic projects are planned in the field of high technologies and military and technological cooperation.

01.11.2016

Christian Friis Bach, UN Under Secretary General, Executive Secretary of UN Economic Commission for Europe
Christian Bach: economic policy of your country creates more opportunities for business The program Week met the main person of the Economic Commission for Europe, Executive Secretary to learn more about the possible projects and why integration is becoming a sign of new times. Mr. Bach, today I’ve seen the announcement of the conference on the ECE official page on social networks. You’ve chosen a photo of Bolshoi Theatre. Have your acquaintance with Belarus started with the Bolshoi Theatre?

31.10.2016

Chinese veterinarians inspect Belarusian meat packing plants
Chinese veterinarians inspect Belarusian meat packing plants Chinese veterinarians finished the official inspection of Belarusian meat packing factories. The experts were inspecting the Belarusian approach to feeding livestock and the rules of the production of meat and meat products. Chinese specialists favorably evaluated the work of Belarusian colleagues and the level of the veterinary service in Belarus.  
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
Belarus leader meets with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Possible joint projects and investment cooperation between Belarus and the United Arab Emirates were discussed October 31 in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The President of Belarus met with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.
Belarus President visits Qatar October 30
Belarus President visits Qatar October 30 These days, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is in the Middle East. He is now in the United Arab Emirates, but early in the morning of October 30, the President held talks with the Sheikh of Qatar. This is one of the richest Arab countries. Here, there is the highest oil production per capita in the world. And each of the 2 million people here is a wealthy man. The country spends petrodollars on social services. In Belarus, Qatari businessmen are involved in a number of projects. Today, this list may become longer.
“There’s potential for development”: Polish businessmen in Belarus
“There’s potential for development”: Polish businessmen discovering Belarus Relations with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are precious for Belarus, even though these countries are not so geographically and culturally close to us. The importance of relations with close countries that we have common past with goes without saying. However, sometimes there are some internal strives. Belarus is between Russia and Poland. Relations with Poland haven’t been very easy lately. However, nowadays, official representatives from Warsaw have become frequent guests in Minsk. The business sphere has revived.

30.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus prepared to offer projects beneficial for Qatar
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus prepared to offer projects beneficial for Qatar Belarus is prepared to offer projects that are beneficial for Qatar. Alexander Lukashenko announced that during the talks with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. The Belarus’ President arrived to Qatar for an official visit. The meeting began with the official ceremony with the guard of honor was taking part. Anthems of both countries were performed. The President of Belarus and the Emir of Qatar welcome members of official delegations. Afterwards, they headed to a meeting hall.
Ambassador of Belarus to Qatar: “Belarusian construction materials used as finishing for most luxurious houses”
Ambassador of Belarus to Qatar: “Belarusian construction materials used as finishing for most luxurious houses” The President of Belarus left for Qatar on October 29. During the official visit to Qatar, Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks with the Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.  As a result, the sides are expected to sign several bilateral documents. Belarus plans to participate in projects related to infrastructure that are implemented in Qatar. The construction is going on in the capital of Qatar. Mostly, it’s connected with the Football World Championship in 2022.

28.10.2016

CIS Council of Heads of Government held in Minsk: signed agreements
CIS Council of Heads of Government held in Minsk: signed agreements A meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States was held at the National Library in Minsk. In total, the agenda included more than 20 draft documents. Almost every second of them has an economic component. Implementation of the provisions of the Free Trade Area Agreement remains the priority for the allies.
President of Belarus to go to Qatar, Saudi Arabia for visits
President of Belarus to go to Qatar, Saudi Arabia for visits The President of Belarus will go to the Middle East region October 29.  During the official visit to Qatar, Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks with the Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.  As a result the sides are expected to sign several bilateral documents. The President of Belarus will then leave the Qatari capital for a working visit to the United Arab Emirates. Here he plans to hold a series of business meetings. 
Each new decision in CIS should be based on economic feasibility, Alexander Lukashenko says
Each new decision in CIS should be based on economic feasibility, Alexander Lukashenko says Today Minsk is hosting a meeting of the heads of governmental delegations of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Taking part in the events is also the President of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko said that each new decision of the CIS countries must be based on economic feasibility. This is one of the key themes of current agenda in the economic downturn, which is felt worldwide, including by integration associations. The latter, according to the Belarus head of the state, must bring real benefits to the peoples.

26.10.2016

Belarus President says relations with Western Europe vital
Belarus President: Relations with Germany and Western Europe important President of Belarus took a number of personnel decisions on October 25. When appointing new heads of diplomatic missions, Alexander Lukashenko stressed the importance of developing relations with Western Europe. Changes were made to the local vertical of power. Denis Sidorenko has been appointed new Belarusian Ambassador to Germany. This is responsible position given that Germany is one of the main Western partners of the Republic of Belarus. Germany is also the locomotive of the EU economy.

25.10.2016

President Lukashenko promises support for creation of Polish enterprises in Belarus
President Lukashenko promises support for creation of Polish enterprises in Belarus New points of growth in trade turnover between Belarus and Poland were discussed at the meeting between President Alexander Lukashenko with Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and the Minister of Development and Finance of Poland. In addition, Poland can become Belarus' "guide" to the WTO and assist in promotion of electricity from the Ostrovets NPP in the European Union. At a joint business forum, the sides voiced an intention to raise the turnover to $4 billion.
Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia: We expect greater number of agreements in 2017
Deputy Premier of Namibia: We expect greater number of agreements with Belarus in 2017 Belarus is ready to cooperate with Namibia. This republic is located in the south-west of the African continent. To visit it, Belarusians now do not need a visa. Diplomatic relations between the countries were established 15 years ago. For the first time over these years, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Namibia visited Minsk on October 24. The parties see great potential for cooperation in the field of agriculture, engineering and mining industries. Now they are forming a complete legal base of the bilateral relations.
Belarusian and Polish businesses to expand interregional cooperation
Belarusian and Polish businesses to expand interregional cooperation Expansion of inter-regional cooperation between Belarus and Poland is one of the major topics discussed in Belarus these days. On October 25, a business delegation from Lubuskie Province is arriving in the Gomel region. Business circles of that European country intend to establish contacts with companies of the region.

24.10.2016

Poland may help Belarus promote Astravyets NPP electricity in EU
Poland may help Belarus promote Astravyets NPP electricity in EU Poland may become a conductor of Belarus to the WTO and promoter of electricity generate by the Astravyets NPP in the European Union. These two topics became central during negotiations of the Polish delegation with representatives of the Belarusian government. With the commissioning of the first unit of the nuclear power plant Poland could use Belarusian electricity or facilitate its transit.
How Mozyr Oil Refinery survived oil and gas conflict
How Mozyr Oil Refinery survived oil and gas conflict The tradition of carrying the Olympic torch originated in ancient Greece and reminded people about Prometheus who got fire and gave it to people. The fire of the Belarusian torch originates from... Gazprom. Gazprom is not Prometheus. It doesn’t just give fire, it sells it, and not at a low price. That’s why Belarus and Russia had an argument. By October 20, Russia wanted to get money from Belarus for gas and for pumping the volumes necessary for Belarusian refineries. Due to reduction in supplies from Russia, the Belarusian pumps weren’t working properly.
Namibia foreign minister visiting Belarus
Namibia foreign minister visiting Belarus Belarus is ready to cooperate with Namibia. This republic is located in the south-west of the African continent. To visit it, Belarusians do not need a visa. Diplomatic relations between the countries were established 15 years ago. The Foreign Minister of Namibia arrived in Minsk on October 24. Now the sides are working on the formation of a full-fledged legal basis of the bilateral relations.
Belarus proposes Poland to boost economic cooperation
Poland may assist Belarus in WTO accession talks The President of Belarus proposes to raise the bar of trade and economic cooperation with Poland. Alexander Lukashenko said this on October 24 meeting with Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Minister of Finance and Poland Mateusz Morawiecki. In January-August 2016, the trade turnover between the countries has increased as compared to the same period of 2015.
Deputy Prime Minister of Poland to arrive in Belarus October 24 Minsk and Warsaw are expanding trade connections. On October 24 Belarus will welcome Deputy Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki. He will hold talks with the leadership of Belarus as well as take part in the meeting of the joint commission for economic cooperation. It is expected that the high-ranking guest will visit the annual Belarusian-Polish economic forum Neighbourhood. It will open on October 24 at the National Library and will gather several hundred representatives of leading companies of the two countries.

20.10.2016

Belarus, Russia discuss Union State budgetary performance
Belarus, Russia discuss Union State budgetary performance Every ruble from the Union State budget should be spent effectively. This is required by the slowdown in economic activity in various sectors. This is the outcome of the meeting of representatives of the State Control Committee of Belarus and the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation. On October 20, they discussed by videoconference how the Union State budget is being executed.  The sides noted that the current level of financial control bodies of the two countries is a way to enhance the integration and achieve common goals.
Belarus experiencing renaissance in trade relations with Europe, Vladimir Ulakhovich says
Belarus experiencing renaissance in trade relations with Europe, Vladimir Ulakhovich says Belarus is experiencing a "renaissance" in trade relations with Europe, said today chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Belarus. One of the forms that is most attracted to foreign partners is industrial cooperation. It will allow producing more quality products and developing ways to enter new markets. Meanwhile, there are some problems in the field of foreign trade. For example, exceptions and limitations.

18.10.2016

Belarus and Tatarstan sign cooperation development plan for 2017-2020
Belarus and Tatarstan sign cooperation development plan for 2017-2020 Cooperation in the field of machine tools may become profitable for Belarus and Tatarstan. This was discussed at a meeting of the Prime Minister of Belarus, Andrei Kobyakov, with Rustam Minnikhanov, who is visiting Belarus. Tatarstan will soon begin a large-scale modernization of the aviation plant and other engineering companies. Therefore, the foreign visitors are determined to cooperate with Belarus in the industry.

17.10.2016

Affiliated enterprise of Belarusian potash company opens in Ukraine
Affiliated enterprise of Belarusian potash company opens in Ukraine Affiliated enterprise of the Belarusian potash company has opened on in Ukraine on October 17. The main goal is to expand the presence on the market. A country with a large sector of agricultural sphere is a prospective market for Belarus. This new enterprise will help to reach a new level of cooperation with consumers of mineral fertilizers and to increase the number of shipments. Today, Belarusian potassium is purchased in every second country. The fifth part of the world’s export belongs to the Belarusian potash company.
All air mail coming to Belarus now processed at National Airport Minsk
All air mail coming to Belarus now processed at National Airport Minsk All air mail coming to Belarus will now be processed at National airport Minsk. On October 17, a logistics center for international correspondence will open here.  It will use the latest technical solutions, which will significantly reduce the time to send and receive parcels and help immediately identify the address.  The main thing is that customs inspection will also be carried out on the spot.

14.10.2016

Kurgan region ready to buy 100 units of Belarusian machinery per year
Kurgan region ready to buy 100 units of Belarusian machinery per year Kurgan region of Russia is ready to buy 100 units of Belarusian equipment per year. Farmers from that Russian region are already familiar with Belarusian tractors. There are about 2,500 of them in the tractor fleet of the agricultural region. The Russian guests are also interested in machines for the timber industry, as well as some types of municipal and road-building machinery. On October 13, the delegation visited the enterprise Amkodor and perhaps soon it may sign some new contracts.
Belarus and EU renew trade dialogue
Belarus and EU renew trade dialogue Belarus and the European Union have resumed the dialogue on trade. On October 13, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus hosted the first round of talks. The parties declared their intention to increase the trade turnover. As noted by the head of the EU Delegation in Belarus, it is European companies that are primarily interested in trade with our country. Andrea Victorin emphasized that the conversation took place in a warm atmosphere, and today one can say about the warming of relations between Belarus and the European Union.

13.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus ready to cooperate with Kurgan region in all directions
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus ready to cooperate with Kurgan region in all directions Belarus is ready to cooperate with the Kurgan region in all areas, said the Belarus President meeting with the governor of the Russian region Alexei Kokorin on 13 October. Mutual trade turnover figures are modest: a little more than $20 million. Therefore, there is much space for further cooperation.
Kurgan region governor arrives in Minsk
Kurgan region governor arrives in Minsk Inter-regional cooperation is a step towards the strengthening of Belarusian-Russian relations. The governor of Kurgan region has come to Minsk to discuss the prospects of cooperation, including in trade. Together with the head of the Russian region are high-ranking officials and heads of large enterprises of Kurgan region. The Kurgan delegation is going to hold negotiations with the leadership of Belarus as well as visit a number of industrial enterprises. Kurgan region is an agricultural region. Farmland occupies almost half of its area. Therefore

12.10.2016

Doctrine of food safety to appear in Belarus
Doctrine of food safety to appear in Belarus The doctrine of food safety will appear in Belarus by the end of 2016. Belarus is successful in providing products for domestic market, and 35% of Belarusian products are exported. However, it’s not the time to relax. There are new challenges appearing in the sphere. That was the topic discussed during the 1st Belarusian Forum on Food Safety that was held on October 12 in Minsk.
Russia lifts restrictions on oil supplies to Belarus
Russia lifts restrictions on oil supplies to Belarus Belarus considers agreements with Russia on gas and oil a compromise in the interests of the two countries. On October 11, the Energy Ministry voiced a new formula of gas price calculations for Belarus. It also confirmed that in the next 10 days Belarus will repay the previously underpaid money for blue fuel. Russia, in turn, introduces a mechanism for inter-budgetary compensation for the time when a common electric energy market is being created.
Michael Kent about Belarus: "It's great pleasure for me to be in your country"
Michael Kent about Belarus: "It's great pleasure for me to be in your country" Belarus is waiting for British businesses to come to the country, said the Belarus President meeting a member of the British royal family - Prince Michael of Kent on October 11. The representative of the royal family, a prominent businessman and philanthropist is visiting Belarus for the first time.

10.10.2016

Belarusian-Polish cooperation to be discussed in Warsaw October 10
Belarusian-Polish cooperation to be discussed in Warsaw October 10 Belarusian-Polish cooperation will be discussed on October 10 in Warsaw. Belarus will be represented by the foreign minister. Vladimir Makei is set to meet with his Polish counterpart, as well as other representatives of the Polish leadership. In recent years, the countries have intensified their political and economic dialogue significantly. In 2016 alone, Belarus was visited by numerous delegations of ministries and departments; inter-parliamentary cooperation was renewed. Moreover, Belarus and Poland's intergovernmental commissions are working intensively.
Belarus expands geography of insurance: It covers 3% of all export
Belarus expanding insurance services export Why is it profitable to insure contracts with foreign companies and how does it affect the development of export? These questions were discussed during the international conference in Minsk. Lately, there has appeared a tendency to insure contracts in Belarus. The insurance cover contracts with more than 50 countries. Both governmental and private enterprise can make their contracts safe.

09.10.2016

Saint Petersburg interested in Belarusian dairy and meat products
Saint Petersburg interested in Belarusian dairy and meat products Belarus and Saint Petersburg plan to increase their turnover up to 2 billion dollars. On October 7, a number of agreements were signed between Belarus and Saint Petersburg. As it was announced, Saint Petersburg is still interested in Belarusian dairy and meat products, and it plans to purchase the transport produced in Belarus. The construction industry might become a very beneficial sphere of cooperation. It is planned to build Belarus Town in Saint Petersburg and Saint Petersburg Town in Minsk.

08.10.2016

Export, business, housing and utility services: Alexander Lukashenko addresses MPs
Export, business, housing and utility services: Alexander Lukashenko addresses MPs Overcoming the negative trends in the economy, steady rate of development, the growing authority of Belarus in the international arena and the need to maintain a balanced foreign policy were the topics about which the President of Belarus spoke on October 7 addressing MPs from both chambers of the Belarusian parliament.

07.10.2016

Continuity, reforms, foreign policy: Alexander Lukashenko addresses Belarusian parliamentarians
Continuity, reforms, foreign policy: Alexander Lukashenko addresses Belarusian parliamentarians Overcoming the negative trends in the economy, steady rate of development, the growing authority of Belarus in the international arena and the need to maintain a balanced foreign policy were the topics about which the President of Belarus spoke on October 7 addressing MPs from both chambers of the Belarusian parliament.
Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Pakistan: 15 agreements concluded
Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Pakistan: 15 agreements concluded The Belarus President has ended the official visit to Pakistan. The agreements achieved will become an impetus for the further dynamic development of the relations. Minsk and Islamabad agreed to deepen friendly relations and achieve turnover of a billion dollars in 4 years. The Belarus President's negotiations with the most influential politicians of Pakistan ended almost in the plane.

06.10.2016

Relations between Belarus and Pakistan to reach political level
Relations between Belarus and Pakistan to reach political level Multi-million contracts and confirmation of the mutual commitment to the development of friendly relations. The Belarusian President continues his official visit to Islamabad. Yesterday Alexander Lukashenko and Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif agreed to cooperate on the principles of mutual trust and reach for close cooperation with third countries. They also talked about the establishment of joint ventures in the food sector. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:Belarus and Pakistan should be more active
Alexander Lukashenko demands Belarus-Pakistan trade at $1bn by 2020
Alexander Lukashenko demands Belarus-Pakistan trade at $1bn by 2020 Belarus-Pakistan relations are on the way to $1 billion. The official visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Pakistan is intensifying relations between the two countries. The contracts and their worth speak for themselves. The first-ever delivery of BelAZ, a joint venture for the production of special equipment and a major contract of Belarus' tire manufacturers. In the list of priorities are light industry, interbank cooperation and the implementation of infrastructure projects.

05.10.2016

Contracts worth several million dollars: Pakistan interested in Belarusian textile and tires
Contracts worth several million dollars: Pakistan interested in Belarusian textile and tires The Belarusian head of state on October 5 will take part in a business forum in Pakistan. Businessmen of the two countries were thoroughly prepared for business negotiations and demonstrate positive dynamics of cooperation. For example, a test batch of Belarusian yarn worth a quarter of a million US dollars made it possible to study and gain a foothold in the textile market, and the overall portfolio of Bellegprom concern's contracts yesterday increased by 3 and a half million.

04.10.2016

Belarus' Bellegprom concern sign $3.5m worth of contracts in Pakistan
Belarus' Bellegprom concern sign $3.5m worth of contracts in Pakistan A Belarusian delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko has already been in Islamabad for a day, ahead of Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko's state visit. The delegation includes numerous businessmen and heads of ministries. On October 5, the capital of Pakistan will host a business forum. But a number of meetings and successful negotiations have already been held. On October 4 the company Bellegprom signed contracts worth $3.5 million.
Belarus President goes on official visit to Pakistan
Belarus President, after trip to China, goes on official visit to Pakistan Alexander Lukashenko has gone on an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The Belarusian leader's plane headed for Islamabad from Minsk National Airport about an hour ago. The three-day visit includes talks at the highest level. The head of state will meet with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain, as well as with the leadership of the parliament. As a result the sides are expected to sign several bilateral documents. Alexander Lukashenko will also attend the opening of a business forum.
Center of Belarusian language and Culture opens in Pakistan
Center of Belarusian language and Culture opens in Pakistan October 4, Alexander Lukashenko will pay an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The visit will be marked by the talks at the highest level. As a result the sides are expected to sign several bilateral documents. A Belarusian delegation composed of members of government, heads of ministries and directors of large enterprises has already arrived in Islamabad. Among the tasks for the countries in the short term is increase in trade turnover to $1 billion.

03.10.2016

Deputy Minister of Trade of Chile about Belarus-Chile cooperation
Deputy Minister of Trade of Chile about Belarus-Chile cooperation Chile plans to increase the turnover between Chile and Belarus by two times. The delegation of businessmen from Chile were exploring the possibility of the cooperation with the Eurasian Economic Union. The priority is to open markets to each other. Deputy Minister of Trade of the Republic of Chile Andrés Rebolledo has answered questions of the program Week on the CTV Channel.
Belarus President to go on official visit to Pakistan October 4
Belarus President to go on official visit to Pakistan October 4 The press-service of the Belarusian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, reported today that the President is going on an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan October 4. The visit will be marked by the talks at the highest level. The head of state will meet with the Prime Minister of that country Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain, as well as with the leadership of the Pakistani parliament.

30.09.2016

Alexander Lukashenko about China-Belarus Industrial Park: Project demonstrates to Europe and whole world growing technological level of China
Alexander Lukashenko about China-Belarus Industrial Park: Project demonstrates growing technological level of China The China-Belarus Industrial Park should become a showpiece project. This was an announcement made by Belarus’ President speaking with students of the Beijing University on September 30. It was said that the Park would be the pearl of the Silk Road. At the same time, it could become an international project, as various companies from different countries are eager to participate in it.
Agriculture of Belarus: problems and achievements
Agriculture of Belarus: problems and achievements Last week, the Rosselkhoznadzor sanitary watchdog of Russia introduced restrictions on the import of Belarusian products of several enterprises. For many years, aid to agriculture has been one of the main items of the budget's expenditures. The agro-industrial complex of Belarus has received about $40 billion. Food security problem has long been solved in Belarus. Moreover, each year revenues from food exports increase. It is several billion dollars annually. But the flip side of this process is that agricultural enterprises have got accustomed to sitting on state subsidies.

29.09.2016

Belarusian health resorts' export of services up by 30% in H1 2016
Belarusian health resorts' export of services up by 30% in H1 2016 Belarusian health resorts have increased export of services from the beginning of 2016 by 30%, having gained a total of more than 102 million rubles. The highest demand for spa treatment is among Russians. This is due to affordable costs. Prices are the same for all people of the Eurasian Economic Union. On average, one day in a Belarusian sanatorium costs 42 rubles (about $20).

28.09.2016

From construction to programming: Belarus and Hungary mulling over new projects
From construction to programming: Belarus and Hungary mulling over new projects On September 28 Minsk will become a platform for meetings between Belarus and Hungary business circles. The capital will host a joint business forum. The parties have mutual interest in cooperation and joint projects in construction, industry and agriculture programming. Also, the sides will focus on the supply of food and beverages, wood products and sales of agricultural machinery.

27.09.2016

China can give both new technologies and investment, Sergei Kizima says
China can give both new technologies and investment, Sergei Kizima says Diplomatic relations between Belarus and China were established in 1992. At the same time, the Chinese Embassy was opened in Minsk. From 1993, Belarusian diplomats began working in Beijing. During this time the Belarusian head of state visited China eight times. Chinese President Xi Jinping came to Belarus on a three-day visit in May 2015. MORE: Belarus President to make state visit to China September 28, 2016

26.09.2016

Diplomat Sergey Rachkov on trade and economic relations between Belarus and Oman
Diplomat Sergey Rachkov on trade and economic relations between Belarus and Oman Last week Belarus was visited by the most successful businessmen from Oman. The Gulf state is seeking projects in Belarus for investment. And our republic is looking for ways to consolidate positions in the region's market. Belarus and Oman are now working on the possibility of establishing a joint venture in Oman on sales, assembly and service of Belarusian equipment. Bilateral contacts have intensified over the last two years. The businessmen also met with President Alexander Lukashenko and took part in a business forum.
Belarusian companies sign contracts worth $20 million at EXPO in China
Belarusian companies sign contracts worth $20 million at EXPO in China Belarusian companies have signed contracts worth $20 million at EXPO in China. An agreement has been reached to supply confectionery and dairy products on the Asian partner's market. In 2016, Belarus took part in the exhibition in the status of the guest of honor. The total number of exhibitors exceeded 40 Belarusian companies. Thus virtually all sectors of the economy were represented: from engineering to transit and tourism sectors
Belarus President: Knowledge and technology are key to solving economic problems
Belarus President: Knowledge and technology are key to solving economic problems Export of products for Belarus is like oxygen to the body. But economic success does not depend only on external factors. On Friday, President Lukashenko sternly warned the government on this issue and demanded to search internal reserves, which can still be found, no doubt about that. I think that every self-critical employee and manager can agree with it. It's not just about the number of blister or the amount of sweat, but also about the effective management, new knowledge and, of course, new technologies.

23.09.2016

Minsk and economic cooperation: Belarus’ capital has more than 160 importers
Minsk and economic cooperation: Belarus’ capital has more than 160 importers Minsk is expanding the cooperation with the world's capitals, as well as with a number of neighboring countries and beyond. Now the capital has more than 160 importers. However, the domestic export is open to all countries from different parts of the globe. Not only business meetings between business and the government that take place at the forums, but also cultural events play important role in increasing the goods turnover.
Euroregion Neman exhibition: Two contracts worth $50 million signed in Grodno
Euroregion Neman exhibition: Two contracts worth $50 million signed in Grodno Two investment deals in construction and agriculture, worth $50 million, were signed on 23 September at the economic forum "Euroregion Neman", which is underway in Grodno. The business platform has brought together 160 participants from Belarus, Russia, Poland and Lithuania. Two days of hard work are ahead. By the way, the forum has already become an effective platform for finding new partners and deals.

22.09.2016

Rosselkhoznadzor bans 19 tons shipment of Belarusian cheese
Rosselkhoznadzor bans 19 tons shipment of Belarusian cheese Russian sanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor didn’t allow the large shipment of Belarusian cheese from Mogilev enterprises. The whole fuss wasn’t about the quality of the products. There were some complains about the documentation. Today, Rosselkhoznadzor is not satisfied with the products of 42 Belarusian enterprises producing dairy and meat products. The ban is now on the Belarusian dairy products because of some papers.

05.09.2016

How Belarusian-Chinese business resumes its natural course and why there is Chinese character near MAZ abbreviation
How Belarusian-Chinese business resumes its natural course and why there is Chinese character near MAZ abbreviation About the future of the machines with the logo MAZ. Three letters are not enough, and there will appear a Chinese character. Maybe then, great Belarusian machines will become as popular as the Great Wall of China. These machines are legends. New models with the logo MAZ could appear on the pedestal. And in the chronicle of the automobile plant, Chinese characters may appear. This will help factory workers to learn new technologies and understand the notion of export diversification.

03.09.2016

National Exhibition of Belarus in Georgia: Over 140 companies taking part
National Exhibition of Belarus in Georgia: Over 140 companies taking part Today is Day of Minsk. Later, we will talk about this for those who have not seen the festivities with their own eyes. Some do not believe his eyes coming into the modern European capital. Minsk surprises not only overseas visitors who had not been even aware of the existence of Belarus until they came here, but also neighbors from the former Soviet space. We tell you a little later what exactly surprised the respected Georgians in the Belarusian capital. But first, let's watch the story - the presentation of Belarus in Tbilisi.

31.08.2016

Chinese engineering company establishing cooperation with Mogilev plants
Chinese engineering company establishing cooperation with Mogilev plants Belarusian-Chinese cooperation is also unfolding at the regional level. A large engineering company from China is establishing joint production facilities with Mogilev city plants. For now the sides are considering only test projects.  Companies plan joint production of Belarusian-Chinese tower and mobile cranes. Currently the available prototypes are being tested. In the future, plans are to sell equipment on the market of the Eurasian Union.

30.08.2016

Belarus and China strengthening relations between regions
Belarus and China strengthening relations between regions Belarus guarantees Chinese companies the most favorable conditions for work, stated President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with representatives of Hunan Province of China. The delegation is headed by the mayor of the central city of Changsha, which is one of the twenty largest economically developed cities in China. Among the guests was head of the machine-building corporation Zoomlion. It is one of China's leading producers of special-purpose machinery. Representatives of the company are interested in active cooperation with the Belarusian producers.

29.08.2016

Belarus guarantees Chinese companies the most favorable conditions, President says
Belarus guarantees Chinese companies the most favorable conditions, President says Belarus guarantees Chinese companies the most favorable conditions, said August 29 President Alexander Lukashenko meeting with representatives of the Chinese province of Hunan.  The delegation is headed by the mayor of the central government of Changsha City and the head of a large construction company. Changsha one of the twenty largest cities in terms of economic development in China. More than seven million people live there.

26.08.2016

Economic interest and political support: Belarus and Pakistan to develop relations
Economic interest and political support: Belarus and Pakistan to develop relations Belarus and Pakistan are on the threshold of a new stage of cooperation.

25.08.2016

Alexander Lukashenko plans to visit Pakistan in October
Alexander Lukashenko plans to visit Pakistan in October Belarus and Pakistan are on the threshold of a new stage of cooperation. In October 2016, the Belarusian leader will visit that South Asian country, where he will hold talks with the Prime Minister. Each official visit, the Belarusian leader believes, should make the maximum contribution to the development of economic relations.

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