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Belarus' export and foreign economic relations

18.08.2016

Alexander Lukashenko holds talks with Meng Jianzhu
Alexander Lukashenko holds talks with Meng Jianzhu Technological and investment cooperation should become the main engine of trade relations between Belarus and China. The sides pin hopes also on regional ties, said Alexander Lukashenko meeting with a member of the Politburo, Secretary of Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party.

11.08.2016

Export growth rate exceeding that of import in Minsk
Export growth rate exceeding that of import in Minsk Minsk has decreased import of goods and services. Since the beginning of 2016, this figure has fallen by 9.6 percent compared with the same period last year. This has made it possible to increase the level of competitiveness of domestic products and increase the demand for goods and services. Minsk-based companies have actively began to increase production and expand the range of products. In particular this applies to medicines, fruits and vegetables.

29.07.2016

Valery Voronetsky: Diplomat Valery Voronetsky: Austrian investors gladly choose Belarus
Diplomat Valery Voronetsky: Austrian investors gladly choose Belarus Ambassador of Belarus to Austria and Croatia Valery Voronetsky explained why Austrian investors gladly choose Belarus in an interview with Egor Khrustalev's TV program Simple Questions. Mr Voronetsky, this calendar year can be called the year of Austria in Belarus. Firstly, in the autumn of 2015, the first meeting between the two presidents took place. And, of course, the opening of the Austrian embassy in Belarus, despite the fact that Austria has closed its offices in the Baltic countries.   This all is a huge diplomatic success.

28.07.2016

Belarusian blueberries tested at Chinese Academy of Sciences
Belarusian blueberries tested at Chinese Academy of Sciences Useful for health and your own purse. During the first months of summer more than 400 tons of blueberries have been purchased from the population of the Minsk region. The suppliers plan to pick 750 tons this season. Despite predictions, the Belarusian National Union of Consumer Societies (Belkoopsoyuz) does not see obstacles to surpassing blueberry picking plans. Most blueberries are exported. This is one of the most sought-after berries abroad. Among the regular customers is the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Minsk accounts for one-third of Belarus GRP
Minsk accounts for one-third of Belarus GRP The share of Minsk is now almost one-third of the gross regional product (GRP) of Belarus. Moreover, experts see further reserves. Many enterprises have increased supplies, totally to 20 countries. First of all, this relates to the largest industrial complex - the engineering flagship Minsk Tractor Works. The city government creates preferences for new industries in the free economic zone Minsk. Additional jobs are given to 500 employees. The city techno-park promises more than 300 new jobs in the near future.

25.07.2016

Tractor plant and investment fund: Belarus-China future projects
Tractor plant and investment fund: Belarus-China future projects New major projects are planned between Belarus and China. This week, representatives of the Chinese corporation CITIC Group visited Minsk. At a meeting with President Alexander Lukashenko the details of the future projects were discussed. The company from China has already built three cement plants in Belarus. Now it is engaged in the production of passenger cars and modernization of Orsha Linen Mill.

22.07.2016

Belarus President requires multiplier effect in industrial enterprises' development
Belarus President requires multiplier effect in industrial enterprises' development The President of Belarus requires a multiplier effect in the development of Belarusian industrial enterprises. Alexander Lukashenko said about this while visiting the company Technolit. The head of state today, 22 July, is on a working trip to the Mogilev region. The President reported on the development of innovative technologies and the organization of high-quality engine parts manufacturing. At present, Technolit produces components for automotive, agricultural, road, construction and special equipment.
Belarus, Kazakhstan discuss agricultural cooperation
Belarus, Kazakhstan discuss agricultural cooperation Cooperation of Eurasian Economic Union partners - Belarus and Kazakhstan - was discussed in Gomel July 21. Despite the recently decreased trade turnover the two states have the necessary potential for restoring the bilateral trade.

20.07.2016

President Lukashenko meets with head of Chinese corporation CITIC Group
Belarusian-Chinese major joint projects as of 2016 Belarus and China are discussing the possibility of implementing new large-scale business projects. Mutual interests were talked over during the meeting of the Belarus President with the head of CITIC Group, China's largest corporation, at the Palace of Independence on July 20. The parties already have successful experience of cooperation. First of all, this is the construction of three cement plants and modernization of Orsha Linen Mill. Now they are creating a company for the production of cars, as well as the first joint investment fund.

18.07.2016

Chinese businessmen allocate $150,000 for restoration of Smolevichi district
Chinese businessmen allocate $150,000 for restoration of Smolevichi district The elimination of the consequences of last week's hurricane continues in Belarus. Chinese businessmen have decided to help the Minsk region. Smolevichi District administration:Despite the fact that everything is okay in financial terms there, this aid is still very valuable. I want to thank our Chinese friends who can to support us in this difficult time. Cash certificates have been handed today to the leadership of Minsk Oblast. As much as $150,000 will be spent on reconstruction works in Smolevichi district.

12.07.2016

Belarusian-Slovak Business Forum to open in Vitebsk July 12
Belarusian-Slovak Business Forum to open in Vitebsk July 12 More than 20 Slovak companies on July 12 will participate in a business forum in Vitebsk.  The event will bring together Vitebsk authorities, associations for support of small and medium businesses of Russia and Europe, as well as specialists of relevant financial institutions. Open dialogue is the main goal of the Belarusian-Slovakian forum at which participants will discuss prospects for cooperation in energy, engineering, wood processing, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, light industry, tourism and recreation.
Belarus to supply more to Africa
How Belarusian ambassadors promote nation's economy worldwide Increase positions in traditional markets and developing new ones. Belarusian diplomats working around the world now face such tasks. On June 11 Minsk hosted a meeting of heads of diplomatic missions and consular institutions of Belarus. The topic of foreign economic activity became the priority one.

11.07.2016

Foreign economic presence of Belarus being discussed in Minsk
Belarus-EU trade rises tenfold over 10 years New recipes to strengthen positions on traditional markets and the development of new ones are being discussed today in Minsk by heads of all diplomatic missions and consular establishments of Belarus. Belarus has diplomatic relations with 174 countries in the world. In 56 of them, Belarus opened embassies, which represent the interests of the republic. The heads of these embassies are today in Minsk to discuss basic directions of activities of Belarusian missions abroad in modern conditions.

05.07.2016

Belarus to increase food exports to $6 billion per year
Belarus to increase food exports to $6 billion per year Belarus will increase the export of food to $6 billion a year. Such are plans for 2016-2020. Transformations in this sector are already producing results. Supplies of meat and milk are permanently increasing. The main consumer of Belarus' agricultural produce is Russia. However, there are some issues here. Not long ago, the Russian sanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor voiced some complaints about Belarusian products. It questions the quality of milk powder saying it supposedly does not comply with the technical regulations of the Customs Union.

30.06.2016

Belarus, Czech Republic to implement joint projects worth 500 million euros
Belarus, Czech Republic to implement joint projects worth 500 million euros On June 30, the Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic held talks at the Foreign Ministry of Belarus meeting with Belarus foreign minister Vladimir Makei.  This is the first visit to Belarus of an official of such a rank in the last 7 years.  Economy is the most important area of the Belarus-Czech Republic bilateral relations.
Belarus' economic potential presented in Portugal
Belarus' economic potential presented in Portugal The economic potential of Belarus has been presented in Portugal. This was the first time in the history of the bilateral relations. The event was held in Porto Business School, which is part of the top 50 leading business schools in the world. It was attended by about 30 representatives of leading Portuguese companies. The businesses got familiar with the Belarusian vision of prospects of trade and economic cooperation.

26.06.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus-India relations need further impetus
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus-India relations need further impetus Tashkent hosted a meeting of the Council of Heads of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The President of Belarus also took part in it as an observer. This makes Belarus the only European country to have acquired such a status. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, founded 15 years ago, groups China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Six other countries have observer status.

23.06.2016

Man and social problems are in focus during All-Belarusian People's Assembly
Man and social problems are in focus during 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly On June 23, delegates of the fifth All-Belarusian National Assembly will continue the debate to discuss the development strategy of Belarus in the coming years. On June 22, on the sidelines of the Assembly, some members and guests of the event shared their impressions about the large-scale event, which determines the country's future for 2016-2020.

22.06.2016

5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly: Day 1 summary
5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly: Day 1 summary The 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly opened in Minsk June 22. This is the most democratic way of democracy. Journalists pick different epithets and comparisons for the forum. But the Belarus President explains it simply and clearly. He speaks about the purpose of the meeting itself and the people taking part in it.
Economy Minister: 2016-2020 development program will lift Belarus to new heights
Economy Minister: 2016-2020 development program will lift Belarus to new heights Very soon the second part of the All-Belarusian People's Assembly will begin. These will be the debates, those useful suggestions with which delegates came to the assembly and which Alexander Lukashenko asked to voice earlier in his today's speech. Mr Zinovsky, your sphere, economy, as a priority, of course. Do you remember those times when Belarus had to walk on thin ice and then progressively moved forward?
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' new development program aims at evolution, not revolution
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' new development program aims at evolution, not revolution The unity of the people saves peace in the country and the country itself. Belarus needs to overcome the difficulties only thanks to own labor and all together, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at the V All-Belarusian People's Assembly, which began at the Palace of the Republic June 22.

19.06.2016

Alexander Lukashenko at Spartak factory: Belarus to finally reconstruct entire health care and education in 2016-2020
Alexander Lukashenko at Spartak factory: Belarus to finally reform entire healthcare and education system in 2016-2020 Before building plans for the future and listening to people's delegates, the Belarus President made a trip to the Gomel region. In principle, this is usual practice when the President personally gets familiar with the situation in Belarus’ regions and meets with labor collectives. This time he met with Spartak factory workers. Alexander Lukashenko wanted to see whether the life of the working class is “sweet”. And before starting the “economic locomotive” for the next five years, the President opened the Gomel-Minsk route for electric traction trains.
Redenomination in Belarus not to cause higher inflation
Redenomination in Belarus not to cause higher inflation, President Lukashenko says On June 17, the Belarus President visited the Spartak confectionary. Here the head of state spoke about the prospects of development of the enterprise, as well as the innovations in confectionary industry.  Products under the brand name "Spartak" are exported to 25 countries. Chocolates, waffles, and biscuits made in Gomel have reached such distant countries as Singapore, South Africa and Australia. Spartak sees great prospects on the Chinese market too.

14.06.2016

Belarusian MPs mulling over export diversification, foreign trade efficiency
Belarusian MPs mulling over export diversification, foreign trade efficiency Diversification of the export efficiency and foreign trade were the main topics at a Government on June 14. Belarus has not yet fulfilled export performance requirements. However, it managed to increase the volumes of supply in a number of positions.  Tasks for the manufacturers remain the same: to reduce the cost of goods and search for new markets. Science should also assist the real sector.
Belgium interested in Belarusian agricultural machinery and IT
Belgium interested in Belarusian agricultural machinery and IT A Belarusian-Belgian business forum opened in Minsk June 14. Taking part in it are representatives of more than 20 companies from Belgium from the construction, food, logistics, agriculture and IT spheres. A business match-making session took place within the framework of the meeting. Belgium is one of the permanent trade partners of Belarus. It is the 7th most important trading partner of Belarus in the EU, with trade between the kingdom and the republic amounting to almost $400 million in 2016.

13.06.2016

Belarusian builders finish residential area in Caracas. Nearly 300 families settled
Belarusian builders finish residential area in Caracas. Nearly 300 families settled Belarusian builders have finished constructing an eight-house residential quarter in Caracas. An opening ceremony took place with the participation of Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro. In total, almost 300 Venezuelan families received keys to their own apartments. The residential area is designed to cater for people's needs.  The first floors of high-rise buildings will house kindergartens, barbershops and other infrastructure. 

09.06.2016

Alexander Surikov: Belarus and Russia need to pursue joint venture creation
Alexander Surikov: Belarus and Russia need to pursue joint venture creation Belarus and Russia should work together to increase the competitiveness of their economies, said Russian Ambassador to Belarus Alexander Surikov. The diplomat also stressed that to this end, the countries need to move from simple cooperation to establishment of joint ventures. This would allow strengthening the EEU space and go to the markets of third countries.     
2016 Forum of Regions summary: Nearly 40 agreements worth $300 million
2016 Forum of Regions summary: Nearly 40 agreements worth $300 million The Forum of Belarusian and Russian regions ended in Minsk June 8, 2016. The third in a row, it was dedicated to humanitarian issues. Among them were the equal rights of citizens and youth policy. MORE: Belarus, Russia may resume joint movie production
Russian President visits BelAgro 2016 expo
Russian President visits BelAgro 2016 expo Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin visited June 8 the largest agricultural exhibition of 2016 BelAgro in Minsk. Here, the leaders were demonstrated the capabilities of the strongest Belarusian enterprises - namely, new models of agricultural machinery. MORE: Belarus, Russia presidents meet in Minsk June 8 CTV corresponding reporting from the site

08.06.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Vladimir Putin's visit to Minsk is an important symbolic step
Alexander Lukashenko: Vladimir Putin's visit to Minsk is an important symbolic step After the talks, Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin went to the Plenary Session of the III Forum of Belarusian and Russian regions.  Minsk these days has acquired the status of the main site of business negotiations and bargains. The plenary session sounds bureaucratic but is not at all boring. Russian ideologist Mikhail Shvydkoi admits his affection for the Minister of Information of Belarus.
Belarus' gold and foreign currency reserves up by $43m in May 2016
Belarus' gold and foreign currency reserves up by $43m in May 2016 The Belarus National Bank has published the latest information on the state of international reserves. The total amount of gold and foreign currency reserves on June 1 exceeded $4.27 billion.

07.06.2016

Belarus, Kyrgyzstan to strengthen economic relations within CIS, EEU
Belarus, Kyrgyzstan to strengthen economic relations within CIS, EEU Kyrgyzstan's Bishkek on June 7 hosted the 25th anniversary meeting of the Heads of Government of the CIS. During the meeting, the parties discussed over 10 issues. The main focus was on the development of trade and economic cooperation, the energy and health care and food security improvement. In addition, during the meeting, Andrei Kobyakov met with the Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic to talk over the issues of bilateral cooperation.
Belarus to sign contracts worth $300 million at 3rd Forum of Regions, Mikhail Myasnikovich says
Belarus, Russia to sign contracts worth $300 million, Mikhail Myasnikovich says On June 7, the 3rd Forum of Belarusian and Russian Regions opened in Minsk. Representatives of 43 Russian regions visited the Belarusian capital on this occasion. Thirteen of them are represented at the level of governors and three at the level of prime ministers.
Shenyang signs cooperation agreement with Belarus' Minsk
Shenyang signs cooperation agreement with Minsk The capital of Belarus and the Chinese city of Shenyang are establishing relations. June 6, the sides signed an agreement on cooperation. The business partners from China are interested in the implementation of projects in industry, commerce, education, healthcare and tourism.  In addition, Chinese businessmen are interested in gaining experience from Belarus when it comes to road construction.
Belarusian street to appear in France
Belarusian street to appear in France A Belarusian street will appear in France. A Shklov factory has already exported to the Alsace region 17 houses of its own production. The French buy wood-frame construction kits of up to 120 square meters as energy-efficient housing. The total amount of the contract is a few hundred thousand euros. In total, 34 French families will get a roof overhead under a program of social construction. The service life of the house is about 50 years.

06.06.2016

Belarus President receives credentials of ambassadors from 13 countries
Belarus President receives credentials of ambassadors from 13 countries Diversification of export, normalization of relations with the EU and the prospects of cooperation with the countries of the African region were the main topics Alexander Lukashenko raised on June 6 receiving credentials from ambassadors of Australia, Ghana, Guinea, Zimbabwe, the Republic of Korea, Nicaragua, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Slovakia, Sudan, the Philippines, Ethiopia and Japan.
Belarusian children about big politics: Import, export, strategies and negotiations
Belarusian children about big politics: Import, export, strategies and negotiations And one more look at the major trade and political events. Olga Petrashevskaya decided to look at all these serious things from an unusual angle: she asked what little Belarusians think about big politics and economic theory. Own strategy, negotiations and even export of... the hamster Khoma. In this room, like in big politics, someone exits the international arena and some tell others what to do.

05.06.2016

Indonesia to purchase Belarusian tractors and trucks
Indonesia to purchase Belarusian tractors and trucks Businessmen from Belarus have gone to Indonesia for a business forum. The event in Southeast Asia ended with the signing of contracts for the supply of Belarusian tractors, trucks and buses. In addition, a joint operating company for the sale of BelAZ rock haulers will be set up in Indonesia. Also, the countries are considering prospects for the creation of joint ventures on Indian Ocean islands in order to promote Belarusian products there.

02.06.2016

Belgium enters top 15 major trading partners of Belarus
Belgium enters top 15 major trading partners of Belarus The National Statistics Committee has published new data on foreign trade of Belarus in the first quarter of 2016. There have been some changes in the list of key partners. The main trading partner of Belarus is still Russia. Almost 50% of Belarus' turnover falls on that country. Second place is occupied by Ukraine. During the Q1 2016, the countries' trade amounted to $740 million, with Belarus' posting trade surplus. Ukraine is followed by Poland - more than $500 million, and China - nearly $485 million.

31.05.2016

Eurasian Economic Union to form single oil market
Eurasian Economic Union to form single oil market The heads of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) member states have approved the concept of the formation of common markets of oil and petroleum products. In accordance with the document, the energy companies of the EEU member states get non-discriminatory access to the oil infrastructure of partners, will be able to buy oil and oil products without quantitative restrictions at market price.

29.05.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarusian products in demand around the world. We must learn to sell them
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarusian products in demand around the world. We must learn to sell them The word "crisis" has already set our teeth on edge. But the crisis has also good consequences sometimes. It teaches us to prudently use the resources, to manage the budget in German style, not at random. The crisis will quickly teach Belarusian companies to sell machinery and other products on external markets instead of sitting idly and waiting for clients. This was the thought expressed by President Lukashenko during his Friday visit to the Pinsk plant of the engineering holding company Amkodor. Our correspondent Yuliya Beshanova visited the plant too.

26.05.2016

Belarus plans at least 2.5% GDP growth by 2020
Belarus plans to restore economic growth in 2016-2020 Belarus plans to reach the economic growth that is not below the world average, which is 2.5-3.5 percent. On May 26, the President discussed with the government the main goals of Belarus' socio-economic development for the next five years. The country should restore the losses and reach a positive trend.
Belarus, France start 2nd session of joint commission for economic cooperation
Belarus, France start 2nd session of joint commission for economic cooperation The second meeting of the joint commission for economic cooperation of Belarus and France started in Paris May 26. The French capital is hosting these days the first Belarusian-French Business Week. During the meeting, the participants will discuss prospects of development of trade-economic and investment cooperation, the possibility of creating a favorable business climate, as well as cooperation in the fields of agriculture, energy, transport and tourism. 

23.05.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to take its place in Cuban economy
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to take its place in Cuban economy Belarus is ready to take its place in the Cuban economy, said on May 23 the President of Belarus meeting with first deputy chairman of the State Council and the Council of Ministers of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez.

22.05.2016

What are the pros of Belarus' transport system?
What are the pros of Belarus' transport system? This week, the first train from distant China with construction materials for the industrial park "Great Stone" arrived in Minsk region. Another related news: a river tourist route opens between Grodno and Lithuanian Druskininkai from early summer 2016. So water transport is not forgotten either, though Belarus is a land-locked country. But the leader is motor transport: cargo transportation has occupied first place in the export of services since the beginning of 2016. And then there is also subway and horse-drawn carriages - which are still a traditional means of transport in the
Belarus President's visit to Italy and the Vatican: review
Belarus President's visit to Italy and the Vatican: review The main political event of the week is President Lukashenko's visit to Italy and the Vatican. Seven years ago, there took place the first similar visit. God is eternal, while the Lord's Anointed change. Other people were on the papal throne and in political power in Italy. Therefore, the present day is a good way to confirm and reboot the relations given the rapidly changing situation in the world and in Rome. Our special correspondent Alexandra Kulakova reports from Rome.

20.05.2016

President Lukashenko offers Italian businesses to more actively invest in Belarus
President Lukashenko offers Italian businesses to more actively invest in Belarus The President of Belarus has begun a two-day official visit to the Italian Republic and the Vatican. The plane of the head of state landed today in Rome's airport Ciampino. Alexander Lukashenko was welcomed near the plane by officials from Rome and the Vatican, as well as by representatives of diplomatic corps. At the airport, the President of Belarus had a brief conversation with the Minister Plenipotentiary of the Diplomatic Protocol Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy.

17.05.2016

Export growth and new jobs: What tasks is Belarus government facing in Q1 2016?
What economic tasks is Belarus government facing in Q1 2016? Export growth, creation of new jobs and prevention of decrease in agricultural production volumes are the economic tasks the Belarus government is facing in Q1 2016. In recent years, it implemented a number of measures for macroeconomic balancing. As a result, during the first months of 2016, balance has been achieved in domestic foreign exchange market and the size of foreign exchange reserves was kept. Moreover, about 7,000 people were employed through the creation of new industries.

16.05.2016

Belarusian-French business week underway in Paris
Belarusian-French business week underway in Paris The business circles of Belarus are preparing for another large-scale meeting with foreign partners. In Paris, the Belarusian-French Business Week will be held May 23-27. It will be the first of its kind in the history of the partnership between the two countries. In the framework of the meeting, there will be held numerous meetings between the representative bodies of state administration of Belarus and France who are responsible for the development of cooperation in various sectors of the economy: industry, agriculture, construction, trade and others. 

15.05.2016

Belarusian flax worth $1 million and reason why Indian students want to study in Minsk: results of Belarus-India business forum
Belarusian flax worth $1 million and reason why Indian students want to study in Minsk: results of Belarus-India business forum Our special correspondent Olga Petrashevskaya has more details on the visit of the Belarusian parliamentary delegation to India. Let’s watch this story. If we imagine that the world economy is a road, then it can be said that India a giant racing car moving at an enormous speed. It is difficult to overtake it when it comes to the rate of growth. However, if you join its pace and try to stay close, you may succeed.

13.05.2016

BelAZ service center to open in India May 13
BelAZ service center to open in India May 13 The Belarusian automobile giant is expanding the boundaries. BelAZ service center is going to open in the Indian city of Nagpur May 13.  This event was preceded by the signing of a tripartite agreement between the Belarusian manufacturer and Indian companies on the long-term maintenance of equipment and BelAZ supply guarantees. Taking part in the opening ceremony will be speaker of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament Mikhail Myasnikovich, who is on a visit to India. 

12.05.2016

India interested in supplies of Belarusian flax
India interested in supplies of Belarusian flax The first meeting of the working group on textiles has been held within the framework of the visit of the parliamentary delegation of India. The sides discussed an increase in export and identified new areas of cooperation, particularly in the fashion industry. India is interested in supplies of Belarusian flax. Given the hot climate of that South Asian country, Belarus' natural fabrics are in demand there.
Belarus, Turkmenistan presidents discuss mutually beneficial cooperation in Minsk
Belarus, Turkmenistan presidents discuss mutually beneficial cooperation in Minsk Negotiations between Belarus and Turkmenistan presidents were held in Minsk on May 11. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov arrived in Belarus on an official two-day visit. In the conversation, the heads of state touched on a number of topics. This is the further deepening of the political dialogue and reciprocal steps to build up trade, including through the expansion of partnerships between the business communities. A striking example of cooperation remains the construction by Belarusian specialists of the Garlyk mining and processing plant. But there are already some new ideas too.

09.05.2016

Bread from field to furnace: Which is given to the President?
Breadbaking and selection in Belarus: From field to furnace What dough is used to bake a Belarusian loaf, which is known far outside the country? What bread is served at the presidential table? The International Bread Forum was held in Belarus. Let’s watch the report of our correspondent Anastasia Benedisyuk about bread baking industry in Belarus.

08.05.2016

Belarus-India cooperation: from trolleybuses to information technologies
Belarus-India cooperation prospects: from trolleybuses to IT The Minsk Motor Plant has been producing engines for half a century. MAZ, BelAZ and MTZ are over 70 years old each. But the trolleybus is the product of modern Belarus. It is in demand in Russia and other former Soviet countries. Now Belarusian producers are going to tempt... India. One of the largest economies in the world, with the second largest population on earth, it has not yet "mastered" trolleybuses! Why not offer them these products?
President Lukashenko visits Minsk Motor Plant
President Lukashenko visits Minsk Motor Plant, states need to breathe new life in entire industry When everything is all right, people tend not to think about the future. From the rostrum of the All-Belarusian People's Congress, the authorities are going to declare state guidelines. There is no doubt that export will remain the major challenge for the Belarusian economy. Also out of doubt is the fact that the "assembly shop" under the name Belarus will continue to produce vehicles. This was confirmed by President Lukashenko who visited Minsk Motor Plant on Friday. Yevgen
What problems did All-Belarusian People's Congresses help resolve?
What problems did All-Belarusian People's Congresses help resolve? Another date associated with the Great Patriotic War is 22 of June. 75 years since the beginning of the Great Patriotic War have passed. And on this very day, the All-Belarusian People's Congress is scheduled to open. This will be the fifth such event in the modern history and of course the most important event of the year. You can find a lot of similarities - popular assemblies of Slavic tribes, Skupština (People's Congresses in post-Yugoslavian countries) or the Congresses of the Communi

05.05.2016

Best export enterprises in Belarus named
Belarus names the best exporters Belarus has chosen the best exporters. This year's honorary prizes were given to representatives of more than 40 leading companies of the republic. The geography and volume of deliveries of each producer were considered when determining the winner. For example, the exporter of the year in metallurgical engineering industry paved the trade routes to 56 countries, while an IT development leader delivered nearly 100 percent of the intellectual goods. By the way, the majority of laureates' sales abroad exceeded $25 million.
Bread Forum in Zhodino gathers over 100 domestic and foreign experts
Bread Forum in Zhodino gathers over 100 domestic and foreign experts The first bread forum in Belarus started on May 4. The town of Zhodino gathered more than a hundred domestic and foreign experts in the field of plant breeding, seed production and grain processing. They will share best practices. Belarusian bakers advantage is their ability to create something new while preserving long-standing traditions. Each year, Belarus produces more than 500,000 tons of bakery products of about 200 varieties. For taste, flax seeds, sesame seeds, prunes and walnuts are added to some of them.

27.04.2016

Mohamed Zayed Awad and Vladimir Potupchik
Belarus to help Sudan in energy sector staff training The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has signed a cooperation agreement with the Sudan today. It is planned that Belarusian specialists will help design energy facilities in that African country and improve the skills of specialists in this field. The focus is primarily on agriculture, industry, energy and healthcare.
Sudan, Belarus to sign cooperation agreement April 27
Sudan, Belarus to sign cooperation agreement April 27 Belarus will sign an agreement on cooperation with Sudan on April 27, which is part of the country's efforts to reach the farthest countries in an attempt to find new markets.  The focus is on the spheres of trade, industry and power generation. It is planned that Belarusian specialists will assist in the design of energy facilities and help improve the skills of Sudanese power engineers.

26.04.2016

Sudan may start to assemble Belarusian tractors
Sudan may start to assemble Belarusian tractors An assembly facility for Belarusian agricultural equipment will appear in Sudan. Cooperation in various fields was discussed April 26 by representatives of that African country at a meeting with Belarusian businessmen.  In addition to trade, Sudanese partners are interested in exploration, primarily in the field of oil extraction.
Mikhail Myasnikovich meets Ilham Aliyev to discuss operation of Belarusian-Azeri joint companies
Mikhail Myasnikovich meets Ilham Aliyev to discuss operation of Belarusian-Azeri joint companies Belarus and Azerbaijan are implementing new investment projects. Chairman of Belarus' upper chamber of the parliament Mikhail Myasnikovich and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met in Baku on April 25 to talk over the operation of the joint companies. The two nations enjoy multifaceted cooperation. It is not only trade, but also the creation of joint companies.  It was noted that inter-parliamentary cooperation contributes to the successful development of bilateral relations in political and economic sphere.

25.04.2016

French Riviera, Minsk region to cooperate in tourism
French Riviera, Minsk region to cooperate in tourism French Cote d'Azur region is interested in cooperation with the Minsk region of Belarus. This matter was discussed during the April 25 meeting of the leadership of the Minsk region with the mayor of Cannes. The regions are primarily interested in tourism cooperation, which is facilitated by the direct airlink. The flight Minsk-Nice opened two years ago. Now it is very popular, so the number of flights may be increased. 
Belarus, Tajikistan to discuss economic cooperation prospects
Belarus, Tajikistan to discuss economic cooperation prospects Belarus and Tajikistan will discuss prospects for economic cooperation. An intergovernmental commission, which will meet in Dushanbe April 25, will be searching for new paths for development of the bilateral partnership.  In addition, the parties plan to consider the implementation of joint projects in industrial cooperation and agriculture.

24.04.2016

Belarus President's State of the Nation Address 2016
From ministers to actors: Belarusians discussing President's 2016 State of the Nation Address The famous American magazine Time published this week a list of the most influential people in the world. This is an annual tradition. The list includes politicians, businessmen, and idols of the public. About 30 people are in the Leaders section: these are heads of the largest countries and international organizations. The influence ranking is not built according to the scale or the size of a country. This is a worldwide vote organized by the authoritative edition.
President Lukashenko answers MPs' questions during State of the Nation Address 2016
President Lukashenko answers MPs' questions during State of the Nation Address 2016 President Alexander Lukashenko delivered this week his annual State of the Nation Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly. Economy turned out to be the main topic. According to the head of state, the current year is to be crucial in overcoming the negative trends in this area. 2016 will be the first serious test for the entire vertical of power. The President also touched on foreign and social policy, investment, business, science and security. Further reading:

21.04.2016

Belarus' upper chamber may ratify friendship and cooperation treaty with Pakistan
Belarus' upper chamber may ratify friendship and cooperation treaty with Pakistan At the moment, the Council of the Republic is holding a meeting of its 11th session. Among the matters on the agenda is the draft law on export control and amendments to the law on the organization and conduct of public examinations. Members of the Council of the Republic will also focus on the instrument of ratification of the treaty of friendship and cooperation between Belarus and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. In May 2015, Alexander Lukashenko made the first official visit to Pakistan. At present, the two countries are sharing a lot of joint projects.

20.04.2016

The Council of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus, Russia preparing for 3rd Forum of Regions Belarus and Russia are to find new ways of cooperation at the forthcoming Third Forum of Russian and Belarusian Regions. The sitting of the organizing committee was held in Minsk last week. Minsk is planning to receive guests at the beginning of June.
Estonians to be able to stay in Belarus up to 30 days without registration
Estonians to be able to stay in Belarus up to 30 days without registration Belarus and Estonia have signed an agreement on the entry and stay. Citizens of both countries have been given an opportunity to stay in the territory of the other country up to 30 days without registration. An Estonian delegation is in Minsk these days. The most fruitful area of ​​cooperation between the two countries is trade and economic dialogue. Oil products account for more than 60% of the total Belarusian export. Belarus also supplies to Estonia tractors, trucks and linen fabrics. 

17.04.2016

Alexander Lukashenko partakes in OIC's Istanbul summit as guest of honor
Alexander Lukashenko partakes in OIC's Istanbul summit as guest of honor Let's start with the most important event of recent days. As many as 56 countries sent their representatives to Istanbul to the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

14.04.2016

Alexander Lukashenko holds 5 meetings with Asian, Middle Eastern leaders during OIC summit
Alexander Lukashenko holds 5 meetings with Asian, Middle Eastern leaders during OIC summit Today, 14 April, on the sidelines of the OIC summit in Istanbul, Alexander Lukashenko held a series of meetings with world leaders. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, despite the workload and tiredness, met with his longtime friend Alexander Lukashenko closer to midnight. The Presidents have known each other since 2010. This is evident by a handshake.
President Lukashenko holds series of bilateral meetings at Istanbul's OIC summit
President Lukashenko holds series of bilateral meetings at Istanbul's OIC summit Alexander Lukashenko has met with Vice-President of Indonesia in Istanbul to discuss mutual trade and cooperation in industry. The two nations are interested in the establishment of a joint venture in Indonesia, which is experiencing a great need for trucks. Belarus can offer the entire range of vehicles.

13.04.2016

Belarus, Russia preparing for 3rd Forum of Regions
Belarus, Russia preparing for 3rd Forum of Regions Belarus and Russia are preparing for the 3rd Forum of Regions. At this moment Minsk is hosting a meeting of the joint organizing committee. The forum of regions is one of the major events in the life of the Belarus-Russia Union State. It will take place in Minsk in early June. This will be the third such meeting, which involves parliamentarians, governors and heads of departments and agencies.

11.04.2016

Belarusian light industry increasing export
Belarusian light industry increasing export Sewers from Minsk region are increasing deliveries abroad. Russian vendors are lining up for a new collection of school uniforms. Salihorsk manufacturers plan to fully meet the needs of their loyal partners by the end of April. In May, the new collection will be shipped to the Belarusian market. The first school skirts will appear on the shelves of local stores by June 2016. More than 180 models were developed for the next academic year. The range is not limited to children's clothing only.

10.04.2016

President Lukashenko: Finally, everyone has realized that EU needs Belarus with multi-vector policy
President Lukashenko: Finally, everyone has realized that EU needs Belarus with multi-vector policy Belarus, by the way, has at all times faithfully guarded the European Union from unwanted migrants. Western Europe does know about this but it may not officially praise it (when politics so require and relations "freeze"). Today, along with storks on the arable land and warmer weather, a chill in relations between Belarus and the European Union is disappearing. This is for the benefit of the two parties, who are building pragmatic relations, said President Lukashenko at a meeting on Belarusian-European cooperation this week.

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.
All-Belarusian People's Assembly may be held within month
All-Belarusian People's Assembly may be held within month Belarus began preparing for the most important political event of the year - Belarusian People's Assembly. It will be the fifth such event in the recent history of the country. The main goal of the event is to refine the state policy for the coming years.  This important platform of ​​democracy will bring together representatives of all branches of government, industry and business, science, health and culture. The details of the upcoming People's Assembly were discussed by the Government on 6 April.

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.
Andrei Kobyakov: Share of Belarus’ export to promising markets to double by 2020
Andrei Kobyakov: Share of Belarus’ export to promising markets to double by 2020 The share of Belarus’ export to new promising markets will almost double by 2020, said on April 5 Prime Minister of Belarus presenting the program of activities of the government for the next 5 years. The document was developed in conditions of high external geopolitical uncertainty, commodity and economic factors. Therefore, the program retains the flexibility of fiscal, monetary and foreign trade policy. The Belarus government plans to develop all of its regions in accordance with their specialization.

03.04.2016

Gabriela Rivadeneira about Ecuador's interests in Belarus
Gabriela Rivadeneira about Ecuador's interests in Belarus During her visit to Minsk (and she has a tight schedule) Ecuador parliament's speaker Gabriela Rivadeneira found time for an interview with the TV program Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko.

01.04.2016

Minsk, St. Petersburg to invigorate implementation of joint projects
Minsk, St. Petersburg to invigorate implementation of joint projects New horizons for close cooperation. Minsk and the northern capital of Russia intend to actively develop joint activities in science and technology, education, tourism and culture. On April 1 a delegation from St. Petersburg visited Minsk. The visit was timed to the forthcoming Day of Unity of the Peoples of Belarus and Russia.
Belarus receives Bulgarian MPs for first time over last 10 years
Bulgaria may cancel visas for Belarusian schoolchildren Topics from economy to tourism were touched on during the visit to Belarus of a Bulgarian parliamentary delegation, the first one in the last 10 years. Negotiations have already been held in the House of Representatives. The sides signed a memorandum of cooperation. The meeting dealt with the improvement of the legal framework between the states. Bulgaria relies on the development of tourism and makes no secret of its interest in bringing Belarusians to its resorts.

31.03.2016

Minsk, Novosibirsk discuss economic cooperation
Minsk, Novosibirsk discuss economic cooperation The mayors of the two sister cities, Minsk and Novosibirsk, discussed the prospects of cooperation on the last day of March during a videoconference. The teleconference was timed to the anniversary of the signing of the first agreement on the establishment of the Union State of Russia and Belarus.

30.03.2016

Andrei Kobyakov, Belarus Premier
Kobyakov: Belarus aims at long-term cooperation with Serbia Belarus is aimed at long-term and mutually beneficial cooperation with Serbia, said Belarus Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov meeting with the Minister of Economy of Serbia Željko Sertić. In general, there is a positive trend in the economic relations of the two countries.  Trade turnover between the two countries in 2016 amounted to more than 253 million US dollars. Today, however, both Minsk and Belgrade are ready to cooperate further in many areas.

29.03.2016

BelAZ plans to conquer Thai market
BelAZ plans to conquer Thai market BelAZ plans to enter the Thai market with its machinery. Two Thai companies are interested in Belarusian rock haulers. This became known after the first Belarusian-Thai business forum, held in Bangkok. With one of them, the Zhodino company has already signed a letter of intent and plans to jointly participate in the tender for the purchase of up to 38 giant machines. 
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.

28.03.2016

Belarusian birch sap to be supplied to Europe
Belarusian birch sap to be supplied to Europe District forestry companies have prepared the first thousand tons of birch sap. Mass gathering on an industrial scale began in the Grodno region. The local processing plants have prepared thoroughly for the new season. For foresters, this is a busy season: it is akin to harvesting for farmers. The juice period is just two weeks. Vitaly Yashkin, forester at Grodno forestry:In Grodno forestry, this year we prepare juice on 4 sites. We sell juice to people and enterprises.

27.03.2016

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.

24.03.2016

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

Belarusian-Georgian business underway in Minsk March 23
Belarusian-Georgian business underway in Minsk March 23 The complementarity of the economies of Belarus and Georgia on March 23 is in the center of attention of the two countries' businesses. Minsk's National Library is hosting the Belarusian-Georgian business forum. Yesterday an agreement was reached by Belarus and Georgia to increase trade by 4 times, $200 million a year.

22.03.2016

Minsk to reduce import, support exporters
Minsk to reduce import, support exporters In Minsk is aiming at reducing import purchases, saving energy costs and supporting exporters, stated Deputy Economy Minister Alexander Yaroshenko. Experts say that export is increasing thanks to pharmaceutical and food industries as well as oil refining. Economic growth is forecast in the second half. According to the business plan, financial support will be considerable part of the functioning of the industries.
IT service exports of Belarus' Hi-Tech Park up by 20% in 2015
IT exports of Belarus' Hi-Tech Park up by 20% in 2015 The export of Belarusian High-Tech Park's IT services grew by 20% last year. The figure was more than $700 million. Software developed in Belarus was exported to 61 countries around the world. Among them are some new destinations such as South Africa, Portugal, Croatia, Serbia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.  Half of the Hi-Tech Park's exports goes to Europe and the majority to the United States.
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. 

16.03.2016

Andrei Kobyakov on working visit in Tatarstan, set to visit KamAZ March 16
Belarus PM on working visit in Tatarstan, set to visit KamAZ March 16 Belarus intends to take part in the Russian import substitution program, said Belarus Prime Minister, who is these days on a working visit in Tatarstan.  In particular, Belarus will be discussing co-operation with the largest manufacturer of heavy trucks in Russia - the corporation KamAZ. According to Andrei Kobyakov, Belarus is ready to offer a wide range of modern automotive components, which are not inferior to foreign analogues either in price or in quality.

15.03.2016

Belarus Prime Minister to go to Tatarstan on working visit
Belarus Prime Minister to go to Tatarstan on working visit The Prime Minister of Belarus has gone on a working visit to Tatarstan. There, Andrei Kobyakov will hold talks with the leadership of the region.  They will discuss the results and prospects of bilateral cooperation. Mr Kobyakov is going to visit a number of enterprises. In Tatarstan works a trading house representing Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ). Its products builds the basis of Belarusian export. Tatarstan is the 6th most important trading partner of Belarus among other Russian regions.

14.03.2016

Poland to assemble Belarusian MAZ buses
Poland to assemble Belarusian MAZ buses Buses MAZ 203088, corresponding to Euro 6 emission standard, will be assembled in the Polish city of Płońsk by Glaspo Motors Company. The assembly production of motor vehicles MAZ in Płońsk was officially opened in September, 2014. Glaspo Motors Company began with the production of vehicles for firefighters and public services. Now the parties are talking over the details of the contract for the assembly of buses, adapted to the European market. That the first vehicles are expected to go off the assembly line already in 2016.

11.03.2016

Vladimir Makei
MFA: Year 2015 marked by improving cooperation with leading Asian economies To boost its export potential, Belarus should take the opportunity of the Western cooperation, of the Eastern strategic capacity and of the promising "remote arch" markets (Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reflected on the previous year's work of the diplomatic service institutions on March 10.

02.03.2016

Ambassador of Germany
Economic cooperation between Belarus and Germany should be strengthened Belarus and Germany find themselves on the new stage of the development of their bilateral relations, according to the statement made by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Germany Peter Dettmar. On March, 2, the ambassador met with Belarusian MPs. The parties pointed out that it is necessary to expand and strengthen their relations in the economic sector. Especially, they have to establish close cooperation in the sphere of innovation technology, power industry, mechanic engineering, and manufacturing industry.

25.02.2016

The Sureme State Council
Belarus-Russia trade and economic relations to be discussed at Supreme State Council of Union State The trade and economic relations between Belarus and Russia will be the main topic for the discussion at the Supreme State Council of the Union State. The session will be chaired by President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.  Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, will take part in the talks.

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