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17.12.2017

Belarus, Russia to hold annual near-border forums
Belarus, Russia to hold annual near-border forums Belarus and Russia intend holding near-border forums on law support of business cooperation. It is planned that the two countries will be holding the forums in turns. This decision was made during the 53rd session f Parliamentary Assembly of Belarus and Russia in Bryansk (Russia).

24.11.2017

It's now easier to do business in Belarus: President signs decree to remove red tape
It's now easier to do business in Belarus: President signs decree to remove red tape On November 23, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko signed Decree No. 7 On the Development of Entrepreneurship. The document is a very important step to improving the business climate in the country. What will the decree change in the work of entrepreneurs?

19.11.2017

Cybersport to become full-fledged sport in Belarus?
Cybersport to become full-fledged sport in Belarus? Minsk is hosting one of the largest IT conferences in the CIS. The current forum DevGAMM is aimed at specialists of the gaming industry. Besides game design itself, the prospects and the aspects of conducting IT business are being discussed. Very soon the High-Tech Park Decree will come into force in Belarus and great changes lie ahead.

16.11.2017

Deloitte logo
Belarusian-born companies listed in Technology Fast 500 Rating The international consulting company Deloitte has published its annual Technology Fast 500 Rating. The rating has been summarized on the basis of the profit dynamics over the past five years. What is more, three companies with offices in Minsk have been listed in the popular rating.
Why French businesses want to invest in Belarus
Why French businesses want to invest in Belarus Representatives of ten French industrial companies came to Belarus this week to assess the country's investment potential. "Belarus is now at a very good, 38th place in the Doing Business ranking, so why not to promote this market?" the businessmen explain.

15.11.2017

What are the prospects of smart contracts in Belarus?
What are the prospects of smart contracts in Belarus? Smart Contracts are used in the bank and financial spheres today, they are popular in insurance, retailing, stock markets and other businesses. Belarus’ High Tech Park together with the juridical company “Aleinikov and Partners” is working on implementing smart contracts into the legal environment. The senior partner of the company “Aleinikov and Partners” Denis Aleinikov has spoken about the prospects of smart contracts and why do we need them today at the conference “Business internet”. 

01.11.2017

What is Belarus' position in Doing Business 2018?
Analyzing Belarus' Doing Business 2018 position Belarus took 38th position among the 190 states covered by the Doing Business study, co-author of the report Valentina Saltan told media. In 2017, Belarus was ranked 37th. The change is not very large - a decrease by one notch. "This decline is due to the fact that other countries carried out more active reform efforts. This year, we noted only one reform in Belarus - on obtaining loans," Saltan explained. At the same time, she noted that there have been no significant changes in the rating methodology over the past year.

30.10.2017

Victor Kislyi, Wargaming CEO
Wargaming CEO recommends books for entrepreneurs Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi from Belarus has picked some outstanding books for young entrepreneurs to read. " ...There is such an author - Patrick Lencioni - he is a true bomb! He has a series of books; I read them in the English language. The first one is “The Five Temptations of a CEO”, the second one is “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”, and the third one is “The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive”.
Victor Kislyi, Wargaming CEO
Victor Kislyi on Wargaming's business, team, graphics and plans On entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship for me is to create something big and bright that people need. This may be a product or a service. It should be beautiful, convenient, and bring obvious benefits. Wargaming works in the entertainment field, and in our case, the computer game should be beautiful, exciting and should develop some skills - in the case of World of Tanks it's about teamwork on the battlefield, the ability to think strategically and cooperate.

22.10.2017

Decree No. 337 on business liberalization comes into force from October 22
Decree No. 337 on business liberalization comes into force from October 22 Decree No. 337 on business liberalization comes into force from October 22, 2017 in Belarus. The document expands the list of economic activities for which businessmen do not have to register individual entrepreneurship.

13.10.2017

How Belarusians breed Burgundy snails
How Belarusians breed Burgundy snails A young couple from Minsk moved to the Korelichi district, where they opened their own farm for growing Burgundy snails. Vladimir and Victoria began to comprehend the basics of this business four years ago. The spouses admit: they never thought they would become farmers. He is a Minsk citizen, an engineer, worked as a manager and traveled a lot of countries. She is a Ukrainian journalist. They met in Kiev. Family life began in the rhythm of the big city, but continued in the romance of the village.

11.10.2017

Women's entrepreneurship discussed at international conference in Minsk
Women's entrepreneurship discussed at international conference in Minsk The successful development of women's entrepreneurship is one of the main conditions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, which are defined by the UN. This was said on October 10 in Minsk. Businesswomen from all corners of Belarus, officials, scientists, and foreign experts gathered for a meeting.  For the first time, issues of economic equality and proposals are discussed in such a broad format. How to make the path of Belarusian women into business less arduous?

09.10.2017

Alexander Lukashenko signs decree on craftsmanship development
Alexander Lukashenko signs decree on craftsmanship development Even less barriers in development of agroecotourism. The popular business in villages is receiving new possibilities. Now presentations, anniversaries and banquets are allowed to be held at farmsteads. Guest houses can also be built without changing the juridical status of the land. The novelties are introduced by the President’s decree. On October 9, 2017 Alexander Lukashenko signed a document which expands the list of craft activities.
Marianna Shchetkina: If you promised, you must do it 150%
Marianna Shchetkina: If you promised, you must do it 150% A new law making season began in Belarus last week. Marianna Shchetkina, a parliamentarian, gave an interview to the CTV Channel. Marianna Shchetkina has been in office of the vice speaker of the Council of the Republic for one year exactly. She is also the leader of the Union of Women and is the coordinator of the Sustainable Development Goals, laws, stereotypes and women, of course, were discussed during the interview. I’m in your office for the first time. To be honest, I was hoping to see more phones here.

29.09.2017

Belarusian Development Bank to receive $60 million for small and medium business
Belarus Development Bank to get $60m for small and medium business The Board of Directors of the World Bank approved another loan secured by the guarantee of the Belarusian government on September 29. After the global economic crisis, private enterprises find it increasingly difficult to attract financing, especially if they need long-term loans.  The new project not only involves the allocation of credit money, but also contributes to the development of the financial sector, as well as to the growth of employment in Belarus.

27.09.2017

Key documents on business liberalization presented to Belarus President
Key documents on business liberalization presented to Belarus President Maximum self-regulation with minimal government intervention. Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Vasily Matyushevsky presented to Alexander Lukashenko two key documents that are designed to unleash the business initiative.
Belarusian agrotourism, crafts and tax consultants: what to be changed after Alexander Lukashenko signs Decree 337
Belarusian agrotourism, crafts and tax consultants: what to be changed after Alexander Lukashenko signs Decree 337 Just go 20 km from Minsk and you will find a unique place with cozy wood houses, alcoves and recreation zones. Sergei Mikhailov, the owner of this farmhouse, showed our camera crew around. Sergei Mikhailov, owner of a farmhouse:Guests like taking pictures and chill here very much.
Decree simplifying public catering and consumer services comes into force in Belarus
Decree simplifying public catering and consumer services comes into force in Belarus It will be more profitable to work in the countryside in Belarus. The decree "On the development of trade, catering and consumer services", signed by the President on Friday, was published on the national legal portal on September 26. So it has already entered into force. From this day, restrictions on alcohol trade are lifted. Now you can sell it not only in shops, regardless of their area, but also in mobile shops. The main condition is to obtain permission from the local authorities, indicating the range, as well as the route of the store on wheels.

26.09.2017

Belarus, Great Britain sign convention on double taxation elimination
Belarus, Great Britain sign convention on double taxation elimination The ways of making the work of Belarusian and British business circles closer and mutually beneficial were discussed on September 26, 2017 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus. As the Belarusian Foreign Affairs Minister stated at the meeting with his British colleague, Belarus is prepared to provide maximum opportunities. Including the opportunities in the Great Stone Industrial Park. It will allow Britain to enter markets of the EEU countries.
Key documents on business initiative liberalization submitted to President Lukashenko ё
Key documents on business initiative liberalization submitted to President Lukashenko Maximum self-control with minimum involvement of the government: the Vice Premier of Belarus Vasily Matyushevky presented two key documents to the President on September 26, which are to liberalize the business initiative.
Number of licensed activities in Belarus to be reduced
Number of licensed activities in Belarus to be reduced The Belarus head of state has reviewed a decree that concerns licensing. The number of licensed activities will be reduced. The list will now include only those that are associated with the threat or harm to society, the state, the environment of life or human health. Vasily Matyushevsky, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus:The head of state asked the question: "Why can licenses be terminated only by a court decision?" And we paid a lot of attention to this. In general, our arguments are as follows:

25.09.2017

“It’s not just a hobby. It’s my favorite job”: Woodcarver and blacksmith about their craft in Belarus
“It’s not just a hobby. It’s my favorite job”: Woodcarver and blacksmith about their craft in Belarus There are about 23,500 registered craftsmen in Belarus. But there are certainly far more people who occupy themselves with it. The Presidential Decree on Crafts will simplify this activity that is necessary not only for people’s self-employment but also for attracting tourists to the country (as it was discussed with the ex-president of Iceland, it’s one of upcoming sectors in Belarus as well as in Iceland). Alena Syrova met with craftsmen, who told her about their passion.
"Mrs. Merkel has done a lot for people": what political discussions flare up in the streets of Germany on the eve of the elections?
"Mrs. Merkel has done a lot for people": what political discussions flare up in the streets of Germany on the eve of the elections? Crises in Ukraine, Syria and around North Korea do not cause fear in the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She said this during a recent interview, noting that "Fear is a bad adviser". By the way, the Chancellor also did not like the threats of the US President to Pyongyang. Merkel clearly demonstrates her independence and political will on the eve of the elections in Germany. Let me remind you, they will be held on September 24 and few doubt the outcome - "mutti bleiben" - say Germans, which means "Mom remains" - for the fourth term.

23.09.2017

Alexander Lukashenko demands to avoid unnecessary business checks
Alexander Lukashenko demands to avoid unnecessary business checks How to make the work of business more convenient? The emancipation of the business initiative was discussed on September 22, 2017 in the Palace of Independence. This time Alexander Lukashenko met with Leonid Anfimov, the chairman of the State Control Committee. The decree, prepared within the package of documents on business development, was discussed at the meeting.

22.09.2017

More targeted inspections needed instead of planned ones, says Belarus President
No unnecessary checks of businesses, Belarus President demands It is necessary to abandon unreasonable checks of businessmen. President Alexander Lukashenko set such a task on September 22 hearing out a report of the chairman of the State Control Committee, Leonid Anfimov. The officials discussed the decree which was prepared as part of a package of documents on the development of entrepreneurship and the liberalization of business activity in Belarus.

20.09.2017

It’s not cold in winter and not hot in summer: How Belarusian builders win over Europeans
How Belarusian builders conquer European market To build a house with a window to Europe: Brestzhilstroi enterprises keep on entering new foreign markets. Brest builders are already building a house in Gdansk. A special branch was opened for this purpose in Poland. The Belarusian building giant is going to stay at the Baltic coastline for long. That’s why Belarusians are working on getting a European certificate.

19.09.2017

President Lukashenko reviews decrees on handicraft activities improvement, agroecotourism development in Belarus
President Lukashenko reviews decrees on handicraft activities improvement, agroecotourism development in Belarus President Lukashenko supported the idea to grant agroecotourism farms rights to provide additional services. On September 19, Alexander Lukashenko considered the draft decrees on improving handicraft activities and developing agroecotourism in Belarus.

16.09.2017

Andrei Kobyakov visits free economic zone “Minsk”
Andrei Kobyakov visits free economic zone “Minsk” The currency earnings of the plants in the free economic trade zone “Minsk” is to sum up to one billion dollars. The financial and economic indicators of the business-production platform were at the center of attention on September 15, 2017. Andrei Kobyakov got acquainted with the work of the science-intensive and high-tech residents of the free economic zone.
Belarus interested in constructive dialogue with international business community, Premier Kobyakov says
Belarus interested in constructive dialogue with international business community, Premier Kobyakov says Belarus is interested in a constructive dialogue with the international business community.

15.09.2017

Taxation and sanitary reforms in Belarus to stimulate business initiative
Tax reforms in Belarus to stimulate business climate expected by October 2017 The business in the countryside will be provided with tax preferences and the list of activities that can be led on the declarative principle will be expanded. Moreover, tax advisers will appear in Belarus.

13.09.2017

EU to allocate 6 million euros to support small businesses in Belarus
EU to allocate 6 million euros to support small businesses in Belarus The Ministry of Economy signed an agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on September 13. The money will go for small businesses so they can compete with large producers, thereby increasing the contribution to the economy of the country. Some points of the program provide for the financing of job creation activities.

09.09.2017

Alexander Lukashenko meets with Tabak Invest  board chairman
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Tabak Invest board chairman Business in villages can and must be developed. The realization of the project was discussed on September 8, 21017 in the Palace of Independence, where Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting with the Chairman of the Board of Tabak Invest Pavel Topuzidis. The program is being realized for two years now, the search for inefficiently used building continues. Platforms in Novopolotsk have been involved already. It is planned that the town will become a logistic center for supplying the trade units of the entire district.

29.08.2017

Development Bank ready to attract $60 million for support of small and medium businesses in Belarus
Development Bank ready to attract $60 million for support of small and medium businesses in Belarus The Development Bank is ready to attract 60 million dollars for the support of small and medium business in Belarus. The loan is planned to be taken from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

08.08.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: I am for free, responsible and more effective business
Alexander Lukashenko: I am for free, responsible and more effective business New approaches toward conducting business. On August 8, 2017 a package of documents on unleashing business initiative in Belarus was discussed at the meeting of the President. All in all, Alexander Lukashenko approved of the projects presented, but some technical aspects need amending though. All the wide possibilities to set up a business for a person who might not have starter capital. All of this in the package of documents, which was discussed in the Independence Palace on August 8.
Belarus President wants to carefully unleash business initiative
Belarus President wants to carefully unleash business initiative The new package of documents liberalizing business climate in Belarus will be finalized by October 1st. The task was set by the Belarusian head of state at the meeting that discussed the situation in the business environment. In general, the President approved the submitted drafts. The documents will need only a small technical revision. As expected, the main document will be Decree on the development of entrepreneurship, where new approaches to doing business in Belarus will be described.
Belarus President holding meeting on entrepreneurship
Belarus President holding meeting on entrepreneurship Conditions should be created in Belarus to allow anyone to start their own business and work. The task was set by the head of state at the meeting that discussed the situation in the business environment.

02.07.2017

President Lukashenko signs decree on state support of legal entities and entrepreneurs
President Lukashenko signs decree on state support of legal entities and entrepreneurs The sector of personal services in villages will get state support. Entrepreneurs will now be able to count on subvention when buying equipment, materials, building and refurbishing placements. The corresponding decree was signed by Alexander Lukashenko. Therefore, the state will invest into the improvement of life in villages. Not in every agro village today it is possible to repair shoes or domestic goods, or go to the hairdresser’s.

27.06.2017

Will Belarusians earn $500 on average by end of 2017?
Will Belarusians earn $500 on average by end of 2017? The European Investment Bank will come to the Belarusian financial market. One of the key creditors of the Old World provides long-term loans for major government projects, as well as for small businesses. The agreement between Belarus and the EIB was ratified on June 26 at the House of Representatives. A few hours earlier in the Oval Hall, the Government answered questions of parliamentarians. The government reports to the parliament in Belarus on a monthly basis.

25.06.2017

Alexander Lukashenko sets new tasks for Presidential Administration
Alexander Lukashenko sets new tasks for Presidential Administration Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting with the Presidential Administration of Belarus on June 23, 2017. Great changes are expected in the education sector in the nearest time. Alexander Lukashenko ordered to decide on all the issues in this sector by 1 September. Law, agriculture, housing and public utilities, work with citizens were discussed as well. The meeting in the Palace of Independence symbolizes a start in perfecting methods of solving the main issues and problems of Belarus.

21.06.2017

How will Belarus liberalize business climate in 2017?
How will Belarus liberalize business climate in 2017? Belarus will further improve business climate in 2017, but make sure that unfair businessmen can be held accountable. To resolve these issues a working group was set in January 2017 up under the leadership of the Head of the Presidential Administration. During half a year, the specialists conducted large-scale work and prepared a package of normative legal acts. Among them is the Decree on the Development of Entrepreneurship and the Elimination of Excessive Requirements for Business.

07.06.2017

Trade value at Belarus’ commodity market increases by 40% in last six months
Trade value at Belarus’ commodity market increases by 40% in last six months This is if to compare with the same period in 2016. The volumes of contracts increased by a third, there was an increment of growth on timber sales. The biggest leap was demonstrated by the agriculture sector (not only thanks to products, but thanks to service goods, fertilizers and feed additives as well). Nearly 18,000 companies are officially registered at the market.

03.06.2017

Belarusian Lawyers’ Union to consider business simplification suggestions
Belarusian Lawyers’ Union to consider business simplification suggestions More than 500 suggestions on business simplification in Belarus have been made. Experts are now looking into the initiative carefully. The law draft was brought up to the public’s discussion in April. Many suggestions were made by lawyers. This topic was touched upon at the meeting of the Belarusian Lawyers’ Union, which was headed by Valery Mitskevich, the Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration.

01.05.2017

Alexander Chervyakov about Belarus’ industrialization plan
Alexander Chervyakov about Belarus’ industrialization plan Regional industrialization plan will be developed in Belarus. This initiative was suggested by Belarus’ Economy Ministry.  It is a road map, in a way, which is orientated at attracting investments and which was developed by experts and businessmen. This project is primarily necessary to rattle up local businessmen.

28.04.2017

Brest hosting international business forum April 28
Brest hosting international business forum April 28 Brest is hosting an international business forum, which presents the entire potential of the region. The main goal of the event is to attract new foreign partners and investors. Representatives of companies from 14 countries have already taken advantage of this opportunity. Most of them came with specific proposals.
Belarus and Slovakia to discuss cooperation in the field of nuclear safety April 28
Belarus and Slovakia to discuss cooperation in the field of nuclear safety April 28 Belarus and Slovakia will discuss cooperation in the field of nuclear safety. On April 28 the Prime Minister of Belarus will visit the nuclear power plant Mochovce. The Belarusian delegation is on a visit to Bratislava these days. Slovakia has two NPPs. Their power allows this rather small European state to meet about half of the electricity needs of the country. This is the world's second largest success after France - one of the world leaders in nuclear energy.

23.04.2017

Alexander Shvets about business liberalization efforts Alexander Lukashenko delivered the State of the Nation Address on April 21, 2017. The points President Lukashenko brought up are actively being discussed by the representatives of business circles. Special attention was paid to business. The issue is topical like never before. A package of documents on the liberalization of this sector has been brought up for public discussion.
Results of Alexander Lukashenko's meeting with Zhang Dejiang
Results of Alexander Lukashenko's meeting with Zhang Dejiang China’s economy today is implementing global projects. Such projects as the Eurasian Land Bridge. By a twist of fate Belarus is on this route and it can become one of the nodal platforms of a colossal economic project. Being one of the largest investors of today, China felt the perspectives of Belarus and there isn’t a single week without Chinese power brokers visiting Belarus. A Belarusian satellite was launched from the Chinese cosmodrome, Belarus and China are building the industrial park Great Stone together.
Sergei Novitsky shares opinion on business sector’s changes
Sergei Novitsky shares opinion on business sector’s changes The points which were stated by Alexander Lukashenko during his State of the Nation Address are actively discussed by the representatives of business circles. President Lukashenko paid special attention to business dealing. The issue is topical like never before. A package of documents on the liberalization of this sector has been brought up for public discussion. The prominent Belarusian entrepreneur Sergei Novitsky shared his opinion about the upcoming changes in the rules of conducting a business, about the simplification of this process.

22.04.2017

President Lukashenko about trust between business and government
President Lukashenko about trust between business and government Entrepreneurship is a separate subject. President Lukashenko emphasizes that it is necessary to strengthen the trust between the authority and business. The conditions of opening and conducting a business must be simple and clear, both on paper and in deed. Minimum number of inspections and administrative procedures, more responsibility on manufacturers themselves. Alexander Lukashenko suggests discussing business climate warming all together.

21.04.2017

President Lukashenko promises to liberalize business climate
President Lukashenko promises to liberalize business climate On April 21, the President addressed the Belarusian people and the National Assembly. One of the points of Belarus' economic growth is the emancipation of business initiative.

20.04.2017

What will Belarus President say in State of the Nation Address?
What will Belarus President say in State of the Nation Address 2017? The development strategy of the Belarusian economy, employment and new industries. Experts and political scientists name the topics that are most likely to be voiced in the President's State of the Nation Address.

19.04.2017

Piotr Arushanyants: business conditions in Belarus becoming radically simpler
Piotr Arushanyants: business conditions in Belarus becoming radically simpler Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has announced almost revolutionary changes related to the improvement of business climate. While talking about these innovations, could you tell us what lies ahead?

16.04.2017

Radical business climate facilitation takes place in Belarus
Radical business climate facilitation takes place in Belarus It will be easier to conduct a business in Belarus. A documentation package, which significantly simplifies the opening of either a small or a medium organization, was prepared and brought up for public discussion. The Director of the Entrepreneurship Department of the Economy Ministry of the Republic of Belarus told about the possible innovations.

13.04.2017

Belarus to liberate business initiative: draft decrees submitted for public discussion
Belarus to liberate business climate: draft decrees submitted for public discussion Simplify doing business conditions and improve control in Belarus are the goals of the country in the nearest future. A package of relevant documents has been submitted for public discussion. This is the initiative of the Belarus President.

12.04.2017

President Lukashenko: Professionals and great specialists won't fall down from the sky
President Lukashenko: Belarus is liberalizing business climate for economic growth After visiting JSC Rechitsadrev, Alexander Lukashenko traditionally talked to the employees of the plant. The future of Belarus and the development of small towns, salaries, personnel policy and public security were discussed. People also asked about visa cancellation, not only from Belarus’ side but about reciprocal steps from other countries.

11.04.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: We will liberate business initiative completely
Alexander Lukashenko: We will liberate business initiative completely Drastic decisions concerning business liberation are expected in Belarus. A set of important statements was made by Belarus President during his working visit to Gomel region, where he talked to the employees of JSC “Rechitsadrev”. At the plant Alexander Lukashenko got acquainted with the modernization process. Essentially, a unique production was established in the district center, new working places were created. As Alexander Lukashenko emphasized, everyone in Belarus will be given the opportunity to earn money from this time onwards.

06.04.2017

Belarus wants to double number of small and medium-sized businesses
Belarus wants to double number of small and medium-sized businesses By 2030, the share of small and medium-sized businesses should be doubled in Belarus. Business support measures were discussed in the Grodno region on April 5. Representatives of the Ministries of Economy, Labor and Social Protection, as well as Architecture and Construction met with the heads of districts and local businessmen to discuss the creation of jobs, wage growth and investment.

04.04.2017

Andrei Kobyakov: Belarus interested in partnership with Kenyan businessmen
Andrei Kobyakov: Belarus interested in partnership with Kenyan businessmen On April 4, the Belarusian government met with the chairman of the board of directors of the Kenyan Sameer Group. Today, this region of East Africa is a rapidly growing market. In this regard, Belarus is ready to offer its advanced technology, equipment and services. It can be a help both in agriculture and the construction of local infrastructure or environmental issues. Belarus is also interested in shipping to the region dairy products, canned food, baby food and other products.

01.04.2017

Alexander Moshensky: Belarusians lack fair share of ventures to be great nation
Alexander Moshensky: Belarusians lack fair share of ventures to be great nation Alexander Moshensky, director general of the Santa Impex Brest company, took part in the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev.
Alexander Moshensky about ideal team for successful business
Alexander Moshensky about ideal team for successful business Alexander Moshensky, director general of the Santa Impex Brest company, took part in the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev. There are many models and opinions of how management should be established. What do you think, what is the optimal number of people in a team?

31.03.2017

150 Japanese businessmen to visit Belarus in summer 2017
150 Japanese businessmen to visit Belarus in summer 2017 Belarus and Japan are forging business dialogue. In the summer of 2017, 150 business leaders of Japan will visit Belarus. First of all they are interested in Belarus' experience in agriculture, high technology and instrumentation. The Japanese partners would like to find out more about pre-school education in Belarus.

27.03.2017

Belarus moving rapidly in business environment rankings, Aleksandr Pivovarsky says
Belarus moving rapidly in business environment rankings, EBRD's Aleksander Pivovarsky says The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is ready to finance the creation of new enterprises. Last week, one of the leaders of the bank met in Minsk with the Belarusian President. The head of the bank's representative office in Belarus Aleksander Pivovarsky told our correspondent Yana Shipko about the plans and intentions of the bank.
Employment in Belarus. Why enterprising people always find job
Employment in Belarus. Why enterprising people always find job Safety is the foundation of society, on which you can build economic, social and cultural walls and the political roof should be placed on top. Peace and tranquility allow thinking about income, health, which no income can buy, the family, education, and about the work you love. Sometimes thoughts are only about work. It happens too. In tough economic times, the value of a job increases. People are different: some find their own use but others need help and the state is ready. After all, we are not living in wild capitalism.

22.03.2017

Simplified measures for business in Belarus
Simplified measures for business in Belarus Small businesses are more confidently occupying places in public services sector. Independent entrepreneurs have occupied the market by two thirds already. As many as 6,000 new businesses were set up in 2016, but the question of service availability still remains topical, especially in rural areas. That’s why measures are being undertaken, which will simplify the process of setting up and developing business for entrepreneurs.

15.03.2017

OECD helping Belarus improve business climate
OECD helping Belarus improve business climate Improving the business climate and the competitiveness of private enterprises. An expert review project to support small and medium-sized businesses was presented on March 15 in Minsk. The reforms aiming to make life easier for entrepreneurs are included in the roadmap. The recommendations developed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development are divided into nine blocks.

12.03.2017

Boleslav Pirshtuk about OSCE PA summer session due in Minsk
Boleslav Pirshtuk about OSCE PA summer session and economic reforms in Belarus Let's continue the theme with the guest of our program. Today in the studio we have deputy chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Boleslav Pirshtuk. Boleslav Kazimirovich, hello. Boleslav Pirshtuk, deputy chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus: Good afternoon.

09.03.2017

Belarus simplifies sanitary standards for eateries
Belarus simplifies sanitary standards for eateries Sanitary standards for food service facilities in Belarus have been simplified. The main changes relate to cooking rules. In particular, the previous edition of the rules stated that the cutting of meat, poultry and meat processing was permitted only in separated premises. In the new document, this restriction has been lifted in respect of poultry meat. Requirements regarding kitchen utensils and appliances have also been simplified: now you can use any material permitted for use in contact with foodstuffs. 

04.03.2017

Belarus business ladies to get more possibilities for business development
Belarus business ladies to get more possibilities for business development Business ladies will get more possibilities to develop their business in Belarus. The third Belarusian bank has already joined the Women in Business programme , conducted by the European Bank. The total amount of allocated credit funds for Belarus in this programme is ten million dollars. The money will go towards financing small and medium businesses directed by women. Within the framework of the initiative, apart from financial support, business ladies can count on consultations of business experts.

03.03.2017

Business Assistance Program discussed at Antitrust and Ttrade Ministry of Belarus
Business Assistance Program discussed at Antitrust and Ttrade Ministry of Belarus Motivate entrepreneurial initiative and make working conditions in the market more transparent and simple - these are the main points of the Business Assistance Program that was discussed on March 3 at the ministry of antitrust and trade of Belarus. Among the major challenges in this area is attraction of new players who would create new jobs. Another issue is to create conditions for fair competition.

02.03.2017

Belarus inviting Georgian businesses
Belarus inviting Georgian businesses Belarusian and Georgian delegations discussed the future projects on 2 March. One of the main tasks is to increase trade turnover. And it is quite doable, says Belarusian Prime Minister. Last year, the Belarusian Embassy in Tbilisi was opened, and today there are all prerequisites to reach significant amounts in mutual trade. Such meetings should help in overcoming various issues.

01.03.2017

2017 Belarus National Business Platform Project to be presented
2017 Belarus National Business Platform Project to be presented  A dialogue between business and authorities. The Assembly of Business Circles begins work. The pressing issues of Belarusian Business are to be discussed on 1 March, 2017 by entrepreneurs from all regions of Belarus and by representatives of government services. A national business platform, a code of more than 80 suggestions for the improvement of the business climate in Belarus, will be presented at the forum.
Simplifying measures for Belarusian Business
Simplifying measures for Belarusian Business Business liberalization. Trade inspectors are entering monitored mode, a moratorium on trade inspections came into force on 27 February, 2017. Meanwhile, the Entrepreneurship Week continues in Belarus. On 27 February, 2017 a seminar “Entrepreneurs about entrepreneurship” was held all over Belarus. All in all, it’s a course of lectures, when directors of private organizations share their experience in conducting a successful business.

28.02.2017

Belarus' Tax Ministry proposes tax control cuts for businesses
Belarus' Tax Ministry proposes tax control cuts for businesses Tax checks will be held only once in five years - such a rule is contained in the draft Decree submitted for public discussion by the Ministry of Taxes and Duties of Belarus. Until the end of this week, Belarusians can express their views on the document.
Belarus simplifying rules for starting new business
Belarus simplifying rules for starting new business It will now be easier to open your own business in Belarus as well as to give it up. The Belarus President signed a decree which changes the order of state registration and liquidation of economic entities.  The document will come into force in six months and will reduce the number of administrative procedures. It will now be possible to register the business and at the same time open a bank account. 

27.02.2017

Belarus to reduce number of tax checks?
Belarus to reduce number of tax checks? Tax checks will be conducted only once in five years. This is the new feature of a draft decree, which has been submitted for public discussion by the Ministry of Taxes and Duties of Belarus.  Until the end of the working week, the ministry will accept opinions of both legal entities and individuals who deal with tax issues. The document is intended to make the process of doing business more transparent.  It is expected to reduce the administrative burden on enterprises and improve the investment climate.
Belarus stimulating business activity
Belarus invigorating business activity Business Entrepreneurship Week has opened in Belarus. It is the second such "marathon" in support of business. It should be noted that conditions for doing business in Belarus are changing rapidly for the better. The latest initiative is to reduce the number of all kinds of checks. The Belarus President instructed the authorities to do so during the "big conversation" with the public and journalists. Let's watch the story on this topic.

26.02.2017

Belarusian authority and business find common touch points
Belarusian authority and business find common touch points A step forward. Belarusian authorities and business communities have been actively discussing the ways of business initiative liberation. Minimum control and responsible partnership. These ideas will propel Belarusian private companies to a new level of development. In turn, Belarusian authorities expect conscientious taxpaying and fair competition from businessmen.

24.02.2017

Tax cuts for Belarusian businesses planned
Tax cuts for Belarusian businesses planned What should be a catalyst for economic growth in Belarus and how to manage the state and the role of modern business? These and other issues will be discussed by authorities and businessmen from across the country. The Belarusian Business Week kicks off in Minsk February 24. The program includes more than a hundred round tables, presentations, workshops and exchange of lessons from the leading economists of Belarus. The forums will discuss the pressing problems of entrepreneurship in Belarus,
Belarus starts second National Entrepreneurship Week
Belarus starts second National Entrepreneurship Week The Second National Entrepreneurship Week starts in Belarus. The program of the large-scale business conversation includes over a hundred events. The round-tables will bring together officials and private businessmen. The main task is to make a more comfortable business climate in the country and liberate business initiatives.

22.02.2017

Belarus decreases checks of businesses in search for economic growth
Belarus decreases checks of businesses in search for economic growth Good news for Belarusian businesses. There will now be fewer checks of businesses and business administration principles will be simplified. Last week the Belarus President instructed the supervisory authorities to reduce the number of planned inspections. At the initiative of the head of state, a working group has been set up to restore order in this area and to eliminate unnecessary and frivolous demands of inspectors, who prevent business development in Belarus. The group consists of well-known businessmen and economic experts.
Business conditions in Belarus to be liberalized
Business conditions in Belarus to be liberalized Another step towards business liberalization in Belarus. The Trade Inspection of Belarus stops checks and switches to the monitoring mode. The structure will begin work in the new format next week, before the decree on control and surveillance activities. The main task of the department now is the regulation of prices and tariffs in Belarus. We often hear loud news about price fixing in the world. Both local producers and global corporations were seen doing this. Companies informally agree to sell goods at a certain price.

20.02.2017

Belarus President demands to reduce checks of businesses
Belarus President demands to reduce checks of businesses You can either listen to the opinions of outside observers (and sometimes it is even pleasant), or simply ignore them. Still, you should have your own head on your shoulders, especially in economy, where interest and profit govern advisers and consultants. What does Belarusian experience tell us today? There are a lot of inspection departments. They work actively, but the economic benefit of total control is questionable. Even the President started to speak about it.

17.02.2017

Over 40 large investment projects to be implemented in Minsk in 2017
Over 40 large investment projects to be implemented in Minsk in 2017 More than 40 major investment projects will be implemented in Minsk in 2017. The lion's share of them relate to the construction of social facilities and the creation of high-tech enterprises. Among them are the third branch of the Minsk subway, the center of the artistic gymnasts and the renovation of the Dinamo stadium. In 2016, Minsk attracted $6 billion dollars of foreign capital. In addition, the city's authorities allocated in 2017 about five million rubles of budget funds to support small and medium-sized businesses.

14.02.2017

Belarus President demands to abolish excessive checks of businesses
Belarus President demands to abolish excessive checks of businesses On February 14 the Belarus President instructed the supervisory authorities to reduce the number of planned inspections and reorganize institutional control. At the initiative of the head of state, a working group has been established to improve the control activities and eliminate unnecessary requirements for enterprises. It consists of well-known businessmen and economic experts.

10.02.2017

Fewers inspections of small and medium business in Belarus
Fewers inspections of small and medium business in Belarus The ministry of emergencies of Belarus completely ceases checks of small and medium-sized businesses. Now businessmen and managers themselves will be responsible for fire safety. Such a move is logical since the number of accidents becomes smaller every year. This makes it possible to optimize the work of the ministry. Now the ministry is revising fire safety requirements. They should become more accessible and easier.

03.02.2017

Belarus President promises to sort out cases of 'raids' on investors
Belarus President promises to sort out cases of 'raids' on investors President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has promised to sort out facts of "raids" on investors. He said this at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media on February 3. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:We will sort out cases when investors are offended. We have a totally different policy. If this is the case, please report to me, I have enough power for that. We have people who will sort out cases of "attacks" or "racket". Photo: BELTA
Belarus President demands fewer controls over businesses
Belarus President demands fewer controls over businesses It is proposed to revise the system of inspections of entrepreneurs in Belarus. In particular, it is proposed to decrease the number of control measures. This was stated by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with representatives of the public, Belarusian and foreign media.

02.02.2017

Year of Italian culture underway in Belarus
Year of Italian culture underway in Belarus Belarus begins a year of Italian culture. Shows, exhibitions and concerts connected with Italian culture will be held across all Belarus. Belarus will be visited by popular Italian writers and artists. In March 2017 Belarus will host economic forums on the development of business cooperation with Italy.

30.01.2017

Friendship is the largest capital between Belarus and Serbia
Friendship is the largest capital between Belarus and Serbia Belarus and Serbia would like to achieve a trade turnover of $500 million. Last week, the prime minister of that Balkan country visited Minsk. At a meeting with President Alexander Lukashenko the sides discussed how to effectively switch to direct deliveries of goods, without intermediaries. And even more - to create joint ventures. Serbia is a member of the Central European Free Trade Association. This is a duty-free market of 30 million. And the country is an official candidate for EU membership.

29.01.2017

Belarus President on detention of businessman Knyrovich: 'Jail is the right place for a thief'
Belarus President on detention of businessman Knyrovich: 'Jail is the right place for a thief' A number of appointments were made by the President of Belarus on 27 January. During a meeting with the newly appointed leaders, Alexander Lukashenko touched upon the important subject of the detention of one of Belarusian entrepreneurs.

26.01.2017

Law on establishment of investment funds prepared in Belarussian parliament
Law on investment funds prepared in Belarusian parliament Belarusians will be able to earn money through investment funds. The relevant law is prepared in the House of Representatives. So, the profitable investment of funds will be the main task of the new financial institution. It will allow Belarusians to invest money wisely. The enterprises will also be able to earn an income.

17.01.2017

Opening of the Belarusian-Egyptian business forum
Belarus President attends Belarusian-Egyptian business forum Belarus and Egypt are ready to open up new horizons for cooperation. The countries are going to create join assembly plants for the production of road-building and municipal engineering. On the 16th of January, the presidents of Belarus and Egypt took part in the opening of the Belarusian-Egyptian business forum. Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that Belarus is ready to supply not only its own products, but also to share technologies and specialists with Egypt.

15.01.2017

Snail farming in Belarus
Snail farming in Belarus A tender for the purchase snails in Vitebsk region had been announced. It is not exotic, but a really successful project. During five years, three participants dealt with the right to purchase snails. The bidding ended in less than two minutes. Tatiana Lalieva seriously thinks about the prospects of making money through the sale of snails. Moreover, businessmen also realize the potential of this idea.

16.12.2016

Belarus' business contributes to new draft Customs Code
Belarus' business contributes to new draft Customs Code Belarus has been actively discussing the draft Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). Ideas were offered by business associations, as well as the scientific community. The new code will be agreed by December 26 - the day when the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council of the EEU will convene in St. Petersburg. The draft international instrument will reflect the fundamental requirements for foreign trade activities on the territory of the five EEU states.
Fines in Belarus should not ruin businesses, President says
Fines in Belarus should not ruin businesses, President says The Belarus President demands the regulatory authorities to work carefully and rightly. They should not undermine their credibility, said Alexander Lukashenko on December 16 at a meeting on the results of inspections of the State Control Committee. It was held by an interagency group chaired by the Prosecutor General.

17.11.2016

Minsk 2nd in Europe in business expenditures efficiency
Minsk 2nd in Europe in business expenditures efficiency Business attractiveness of Minsk is growing. At this time, the capital of Belarus was recognized the second in the top ten European cities in terms of the efficiency of doing business expenditures. Research results have been voiced in a very influential financial publication. In addition, Minsk is in the top ten cities with the best strategy to attract foreign direct investment. Now about 50 contracts worth $6 billion are being implemented. China, Cyprus, Iran, Russia, Lithuania and Qatar are Minsk's main partners.

14.11.2016

Innovative thinking and success strategy: Global Entrepreneurship Week in Belarus
Innovative thinking and success strategy: Global Entrepreneurship Week in Belarus About 500 million dollars will be allocated to the development of small and medium-sized business in Belarus in the next five years. It is expected that the share of private entrepreneurs will amount to 40% of GDP. Now, their share is about a third of GDP. That was discussed at the opening of the international forum of entrepreneurship on November 14. More than 500 representatives from Russia, the USA, Czech Republic and Germany participated in the forum.
Global Entrepreneurship Week to in Minsk November 14
Global Entrepreneurship Week to in Minsk November 14 Innovative thinking and modern strategies in the business world. On 14 November, Belarus for the sixth time will become part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week. It is an international project that brings together the business community from over 160 countries. During this week, you can communicate with representatives of the authorities, lawyers and successful businessmen any questions you like, as well as present your ideas and acquire a business angel.

02.11.2016

Social entrepreneurship: unique business courses open in Gomel
Social entrepreneurship: unique business courses open in Gomel It is possible to earn a living by solving social problems of the society. Unique business courses opened in Gomel in the framework of Global Entrepreneurship Week. It’s possible to undergo course of social entrepreneurship in the Institute of Advanced Training of Pavel Sukhoi State Technical University.

31.10.2016

“There’s potential for development”: Polish businessmen in Belarus
“There’s potential for development”: Polish businessmen discovering Belarus Relations with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are precious for Belarus, even though these countries are not so geographically and culturally close to us. The importance of relations with close countries that we have common past with goes without saying. However, sometimes there are some internal strives. Belarus is between Russia and Poland. Relations with Poland haven’t been very easy lately. However, nowadays, official representatives from Warsaw have become frequent guests in Minsk. The business sphere has revived.

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