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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.

27.07.2017

Belarusian enterprises should invest more in marketing strategy, information minister says
Belarusian enterprises should invest more in marketing strategy, information minister says The enterprises of Bellegprom do not need to save on advertising. On July 27, the Minister of Information of Belarus spoke about the need to invest in the marketing strategy at a meeting with the staff of one of the leading manufacturers of knitwear Bellegprom.

22.06.2017

President Lukashenko congratulates Belcoopsoyuz on 100th anniversary
President Lukashenko congratulates Belcoopsoyuz on 100th anniversary Belcoopsoyuz, the largest trade network of Belarus is celebrating it 100th anniversary. Besides trade, the company accomplishes other functions as well: stockpiling and export activities, building public catering establishments, developing animal breeding. To provide rural residents with products, the transport park of Belcoopsoyuz drives nearly 170 million kilometres per year. It is moe than the distance between the Earth and the Sun.

16.06.2017

Trade networks' role in Belarusian market increasing
Trade networks' role in Belarusian market increasing Fair competition was discussed on June 16 at the Ministry of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade of Belarus. The ministry notes that trade networks are playing an increasing role in the Belarusian market. While in 2015, top ten leaders in food products occupied about 30% of the market, now their share is already 40%.

10.03.2017

President Lukashenko insists on $500 salary and performance discipline of officials
President Lukashenko insists on $500 salary and performance discipline of officials Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting on the topical issues of national development on March 9th. The President focused on topics of stability and peace in Belarus. One of the tough requirements of the President is strict performance discipline.

09.03.2017

Belarusian organic products may appear in stores
Belarusian organic products may appear in stores Domestic organic products appear on store shelves in Belarus. A bill on their production will be considered by the Belarusian parliament this autumn. To get organic vegetables, meat and dairy products it is necessary to comply with some requirements.  The main requirement is absence of any synthetic or chemical substances, including fertilizers, crop protectors and food additives.

22.02.2017

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.

31.01.2017

Belarus increases fines for improper advertising of medicinal products
Belarus to increase fines for improper advertising of medicinal products Belarus plans to increase fines for the improper advertising of medicines. Penalties for legal entities will be up to 200 basic units, for entrepreneurs up to 100, but the individual may pay from 10 to 50 base units. As noted by the Ministry of Commerce, more than half of all improper advertisements are placed on the Internet. In 2016 Belarus limited access to two websites which advertised products with allegedly healing properties and two websites selling fake sick leaves.
Belarus to continue to regulate prices for important products
Belarus to continue to regulate prices for important products Prices of a number of socially important goods will remain under the control of Belarus' local authorities. The list has been approved by the government. The list includes first of all food - potatoes, beets, carrots, cabbage. During no more than 90 days per year, regional executive committees and the Minsk city administration have the right to keep prices down on the items listed.

27.01.2017

New shopping complex opened in Minsk: Prime Ministers of Belarus, Serbia attend event
New shopping complex opens in Minsk: Prime Ministers of Belarus, Serbia attend event One of the biggest shopping complexes was officially opened in Minsk, with the participation of Prime Ministers of Belarus and Serbia on January 27. This trade facility is a part of the Serbian investment project Mayak Minska. The new shopping center will offer both Belarusian and world brands. Some of the goods, by the way, will appear in Belarus for the first time. Moreover, the complex will help create new jobs. According to forecasts, 5,000 people will be working here by the end of 2017.

22.12.2016

Belarus' House of Representatives completes 2016 legislative season
Criminal responsibility for tax evasion to increase in Belarus On December 21, MPs in Belarus completed the 2016 legislative season. Before leaving on vacation, the MPs discussed the three bills. Criminal responsibility will be increased with regard to tax evaders. There will be changes in the law on the quality of products - labeling will become more clear and transparent. The public procurement system will be "upgraded", too. All participants will be able to monitor the entire chain from the customer to the executor on Internet sources in real time.

18.12.2016

Evroopt Super with cash desks in English opens in Minsk
Euroopt Super with English-language staff opens in Minsk On December 17, a new Evroopt (Euroopt) hypermarket in Minsk met its first buyers. It’s the 450th store of the retail trade chain. The hypermarket offers premium-class goods and high quality service. It may also boast wide range of goods (more than 15,000 articles), attractive design and new window dressing. Just-opened Euroopt has no analogues in Belarus. The shopping capacity is as much as 5,000 m². The main idea of the new hypermarket is to provide shoppers with premium-class goods and services.

29.08.2016

Vladimir Karyagin
Necessary transformations for better business climate in Belarus. Vladimir Karyagin's interview with TV program Picture of the World We will talk about the economic activity of Belarusian people and necessary transformations, especially in the sphere of markets, with Vladimir Karyagin, Chairman of the Presidium of the Republican Confederation of Entrepreneurship. Mr Karyagin, hello. Vladimir Karyagin, chairman of the presidium of the Republican Confederation of Entrepreneurship: Hello!

26.08.2016

Kirill Slabko
Global sporting events help Belarus improve public services, Trade Ministry says Minsk is preparing to welcome the participants and guests of the final round of 2018 Olympic ice hockey qualification as well as the world tour Belarus Open 2016 (table tennis). The Trade Ministry, which is going to be renamed Ministry of Antimonopoly Regulation soon, has monitored more than 20 eateries and sales points in conjunction with the events and gave valuable advice to improve the quality of services provided. Most of those who were given recommendations have already reported on the elimination of violations.

20.07.2016

Redenomination in Minsk has not lead to price increases
Redenomination in Minsk has not lead to price increases The July 1 redenomination has not lead to higher prices in the Belarus capital. Labels in stores are under control. Minsk trade services are monitoring the situation in all trade pavilions weekly. 16 officials in Minsk have been fined since the beginning of 2016 for violation of the price and antitrust laws. Among the major violations is exceeding the maximum limit of trade margins in respect of socially important goods.

04.07.2016

All checks in Belarusian stores to be switched to new currency by end of summer 2016
All checks in Belarusian stores to be switched to new currency by end of summer 2016 Extra zeros will disappear completely from checks in Belarusian stores after the redenomination in the summer of 2016, according to the Ministry of Trade. The department continues to monitor the way sellers handle the new and old notes. A hot line has been opened by the Ministry. Over the weekend, only four people called. They were mainly interested in how to draw up invoices. There were also questions about software operation in view of the introduction of the new currency.

15.06.2016

Antitrust and Trade Ministry to be operational in Belarus from September 8
Antitrust and Trade Ministry to be operational in Belarus from September 8 The Ministry of Antitrust and Trade will be operational in Belarus from September 8, said head of the Trade Ministry Vladimir Koltovich. The main task of the structure is the protection of Belarus' internal market. All its participants will have to work in equal competitive conditions. Control will be in the field of public procurement, advertising and unjustified price increases. The buyer will win in this case. In addition, the Ministry will become the only body that can carry out checks without reason.  

18.04.2016

Belarus introduces customs restrictions on expensive goods purchased abroad frequently
Belarus introduces customs restrictions on expensive goods frequently purchased abroad From April 14, new limits on goods purchased abroad were introduced in Belarus. Our correspondents decided to make an experiment to find out all the peculiarities of the innovation. Alexandra Kulakova continues the topic. Alexandra Kulakova, correspondent: Belarusians often go abroad for shopping. Starting from 14 April, some restrictions were imposed on the import of goods. So what difficulties will shopaholics face?In the first weekend after the innovations, we go to the border to find out all the details.

14.04.2016

Online retrail rules to be toughened in CIS The customs services of the CIS countries have agreed to set up a special anti-crime division in the sphere of e-commerce. The CIS is already collaborating actively to combat the smuggling of drugs and weapons. The sides are successfully implementing a program for the protection of economic interests of the Commonwealth. In 2015 alone, CIS customs bodies seized more than 200 tons of drugs and psychotropic substances and more than 30,000 pieces of weapons. The countries' budgets received additional tens of millions of dollars.

12.04.2016

Fees for parcels to Belarus to take effect April 14
Parcel fees in Belarus to take effect April 14 Fees for parcels from abroad in Belarus will take effect on April 14, said the Customs Committee of the country April 12. The duty-free import of goods amounts to 22 euros per month. The maximum weight is 10 kilograms. This is assuming that people order things for personal use. The fee, 30% of the sum that exceeds the limit, is paid when the abovementioned parameters are exceeded. Plus, 5 euro will be charged as a customs duty, regardless of the price and weight.
Small business showing tighter cooperation with Belarusian light industry
Small business showing tighter cooperation with Belarusian light industry A growing number of private entrepreneurs are now willing to cooperate with Belarusian light industry companies in the Minsk region. High quality helps make the right choice in favor of Belarus. For example, small business contributed to over 5% of the income of one of the Soligorsk hosiery manufacturers in 2016.

01.04.2016

New prices in Belarusian shops ahead of July 1 redenomination
New prices in Belarusian shops ahead of July 1 redenomination On April 1, new double price tags appeared in some stores and restaurants of Belarus. This is due to the forthcoming redenomination. The tags contain usual and "updated" value of goods. Changing the price tags will be gradual. The redenomination will be held on 1 July 2016. Four zeros will disappear from Belarusian banknotes. For the first time in the independent history, Belarus will get coins. Buyers:In principle, we read news every day, so we know that this was going to happen.

30.03.2016

Why small businesses prefer Belarusian products more and more
Belarus small businesses increasingly trust domestic products Installment payments and purchases in small lots. Belarusian light industry has offered a loyalty program for individual entrepreneurs. Since the beginning of 2016, small businesses have struck three times more agreements with the Belarusian Light Industry Concern than in the same period in recent years.

22.02.2016

Belarus to develop e-commerce in rural areas
Belarus to develop e-commerce in rural areas Belarus will develop e-commerce in the countryside. Innovative approaches will work "in a duet" with mobile shops, familiar to consumers.  One of the key objectives of consumer societies is to provide necessary goods to residents of small settlements.

16.02.2016

No departure from political and economic course, Alexander Lukashenko says
No departure from political and economic course, Alexander Lukashenko says Decisions taken to improve the efficiency of the economy should not have a negative impact on the social sphere in Belarus. Important issues of the socio-economic complex were discussed on February 16 at the Palace of Independence. Taking part in the meeting hosted by the Belarus President were representatives of the Government, the Presidential Administration, the National Bank, the regional leaders and chairmen of corporations.
Belarus President: Domestic market imports too much
Belarus President: Domestic market imports too much Export, rational import substitution, employment and investment. Work in these areas will help improve the socio-economic complex. Topical issues of its development were discussed on February 16 at the Palace of Independence. Taking part in the meeting are representatives of the Government, the Presidential Administration, the National Bank, the regional leaders and chairmen of corporations.

14.02.2016

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

09.02.2016

Retail trade system overhaul due in Belarus
Retail trade system overhaul due in Belarus To establish a new operation system of the Trade Ministry was the main instruction of the Belarusian head of state who today met with Trade Minister Vladimir Koltovitch. Belarus should develop equal working conditions for all trading entities. The meeting also discussed the development of distribution networks in the region, protection of domestic producers from imports and the work of individual entrepreneurs in the framework of the existing legislation.
Alexander Lukashenko instructs to establish new trade system in Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko instructs to establish new trade system in Belarus Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has instructed the Ministry of Trade to establish a new system of work when meeting February 9 with Trade Minister Vladimir Koltovitch. Belarus should first of all establish a level playing field for all trading entities. The meeting also discussed the development of distribution networks in Belarusian regions, protection of domestic producers from imports and the work of individual entrepreneurs in the framework of the existing legislation.

08.02.2016

Individual entrepreneurs in Belarus unwilling to certify goods they resell
Markets in Belarus half-empty as individual entrepreneurs required to certify goods they resell Business circles in Belarus are arguing whether it is legal when self-employed businessmen must certify all goods they resell. Part of these small businessmen simply stopped working since the beginning of 2016. Some, however, have successfully switched to the new scheme. Those who don’t want to comply with the rules seem to neglect people’s safety. Small businessmen in Belarus were given one and a half years to get out of the shadows and organize legal sale of goods in line with all state rules so that the market becomes clear not only on paper but in real life.

05.02.2016

Belarusian self-employed businessmen unwilling to certify goods, downplay quality concerns
Belarusian self-employed businessmen unwilling to certify goods, downplay quality concerns Not all individual entrepreneurs in Belarus are ready to work under new and transparent rules, which promote safety of goods. Most of them do not hurry to use the procedure for certification of the goods. This means that each entrepreneur must obtain a document that proves that clothing, footwear, perfumes and toys they resell are made legally and of high quality raw materials that are not harmful to health.