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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.

07.09.2017

Automated registration system launched at Kotlovka checkpoint
Automated registration system launched at Kotlovka checkpoint Simplified border crossing, but at the same time a reliable barrier to smuggling. This is what the cutting-edge technologies and modern means of inspection bring Belarusian border guards. These systems are now being installed at a number of checkpoints in Belarus. On September 7, an automated system for registration of citizens, goods and transport will begin operation at the Kotlovka checkpoint.

06.09.2017

Grodno Region begins sugar beet harvesting campaign
Grodno Region begins sugar beet harvesting campaign Sugar beet harvesting campaign has begun in Belarus. The traditional leader in growing this crop is the Grodno region. Agrarians of the region plan to harvest about two million tons of it there. The crop yield in 2017 is 515 hundred kilograms per hectare, which is higher than in 2016. According to the preliminary estimation, the level of sugar in the roots is a lot stronger. Plants have begun accepting the new harvest from September 1, 2017. Sweet roots are the most profitable crops.
Belarus to create vegetable and fruit stabilization fund
Belarus to create vegetable and fruit stabilization fund Belarus has started harvesting vegetables. Most will go on sale, and something will remain in vegetable storage warehouses until next summer. Thus, a stabilization fund is being created. In recent years, dozens of new vegetable stores have been built in Belarus. Thanks to this, Belarusians can eat domestic products from fields until new crops. Harvesting of vegetables in the Kirawsk district began with beets. It traditionally ripens earlier.
Belarusian banks to additionally allocate BYN 500m for housing with state support
Belarusian banks to additionally allocate $250m for housing with state support The number of square meters for Belarusians who qualify for state support during housing construction will increase by one third in 2017. Preferential lending for such construction will be the business of all banks. On the one hand, this will create favorable conditions for the development of competition, on the other, banks will benefit from participating in a financial mechanism with state guarantees.
Chinese medical equipment company to develop Belarusian laser technology
Chinese medical equipment company to develop Belarusian laser technology A Belarusian innovation will be exported: a Chinese company for the production of medical equipment has adopted a development of Belarusian scientists. We are talking about a Belarusian laser technology for a device which is used in cosmetology. It is designed to remove scars. Currently, these devices are very much in demand, including in Europe and the United States.

05.09.2017

Sugar beet harvesting campaign begins in Belarus
Sugar beet harvesting campaign begins in Belarus Sugar beet harvesting campaign has begun in Belarus. The traditional leader in growing this crop is the Grodno region. Agrarians of the region plan to harvest about two million tons of it there. The crop yield in 2017 is 515 hundred kilograms per hectare, which is higher than in 2016. According to the preliminary estimation, the level of sugar in the roots is a lot stronger. Plants have begun accepting the new harvest from September 1, 2017. Sweet roots are the most profitable crops.
Belarus President warns against negligence during harvesting
Belarus President warns against negligence during harvesting Meeting with security officials the Belarus President touched upon a number of issues. In particular, he commented on the fulfillment of his instructions such as monitoring the harvesting campaign.
Belarusian enterprises now export flax fabrics to Korea Republic
Belarusian enterprises now export flax fabrics to Korea Republic Belarusian enterprises began exporting flax fabrics to the Republic of Korea. Three large batches have already been sent there. Demand for clothing, tablecloths, bed linen from "northern silk" is constantly growing in the countries of "far abroad".  In 2017 alone, the Belarusian brand has gained recognition in Chile, and soon Belarusian flax will be sold in India: negotiations for supplies to that Asian country are at the final stage.  Promising areas for exports are also Latin America, the USA and Canada.

04.09.2017

Belarusian agrarians plan to harvest 10 million tons of grain
Belarusian agrarians plan to harvest 10 million tons of grain As many as 10 million tons of grain! This is the total weight of Belarusian bread which is expected in 2017. The interim results of the harvesting campaign have been reported to the President on August 31. A good harvest guarantees food security for Belarus. The President was interested in other agricultural works and the development of the agricultural complex as a whole. Evgeny Parfenov is in the field for the second month. He harvested every forth ton of grain, then he helped his neighbors. When sweetcorn got ripe, he changed the combine harvester.

02.09.2017

Belarus Premier inspects construction works of milk production complexes  in Brest Region
Belarus Premier inspects construction works of milk production complexes in Brest Region Financial solutions and technological schemes. The fulfilment of the indications given by the President on building milk production complexes in the Brest region has been inspected by Belarus’ Premier on September 1. Not only the fulfilment of plans was discussed, but saving money was as well. The sooner the projects are realized, the quicker it will be possible to get profit out of them.

01.09.2017

Reliable, safe and durable: What should Belarusian electric car be like?
Reliable, safe and durable: What should Belarusian electric car be like? On September 1, the Belarus head of state personally congratulated everyone who studies and works at the Minsk State Automotive College on Day of Knowledge. Alexander Lukashenko at Minsk Automotive College: We need not just workers, we need masters
Turkey and Montenegro may start buying BelAZ dump trucks
Turkey and Montenegro may start buying BelAZ dump trucks Turkey and Montenegro may start buying BelAZ dump trucks. The question of first BelAZ deliveries to these countries is now being worked out. Over the last five years alone, the Belarusian heavy trucks have conquered the markets of Angola, Zimbabwe, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Romania, and Czechia.  According to forecasts, in 2017, the export of Belarusian giant vehicles will amount to more than $700 million (almost 2 times more than in 2016).  Now most of the produced dump trucks are exported to Russia.
Expert on why electric cars are economical
Belarus to branch out into own electric cars, sees Tesla as role model The production of an electric car should be the next step in Belarusian machine-building industry. On August 31, the Belarus head of state put such a task before scientists and the Industry Ministry. Last week, Belarusian developers demonstrated a prototype of the Belarusian electric car. The President noted that he had personally tested it. But this is only the beginning of the road. MORE: First Belarusian electric car presented in Minsk

31.08.2017

Belarus President test-drives Tesla: Here's what he said
Belarus President test-drives Tesla: Here's what he said The production of an electric car should be the next step in Belarusian machine-building industry. On August 31, the Belarus head of state put such a task before scientists and the Industry Ministry.
President Lukashenko: Belarus two projects away from becoming world's leading potash producer
President Lukashenko: Belarus two projects away from becoming world's leading potash producer Belarus intends to become a world leader in the production of potash fertilizers, said President Alexander Lukashenko on August 31 at a meeting with Mikhail Gutseriev, Russian businessman and chairman of the Slavkali board of directors. Today, Belarus accounts for one seventh of the world export of potash fertilizers.

30.08.2017

Minsk region grows organic vegetables using worms worth 1 euro each
Minsk region grows organic vegetables using worms worth 1 euro each The UN project on the development of organic farming was implemented in the Smolevichi district, Minsk region. It is being implemented in the garden of the Drachkovo secondary school. Thanks to a special grant, greenhouses, containers for organic fertilizers and seeds were purchased. During the last year local farmers have been mastering the technology of growing agricultural products without chemicals. Eco-friendly vegetables grew on 6 hectares.
Economic growth in Belarus is now highest since 2010-2011
Economic growth in Belarus is now highest since 2010-2011 Inflation in Belarus is 7% and GDP growth is at 103.4%. On August 29 in the Council of Ministers discussed the forecasts of socio-economic development and the direction of monetary policy. The document, which defines the future actions until 2020, is almost done and will soon be proposed for consideration by the Belarus President. In general, according to the draft, a non-deficit balance of payments was formed, without resorting to extraordinary financing.
Belarusian electric buses may appear in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Yekaterinburg
Belarusian electric buses may appear in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Yekaterinburg Belarus will expand the supply of electric buses to Russia. The Belarus-made urban machinery may appear in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Yekaterinburg. In the Russian capital, the electric bus has already undergone the necessary tests.

29.08.2017

Belarus-Sudan cooperation sees new prospects in machinery assembling, agriculture and mutual trade
Belarus-Sudan cooperation sees new prospects in machinery assembling, agriculture and mutual trade New prospects for Belarus and Sudan. The President met with the parliamentary delegation of this country. The chairman of the Sudanese National Assembly, influential businessmen and key minister are in the delegation. Prospective projects- assembling plants of Belarusian agricultural equipment in Africa, agriculture and mutual trade. Belarus is aiming at their successful realization. The new impulse to cooperation was given by Alexander Lukashenko’s visit to Khartum at the beginninh of 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.

28.08.2017

Belarus, Egypt to continue economy cooperation development
Belarus, Egypt to continue economy cooperation development The President of Egypt is planning to visit Belarus. It became known following the results of the negotiations in Minsk. Alexander Lukashenko met with the Foreign Minister of Egypt on August 28. Egypt is the largest economy of Africa, which is closely connected with the EU, the USA and Asia. The new market opens up new perspectives for Belarusian manufacturers. Issues of mutual interest were discussed in Mink today.
Sudan Petroleum and Gas Minister arrives in Belarus for cooperation negotiations
Sudan Petroleum and Gas Minister arrives in Belarus for cooperation negotiations Alexander Lukashenko visited not only Egypt but Sudan as well in January 2017; a range of agreements was reached then. On August 28, 2017 Minsk and Khartum compared the views on agricultural cooperation. The Petroleum and Gas Minister of Sudan arrived in Belarus for discussion of specific projects. Machinery, technology and food supplies purchase will be negotiated.

27.08.2017

Belarusian agrarians have 5% of fields to harvest left
Belarusian agrarians have 5% of fields to harvest left Belarusian agrarians are approaching the finishing line. Slightly more than 5% of the fields are left to be harvested. This includes the fields of farmers and private plots of land. The weather forecast promises to be good in the nearest days, which will certainly help agrarians to finish the harvesting campaign. What is more, some of the regions are to hold regional Dozhinki (harvest festival) this weekend.

26.08.2017

Andrei Kobyakov esteems Belarus’ industrial modernization
Andrei Kobyakov esteems Belarus’ industrial modernization The modernization of industrial plants in Belarus must prove its efficiency. This was stated by Belarus’ Premier, Andrei Kobyakov, when summing up the results of his working visit to the Mogilev region. The Prime Minister visited a range of large plants of the region.

25.08.2017

Belorusneft opens official representative office in India
Belorusneft opens official representative office in India Belorusneft has opened the official representative office in India. The headquarters will be located in the Assam state - this is the eastern part of the republic. This step is aimed at strengthening cooperation with one of the largest players in the Indian oil market. The joint project consists of 12 stages and the most important is the development of the oldest deposit of oil in the world. For the Belarusian side, this is a prestigious project with good financial results.
Record high rapeseed harvest in Belarus in 2017
Record high rapeseed harvest in Belarus in 2017 A record high harvest of rapeseed has been cropped in Belarus: 620,000 tons of culture, which is three times more than in 2016. The figure is record high as compared to recent harvests in Belarus. Moreover, rapeseed products are in great demand both domestically and in foreign markets. At the same time, vegetable oils of Belarusian origin are not inferior in quality to world analogues. The rapeseed processing plant in Gorodeya exports products to Russia, Norway, Denmark, the UK, the Baltic countries and the CIS.

24.08.2017

Consumer lending in Belarus up by almost a third in H1 2017
Consumer lending in Belarus up by almost a third in H1 2017 People have begun to take loans more often. This was facilitated by a repeated decrease in the refinancing rate and a stable economic situation in Belarus.  In addition, banks are refinancing previously issued loans. This is another moving factor in the market. Moreover, seasonality it yet another reason - many Belarusians take a loan for housing repairs.

23.08.2017

One third of fields left to be harvested in Vitebsk region
One third of fields left to be harvested in Vitebsk region The orange level of danger has been announced in Belarus for August 23. Heavy rains and strong winds up to 22 meters per second is a discouraging forecast for the agrarians. The harvesting campaign has practically finished in Belarus; however, the north of the country (the Vitebsk region) is waiting for every fine day.
First Belarusian electric car presented in Minsk
First Belarusian electric car presented in Minsk Dynamic and with good acceleration: the first Belarusian electric car was presented on August 22. It can cover up to 150 kilometers without recharging. Economical and eco-friendly - so far this is only a sample. In general, however, the car is ready for travel. True, not for the long distances. Four hours of charging is about 100 kilometers. By the way, you can charge the car even at home using a usual outlet.
Salaries, prices, food security, housing construction: what topics were discussed at the meeting with President
Salaries, prices, food security, housing construction: what topics were discussed at the meeting with President Prices, salaries, employment, export, food security, housing construction and even the issue of super-combines - these and other topics were discussed on August 22 in the Palace of Independence at a meeting of the Belarus President with the government. The President and the government spoke about key positions: implementation of annual forecasts, control over pricing and labor market issues. The economy has grown, and six of the seven main indicators were met. By the end of 2017, the planned growth of people's real incomes should be exceeded.

22.08.2017

Belarus' economy on the rise, salaries may increase, PM says
Belarus' economy on the rise, salaries may increase, PM says The economy has grown, and six of the seven key indicators are met. By the end of 2017, the planned growth of real incomes of the population should be exceeded. The Belarusian President discussed the socio-economic results of H1 with the government. The government's financial report is still ahead.
President Lukashenko holds meeting with officials of Belarus’ economic block
President Lukashenko holds meeting with officials of Belarus’ economic block As many as six out of seven key indications have been fulfilled. By the end of the year the growth of real peoples’ income must be exceeded. The President held a meeting with the directors of the economic block of Belarus.
Alexander Lukashenko about modernization of milk production complexes by end of 2018
Alexander Lukashenko about modernization of milk production complexes by end of 2018 Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting with the directors of the economic block of Belarus. The social and economic results of the first half of 2017 have been summed up in the Independence Palace on August 22. Belarus is going through an important period for food security – the harvesting campaign. The President demanded to avoid slurs and sarcasm. The Building of storages for cattle feed and milk production complexes were among the subjects of discussion during the meeting.
Belarusian agrarians plan to harvest 8 million tons of grain
Belarusian agrarians plan to harvest 8 million tons of grain Belarusian agrarians are planning to harvest over 8 million tons of grain in 2017. What is more, it will be 800 thousand tons more than in the previous year. Meanwhile, there are few fields left to clear. The Gomel and the Brest regions have announced about the end of the harvesting campaign. Vitebsk region, which started the harvesting campaign later than the other regions, has harvested 60% of the fields. Extra machinery is planned to be sent to the region for help.
Harvesting campaign 2017 comes to end
Harvesting campaign 2017 coming to end About 90% of the fields have been cleared in Belarus. The total amount of grain harvested today is 7 million tons. The Gomel and the Brest regions have announced about the end of the harvesting campaign. Other regions have few hectares left. The situation is more difficult with the northern region.
Belarusian seismologists sign major contracts with Ukrainian companies
Belarusian seismologists sign major contracts with Ukrainian companies By the end of this week Belorusneft will move its equipment and personnel to the Poltava region of Ukraine, where gas exploration is planned. The volume of seismic data acquisition works by the Belorusneft company will reach a record value in 2017. Search for new oil fields is planned over an area of ​​about 300km2. This is the highest figure over the past 10 years.

21.08.2017

Belarusian agrarians harvest 7 million tons of grain
Belarusian agrarians harvest 7 million tons of grain The Brest and the Gomel regions have finished the harvesting campaign. The agrarians of the southern regions met the deadline. All in all, nearly 7 million tons of grain have been harvested in Belarus. Only 10% of the fields are left to be cleared. Agrarians harvested a bit less than 36 hundred kilograms from one hectare in average. The Grodno region is the leader of the campaign in the crop yield. The Minsk region is the leader in grain yield. As many as 1 million and 700 thousand tons have been harvested here.
Vitebsk region plans to harvest 1 million tons of grain
Vitebsk region plans to harvest 1 million tons of grain More than 6.5 million tons of grain have been harvested in Belarus. The harvesting campaign is coming to an end - the southern regions are on the finishing line. Most work is left in the Vitebsk region. Nevertheless, the agrarians of this region are doing quite well. The have harvested over 600 thousand tons of grain, where the grain yield is 32 hundred kilograms per hectare. The agricultural plant “Belaya Lipa” in the Senno district can be referred to as statistically average in the region. One third of the fields are still to be cleared there.
The future of Belarus' IT
AIMatter founders on the future of Belarus' IT Applications of Belarusian programmers are getting more and more popular. May love selfies but now you can change the background if you like. And here's another opportunity: you can change your hair color. Mobile applications have turned Belarusian IT entrepreneurs into dollar millionaires. American giant Google bought a Belarusian company this week. This is a historic deal. Such a major success in the field of information technology for Belarus (when a foreign corporation acquires the whole company) is the precedent.
Belarusian food stand opens in supermarket in Chinese Hubei
Belarusian food stand opens in supermarket in Chinese Hubei Economic Belt of the Silk Road in action. On August 18 a Belarusian food stand opened in China's Wuhan, in one of the largest supermarkets of the city. The stand in Hubei Province features Belarusian dairy, juices, and chocolate. Taking part in the opening ceremony was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to China Kiryl Rudy.

20.08.2017

Belarus’ flax-growing industry to be modernized
Belarus’ flax-growing industry to be modernized The earning capacity is not worse than the oil manufacturing industry. Alexander Lukashenko gave indications to increase the efficiency of the flax-growing industry.
Nearly 90% of fields harvested in Belarus
Nearly 90% of fields harvested in Belarus Nearly 90% of the fields have been harvested – the harvesting campaign is coming to the final straight. The weight of the total grain harvested exceeds 6.5 million tons. By the way, the harvest of the current year weighs 200 tons more than the harvest of 2016. There are four regions, which have overcome the one million ton milestone. The Mogilev region joined the leaders. Agrarians of the Gomel region are approaching the desirable margin.
Alexander Lukashenko demonstrates how to harvest flax manually
Alexander Lukashenko demonstrates how to harvest flax manually During his working visit to the farm “Ustie” of the National Academy in the Orsha district, Alexander Lukashenko said that flax cultivating must enter a new level of cost efficiency. The technologies of cultivating flax at the farm are under special control. It is a real example that manufacturers must follow. If the technologies are followed, this crop shows results at the level of European countries. Nevertheless, there are problems in this sector.

19.08.2017

Belarusian agrarians harvest over 6.5 million tons of grain
Belarusian agrarians harvest over 6.5 million tons of grain The harvesting campaign is coming to its end; the agrarians from the southern regions of Belarus are on the finish line. The Vitebsk region has the most work to do. As many as 600 thousand tons of grain have been harvested here. The leader of the 2017 harvesting campaign is the Minsk region, the Grodno region is the leader in the crop yield. In average 36 hundred kilograms per hectare are harvested in Belarus, this region harvests 8 hundred kilograms per hectare of grain.
Alexander Lukashenko shares childhood memories during working visit
Alexander Lukashenko shares childhood memories during working visit On August 18, 2017 Alexander Lukashenko visited farms of the Shklov and Orsha districts. The harvesting campaign is under personal control of the President. This visit was nothing like the previous ones. Alexander Lukashenko was met in the field where he used to work being a child.
President Lukashenko about flax cultivating technology compliance
President Lukashenko about flax cultivating technology compliance Flax must become a lucrative crop. This certainty was expressed by Alexander Lukashenko on August 19, 2017. The working visit of the President to the regions is continuing. Alexander Lukashenko visited a plant specializing on cultivating flax and seed harvesting in the Orsha district. The best experience of cultivating this tradition Belarusian crop is used here. We have a future, and what is more, the President is sure that technology compliance will make flax a lucrative crop for Belarus.
President Lukashenko demands not to slow down pace of harvesting campaign 2017
President Lukashenko demands not to slow down pace of harvesting campaign 2017 The President is demanding not to slow down the pace of the harvesting campaign. Such an indication was given by Alexander Lukashenko on August 18, 2017 whilst visiting the farms of the Shklov and Orsha districts. The head of state arrived to a wheat field on a quad bike. These areas were not chosen by chance for visiting.

18.08.2017

Belarus President inspects harvesting campaign on quad bike
Belarus President inspects harvesting campaign on quad bike The Belarus President demands not to slow down the pace of the harvesting campaign. Alexander Lukashenko gave this instruction on August 18 as he visited farms in the Shklov and Orsha districts. The head of state arrived on a wheat field on a quad bike.
Belarus moving to market pricing in public utilities sector
Belarus moving to market pricing in public utilities sector Tariffs for housing and communal services in Belarus will be indexed in September and in December. On August 17, such information was announced in the Council of the Republic which discussed the development of housing and communal services.
Five Belarusian enterprises to partake in Food Expo 2017 in Hong Kong
Five Belarusian enterprises to partake in Food Expo 2017 in Hong Kong Belarusian food products will be presented in Hong Kong. On August 18, China opens the international food exhibition Food Expo 2017, which will bring together almost 2,000 participants from 25 countries. Belarus will be represented by 5 enterprises. The forum guests will get acquainted with Belarusian confectionery products, chocolate, biscuits, marshmallows and drinks. Food Expo 2017 is one of the largest food exhibitions in China.

17.08.2017

Kobyakov: Belarus ready to offer Sverdlovsk construction equipment
Kobyakov: Belarus ready to offer Sverdlovsk construction equipment Belarus counts on expanding industrial cooperation with the Sverdlovsk region, said the Belarus Prime Minister at a meeting with the acting governor of this region of Russia. Andrei Kobyakov and Evgeny Kuyvashev discussed bilateral cooperation. The basic directions are trade, housing and communal services, science and education. Belarus is ready to use Russian launch systems in engineering. In turn, Minsk offers advanced technologies for the production and processing of agricultural products, as well as machinery for agriculture.
Belarus to present products at Middle East's oldest international exhibition in Damascus
Belarus to take part in Damascus International Fair Belarusian enterprises will take part in the oldest Middle Eastern international exhibition. The large forum starts today in Damascus. Belarus' stand presents products of five exporters: agricultural and urban technologies, medical equipment, and furniture. Companies from about 50 countries are partaking in the expo. The Damascus International Fair is the leading event in the economic calendar of Syria. 
Alexander Lukashenko harvesting campaign from helicopter
Alexander Lukashenko harvesting campaign from helicopter On August 16, the President of Belarus flew in the helicopter over the eastern part of the Minsk region and most of the districts of the Mogilev region observing the harvesting process. According to the press service of the Belarusian leader, while a few days ago the head of state thoroughly examined and monitored the harvesting in the south-west of Belarus, now the focus is on the eastern regions.  It is planned that the President will personally visit the farms of the Vitebsk region in the coming days.

16.08.2017

Minsk region approaches 1.5 million grain yield milestone
Minsk region approaches 1.5 million grain yield milestone Belarusian agrarians have harvested 5700 thousand tons of grain by August 16, 2017. The Brest, Grodno and Minsk regions lent a weighty contribution into the harvesting campaign. Each of the regions has harvested more than one million tons of grain. The central region is approaching the 1.5 million grain yield. The region has its finalists already. The agricultural farm Kukhchitsa, which is in Kletsk district, was the first one to finish the campaign. The combiners there have harvested 12 thousand tons of grain.
Alexander Lukashenko welcomes Afghanistan PM to learn Belarus' capabilities
Alexander Lukashenko welcomes Afghanistan PM to learn Belarus' capabilities On August 16, Alexander Lukashenko met with the head of the executive branch of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah. In 2016, trade between Belarus and Afghanistan has grown significantly - up to 26 million dollars. But the potential of the relationship is much higher. Afghanistan may find interesting Belarus' products of machine building, oil refining, its achievements in medicine and agriculture. The Afghan authorities are ready to provide their subsoil for development by Belarusians.
Official visit to Belarus of Afghanistan premier continues August 16
Official visit to Belarus of Afghanistan premier continues August 16 Belarus and Afghanistan are building a new strategy for economic cooperation. August 16, an official visit to our country of the Prime Minister of that Asian state continues. Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah will hold a series of talks in the Belarusian capital. It is expected that following the meetings, a package of international agreements will be signed, including on the invigoration of industrial cooperation and the simplification of the visa formalities. The program of the visit is packed with various events.

15.08.2017

CTV correspondent Yuri Prokopenko test drives combine harvester
CTV correspondent Yuri Prokopenko test-drives combine harvester It's impossible to set the pace of harvesting without reliable machinery. In 2017, after the order of the Belarus President, Gomselmash sent agricultural equipment to farms, even though it was not paid for. Guarantees lie on governors. Brand new harvesters not only look great, but also show good results in the work. Five new models were developed at Gomselmash. One of them is in no way inferior to the best foreign analogues.
Belarusians begin extracting oil in Ecuador
Belarus begins extracting oil in Ecuador Belarusians are now extracting oil in Ecuador. Two wells have been built at the Armadillo field and now they are being tested. In the future, one more well will be built. This requires further study of the subsoil. In total, it is expected to produce more than 10 million barrels of oil. Ecuador became the second Latin American country after Venezuela where Belarusians extract oil.
Belarus to export to Kazakhstan about 3,000 Belarusian tractors by end of 2017
Belarus to export to Kazakhstan about 3,000 Belarusian tractors by end of 2017 Belarusian machinery will be exported to Kazakhstan. About 3,000 tractors will be shipped to that Asian republic by the end of 2017. Demand for Belarusian quality is growing. In the eight months of 2017 alone, Kazakhstan enterprises purchased more than 1,300 tractors. However, the pace of sales can grow. These days the products of Belarusian machine-building giants like MTZ are represented at the exhibition "Made in Belarus. Astana." It is expected the forum will bring new contracts.

14.08.2017

Belarus, India realize 3 large joint pharmaceutic projects
Belarus, India realize 3 large joint pharmaceutic projects Belarus and India are realizing three large joint pharmaceutic projects. The value of investments has summed up to three million dollars. All these projects are at different stages of readiness. For instance, a scientific research laboratory was opened in Beshenkovichi last month.
More than 5 million tons of grain harvested in Belarus
More than 5 million tons of grain harvested in Belarus Belarusian farmers have removed about 65% of the areas. Today the mark of 5 million tons of grain has been exceeded. The expected harvest of grain in 2017 is 8 million tons without taking into account corn. The harvesting is coming to an end in the Brest region - 90% of the area has been cropped. The southern region of the country has given more than 1 million tons of grain.

13.08.2017

Thousands of canteens on wheels work for combiners
Thousands of canteens on wheels work for combiners To feed every combiner - this task was set by the President for the Federation of Trade Unions during a conference on the harvesting campaign. From the very beginning of the harvesting campaign in Belarus, thousands of cars have been going out into the fields with hot food. As many as 10 cnteens on wheels work in Shumilin district alone. A full complex of lunch and dinner is brought to the agrarians straight in to the fields. Meat, mineral and spring water are a must in their diet.
Results of President Lukashenko’s working visit to Brest region
Results of President Lukashenko’s working visit to Brest region The Brest region. Its problems and prospects, salaries, building and work of processing industry. Alexander Lukashenko went on a working visit to the Brest region. On August 11, 2017 the President got acquainted with the situation in the regional center.

12.08.2017

What will change in Brest airport after reconstruction?
What will change in Brest airport after reconstruction? On August 11, 2017 Alexander Lukashenko gave indications to reconstruct Brest airport. The President is sure that the space is not used for what it should be. What is more, the reconstruction of the runway has already begun.
Grain yield exceeds 4 million tons in Belarus
Grain yield exceeds 4 million tons in Belarus  The harvesting campaign has passed another grain yield milestone. The total amount of grain harvested has exceeded 4 million tons. Combiners are working in the fields during the entire daylight; machinery is involved o the maximum. Despite the heat, the harvesting campaign is adding up with every day. On August 12, the red level of danger has been announced in the Brest region. Nevertheless, more than half of the fields have been harvested.
President Lukashenko visits Savushkin Product dairy plant
President Lukashenko visits Savushkin Product dairy plant On August 11, 2017 the President visited one of the largest dairy plants in Belarus. Savushkin Product occupies leading positions both on the Belarusian and the world markets. The products of the company are known to every family in Belarus; it is a known brand abroad as well. Yogurts, cheeses and cottage cheeses represent the quality of Belarusian dairy products abroad. About 60% of the dairy products are exported.

11.08.2017

Belarus President about 2017-2018 average salary goals
Belarus President about 2017-2018 average salary goals The Brest region, its problems and prospects, as well as salaries, construction and operation of the processing industry were discussed during the working trip of the Belarus President on August 10-11. Meeting on August 11 with the staff of the Savushkin Product company, the head of state noted its worthy work, calling the production a locomotive that attracts a number of industries. According to the President, Belarus receives a solid return from the funds invested in the modernization of the processing industry.
Brest airport renovating runway
Brest airport renovating runway to accept larger flights The Brest airport has begun the renovation of the runway. At the same time, the airport is working as usual. It is planned that works on the strip will be completed in the autumn of 2017. The builders have already removed 180 meters of old coating, which is almost 30 years old. In total, it is necessary to update more than 2.5 kilometers of coating. At the same time, the shape and size of Brest's runway will remain the same.
Belarusian farmers crop nearly 4 million tons of grain
Belarusian farmers crop nearly 4 million tons of grain Belarusian farmers are approaching the mark of 4 million tons of grain. This is half of the total estimated Belarusian harvest in 2017, excluding corn. Each region of the country continues harvesting. The Brest region was the first to procure one million tons of grain. Minsk region is in second place now. Here farmers have already reached the final stage of harvesting: more than 800 tons of grain have been cropped. In total, about 400,000 people are involved in the harvesting campaign in Belarus. All processes are mechanized.
Belarus President notes improvements in 2017 harvesting campaign after sluggish start
Belarus President notes improvements in 2017 harvesting campaign after sluggish start The Brest region was the first in Belarus to have harvested one million tons of grain. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made a working trip there on August 10 and will stay there until August 11. The successes of harvesting were discussed at the grain field of the Kvasevichy farm. The President positively assessed the pace of cropping noting that there are still reserves that need to be involved. Belarusian agrarians should harvest about 10 million tons of grain in 2017 - such figures were announced by the President.
Belarus National Bank forecast 2017 inflation at 7%
Belarus National Bank forecast 2017 inflation at 7% The National Bank of Belarus forecast the 2017 inflation rate at no more than 7%. In the previous quarter, the inflation rate in Belarus was 6.5%. Against this background, the Eurasian Development Bank improved its forecast for Belarus' GDP growth, taking into account the latest trends in the economy.  The National Bank at the same time sold bonds for 25 million euros. Given the demand, the next auction will be held in late August.

10.08.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus expects to crop about 10m tons of grain
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus expects to crop about 10m tons of grain Belarus expects to collect about 10 million tons of grain, said the country's President, Alexander Lukashenko, during his working trip to the Brest region on August 10.
Belarus harvesting campaign 2017 in numbers
Belarus harvesting campaign 2017 in numbers Belarusian agriculture workers have already removed more than 45% of the areas. The total weight of the grain harvest has exceeded 3.5 million tons. The Brest region has already overcome a 1 million mark. They are leaders in Belarus. Minsk region is in second place now. The harvesting campaign in the Gomel and Grodno regions is at approximately equal pace. Yields have grown: now it stands at 35.8 centners per hectare. Now about 400,000 people are involved in the harvesting campaign throughout Belarus. All processes are mechanized.
Vietnam may start producing Belarusian milk
Vietnam may start producing Belarusian milk The leadership of the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee and the delegation of Hưng Yên Province discussed the possibility of establishing a dairy production facility in Vietnam.  Vietnamese partners are interested in the development of industry and the advanced technologies in Belarusian agriculture.

09.08.2017

Belarus Premier goes on working visit to Gomel Region
Belarus Premier goes on working visit to Gomel Region On August 9, 2017 it became known that the President supported the suggestion to provide agrarians with 50 thousand tons of fuel in a form of a commodity credit. The harvesting campaign, the preparation of fodder and the completion of the indications given by the President were at the center of the Prime Minister’s attention during his visit to the Gomel region.
Brest region leading in Belarus' harvesting campaign 2017
Brest region leading in Belarus' harvesting campaign 2017 Belarusian farmers have already cropped more than 3 million tons of grain. In total, more than a third of the "gold reserve" was cropped. Leading in the harvesting campaign is the Brest region. Here, the total amount of grain cropped is nearly 1 million tons. The mark of 500,000 tons has already been overcome by the Minsk, Gomel and Grodno regions. Each of these regions plans to crop not less than a ton of grain. By the way, the pace of cropping here allows meeting the deadlines set.
Sudan interested in Belarusian innovative technologies
Sudan interested in Belarusian innovative technologies Sudan says it's interested in Belarusian innovative technologies. The state, most of which is occupied by desert sands, primarily counts on the experience of Belarus in the field of drilling artesian wells and purification of drinking water. In the near future Belarusian scientists will go to that African country and develop detailed projects. Also, Belarusian research can be used for mining and processing of minerals.

08.08.2017

Housing savings draft decree drawn up
Housing savings draft decree drawn up The housing savings draft decree is ready in Belarus. This was stated by the Ministry of Architecture and Construction.  The project will create conditions for convenient savings; it will permit to get loans at a lower interest rate. People will also have a possibility to use the mortgage scheme. Whilst working on the document, Belarusian specialists followed the experience of neighboring states.
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.
Agrarians crop nearly 3m tons of grain
Agrarians crop nearly 3m tons of grain Belarusian agrarians are about to harvest 3m tons of grain. A bit more than one third of the fields have been cropped. The southern regions of the country are in the lead: the Brest and the Gomel regions.
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.
Belarus' gold and foreign currency reserves exceed $6.6 billion
Belarus' gold reserves exceed $6.6 billion After a record high June index the growth of gold and foreign exchange reserves continued growth in July, too. The reason is the proceeds from the sale by the National Bank of foreign currency bonds. Foreign currency trading and increase in funds in bank accounts also played a certain role in the process. Belarus' reserve assets as of August 1 were $6.665 billion. The Belarus government and the National Bank in July performed external and internal obligations in foreign currency to the tune of $533 million.

07.08.2017

Belarus' to export $6bn of foodstuffs in 2017
Belarus' to export $6bn of foodstuffs in 2017 Belarus' export of food in 2017 will be $6 billion. The forecast was made based on the work of the agrarian industry of Belarus. Now here is the most intense period. A third of the harvest is removed and a total figure is more than 2.5 million tons of grain. Part of it is winter rye. This kind of crops is traditional for Belarus and now it is quite in demand on the world market.  Supplies of Belarus' rye flour in 2017 amounted to about 100,000 tons. Its cost is higher than that of wheat flour.
Belarus President criticizes 2017 harvesting campaign: What changed in fields afterwards?
Belarus President criticizes 2017 harvesting campaign: What changed in fields afterwards? The figures of the week were 7 million tons of grain and the date - August 20. The Belarus President set the task for agrarians to finish harvesting by that day. Tough deadlines are the result of a tough conversation with regional governors at a large online conference. Checks by the State Control Committee revealed drawbacks and reluctant attitude of some farms to harvesting. The machinery is not fully prepared for work. There are questions to managers and employees.

06.08.2017

Harvesting campaign 2017: Belarusian agrarians pass 2m tons of harvested crops milestone
Harvesting campaign 2017: Belarusian agrarians pass 2m tons of harvested crops milestone Belarusian agrarians have passed the two million tons milestone of harvested crops. The Brest region is still in the lead. More than half of the fields and about 700 thousand tons of grain here have already been harvested. The Gomel region on the second place, where nearly 500 thousand tons have been harvested. All in all, about one third of the fields in Belarus have been cleared. The Vitebsk region started the harvesting campaign the day before.
Brest region takes lead in harvesting campaign 2017
Brest region takes lead in harvesting campaign 2017 Belarus’ harvest of 2017 is rapidly growing. The total grain yield is close to two million tons. People and the machinery are in the fields during the whole light day. This agrarian marathon has its leader. The Brest region is in the lead - more than 600 thousand tons have been harvested. The second and the third place are taken by the Gomel and Minsk Regions – more than 400 and 300 thousand tons.

05.08.2017

Telephone hotline organized for quick solution of harvesting campaign issues
Telephone hotline organized for quick solution of harvesting campaign issues The harvesting campaign is under special campaign. A telephone hotline has been organized for quick solution of harvesting campaign issues. It was done for the possibility to report on the problems arising during the campaign, which are connected with violation of safety rules or food. Professional unions are convinced that gorged agrarians are hale of the battle. Food is delivered straight to the fields.

04.08.2017

Private persons to get access to currency trading at Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange
Belarusians to get access to world's major companies' shares Private persons will get access to currency trading at the Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange. Already in 2017, they will be able to participate in transactions with currencies on behalf of banks. To do this, you need to make an application through the Internet or mobile banking and it will go to the stock exchange.

02.08.2017

Ministry of Internal Affairs, Minselkhozprod take control over harvesting campaign
Ministry of Internal Affairs, Minselkhozprod take control over harvesting campaign The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Minskselkhozprod are working out a mutual system of agricultural equipment accounting. This will help to show the real picture on the farms. Meanwhile, the monitoring done by the police showed a range of serious violations. As many as 14 cases of fuel, potato and grain fraud have been prevented. Some four cases of keeping stolen diesel, a couple of cases of burglary and expenditure.
Alexander Lukashenko gives instructions to complete harvesting campaign by August 20
Alexander Lukashenko gives instructions to complete harvesting campaign by August 20 One third of Belarusian farms turned not ready for the harvesting campaign. Alexander Lukashenko said that the harvesting campaign is imposing and criticized it a lot. Some of the machinery is still not ready to go into the fields, not all agricultural organizations have mechanization experts, there are questions connected with the work of grain dryers. The President stated that the pace of harvesting at the moment is slow-no more than 2-3% of fields are harvested every day.
Belarus to establish pharmaceutical production holding company
Belarus to establish pharmaceutical production holding company A new holding company for making pharmaceutical products in Belarus will be responsible for increasing the volume of production of drugs and their exports. The decision on its creation is envisaged by the decree of the Belarus President.
Belarusian tramcars, longest in CIS, to be exported to St. Petersburg
Belarusian tramcars, longest in CIS, to be exported to St. Petersburg Belarusian tramcars in St. Petersburg: a batch of six trains will appear in the northern capital of Russia in the autumn of 2017. Engineers from Belarus, Czechia, Spain and Switzerland took part in the development of this urban transport. All tramcars are more comfortable: the cabin has air conditioning and sockets have been added for convenience. The cars have systems counting passengers as well as systems for video surveillance and information boards.
Belarus, China into active phase of Great Stone project
Belarus, China into active phase of Great Stone project Belarus and China reached an unprecedented level of cooperation. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with the Chairman of the Committee on Control and Management of State Property under the State Council of China, Xiao Yaqing. The structure unites more than a hundred largest corporations. Representatives of 16 of them came to Minsk on August 1. The annual turnover of these companies is more than 1.5 trillion dollars. Their interests range from medicine and auto industry to defense.
Belarus President criticizes preparations for 2017 harvesting campaign
Belarus President criticizes preparations for 2017 harvesting campaign Alexander Lukashenko held an online conference on the progress of the 2017 harvesting campaign on August 1. This is a brainstorming which decisions will ensure the country's food security.

01.08.2017

Economy Minister about salary, labor productivity growth
Belarus' Economy Minister about salary, labor productivity growth Taking into consideration the main economic development fundamentals, the tendency of growth is taking place in Belarus. These are the results of the economy for the first half of 2017. The results were summed up at the expanded meeting of the Council of Ministers.
Harvesting campaign begins in Vitebsk region
Harvesting campaign begins in Vitebsk region Vitebsk region agrarians have begun the harvesting season. Now all the six regions are participating in reaping. A quarter of the fields in the south of Belarus have already been harvested. The Brest region has first crews of agrarians, who have harvested one thousand tons of grain.
Fiber optic laser production plant to appear at Great Stone Industrial Park
Fiber optic laser production plant to appear at Great Stone Industrial Park A fiber optic laser production plant will appear at Belarus-China Industrial Park “Great Stone”. The company which deals with high-tech production, became the 15th resident of the Great Stone. With the help of unique technologies, laser equipment for different projects will be produced in the park. Another advantage of the produced goods is compactness. It is expected that the amount of investments will exceed 30 million dollars.
Belarus President: Great Stone Park should be a model of Belarus-China cooperation
Belarus President: Great Stone Park should be a model of Belarus-China cooperation Belarus and China have reached an unprecedented level of cooperation. Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting with the Chairman of the Committee on Control and Management of State Property under the State Council of the People's Republic of China, Xiao Yaqing. The structure unites more than a hundred largest corporations. Representatives of 16 of them came to Minsk today. Their interests range from medicine and auto industry to defense. The annual turnover of these companies is more than $1.5 trillion.

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