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29.10.2015

Belarus widens range of smart gadgets: from queue management systems to unusual computers
Belarus widens range of smart gadgets: from queue management systems to unusual computers Belarus has widened the range of smart gadgets. Smart technologies are widely used in the management of queues, interactive boards and digital city guides. One of the devices that deserve attention is a recently launched unusual computer where the monitor and the system unit are combined under one cover. These are two out of many achievements, the Horizont company, the largest Belarusian manufacturer of audio and video components, is proud of. The company celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

22.10.2015

Venezuela factory to assemble Belarusian machinery
Venezuela factory to assemble Belarusian machinery A plant that will produce Belarusian equipment has opened in Venezuela. Taking part in the opening ceremony was President Nicolas Maduro. He praised the potential of the new enterprise. The assembly plant to produce road construction machinery was built in Venezuela with the participation of Belarusian specialists. The enterprise will assemble vibratory rollers, loaders, generator sets and pumps.
Dmitry Mironchik, Belarus' Foreign Ministry Spokesman
Day of Belarusian economy in Berlin: Business forum due October 22 There will be held October 22 a large-scale business forum in the German capital Berlin as part of Day of Belarus Economy. It will gather Belarusian and German officials, executives and businessmen. They will discuss the prospects for business cooperation.
President Lukashenko: Healthy lifestyle should be the hallmark of Belarus
President Lukashenko: Healthy lifestyle should be the hallmark of Belarus Formation of a healthy way of life is a priority for Belarus. The advances in medicine were discussed 21 October at the European Ministerial Conference of the World Health Organisation (WHO). This is the first such global forum in Belarus.

21.10.2015

Belarusian Economy Day to be held in Berlin on October 22
Belarusian Economy Day to be held in Berlin on October 22 Belarusian-German cooperation in the fields of industry, investment, energy, logistics and professional training was discussed on October 21 in Berlin. A special working group also considered bilateral cooperation in the context of the Eurasian Economic Union. Tomorrow, October 22, Berlin will host the Day of Belarusian Economy. More than 100 business representatives of the two countries will discuss cooperation in industry, energy, banking and other sectors.

20.10.2015

Minsk enterprises' stock reserves decrease
Minsk enterprises' stock reserves decrease In September 2015, products worth more than BYR450 billion were sold from storage reserves of large industrial enterprises of Minsk. Thus stocks of washing machines fell by 43%, TVs by 17%, shoes by %16.5, tractors by 12%, trailers and semi-trailers by 10%. Main markets are Belarus, Russia, Serbia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. More: Belarus' macroeconomic policy

05.10.2015

Belarus parliament opens 2015 autumn session: agenda
Belarus parliament opens 2015 autumn session: agenda Last week, there began the eighth session of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus. All attention is now focused on the draft budget of Belarus for 2016. MPs themselves are aiming for a balance in the economic development and innovation.   The Finance Ministry began work on the draft in the spring. And still deputies consult with financiers every day and make additions.

04.10.2015

Days of Belarus in Novosibirsk: 30 companies and 'grocery excitement'
Days of Belarus in Novosibirsk: 30 companies and 'grocery excitement' Both Belarus and especially Russia, which is under sanctions, are concerned about the possibility of import substitution. Some time ago the Belarusian Prime Minister warned: the nations should not substitute each other's import! Belarusian products, however, causes serious competition in the Russian market. Especially far from Moscow. Another confirmation were the Days of Belarus in Siberia.

02.10.2015

Belarus to develop cooperation with Russian regions beyond the Urals
Belarus to develop cooperation with Russian regions beyond the Urals Belarus intends to develop cooperation with Russian regions located beyond the Urals. In November Minsk will host a delegation from Novosibirsk led by the governor of that Russian region. But government officials and business circles are already establishing closer cooperation.

30.09.2015

Russia offers Belarus "small Schengen for two" Olga Korshun, CTV:On September 29 there was held a session of the Belarus-Russia Union Council of Ministers. The agenda included 40 questions. Topics for discussion were very different: from the formation of the migration space to discussion concerning fuel and energy balances. But most attention is paid to the economy. The two economies are closely intertwined. Belarus is among the top ten trade partners of Russia. Last year, joint trade exceeded 37 billion dollars. In Belarus, there are about 2.5 thousand companies with Russian capital.

28.09.2015

14 companies to come to Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park in 2016
14 companies to come to Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park in 2016 Some 14 companies are planning to come to the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park Great Stone in 2016. Now the sides are in talks and developing business plans and investment projects. We are talking about timber production equipment, pharmaceutical companies, as well as enterprises that are engaged in research in the scientific and technical sector. Note that 8 residents of the industrial park "Great Stone" are currently registered. Two of them have already started construction works: a malt processing plant and a logistics center.
Minsk hosting Belarusian-Slovenian business forum
Minsk hosting Belarusian-Slovenian business forum Construction, energy and agriculture as the main areas of cooperation. As many as 13 leading Slovenian companies became Belarus' potential partners. Belarusian producers are going to strengthen bilateral relations and make new contacts at a business forum, which is being held in Minsk. According to data from the last three years, trade between Slovenia and Belarus is growing, but it is too early to talk about the stability of the economic ties between the two countries.

27.09.2015

Savushkin Product director: "We are not so rich to feed the cattle additives and hormones."
Savushkin Product director: "We are not so rich to feed the cattle additives and hormones." It is not easy to break into new markets! Even presidents sometimes clash defending their producers. An example is the recent regional forum in Sochi, when Nazarbayev, Putin and Lukashenko politicized the dairy topic. Let's recall how it was.
Who should push Belarusian producers to search for new markets?
Who should push Belarusian producers to search for new markets? Ecuador can become a profitable partner for Belarus. The TV program Picture of the World has talked in Quito with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Ecuador the country Igor Poluyan. Yuri Koziyatko: You are the ambassador not only to Ecuador. You also have concurrent accreditation in Panama, Nicaragua and Colombia. Right? In four countries. Igor Paluyan: Yes that's right.

23.09.2015

Russia's Vladimir region delegation arrives in Minsk September 23
Russia's Vladimir region delegation arrives in Minsk September 23 Belarusian-Russian regional cooperation is gaining momentum. After the visit of the delegation of the Ulyanovsk region yesterday, next guests from Russia have arrived in Belarus. At this time the delegation is from the Vladimir region of Russia. On September 23 businessmen of the two countries will hold business talks. The parties plan to establish new business contacts and negotiate on export of their products. In particular, the potential partners from the Vladimir region are interested in Belarusian manufacturers of paints, elevators, and large-panel construction. 

21.09.2015

Direct contacts with Russian companies is basis of Belarus-Russia trade-economic cooperation, President Lukashenko says
Direct contacts with Russian companies is basis of Belarus-Russia trade-economic cooperation, President Lukashenko says Direct contacts with Russian companies is the basis of trade-economic cooperation between Belarus and Russia, noted President Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with the governor of the Ulyanovsk region. This meeting is a continuation of a recent conversation, which began at a high level in Sochi.
Tatiana Revizore, correspondent
Visitors about Belarus-Russia Forum of Regions in Sochi To understand the atmosphere in which the Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus was held (not only in air conditioned rooms) our correspondent spoke with Sochi residents and those who come to relax and tasted Belarusian products. Tatiana Revizore has more.

20.09.2015

Brewing malt plant to be built in Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park
Brewing malt plant to be built in Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park The construction of a plant for the production of brewing malt has started in the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park Great Stone. Taking part in the ceremony was a delegation from China headed by the governor of Gansu Province. This project with a volume of Chinese investment of more than $100 million will be completed by autumn 2016. A Chinese real estate developer will be the 8th resident of the industrial park.
Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus
Will Belarus and Russia have single currency? Interview with Mikhail Myasnikovich The "dairy" controversy of the presidents, including at the Forum of Regions in Sochi, is a colorful example of how the heads of state are personally fighting for the interests of their countries! There are still many barriers and restrictions in Belarusian-Russian trade.   For example Russian Prime Minister Medvedev, visiting Grodno recently, asked at a solemn feast to be treated Belarusian parmesan, Belarusian Jamón and Belarusian oysters? Such ironic phobia! We began the interview with Chairman of the Council of the Republic (in the recent past, the Prime Minister of Bel

17.09.2015

Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus: Industrial enterprises conclude first agreements September 17
Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus: Industrial enterprises conclude first agreements September 17 The industrial potential of Belarus and Russia is huge. In Sochi, September 17, there opened a regional forum of the two countries.  The result speaks for itself - a few hours of the exhibition industry brought a solid package of agreements. The advantages of Belarusian products were evident. The chairman of the upper house of the Russian parliament liked our milk and sausages. Valentina Matvienko, as a true woman, was fascinated by Belarusian knitwear too.
Grodno and the Chinese Gansu Province intend to create and develop joint projects
Grodno and the Chinese Gansu Province intend to create and develop joint projects On September 17 the Grodno region and the Chinese province of Gansu discussed interregional projects. A delegation from China arrived in the town on Neman.  The cooperation between the partners intensified after the recent meetings between the Belarusian and Chinese presidents. While earlier it was only about trial contacts and cultural exchanges, now the sides are in talks on specific projects.
Package of agreements signed at Belarusian-Russian industrial exhibition in Sochi
Package of agreements signed at Belarusian-Russian industrial exhibition in Sochi The first results of the interregional dialogue. At the Belarusian-Russian industrial exhibition in Sochi, the sides signed a package of agreements.  In particular, Grodno Oblast and Komi Republic plan to cooperate in trade-economic, scientific-technical and cultural areas. The Mogilev and Ivanovo regions displayed mutual interest in the social sector and agriculture and signed the relevant documents. BelAZ and the Russian company Region 42 have agreed on the supply of mining equipment.

16.09.2015

Vladimir Semashko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus
Belarusian woodworking enterprises now process 100% of timber Enterprises of the woodworking industry of Belarus now process 100% of timber. The next step will be the modernization of furniture production. This is part of a plan Belarus adopted earlier. Its goal is to switch to supplies of exclusively finished products instead of raw wood. In 2016, Belarus plans to put into operation new companies. This will allow taking available niches on the Belarusian market and then abandoning the purchase of imported cardboard and pulp.

15.09.2015

Over 120 agreements worth $100m to be signed at II Forum of Regions in Sochi Uniform industrial policy will be one of the main themes of the second Forum of Regions. The meeting will be held in Sochi this Friday and Saturday. The upcoming forum of regions in Sochi will be the second such event in the history of Russia and Belarus. It will bring together businessmen at the highest level who will discuss common commercial policy and find new points of contact. More than 80 leading enterprises of Belarus will present their products at a large-scale fair of Belarusian and Russian producers.

13.09.2015

International exhibition Euroregion Neman opens in Grodno
International exhibition Euroregion Neman opens in Grodno Representatives of more than a hundred companies from Belarus, Russia, Poland, Lithuania and China met in Grodno on September 11. Here works the international exhibition-fair "Euroregion Neman". The economic forum will allow guests to get acquainted with the potential of the Grodno region. There are no restrictions on areas of activity.
Alexander Lukashenko wants to use Belarus-India decades-long ties
Alexander Lukashenko wants to use Belarus-India decades-long ties A meeting between the Indian and Belarusian leaders was held in June 2015. Back then the two presidents agreed to increase the volume of trade and signed a roadmap for cooperation noting several major contracts. Indian partners have again visited the Belarusian capital this week. This time, the delegation was headed by the Minister of Industry and Trade.
President Lukashenko to pay working visits to Dushanbe, Sochi September 15-18
President Lukashenko to pay working visits to Dushanbe, Sochi September 15-18 The CSTO Collective Security Council will meet on September 15 in the capital of Tajikistan. Taking part in the session will be the President of Belarus.  The agenda of the meeting of the current session of the Collective Security Treaty Organization has more than 15 questions. Alexander Lukashenko will then leave Dushanbe and pay a working visit to the Russian Federation, where he will participate in the 2nd Forum of Regions of Russia and Belarus, which will be held in Sochi on September 17-18.

10.09.2015

Minsk Day marked at EXPO 2015 in Milan September 10
Minsk Day marked at EXPO 2015 in Milan September 10 The Day of Minsk is celebrated at the World Exhibition in Milan. EXPO 2015 presents trade and economic, industrial, innovation, tourism opportunities of the Belarusian capital. Yesterday, EXPO 2015 hosted the day of Belarus. Now a large government delegation is in Italy. During talks they focus their efforts on the expansion of trade and economic cooperation. 2014 was a record year for Belarus and Italy in terms of turnover, which exceeded $2 billion.

09.09.2015

Anastasia Ivannikova, CTV correspondent
Belarus National Day due September 9 at World Expo 2015 in Milan Belarusian business and investment attractiveness will be discussed September 9 in Italy. The World Exhibition in Milan will host the National Day of Belarus. Participating in this important image building event will be the Belarusian delegation headed by the Prime Minister. The discussion will focus on the possibilities and prospects of Belarus in the light of its membership in the Eurasian Economic Union. In addition to this business conversation an extensive cultural program will be held.
Mayor Sinisa Mali offers Minsk to participate in modernization of Belgrade's trolleybus fleet
Mayor Sinisa Mali offers Minsk to participate in modernization of Belgrade's trolleybus fleet Mayor of Belgrade Siniša Mali is on a visit to Minsk. The Serbian side has come with specific cooperation proposals. After seeing Belarus' developments, the mayor of the Serbian capital made a specific proposal - to participate in the modernization of the entire trolleybus park of Belgrade, which is scheduled for early next year.

08.09.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: We can get 7 billion from China whenever we want to implement our projects
Alexander Lukashenko: We can get 7 billion from China whenever we want to implement our projects The floating exchange rate, consumer prices and the use of Chinese loans... These matters were among those Alexander Lukashenko today discussed with the chairman of the National Bank, Pavel Kallaur. The National Bank chief spoke about the situation in the financial sector. August was not the easiest month for the economy. At this time, Belarus was affected by external factors - the decline in world oil prices and the weakening of the national currencies of Belarus' major trading partners - especially in Russia. 
Eurasian Intergovernmental Council signs two international agreements September 8
Belarus signs two international agreements at Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting in Grodno Economic and financial stability within the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) was discussed on September 8 in Grodno, Belarus. Now the meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council continues there. Premiers of Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Kazakhstan have gathered at the negotiating table. 
Eurasian Intergovernmental Council underway in Grodno September 8
Eurasian Intergovernmental Council underway in Grodno September 8 Economic and financial stability within the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) was discussed on September 8 in Belarus' Grodno. The city is hosting the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting today. The Belarusian delegation is headed by Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov.   The agenda includes matters of coordinated industrial policy, the development of relations with foreign partners and international organizations, and the formation of a single market for services.
Alexander Lukashenko: In spite of different sizes of India and Belarus, we have much to offer India
Alexander Lukashenko: In spite of different sizes of India and Belarus, we have much to offer India President Alexander Lukashenko on September 7 met with the Minister of Trade and Industry of India as well as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India to Belarus. In 2014, trade turnover between the two countries stood at just over $400 million, and in H1 2015 it already amounts to more than $300 million. Industry, mechanical engineering, pharmaceuticals, and potash are areas in which Belarus and India can find common ground for cooperation.

03.09.2015

Alexander Lukashenko and Xi Jinping
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and China are long-time friends Alexander Lukashenko and President Xi Jinping held talks in Beijing September 2 during the Belarus President's working visit to that country. At the meeting, China confirmed its intention to continue to support our country in a difficult time for the global economy. For China, Belarus is not just a western partner, but also an area of ​​stability on the European continent. In turn, for Belarus, China is a growing market with advanced technologies and a reliable partner in Asia.

01.09.2015

Alexey Belyaev, political analyst
Expert: China is one of Belarus' closest partners outside CIS Belarus and China are bound by decades of cooperation. But in recent years, dialogue between the two countries has revived. This was facilitated by regular meetings at the highest level. In May 2015, head of China Xi Jinping visited Minsk.  Back then the heads of state held official talks and signed a Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Belarus and China, as well as a joint declaration on the further development and deepening the comprehensive strategic partnership.

28.08.2015

Belarus President about state's economic policy amid financial turbulence in the world
Belarus President about state's economic policy amid financial turbulence in the world Alexander Lukashenko was on a working trip to Brest region today. On 27 August, the President visited Baranovichi Cotton Production Association. It is the largest textile manufacturer in Belarus. The company received such a status thanks to modernization, which was quite quick here. Today the company launched a unique fabric processing system.

26.08.2015

CTV channel staff to visit Ivatsevichdrev company August 26
CTV channel staff to visit Ivatsevichdrev company August 26 On August 26 presenters, journalists and the top management of the TV channel CTV will meet with employees of the woodworking company Ivatsevichdrev. This is the first trip to Belarusian regions dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the TV channel.

25.08.2015

Belarus, Iran have big economic cooperation potential
Belarus, Iran have big economic cooperation potential Belarus and Iran have a great potential of economic relations. This matter was discussed in the House of Representatives in our country August 25. There was held a meeting with the head of the group of the Islamic Council Assembly of Iran on cooperation with the Parliament of Belarus. The sides expressed confidence that the current visit of the Iranian delegation will contribute to further development of cooperation between our countries in all areas.

24.08.2015

Ukraine marks Independence Day August 24
Ukraine marks Independence Day August 24 Ukraine is celebrating Independence Day on August 24. As many as 24 years ago the Supreme Council of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic adopted the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine.  In Kiev, flower laying ceremonies were held near various important monuments. Khreshchatyk hosted an independence march. Today, Ukraine, despite the difficult conditions, remains a reliable trade partner of Belarus. In 2014, the countries managed to preserve high bilateral trade figures - more than $5.5 billion.  

21.08.2015

Belarus' premier instructs to optimize costs of investment project at Mikashevichy's Granit company
Belarus' premier instructs to optimize costs of investment project at Mikashevichy's Granit company The cost of the investment project on Mikashevichi's "Granit" needs to be optimized, said the Prime Minister of Belarus visiting Europe's largest plant for the production of crushed stone. The enterprise gets about 16 million tons of products yearly. The main export destination is Russia.
Belarus alarmed by counterfeit alcohol flooding domestic market
Belarus alarmed by counterfeit alcohol flooding domestic market The illegal trafficking of alcohol, increased imports and reduction in domestic production were central topics of the August 20 meeting hosted by the Belarus President. He criticized the hesitancy of the government in taking measures to protect the domestic market from low-quality products.

17.08.2015

Andrei Kobyakov, Belarus Prime Minister
Belarus to draft 2016 budget considering tough foreign economic conditions Balanced foreign trade, stabilization of foreign exchange reserves and a slowdown in inflation in Belarus. Results of the socio-economic development of Belarus for the first half was summed up today, on August 14, by the government. The economy is in a difficult external environment. And yet, the country timely pays off foreign debts and ensures the growth of export. Budget revenues amounted to 4.5 percent of GDP.

14.08.2015

Belarus' government reviews economic performance in H1 2015
Belarus' government reviews economic performance in H1 2015 Balanced foreign trade, stabilization of foreign exchange reserves and a slowdown in inflation in Belarus. Results of the socio-economic development of Belarus for the first half was summed up today, on August 14, by the government. The economy is in a difficult external environment. And yet, the country timely pays off foreign debts and ensures the growth of export. Budget revenues amounted to 4.5 percent of GDP.

12.08.2015

Pakistan-China economic corridor may use BelAZ capabilities
Pakistan-China economic corridor may use BelAZ capabilities The capabilities of Belarusian Automobile Plant (BelAZ) can be used in the construction of the economic corridor between Pakistan and China, said the Minister of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The Prime Minister of Pakistan will complete his official visit today after three busy days spent in Belarus. Top managers of BelAZ acquainted Mr Nawaz Sharif with the fleet and showed him the famous giant vehicles. The first dump trucks (30 tons each) were delivered to Pakistan in 2008. 
Nawaz Sharif, Pakistani premier (R)
Nawaz Sharif to visit BelAZ August 12 Pakistani Prime Minister will continue acquaintance with Belarusian producers. August 12 Nawaz Sharif will go to BelAZ. Yesterday he visited Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ). In the next two years, MTZ plans to deliver to Pakistan up to five 5,000 units of equipment, which is almost twice the previous volumes.  It is possible that a similar economic effect can be expected from the meeting of the Pakistan delegation with Belarusian producers of mining equipment.
Minsk exports equal $800 million in H1 2015
Minsk exports equal $800 million in H1 2015 Minsk enterprises have significantly increased exports to Latvia, Sweden, Serbia, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Spain and Cuba. In H1 2015 alone, the city exported products worth more than 800 million dollars. Now Minsk delivers products to 130 countries. In addition, the capital penetrated the market of Bolivia in 2015. Many private enterprises increased export almost twice. Experts say that the recipe for success lies not only in quality but also in the uniqueness of individual goods.

11.08.2015

Nawaz Sharif: President Lukashenko created a strong economy in a short time
Nawaz Sharif: President Lukashenko created a strong economy in a short time This week Belarusian-Pakistani cooperation has reached a new level. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is in Minsk these days. The states may increase the total turnover of a billion dollars, said President Alexander Lukashenko on August 11 opening the Belarusian-Pakistani business forum. Representatives of the largest companies of chemical, textile, engineering and other industries gathered today in the National Library.
Alexei Bogdanov, head of the main department of foreign economic activity of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus
Belarusian-Pakistani business forum to open in Minsk August 11 Belarus wants to get closer to establishing strategic partnership with Pakistan. On August 11 Minsk will host the Belarusian-Pakistani business forum. It is expected that taking part in it will be dozens of representatives of the largest companies as well as the Prime Minister of Pakistan, who is on an official visit to Belarus. 

10.08.2015

Vladimir Ulakhovich, deputy chairman of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Belarus offers Pakistan cooperation in development of mineral deposits Belarus offers Pakistan cooperation in the field of geological exploration. This was one of the major topics of the August 10 Belarus-Pakistan business council in Minsk. The sides also considered the supply of Belarusian engineering equipment and food.
Belarus tightens building materials import regulations
Belarus tightens building materials import regulations Belarus has tightened import regulations with regard to imported materials. August 10, there came into effect a decree of the Council of Ministers requiring suppliers to deal only with certified products.  It affects about 40 types of building materials. This step was taken to protect the domestic market from unsafe and poor quality products.
Pakistani Prime Minister to arrive in Minsk 10 August on two-day visit
Pakistani Prime Minister to arrive in Minsk on two-day visit August 10 President of Belarus will meet with the Prime Minister of Pakistan August 10. Alexander Lukashenko and Nawaz Sharif will hold one-on-one talks and then will be joined by their delegations. The distinguished guest will stay in Belarus until 12 August.  During this time, he will hold a number of official meetings, visit Belarus' machine-building enterprises and deliver a lecture at the Belarusian State University. 

07.08.2015

Belarusian-Pakistani joint companies to open in Minsk, Islamabad
Belarusian-Pakistani joint companies to open in Minsk, Islamabad Joint Belarusian-Pakistani companies will be opened in Minsk and Islamabad. On August 7, Belarusian and Pakistani officials met at the session of the intergovernmental commission on trade-economic cooperation to discuss further cooperation in the field of mechanical engineering, petrochemistry and wood.
Belarus, Pakistan discussing joint production of machinery, petrochemicals, wood
Belarus, Pakistan discussing joint production of machinery, petrochemicals, wood Belarus and Pakistan are discussing the establishment of joint ventures in the field of mechanical engineering, petrochemicals and woodworking. This was announced by chairman of the Belarusian Industry Minister Vitaliy Vovk before the meeting of the Belarusian-Pakistani intergovernmental commission on trade-economic cooperation. Mr Vovk heads the Belarusian part of the commission.

30.07.2015

Modernization of international transport and logistics center near Minsk completes
International transport and logistics center in Kolyadichi modernized The transport and logistics center in Kolyadichi now meets all international standards. A large-scale modernization has been completed here. Today it receives cargo from the Baltic States and the CIS.  In the near future, the first dry port in Belarus will appear. It will connect Kolyadichi with large marine piers and will be the center of the economic belt of the Silk Road.
Diversifying exports is a key task for the growth of the national economy, Premier Kobyakov says
Diversifying exports is a key task for the growth of the national economy, Premier Kobyakov says An increase in exports and new markets was discussed yesterday on July 29 at the Belarus government. Currently, this is the key challenge for the development and growth of the national economy.

28.07.2015

Vladimir Zinovsky, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus expects GDP growth in late 2015 GDP growth in Belarus is expected at the end of 2015.  In Brest, on 27 July, there gathered economic elite of Belarus and Russia - representatives of relevant ministries of the two countries. The first half of the year, as recognized by experts, was very difficult. But even in these conditions, Belarus and Russia have managed to not only keep the old cooperative ties, but also find new partners. Moreover, now the Russian market is reviving. All this gives reason to expect significant positive changes in the Belarusian economy in the near future.

24.07.2015

Belarus and Ukraine to discuss removal of trade restrictions on July 24
Belarus and Ukraine to discuss removal of trade restrictions on July 24 Belarus and Ukraine will discuss the removal of trade restrictions. July 24 in Chernihiv there will be a meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on trade and economic cooperation.  The sides will discuss the possibility of refusal from charging import duties imposed by Ukraine. In addition, the parties plan to address issues of development partnerships in the areas of industry and production cooperatives, leasing, architecture, construction, agriculture and transport.

21.07.2015

Belarus, Zimbabwe working on possible areas of economic cooperation In particular, Belarus wants to increase the supply of vehicles of famous brands to Africa. The second-ranked official of Zimbabwe - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa visited Belarus to hold talks on a number of matters in economic and other spheres of cooperation. Belarus plans to build with Zimbabwe a road map for trade and economic cooperation in the region with the aim to create a single service center for road engineering, which, incidentally, could work not only on the market of Zimbabwe, but also in neighboring countries. For example, in South Africa.

20.07.2015

Moldova President arrives in Belarus on official two-day visit
Moldovan president completes official visit to Belarus: review Last week, Belarus and Moldova discussed possible major joint economic projects. Alexander Lukashenko and Nikolai Timofti were seeking for potential points of growth.  Moldovan business community took part in a business forum in Minsk, which reflects their interest in finding opportunities of doing business with Belarusian partners. At first glance it seems that the two countries have completely different economic accents. After all, Belarus is in the Eurasian Economic Union. And Moldova is committed to EU accession.
Moldova President Nicolae Timofti test drives Belarusian MTZ tractor
Moldova President Nicolae Timofti test drives Belarusian MTZ tractor (video) The delegation from Moldova July 17 was able to assess work of Belarusian industrial giants.  President Nicolae Timofti embarked on a comfortable bus for a short ride and even personally test drove the MTZ tractor. Electric trains produced by Stadler pleased the Moldovans, too.

16.07.2015

Belarus, Moldova sign 7 intergovernmental agreements during Moldovan president's visit
Belarus, Moldova sign 7 intergovernmental agreements during Moldovan president's visit President Nicolae Timofti came to Belarus on an official visit. The ceremony of the meeting with the head of our country Alexander Lukashenko was held in the Palace of Independence by all the canons of diplomatic protocol: a red carpet, greeting of delegations and honor guard. Traditionally, the anthems of the two countries sounded.
FM names Belarus' major trade economic partners besides Russia, EU
FM names Belarus' major trade economic partners besides Russia, EU Economic diplomacy. Assigning Belarusian officials to specific regions to increase the volume and diversification of export gives some results, said on July 16 Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei at a meeting of heads of diplomatic missions and consular offices of Belarus.  In particular, the diplomats intensified work of the intergovernmental commissions, used reserves through business associations, honorary consuls, as well as the exhibiting of Belarusian goods abroad.
Belarus, Moldova hold meeting of intergovernmental commission on trade-economic cooperation
Belarus, Moldova hold meeting of intergovernmental commission on trade-economic cooperation In anticipation of the visit of the Moldovan president, Minsk hosted a meeting of the intergovernmental commission on trade-economic cooperation between Belarus and Moldova. The parties discussed the possibility of establishing joint ventures, cooperation in transport, construction and energy sectors.  It has been stated about plans to bring mutual trade turnover in the near future to half a billion dollars.

15.07.2015

Belarus and Moldova plan to increase turnover up to $500mln Belarus and Moldova plan to increase turnover up to half a million dollars. This was said by participants of the meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on trade and economic cooperation between the two countries. On July 15 in Minsk, the sides will discuss the possibility of establishing joint ventures, cooperation in transport, construction and energy sectors.
Belarus wants to produce electric vehicles jointly with Japan
Belarus wants to produce electric vehicles jointly with Japan Belarus is interested in cooperation with Japan in the production of electric vehicles, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Japan Sergei Rakhmanov told reporters before the Belarusian-Japanese business meeting. "Belarus is interested in manufacture of automotive components and new types of vehicles, such as electric vehicles, which will certainly occupy a niche, which is expanding. Now we are negotiating with the interested Belarusian and Japanese sides," said Sergei Rakhmanov.
Premier Kobyakov says Belarus interested in expanding cooperation with Israel Belarus is interested in cooperation with Israel Chemicals Limited, said Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov July 14 at a meeting with the president and CEO of the Israeli company Stefan Burgas.  Israel Chemicals Limited is one of the world's largest producers of mineral fertilizers, especially potash. 

13.07.2015

Why will Ufa's BRICS/SCO summits become historic? The Ufa negotiations of the BRICS and the SCO could enter into economic history. Countries representing nearly half the world's population discussed global issues such as the reform of the United Nations, economic development strategies and the creation of a multipolar world in opposition to the unipolar one. There will be created a new BRICS Development Bank and a pool of foreign exchange reserves with a combined capital of over 200 billion dollars.

10.07.2015

Kazakhstan and Belarus to create new joint venture production in Astana
Kazakhstan and Belarus to create new joint venture production in Astana Kazakhstan and Belarus are creating a new co-production in Astana. The experience in the assembly of tractors in Central Asia shows a high demand for domestic agricultural machinery in the country and the region. In addition, the Kazakh colleagues would like to draw on Belarus' experience in milk production. This was discussed on July 9 at the meeting of MPs of Belarus' House of Representatives with a delegation from Central Asia.
Belarus, Brazil to create joint intergovernmental commission to study the state of partnership
Belarus, Brazil to create joint intergovernmental commission to study the state of partnership Ufa is in the center of world politics. On July 9, it hosted the summits of the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization. During the summit, Belarus head of state Alexander Lukashenko met with Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. A meeting of heads of Belarus and Brazil was held in the capital of Bashkortostan. Alexander Lukashenko and Dilma Rousseff agreed to establish a joint intergovernmental commission, which will examine the current state of the partnership, as well as prospects for further cooperation between the two countries.

07.07.2015

Belarusian goods to get space at St. Petersburg's Import Substitution Center
Belarusian goods to get space at St. Petersburg's Import Substitution Center Positive negotiations. Belarus will continue to increase trade with St. Petersburg. Also, Belarus will get a trade space in the center of import substitution, which is currently under construction in St. Petersburg. This was one of the topics of the July 6 meeting of the working group of the Council of Business Cooperation of St. Petersburg and the Republic of Belarus.

06.07.2015

Belarus President holds meeting on political matters
Belarus President holds meeting on political matters ahead of presidential election New challenges to which Belarus must respond. Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting on political issues, which was attended by all the heads of the law enforcement officials and the first persons of the country who determine domestic and foreign policy. The President stressed that today the state's actions are inextricably linked to economy. Belarus attaches great importance to the diversification of exports.

29.06.2015

Brazilian businessmen from Goias State on visit in Belarus
Brazilian businessmen from Goias State on visit in Belarus Brazilian businessmen are on a visit to Belarus. The delegation of business circles has come from the state of Goias. The foreign guests are planning to get familiar with the potential of the Minsk region.  They will visit a number of industrial enterprises, hold talks with the leadership of the Minsk region and with representatives of the central government bodies and corporations.

25.06.2015

Sergei Dubkov, deputy chairman of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus
National Bank of Belarus wants to become regional leader Confidence in the banking system in Belarus is growing. This is evidenced by the credit portfolio, which increases from year to year.   The general level of financial literacy is increasing too. This is stated by Belarusian analysts and representatives of the international organization "Alliance for Financial Inclusion."
Expo 2015 in Milan
EXPO 2015 in Milan: Day of Economy of Belarus June 25 The day of Belarusian economy was held today, 25 June, at the World Exhibition EXPO 2015.  The main emphasis was on investment opportunities and prospects of Belarus through membership in the Eurasian Economic Union. On June 25, the Belarusian exhibition booth was surrounded by tourists and businessmen.
EXPO 2015 in Milan: 80,000 guests visit Belarusian pavilion in 2 months
EXPO 2015 in Milan: 80,000 guests visit Belarusian pavilion in 2 months EXPO 2015 in Milan. The Belarusian pavilion was visited by 80,000 guests in two months. Taking part in the review of the achievements of the world economy are almost all states. Belarus is one of the 50 countries that opened its own pavilion. Igor Pozniak, CTV:This is not a carnival in Rio, not the Olympics in Sochi, and not even a hockey championship in Minsk. This is Expo in Milan: Europe, Asia, Africa, America - the entire planet on a palm. No borders and no hotspots. In general this is the ideal future.
Belarus President says Eurasian Economic Union significantly expands range of trade and economic cooperation
Belarus President says Eurasian Economic Union significantly expands range of trade and economic cooperation Belarus is ready to develop cooperation with countries from around the globe. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko who addressed the new representatives of the foreign diplomatic corps in Belarus. 11 ambassadors handed credentials to the President at the Palace of Independence today. These are representatives of Argentina, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Denmark, Jordan, Ireland, Kuwait, Turkmenistan, Uruguay and Sweden. Alexander Lukashenko has congratulated everyone on the beginning of the diplomatic mission and expressed confidence in fruitful collaboration.

24.06.2015

Government urges Belarusian companies to more actively adapt to market conditions
Government urges Belarusian companies to more actively adapt to market conditions Import substitution is a guarantee of economic security of the country, so quality domestic products and successful businesses are always given green light in Belarus. The government discussed on June 23 the effectiveness of measures on import substitution. Import substitution started in Belarus about 7 years ago. Investments were directed to production - mainly to industry and agriculture. Not everything went smoothly, but there were also successes. 

23.06.2015

Zimbabwe wants to engage in joint economic projects with Belarus Leaders of Zimbabwe are interested in the development of a comprehensive partnership with Belarus, and are ready to provide state support for joint economic projects. This was stated by representatives of the country in the negotiations with the Belarusian delegation that visited Zimbabwe on June 18-21.
Belarus to increase supplies of mining equipment to Indonesia
Belarus to increase supplies of mining equipment to Indonesia Belarus and Indonesia agreed on the increasing of supplies of goods at the meeting of the intergovernmental joint commission on cooperation. The parties also discussed the possibility of supply of Belarusian passenger transport to the capital of Indonesia, the increase in exports of potash and military-technical cooperation. The countries plan to bring the trade turnover between the countries up to a billion dollars.
Alexander Lukashenko to Serbian investors: Minsk World complex will be a historic project
Alexander Lukashenko to Serbian investors: The Minsk World complex will be a historic project The construction of the complex "Minsk-World" will be a historic project. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko on June 22 at a meeting with Serbian investors.  Initially, plans were made to create the complex "Minsk-City" at the airport Minsk-1. However, a Russian investor built only a few houses.  Now a large Serbian company will deal with the project. The project's essence has changed: "Minsk-World" will now be not just be a "city within a city" but an international financial center. 
Special Representative of the Afghan President arrives in Minsk
Special Representative of the Afghan President arrives in Minsk with batch of business proposals Belarus would like to develop trade and economic cooperation with Afghanistan. Alexander Lukashenko said this at a meeting with the special representative of Afghanistan's President on cooperation with the CIS countries.  The parties expect that the talks will be a prelude to a series of specific movements steps towards each other. This was agreed during a recent telephone conversation between the two heads of state. Alexander Lukashenko on June 22 said that Belarus respects Afghanistan's efforts against the global terrorist movement.

21.06.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: Every company should react flexibly to the situation on foreign markets
Alexander Lukashenko: Every company should react flexibly to the situation on foreign markets Every company should react flexibly to the situation on foreign markets, said Alexander Lukashenko at the June 19 meeting to review the operation of the major Belarusian engineering companies. The decline in demand from key partners has a negative impact on the situation of our businesses.  The President noted that under these conditions, issues of quality, competent managers and the diversification of sales come to the fore.

18.06.2015

Bealrus' Foreign Minister: Guinea wants to develop relations with Belarus
Belarus' Foreign Minister: Guinea wants to develop relations with Belarus The Republic of Guinea has a desire to develop relations with Belarus, said Belarus Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei.  The foreign ministries of the two countries on June 18 signed an agreement on regular diplomatic consultations between the Foreign Ministries of Belarus and Guinea.  This is the first document that will be the basis for the formation of the legal framework between the countries.

16.06.2015

Cuba buys 500 Belarus' MTZ tractors, aiming for more Cuba will purchase Belarusian MTZ tractors. The deal was agreed during the visit to that Latin American country. The sides signed a contract worth $13 million.  They agreed to continue close cooperation in the field of mechanical engineering. In the short term, Belarus and Cuba will sign another contract worth $7 million.

15.06.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus-Germany relations could be deeper
Alexander Lukashenko for deeper Belarus-Germany relations Relations between Belarus and Germany may be deeper. This was stated by President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with the German ambassador. Wolfram Maas completes his diplomatic mission in the republic. He has remained in office for nearly four years. The sides expressed confidence that in the near future progress in bilateral relations can be expected. The Belarusian President, communicating with the diplomat, remarked that the country is always ready for dialogue.

14.06.2015

Belarus-Austria: non-obvious parallels between Minsk and Vienna
Belarus-Austria: non-obvious parallels between Minsk and Vienna Austria has invested a lot of money in Belarus and believes that the business climate here is very good and that our countries are very similar. Our special correspondent Jana Shipko checked this out. Vienna is associated not only with beautiful architecture, classical music and apple strudel. But even with such old so-called "taxis" - fiacres. These horse-drawn carriages now carry only tourists but 350 years ago this fiacre was a prototype of the service "sober driver".
Belarusian products now in US retail chains
Belarusian products now in US retail chains Belarus will increase the export of agricultural products. According to forecasts of the Ministry of Agriculture, in 2015, the state will earn up to $ 7 billion on these supplies. Manufacturers began to actively promote products in new countries. Belarusian products are now in demand in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia. Exports doubled to Asia and Oceania. Among the buyers are the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Pakistan, and China. The first delivery of milk powder to Syria also took place. Belarusian products were tasted even in the USA. 

10.06.2015

Belarus starts producing Orenburg downy shawls
Belarus starts producing Orenburg downy shawls Orenburg shawls are now produced using Belarusian technologies. A knitting factory in Minsk has launched production of unique downy shawls and other related goods.  Handmade shawls will be included in the collection of women's clothing of the Belarusian Fashion Center in the new season. The impetus for the light industry was the order of the President. It took the industry two months to learn the knitting of goat down.

09.06.2015

President Lukashenko hails 5-time increase in Belarus-Serbia trade
President Lukashenko hails 5-time increase in Belarus-Serbia trade On June 9, Alexander Lukashenko met with Chairwoman of the National Assembly of Serbia Maja Gojkovic to discuss the traditionally friendly Belarusian-Serbian relations. This is the first official visit of the Serbian parliament to Belarus. Cooperation between the two countries, both political and economic, was established in the mid-1990s. Today, Serbia is Belarus' key partner in the Balkans and a kind of bridge between the Eurasian Union and the EU.

08.06.2015

What do Belarus and India have in common? Review of Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Belarus Bollywood melodramas, Bangalore Square in Minsk and the famous tea with an elephant. Despite the distance, India has been close to the heart of every Belarusian since Soviet times. Now, apparently, it is time to restart the bilateral relations. This fashionable word in the world of diplomacy is the best to describe the first official visit of the President of India to Belarus.
Belarus, Croatia ink intergovernmental agreement on economic cooperation June 8 An agreement between the Governments of Belarus and Croatia on economic cooperation was signed on June 8 in Minsk. The Belarusian capital on June 8 hosted political consultations between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries. They discussed bilateral cooperation, including the current state of and prospects for the political dialogue.  Another topic of conversation was cooperation between Belarus and Croatia in international organizations, as well as relations with the European Union.
Belarus President's visit to Pakistan
Belarus President's visit to Pakistan. Review by TV program Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko President Lukashenko spent two days on an official visit in Pakistan, which ended on May 29. This is a major country in South Asia. The sixth most populous country in the world and the second most populous Muslim country (after Indonesia). This another meeting of Mr Lukashenko with an Asian leader in a series of visits, which also involves India and China. This policy aims to boost export of Belarusian goods to foreign investors. Our special correspondent Natalia Breus reports.
Belarusian-Lithuanian business forum kicks off in Marijampolė June 8
Belarusian-Lithuanian business forum kicks off in Marijampolė June 8 Belarusian-Lithuanian business forum kicks off June 8 in Marijampole. The meeting of industry and investment companies of the two countries will help strengthen the economic integration between Belarus and Lithuania.  In addition to the traditional business match-making session, Belarusian entrepreneurs will visit a number of companies and factories in the region. This will facilitate the establishment of direct contacts with the producers and expansion of markets. The two countries hold such business meetings regularly.
Pranab Mukherjee and Alexander Lukashenko meeting in Minsk
Where does Minsk-New Dehli roadmap lead? Belarus is becoming attractive to the largest countries of the world. In less than six months of 2015, Minsk was visited by the firsts persons of France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, China, and India.  The last two countries are the most populous in the world. In total, India and China make up a third of the world's population (if not more). In relations with such countries, both economy and politics are equally important.

27.05.2015

Development Bank of Belarus gets 118 million euro loan from Russian, European counterparts The Development Bank of Belarus got a large loan from Russian and European counterparts. The price of the issue is 118 million euros. Financing the syndicated loan are over 10 financial institutions. This type of lending is fairly new for our country. This is the second such transaction but experts believe that Belarus' entrance to the international market for such loans will push for development and other forms of financial cooperation between the Belarusian, Russian and European banks.
Belarus, Iraqi Kurdistan seeking to set up joint ventures Belarus and the Iraqi Kurdistan will create joint ventures. This sides agreed on this during the first meeting of the group on trade-economic cooperation. The meeting was held in Minsk. The partners also intend to intensify the dialogue in the field of industry, agriculture, tourism and education. A large delegation came for this to the Belarusian capital. It includes the heads of ministries and relevant agencies.

26.05.2015

Natalia Eismont, Presidential press secretary
Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Pakistan rescheduled for May 28-29 The business and investment forum will continue in Pakistan on May 26. The Belarusian side is represented by 25 companies. These are mainly oil refining, agriculture and engineering enterprises. For many participants, the first day of the specialized exhibition was successful. On the eve, the sides signed 12 documents.

25.05.2015

Belarusian businessmen looking for new partners in Pakistan
Belarusian businessmen sign contracts worth $42mln in Pakistan A joint business and investment forum is being held in Islamabad. It is taking place on the eve of the visit of Alexander Lukashenko to that Asian country, which is scheduled for May 26-27.  Businesses are going to find new points of contact and discuss specific projects. Belarus' Amkodor is ready to open an assembly plant in Pakistan. According to experts, Pakistan may be interested in buying road-building and agricultural and municipal machinery from Belarus.
Belarus-China relations: politics or economy? Expert opinions in talk show What's Going On?
Belarus-China relations: politics or economy? Expert opinions in talk show What's Going On? What can we say today about the relationship between Belarus and China? What is China today? Are relations between Belarus and China's most profitable in terms of politics or economy? In mid-May, Xi Jinping, Chinese President, made a historic visit to Belarus to sign a large package of documents. Experts estimate it at $18 billion. That will this strategic partnership give us? Over the past 30 years, China has made a great leap forward in its development. This is the result of politics and transparency. What is the secret, Mr Kovalev?

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