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01.06.2015

Alexander Lukashenko met with Andrei Kobyakov
Alexander Lukashenko discusses with Andrei Kobyakov current economic situation in Belarus Today, on 1 June, the Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko discussed with the Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov the economic issues of the country. The President was interested in the current state of affairs in the currency market and economy in general. Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President: The situation in the currency market has stabilized. While we used to waste currency in the past, “burning” the gold reserves, now, we are replenishing them. Individuals and corporations are selling foreign currency. It is a good process.

28.05.2015

Belarus Premier to attend meetings of CIS Council of Heads of Government, Eurasian Intergovernmental Council in Kazakhstan The Prime Minister of Belarus has departer for Kazakhstan. Andrei Kobyakov will attend meetings of the CIS Council of Heads of Government and the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council. During these events, the sides will discuss documents regulating cooperation in the sphere of economy and innovations. The officials will consider the reasons for changing the dynamics of mutual trade within the borders of the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space.
Pakistan interested in Belarus' experience in space research, biotechnology Pakistan is interested in Belarus' experience in the field of space research and biotechnology, said  chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Vladimir Gusakov. Mr Gusakov noted that the National Academy of Sciences has long maintained contacts with Pakistani counterparts, and the parties signed a memorandum of cooperation, which identified some areas of collaboration.
Alexander Lukashenko heads for Pakistan on official visit Dialogue at the highest level. The President of Belarus has gone on an official visit to Pakistan. The board number 1 rose to the sky from National Airport Minsk May 28. Alexander Lukashenko is going to hold in Islamabad several important meetings, including with the President and the Prime Minister of that South Asian country.

27.05.2015

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

26.05.2015

Indonesia's MP Irman Gusman continues visit to Belarus
Indonesia's MP Irman Gusman continues visit to Belarus An important step to intensify cooperation in all areas. This is how Chairman of the Belarusian House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko described the visit to our country of the Indonesian delegation. A meeting with the Speaker of the Council of Regional Representatives of the People's Consultative Assembly of Indonesia Irman Gusman was held in Minsk. 

25.05.2015

Belarus' MTZ tractor producer inks multimillion deal with Pakistani partners Another partner of Belarus in Asia is Pakistan. On May 25, Islamabad hosted an investment forum. On the first day, Belarus and Pakistan inked contracts valued at 42 million dollars. The forum was held on the eve of the official visit to that country of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. The head of state is going to arrive in Pakistan tomorrow, May 26. On the same day, the talks between the businessmen will continue.
Alexander Lukashenko and Irman Gusman
Head of Indonesian parliament's upper chamber visits Belarus Belarus and Indonesia intend to accelerate work on all fronts. The decision was taken following a meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with the speaker of the upper house of the Indonesia parliament Irman Gusman. The states are long-term partners, and the bilateral trade is 215 million. In order to reach higher figures it was decided to involve businessmen, diplomatic circles and the parliaments of the two countries.  
Belarusian businessmen looking for new partners in Pakistan
Belarusian businessmen sign contracts worth $42mln in Pakistan A joint business and investment forum is being held in Islamabad. It is taking place on the eve of the visit of Alexander Lukashenko to that Asian country, which is scheduled for May 26-27.  Businesses are going to find new points of contact and discuss specific projects. Belarus' Amkodor is ready to open an assembly plant in Pakistan. According to experts, Pakistan may be interested in buying road-building and agricultural and municipal machinery from Belarus.
Alexander Lukashenko: Land is a great value for any state
Belarus to amend land laws for better social guarantees Alexander Lukashenko demands perfect order when it comes to land use. The head of state set this task on May 21 at a meeting to improve legislation on protection and use of lands. The Government made a number of proposals to the President on the allocation and withdrawal of land plots. Innovations touched the rules of construction and sale of land. The main principles of land use are effectiveness, efficiency and accessibility. Perfect order should be saved on lands. No wonder lands are called the Belarusian brand, and even the face of the country, said the head of state.
Belarus interested in supplying machinery for Myanmar's mines, agriculture Belarus is actively engaging in dialogue with partners on the other side of the continent. Belarus is ready to develop cooperation with Myanmar in all areas. This matter was discussed at the meeting of the Belarus President with the Chairman of Chamber of the National Assembly of the Union of that Asian country.  The main area of the bilateral cooperation could be agriculture and supplies of Belarusian machinery. Also, cooperation in education and tourism is on the cards.

24.05.2015

Khin Aung Myint (L) and Mikhail Myasnikovich (R)
Belarus, Myanmar for tighter cooperation in pharmacy, education and agriculture Belarus and Myanmar signed a memorandum of cooperation. Head of the Council of the Republic Mikhail Myasnikovich and chairman of the House of Nationalities Khin Aung Myint put their signatures on the document on May 24. The visit of the delegation of Myanmar to Minsk turned out to be very fruitful. Over the four days, they visited a number of enterprises. The prospects of cooperation were discussed at the meeting with Alexander Lukashenko. Also, the delegation held talks were held with Belarus' government and parliament.
Honorary Consul of Austria in Belarus Sergei Kostyuchenko
Honorary Consul of Austria in Belarus on Austrian investment Still, economy is a priority in Belarus' relations with Europe. And a small fact of the week: the Council of the Republic liberalized tax regime between Belarus and Austria since considerable capital comes from the country. Capitals seek places where it's safe and where business gives the investor pleasure. This opinion was expressed by chief of Priorbank and Honorary Consul of Austria in Minsk Sergei Kostyuchenko in an interview with the TV program "Picture of the World."

21.05.2015

Belarus Premier Andrei Kobyakov
Belarus Premier Andrei Kobyakov visits industrial giants of Gomel region The state will support individual Belarusian enterprises in difficult times. Help from the state budget will not be straight; rather, it can be called a catalyst that promotes the stabilization of enterprises' economy, said Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov visiting the industrial giants of the Gomel region. 
US General Motors to assemble cars in Belarus The largest US automobile corporation General Motors will assemble cars in Belarus. In one year alone they plan to produce about three thousand crossovers Opel Mokka. Thanks to a lucrative contract, the company plans to expand domestic production and to hire new employees. This Belarusian-British joint venture has been on the market since 1996 and has been manufacturing and assembling vehicles. At present, the company Unison works in unison with the three European brands. It produces eight models of cars.

20.05.2015

Andrei Kobyakov, Belarus Premier
Belarus' GDP down by 2% in Q1 2015 as compared to Q1 2014 On May 19, the Belarus government summed up the socio-economic development of the country in the first months 2015. The overall conclusion is that the economic situation is difficult but not hopeless. There are questions to the Belarusian industry and a number of companies but steady growth can be seen in the construction and trade.

19.05.2015

Andrei Kobyakov, Belarus Premier
Belarus records steady growth in agriculture, construction, trade in January-April 2015 Low efficiency of work of some enterprises, but at the same time steady growth in agriculture, construction and trade – results of Belarus’ socio-economic development in the first quarter of 2015 were voiced by the Belarus government today. The development of the economy was affected by external factors. Among them is the devaluation of the Russian ruble, falling oil prices and declining demand in the countries that are Belarus' key trading partners. 
Russian bank ready to support Belarusian businesses in difficult economic conditions How to make Belarusian economy work more efficiently? This was the main topic of yesterday's meeting of the Belarus President with the Chairman of the Board of Sberbank of Russia German Gref. At the beginning Alexander Lukashenko noted a special position of the Russian bank in respect of our country. The Head of State recalled how a few years ago it was this very financial institution that, unlike many other Russian companies, supported Belarus. This meeting also took place in a difficult external economic environment.   

18.05.2015

Alexander Lukashenko (L) and German Gref (R)
Alexander Lukashenko meets chief of major Russian bank German Gref How to make Belarusian economy work more efficiently? This matter was discussed at the May 18 meeting of the Belarus President with Chairman of the Board of Sberbank of Russia German Gref. Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that not everything is smooth in the Belarus economy. In particular, the situation is influenced by the neighboring countries - our traditional partners. However, there are some positive trends. We are gradually developing new markets and expanding our presence in other countries. 

17.05.2015

Keep "golden hands and brains". How do Belarusian companies execute President's order? The situation on the labor market has been in the center of the President's attention this week. It is possible, he argues, to make parasites work. Belarus should also keep "golden hands and brains" at Belarusian enterprises even if it is hardly possible, said Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting on Thursday.
(L) Pekka Viljakainen, businessman
The most famous Belarusian IT developments: Report by TV program "Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko" Venture companies in the world, or investors who are willing to finance promising new development, often come to Minsk to find out about our business potential. Many of the ideas have already received start-up capital. Belarusians, for example, created the popular Internet service Viber, recently bought out by a Japanese billionaire. Gamers all over the world play Belarusian "World of Tanks", which is one of the most popular computer games of our time! So Belarusian brains are working! Ilona Volynets has more.
Belarus President's visit to MTZ: report of TV program "Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko"
Belarus President's visit to MTZ: report of TV program "Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko" Cost-effectiveness of the visit of the Chinese president is $18 billion. Belarus plans to get this amount from cooperation with China. For example, Belarus intends to establish in China assembly plants of Gomselmash and MTZ. By the way, during the week, President Lukashenko visited Minsk Tractor Works. Meeting with the staff, he spoke not only about tractors, but also recalled the importance of the visit of the Chinese leader and explained the situation with regard to the most pressing problems of today.
Alexander Lukashenko explains Minsk Tractor Works economic problems Alexander Lukashenko visited Minsk Tractor Works and talked to factory workers. In today's world, competition makes Belarusian companies produce competitive products, primarily in terms of design and quality. The Head of State once again assured that Belarus will save all labor collectives. The President started the conversation from the reasons for his arrival. After rumors about the MTZ in some media the head of state decided to see the work in person.
Alexander Lukashenko says Belarus should avoid unjustified import
President Lukashenko says Belarus should avoid unjustified import The Belarus President calls on the Government to take all necessary measures to protect the domestic market from unjustified imports. Alexander Lukashenko said this on May 15 during a visit to Minsk Tractor Works. The head of state was informed about the financial and economic activities and prospects of the company. Anastasia Ivannikova, CTV:Every tenth of a tractor in the world is from Belarus. Today, MTZ is the face of the country. For almost 70 years, the products of the plant were shipped to 125 countries.

14.05.2015

New Belarusian-Chinese production facility in Dobrush by end of 2015
New Belarusian-Chinese production facility in Dobrush by end of 2015 Dobrush cardboard will be made in line with Chinese technologies. One of the most modern packaging plants in the world will soon appear in the small district center of Gomel. The construction is being carried out by a Chinese corporation.  
"Made in EEU": label soon on Eurasian Economic Union goods
"Made in EEU": label soon on Eurasian Economic Union products "Customs union product" or "Made in the EEU". Such labeling may appear on products in the near future, said on May 13 minister for industrial and agro-industrial complex of the Eurasian Economic Commission Sergei Sidorsky. Products with this label will comply with all regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and move freely in the territory of the Customs Union. In addition, it will allow manufacturers of the EEU to compete in the market of third countries.
Yury Alekseev, CEO of BNTU Technological Park “Polytechnic”
Belarus–China: Current joint projects After Xi Jinping's visit to Belarus, the agreement portfolio totals about $18 billion. But there are a number of joint projects that are already at work: from pavement polymer additives to high-precision lasers. And it’s worth mentioning that ordinary people like students, researchers, and workers are working on them. A CTV correspondent met with some of them. Vitaliy Gorbush, BNTU Confucius Institute director:In our Confucius Institute of Science and Technology, you can see the portrait of a great scientist, philosopher, writer, and sage.
Alexander Lukashenko: We need to maintain qualified personnel at all costs
Alexander Lukashenko: We need to maintain stability in Belarus' labor market The President of Belarus demanded that the government do everything possible to retain qualified personnel at enterprises. A difficult situation on the labor market was discussed by the Belarus president today at the meeting with the government. The conversation was serious and thorough. The President noted that he is aware of disturbing trends in this area. 

13.05.2015

Belarus Premier: Chinese loans are beneficial for us
Belarus Premier: Chinese loans are beneficial for us Belarus' loans from China are comfortable in terms of time and cost. This was said on May 13 by Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov at a meeting with chairman of the State Development Bank of China. The Premier noted that four loan agreements worth more than $800 million are now being implemented. In September 2014, Belarus began to study new mechanisms of attraction of long-term financial resources: the opening by a Chinese bank of credit lines worth $1 billion for 15 years. The new credit agreement was signed during the visit to Belarus of President Xi Jinping.  
China's Zhejiang offers Minsk region cooperation in tourism
China's Zhejiang offers Minsk region cooperation in tourism China's Zhejiang offers Minsk region cooperation in the field of tourism. This was said by Governor of Zhejiang province Li Qiang at the meeting with the leadership of the Minsk region.  Li Qiang praised tourism opportunities and prospects of the province, and also noted the excellent Belarusian nature.
Belarusian Industrial Forum to discuss industrial cooperation in Eurasian Economic Union
Belarusian Industrial Forum to discuss industrial cooperation in Eurasian Economic Union Industrial integration in the Eurasian Economic Union will be discussed on May 13 in Minsk. The business talk will be held in the framework of the Belarusian Industrial Forum.  The meeting will review the current situation of cooperation in the framework of the EAEC. Its participants will exchange views on the prospects and problems of industrial cooperation of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, and Kyrgyzstan.
Vitebsk presents investment proposals to Heilongjiang businessmen
Vitebsk presents investment proposals to Heilongjiang businessmen A delegation of the northern Chinese province of Heilongjiang visited the northern capital of Belarus on May 12. In Vitebsk, the guests got acquainted with the residents of the free economic zone and visited one of the largest companies. Huang Dapeng, Assistant Director-General for External Economic Relations at a Chinese energy company (China):We see good governance. Quality is also good. Here, the company has its own laboratory. Of course, if possible, we will buy products here in the future.
Alexander Lukashenko, Xi Jinping visit Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park Great Stone
Alexander Lukashenko, Xi Jinping visit Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park Great Stone The head of China Xi Jinping concluded his state visit to Belarus. In National Airport Minsk Alexander Lukashenko personally said goodbye to the distinguished guest. At the end of the state visit, the Chinese President visited the Belarusian-Chinese Industrial Park. 

11.05.2015

Belarus to get China's Eximbank loan worth over $1 billion
Belarus to get China's Eximbank loan worth over $1 billion Belarus has concluded a loan agreement with China's Eximbank worth more than $1 billion. This was announced on May 11 by the Prime Minister of Belarus at the meeting with the chairman of the bank. The Prime Minister stressed that Xi Jinping's current visit to Belarus is historic.
Alexander Lukashenko and Xi Jinping at Belarusian-Chinese business forum
President Lukashenko stresses importance of cooperation between Chinese and Belarusian regions and businesses Interaction between regions and enterprises should become the leading driving force of cooperation between Belarus and China, stated Alexander Lukashenko on May 11 at the opening of the Belarusian-Chinese interregional business forum. The event of such a level is taking place in our country for the first time. It is planned to sign about thirty contracts. The sides will focus on investment.
Presidents Lukashenko, Xi Jinping taking part in Belarusian-Chinese inter-regional business forum in Minsk
Presidents Lukashenko, Xi Jinping taking part in Belarusian-Chinese inter-regional business forum in Minsk "Accumulate forces to intensify cooperation." This is the slogan of the May 11 Belarus-Chinese interregional business forum in Minsk. It is attended by the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and President of China Xi Jinping. According to the head of state, the interaction between regions and enterprises should become the leading driving force of cooperation between Belarus and China. Alexander Lukashenko assured Xi Jinping that our country will do everything necessary to effectively promote China's own interests in Europe.

10.05.2015

Belarus, China to sign record contract to supply potash fertilizers
Belarus, China to sign record contract to supply potash fertilizers On May 10, the Belarus government discussed specific proposals from the Chinese side. Belarus and China are going to sign a record contract for the supply of potash. This was discussed at a meeting of Belarus Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov with the leadership of the corporation Sinochem. This company is the largest petrochemical products trader in China and one of the main buyers of Belarusian fertilizers. A memorandum of cooperation is designed for five years and provides the largest volume of deliveries.
A Kazakh family
Kazakhstan after Nazarbayev's victory - report by TV program "Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko" Not long ago, Nursultan Nazarbayev won the election in Kazakhstan for the fifth time. Mr Nazarbayev has run the country for more than a quarter century. And, as confessed by the woman from our next report, she's ready to vote for him with three hands! Our special correspondent Anastasia Dekhtyar has the report from Kazakhstan. Munira Satybaldiyeva, entrepreneur:I pray for the president, I want him to be alive and well so everything is stable in Kazakhstan. I am very glad that Allah sent us this president.

07.05.2015

You Baofeng, head of a Belarusian-Chinese joint venture producing machinery
What connects Belarus and China in 2015? Chinese projects in Belarus represent an ambitious cooperation between these two countries. The China-Belarus Industrial Park, apartment blocks, and hotel complexes are just a small part of projects created in Belarus with the help of specialists from China.
14 Belarusian enterprises to start exports to Chinese market from summer 2015
14 Belarusian enterprises to start exports to China in summer 2015 Made in Belarus and exported to China. There will be more domestic goods in the Chinese market. From summer 2015, 14 Belarusian companies will begin supplies to China.  Negotiations on expanding Belarus' exports to China were held during the recent visit of the Belarusian delegation to China. China is one of the most important trade and economic partners of Belarus.  Chinese like tea. But tea with Belarusians cookies is tastier!

06.05.2015

Belarus, Russia working on cutting-edge industrial developments worth about $53 million
Belarus, Russia working on cutting-edge industrial developments worth about $53 million Belarus and Russia will implement over 30 joint programs in the field of industrial technology and science in 2016. Plans have been made to spend about $53 million this year alone for the first phase of cooperation, which includes 10 projects of the Belarus-Russia Union State. This direction chosen by Belarusian developers today allows occupying own niche in the industrial sector.
Tang Luhao, Director of a Chinese telecommunications company
Belarus, China open joint training center at Minsk College of Communications Representatives of a large corporation from China opened a training center in the Belarusian capital. The laboratory features unique equipment.  The center will be a platform for training for both domestic and Chinese telecom companies.
Alexander Lukashenko emphasizes necessity of the investment cooperation with China
Alexander Lukashenko emphasizes necessity of the investment cooperation with China President of the People’s Republic of China will arrive in Belarus in May 2015. His visit shows that there are far-reaching plans in terms of cooperation between Belarus and China, which intense development has started in recent years. We received this footage an hour before airtime. Anna Belyaeva, from Minsk, is singing this song in Beijing for the first time. The song was written by Belarusian musicians, who were inspired by the paintings of the Chinese artist Liang Yonghe. After the concert, Liang finally found appropriate words to express gratitude.

05.05.2015

Pavel Kallaur, head of National Bank of Belarus
Belarus' National Bank head: Belarusian ruble is at its real market value now The Belarusian ruble reflects its real value based on supply and demand, said the head of the Belarusian National Bank on May 5. Pavel Kallaur emphasized that inflation in Belarus will not exceed 16%. This figure is within the planned estimates. Although it will still depend on the macroeconomic indicators, which primarily have external nature.
Alexander Lukashenko: One does not need a salary increase if prices don't rise Work of enterprises, monitoring of prices and wages - these issues were discussed at the May 5 meeting between the Belarus President and the Minister of Labor and Social Protection. Alexander Lukashenko stressed that in spite of optimization of industries it is necessary to retain qualified staff. In the near future, the head of state is going to visit a number of enterprises. The conversation also touched on rising prices. Alexander Lukashenko set the task to avoid unreasonable increase in prices.
Belarus, European Union for closer statistical standards
Belarus, European Union for closer statistical standards Belarus and the European Union intend to bring together statistical standards. This was discussed at a meeting of an Eastern Partnership profile working group. Representatives of the European Commission and statistical bodies of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine gathered to talk over the subject in Minsk for the first time. The sides discussed the technical aspects of the convergence of standards. A common approach will allow comparing data of all countries.
Belarus' President gives interview to Chinese media ahead of Xi Jinping's visit
Belarus' President gives interview to Chinese media ahead of Xi Jinping's visit Huge audience from 150 countries. Alexander Lukashenko gave an interview to China Central Television and the news agency "Xinhua". He talked to reporters on the eve of the visit of President Xi Jinping to Minsk. Numbers suggest that Belarus and China are strategic partners.  In 2014 alone, the countries' trade stood at more than $3 billion. Political dialogue is well established, too. In the international arena, Belarus and China support each other on key issues. Almost every year, parties exchange of visits at different levels.

04.05.2015

Alexander Lukashenko (L) and Alexander Kosinets (R)
Alexander Lukashenko for more efficient cooperation with China Cooperation with the People’s Republic of China was the main topic of the working meeting of Alexander Lukashenko and head of the Presidential Administration Alexander Kosinets. China is one of the major political, economic and diplomatic partners of Belarus. The partnership was also discussed during Alexander Kosinets’ recent visit to Beijing. Questions of the international, trade and economic, credit and investment cooperation were discussed in the course of the meeting.
Leonid Marinich, First Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Supply of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus to supply 100,000 tons of dairy products to Chinese market Products of Belarusian dairy industry are gaining a substantial Chinese market share. As many as 14 manufacturers have received delivery certificates. Previously, only one company was supplying dairy products to China. Products’ quality was highly appreciated. At present, the Chinese market is ready to take 100,000 tons of Belarusian milk products annually. Supplies will start in the summer.
Vasily Matyushevsky, Belarus' deputy premier
Businesses in Belarus should be given more space for initiative, deputy premier says The Belarus President's State of the Nation Address was the main political event of last week. In Belarus, this political tradition is almost two decades old. The President began the 2015 address with economic topics. Profit and profitability is the main economic criterion now. Will this scheme work? Let us ask the first Deputy Prime Minister Vasily Matyushevsky.
Slutsk Flax Mill
Slutsk Flax Mill begins supplies to China Enterprises of the Minsk region are entering new markets. Slutsk Flax Mill has begun supplying flax to China. The company has already shipped products worth $400,000. By the end of 2015, the figure should double. Meanwhile, as before, domestic processors are the main consumers of flax. The renovation of the main plant is completed, with the new line being installed. Thanks to modernization, the plant can now continually process treated plant fibers with reduced energy costs and significantly improved quality of products. 

03.05.2015

Alexander Lukashenko meets with farmers and officials in Mogilev region
Alexander Lukashenko meets with farmers in Mogilev region: Report of "Picture of the World with Yuri Koziyatko" Alexander Lukashenko visited the Mogilev region on May 2 to familiarize himself with the spring sowing campaign and meet with farmers. The visit can be called a sudden. This is done deliberately in order to be able to get a full and objective picture of the situation in Belarus' agriculture.

30.04.2015

Economic security: how to protect domestic market and get people interested in local products
Economic security: How should Belarus protect its domestic market and get people interested in local products Belarus continues to actively discuss the President's address to the people and Parliament. The head of state touched on almost all the issues that concern Belarusians today.  In particular, he mentioned one of the components of economic security - the protection of the internal market.
Belarus to supply 100,000 tons of dairy products per year to Chinese market Belarusian dairy companies are entering the Chinese market. Some 14 manufacturers received certificates for the delivery of their products. Earlier only one company supplied our dairy products to China. China appreciated the quality of produces and is now ready to receive annually 100,000 tons of Belarusian dairy produce. Deliveries will begin in early summer.
Vladimir Andreichenko, chairman of Belarus' House of Representatives
Belarus parliament for "new impetus" in cooperation with Laos Laos is interested in deliveries of Belarusian milk. On April 30, this matter was discussed at the meeting of the intergovernmental commission on Belarus-Laos bilateral cooperation.  The South-Eastern partners also assessed the advantages of our technology and now intend to increase purchases. In turn, Belarus is interested in importing coffee and rice from that country.

29.04.2015

Premier Kobyakov meets with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary
Premier Kobyakov meets with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Smooth neighborly relations between Belarus and the European Union will contribute to the maintenance of stability and strengthening security in the region. This was said during the April 29 meeting of Belarus' Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Hungary. Besides, Belarus country as the coutnry presiding the Eurasian Economic Union is ready this year to promote dialogue between the European Union and the EEU. The sides discussed trade and economic relations between Belarus and Hungary.
Belarus Premier at a government session
Belarus Premier: Still no expected effect from woodworking industry modernization There is still no effect from the planned modernization of the woodworking industry in Belarus, said the Belarusian head of government Andrei Kobyakov at the April 28 session of the Presidium of the Council of Ministers. It considered the results of the operation of the group Bellesbumprom.

28.04.2015

Belarusian and Egyptial businessmen
Egyptian businessmen want to cooperate with Belarus' chemical industry, construction, agriculture Egyptian businessmen are interested in cooperation with Belarus in the chemical industry, construction and agriculture. This was discussed during a business meeting of heads of domestic enterprises with the business community in Egypt. Belarus was visited by owners of large companies from different sectors of economy. Among them were petrochemicals, mineral extraction and production of fertilizers. During their stay in our country, Egyptian businessmen will visit a number of Belarusian enterprises.
Belarus, France interested in inter-regional cooperation
Belarus, France interested in inter-regional cooperation Trade with France must be increased. This opinion was expressed by the speaker of the upper house of the Belarus parliament at a meeting with colleagues from France. These days, a number of French companies are in Minsk to hold a series of talks on trade, economic and investment cooperation. Gérald Darmanin heads the friendship group "France-Belarus" in the National Assembly. By the way, in 2015 alone, the guest visited Belarus two times. It also suggests close cooperation between the two countries at the level of parliamentarians.
Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko concerned about lack of progress in Minsk's development The head of state is concerned about the failure to fulfill instructions for the development of the Belarus capital. He said this today at a meeting in the Palace of Independence. The emphasis was made on issues of the improvement of Minsk, work of Minsk's industrial enterprises, as well as preparation for the celebration of the anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.
President Lukashenko in forest affected by Chernobyl disaster
President Lukashenko: Agriculture and forests are major Belarusian resources Natalia Breus, CTV reporter:Belarusian forests were significantly affected by the Chernobyl disaster. 29 years passed. The number of contaminated forest areas has declined gradually, but they have not disappeared completely. Some 18 percent of the forest areas are still polluted. By 2020, this figure should be further reduced. Forests are Belarus’ national wealth. More than a third of the Belarus territory is covered with them. Regular radiation monitoring is held and specialized equipment is used in contaminated forest areas.

27.04.2015

BelAZ truck
Robots to drive Belarus-made BelAZ trucks Robots will replace man in the driver’s seat in Belarus-made BelAZ trucks. At present, the car with a carrying capacity of 130 tons follows dispatcher commands and is capable of performing unloading work automatically. The development was presented to foreign partners. The Belarusian novelty has already been ratified by experts from countries of Latin America, India and Canada.  
April 27 meeting between the Belarus head of state and the governor of the Chelyabinsk region (Russia)
Belarus, Chelyabisnk region of Russia interested in high-tech joint ventures Belarus and the Chelyabinsk region of Russia are interested in the establishment of joint ventures to produce high-tech products. Promising areas of cooperation were discussed at an April 27 meeting between the Belarus head of state and the governor of the Russian region.
President Lukashenko checks rehabilitation of Chernobyl-hit Slawharad District
President Lukashenko checks rehabilitation of lands in Chernobyl-hit district Yesterday Belarus and the rest of the world recalled the Chernobyl tragedy. The spread of radiation in 1986 after the accident at the Ukrainian station was 100 times greater than after two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  For most of the world this date is often just history but for Belarus, this is a really special date. The accident that occurred 29 years ago still has a negative impact on the various spheres of life.

26.04.2015

Over 20 companies take part in Belarusian-Finnish Business Forum in Minsk Energy and woodworking. It is in these areas in which Finnish businessmen would like to cooperation with Belarus. The prospects of interaction of the business circles of the two countries on April 23 were discussed at the Belarusian-Finnish business forum. Top managers of more than two dozen companies arrived in Minsk. During the meetings and roundtables, the parties discussed ways to enhance bilateral trade and economic cooperation and identify the most promising ones.
Belarus President visits Chernobyl-hit Slawharad District
Belarus President visits Chernobyl-hit Slawharad District On April 26, which is the anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy, the Belarus President traditionally visits regions affected by the catastrophe. Today, the head of state was on a working visit in the Slawharad district, Mogilev region. The President paid attention to focus of the course of spring field work. He asked about harvesting projections and also noted that it is necessary to catch up with the level of the western regions.
Dmitry Shedko, First Deputy Minister of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus, Republic of Korea to establish IT cooperation center High level of high technology. The intellectual potential and qualified specialists of Belarus were awarded by one of the world leaders in the field of information technology - the Republic of Korea. It is planned that in 2016, there will appear collaborative groups of experts who will not only analyze the situation on the high-tech market, but also create optimal conditions for the development of IT solutions. 
Belarus posts foreign trade surplus in first months of 2015
Belarus posts foreign trade surplus in first months of 2015 The Belarusian economy has a positive trade balance. The Belarus Government voiced foreign trade figures in the first months of 2015 on April 25. The figure is imposing - about $700 million.  The figure has clearly improved compared with the previous period.  Still, however, there are problems with an important predictive parameter - export.
Results of Alexander Lukashenko's official visit to Georgia
Results of Alexander Lukashenko's official visit to Georgia A big package of documents on cooperation and an agreement to increase bilateral trade threefold. Experts and political analysts are discussing the results of a three-day official visit of President of Belarus to Georgia - the first in history. The negotiations were truly productive. And there are many promising areas of cooperation: engineering, agriculture, and tourism. A Belarusian embassy will very soon open in Georgia.  

17.04.2015

Alexander Lukashenko attaches great importance to development of China-Belarus cooperation
Alexander Lukashenko attaches great importance to development of China-Belarus cooperation China-Belarus relations reach a new level. President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping will arrive in Belarus in May. Cooperation development was discussed during the meeting on 17 April. China-Belarus trade relations have positive dynamics. At present, mutual trade is more than $4 billion. Massive joint cooperation projects are about to be realized. Major questions on cooperation with the PRC will be discussed during today’s meeting.

05.04.2015

Belarus cancels December 2014 price freeze
Belarus cancels December 2014 price freeze Belarus has lifted the ban on the rise in retail prices of goods compared to the December 2014 level. The corresponding decision of the Council of Ministers was published on national legal portal on April 4. In addition, the document requires that the Trade Minsitry and the Ministry of Communications and Information, consumer societies, regional executive committees and the Minsk City Executive Committee ensure the availability of a wide range of goods for sale, including in online stores.
Alexander Lukashenko visits State Customs Committee April 3
Alexander Lukashenko visits State Customs Committee April 3 The Customs Service is to become one of the key elements of the economic security of the state, said President of Belarus visiting on April 3 the State Customs Committee. Alexander Lukashenko met with senior staff. The State Customs Committee includes 12 departments, one independent department and one group. Nine customs offices are subject to it.

02.04.2015

Belarus, Nizhny Novgorod aim to increase trade to $1 billion Cooperation between Belarus and Russia is growing thanks to ties with the regions. President Alexander Lukashenko on April 2 met with the governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region. Valery Shantsev is a frequent guest on the Belarusian land.  Thanks to this fact the dialogue has been very active.  Today, Belarus and Nizhny Novgorod are enjoying a trade of $600 million.
Belarus Premier: Belarus counts on World Bank support in roadmap talks with IMF
Belarus Premier: Belarus counts on World Bank support in roadmap talks with IMF Belarus counts on the support of the World Bank in the discussion of the roadmap with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This was said on April 1 by Prime Minister of Belarus at the meeting with World Bank Director for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova Qimiao Fan. The Prime Minister emphasized that the interaction between Belarus and the World Bank has reached a qualitatively new level. This is cooperation in road infrastructure, water and wastewater systems as well forest sector development.
Sowing campaign begins in Belarus
Sowing campaign begins in Belarus, with country's agricultural effectiveness in question Sowing campaign is the topic of the week in Belarus. Situation in the agricultural sphere is controlled by President Lukashenko. Last week, the Head of the State announced that it is necessary to increase the work efficacy of the agriculture. Substantial investments had been made in the development of this sphere, and they have already produced results. In contrast to the other CIS countries, Belarus doesn’t have to think how to revive agriculture.
Belarus advocates faster harmonization of legislation in Eurasian Economic Union Senators in Belarus have started the legislative season. At the opening of the spring session of the Council of the Republic, Chairman Mikhail Myasnikovich noted that the establishment of a common market without exceptions and limitations in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) must be a goal to which the sides should aspire, the quicker, the better.  In particular, it is necessary to remove barriers to mutual trade.
Alexander Lukashenko to governor of Nizhny Novgorod Region: Cooperation with Russia is growing thanks to ties with the region
Alexander Lukashenko to governor of Nizhny Novgorod Region: Cooperation with Russia is growing thanks to ties with the region Cooperation between Belarus and Russia is growing thanks to ties with the regions. It was said by President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with the governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region. Valery Shantsev visited Belarus four times already. In 2014, the parties' trade amounted to $600 million. This is the eighth largest trading partner of Belarus in Russia. But, in comparison with 2013, the turnover fell slightly. Therefore, as the President said, positive dynamics of trade must be a priority.

01.04.2015

Grigory Rapota, Belarus-Russia Union State secretary
Belarusian and Russian enterprises should enjoy equal conditions in the two countries, Union State Secretary says Belarusian and Russian enterprises should enjoy equal conditions in the two countries. This was said on April 1 by Union State Secretary Grigory Rapota at a meeting with Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov. The sides discussed the conduct of the Union State Council of Ministers. It is expected to take place in Russia in May or June 2015.  They also raised the issues of projects aiming to create joint transnational corporations. Also discussed were steps towards the introduction of single industrial policy of Belarus and Russia.  
Belarus imposes restrictions on car imports Belarus has imposed restrictions on the import of cars. Now, before you register at the traffic police office a car produced earlier than in 2007, you must confirm that its ecological class is not lower than 4.  The required document proving the ecological class may be obtained, for example, at a special laboratory. Basically, the procedure is associated with the checking of domestic and foreign car databases. 
Sanaka Samarasinha, UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus
EU to allocate 5 million euros for development of "green economy" in Belarus The European Union will contribute to the transition of Belarus to "green economy". This is a joint project of the government, the EU and the UN. It will last three years in the country. The project budget is estimated at five million euros.
Pavel Kallaur (L), Alexander Lukashenko (C) and Andrei Kobyakov (R)
Belarus repays 2009 IMF loan, seeking for ways to maintain economic stability Ensuring macroeconomic stability and preservation of balanced economic development. Such a task was set by the President on March 31 at a meeting with the Prime Minister and Chairman of the Board of the National Bank. Andrei Kobyakov and Pavel Kallaur reported on the situation in the monetary and foreign exchange areas. According to the President, there has recently been a balance in the economic situation and finances. And these positive trends should be kept. 

30.03.2015

Belarusian dairy trading house to open in Russia's Arkhangelsk
Belarusian dairy trading house to open in Russia's Arkhangelsk A trading house to sell Belarusian dairy products will appear in Arkhangelsk shortly. This was said by the governor of the northern region of Russia meeting on March 30 said with the leadership of one of the processing enterprises of Minsk. Igor Orlov praised traditionally high quality and wide range of products. The parties have prepared a package of documents after the signing of which Belarusian products will appear on store shelves of the Arkhangelsk region.
Small businessmen
Belarus President signs decree allowing small businessmen sales without certificates up to 2016 Small businessmen in Belarus have been allowed to sell goods without certificates until the end of 2015. The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarus President. The document also provides for a smooth increase in income tax. Coefficient 2 will run until April 1. In a couple of stages, each lasting three months, it will reach its maximum value - 4, in the period from October to the end of December.
President Lukashenko meets with Arkhangelsk governor Igor Orlov March 30 Belarus and the Arkhangelsk region are interested in intensifying cooperation in the whole range of issues. This was announced on March 30 by President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with the governor of that Russian region Igor Orlov.
How technologies help Belarus increase yield capacity
How technologies help Belarus increase yield capacity Last week, Belarusian intellectual elite was joined by new doctors and professors. The Belarus President presented them diplomas and certificates at the Palace of Independence.  Alexander Lukashenko said Belarus faces the task to accelerate the innovative development of economy. The state will continue to support research with a real economic effect. Ekaterina Zhilyanina found out about the developments of Belarusian science.
Alexander Lukashenko visiting Peleng company
Belarus' Peleng company: From opto-electronic systems to space technologies Belarus will only support the promising high-tech companies.  The Belarus President visited the Peleng enterprise, which produces new effective technologies. Peleng today is one of the leading post-Soviet developers of optical devices and optoelectronic systems for military and dual-use. The company has actually created a new industry for the production of exclusive space equipment, which has brought more than a hundred million dollars in profits after investments of only $16 million. 

29.03.2015

Belarus President wants higher return from investments in agriculture The Belarus President on March 27 discussed with ministers the improvement of the efficiency of the agricultural sector. Alexander Lukashenko demanded a report on the real situation in agriculture.  Agribusiness is under constant control of the President. In 2014 alone, there were adopted several decrees aimed to improve the situation in the industry. Decisions were made on all issues of rural development and huge resources invested. In view of this, the state is waiting for return from all areas of agriculture.

26.03.2015

Russian experts arrive in Belarus to inspect meat plants
Russian experts arrive in Belarus to inspect meat plants Russian experts have arrived in Belarus for the inspection of meat plants. This is one of the conditions for the resumption of Belarus' pork exports to the Russian Federation.  Last week in Minsk, the agricultural ministries of the two countries agreed to hold a mutual audit of companies which supplies were limited because of the genome of the virus of African swine. According to the results of inspections, Russia may allow full resumption of supplies of Belarusian pork to Russia. The decision is going to be made next week.
Belarusian customs notes growth of illegal import
Belarusian customs notes growth of illegal import Belarusian customs has reported growth of illegal imports. Under the guise of goods for personal use, cell phones, clothing, shoes and tools are imported in Belarus for their subsequent resale.  Often Belarusians import these illegal consignments at the request of others, not for themselves. The customs reveal such violations of the customs legislation almost daily. Since the beginning of March, more than 20 attempts of illegal import into the territory of Belarus of various goods worth over 300 million rubles have been registered. 
Premier Kobyakov makes working visit to Brest Region
Premier Kobyakov makes working visit to Brest Region Sowing campaign is in full swing. Therefore, the government pays particular attention to spring field work. Yesterday the Prime Minister visited several agricultural enterprises and studied the situation in the Brest region. According to the head of the government, decisions to refinance debt for agricultural lubricants worked and a large-scale modernization of the industry is already bearing fruit.
President Lukashenko visiting Peleng company: We will invest in companies of the future The Belarus President considers it necessary to maintain long-term high-tech industry in the country. This was said by Alexander Lukashenko when visiting the company Peleng. It is part of the State Military-Industrial Committee. The results of the operation of the defense sector was evaluated positively. The modern Peleng grew out of an engineering office, which was organized by the Minsk Mechanical Plant named after Vavilov 40 years ago. During this period the company has become independent. But the main thing is successful and high-tech manufacturing.

24.03.2015

Nikolai Yefimchik, Bellegprom chairman:
Bellegprom concern sells half of products outside Belarus The Belarus government discussed today the competitiveness of Belarusian clothing. According to official data, Bellegprom is not developing fast enough. One of the problems is the lack of clear rules of the game between the representatives of small business and networkers. The industry was tasked with increasing its share in the industry at the expense of the quality of goods, smart sales and flexible export policy.  Over five years, the volume of Bellegprom's production fell by 8%. Someone might say: crisis. And rightly so.
Belarus, Orenburg to build new gypsum plant in Minsk region
Belarus, Orenburg to build new gypsum plant in Minsk region Belarus and the Russian Orenburg region are in search of new ways of cooperation. One of the areas of mutual interest will be the construction in Belarus of a new gypsum plant. As reported during the meeting, held yesterday in Minsk, the production facility should become operational in the next 3.5 years. When it is launched, there will be no sense in Belarus importing plasterboard products. Moreover, the goods produced in the country will be supplied to neighboring countries.
Belarusian-Spanish Forum in Minsk gathers 25 large companies
Belarusian-Spanish Forum in Minsk gathers 25 large companies The first Belarusian-Spanish business forum in Minsk gathered representatives of the 25 largest companies from Madrid, Barcelona, ​​and Valencia. Such meeting is an opportunity for domestic enterprises to enter new markets. It is also a platform for investment projects.  A joint Belarusian-Spanish shoe manufacturing company has been working for 15 years. European technologies came to Belarus together with the investor.   
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and the Orenburg region should work out new ways of cooperation
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and the Orenburg region should work out new ways of cooperation Belarus and the Orenburg region (Russia) should work out new ways of cooperation. This was discussed at the March 23 meeting between President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian region Governor Yuri Berg. The Orenburg region is our long-time trading partner of Belarus. Nevertheless, the scope of mutual interests should be expanded. The current visit should become a new page of cooperation.  The guests will stay in our country for one days. The plans include the meeting in the Government, visits to factories and talks of the working group on cooperation.

23.03.2015

South Africa, Belarus to establish tractor joint venture
South Africa, Belarus to establish tractor joint venture A joint venture for the production of tractors will be created in South Africa. This is one of the outcomes of the March 23 meeting between Belarusian and South African delegation at to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Belarus.  The African delegation are  currently in Minsk on a working visit. King of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) Mthimkhulu III held talks with Belarusian colleagues. Among the main topics was cooperation in the field of agricultural technology and staff training. 
Activated carbon: Can Belarus start to produce this "miracle pill"? Who benefits from buying imported activated carbon and why does Belarus not produce these simple pills? As it turned out, the general trend of import substitution in the Belarusian economy is not appropriate here, says the Ministry of Health. The production of the harmless drug is classified as hazardous and can only be outside settlements while Belarusian pharmaceutical factories are within the city limits.

22.03.2015

Belarus, Belgium to establish joint export agency for promotion of domestic goods to the West
Belarus, Belgium to establish joint export agency for promotion of domestic goods to the West Belarus and Belgium will establish a joint export agency. Its main objective is to promote domestic goods to the West.  Experts of the joint venture will assist in business development in Belarus and the Eurasian Economic Union. First of all, experts will be engaged in the study of European demand and evaluate the export potential of our businesses. The head office will be located in Brussels. Most likely, he will begin work in May. 
Sentiments of small businessmen after meeting with Belarus President: Picture of the World's report As you can see, traders applauded.  Maybe it was euphoria because of face-to-face meeting with the President?  Entrepreneurs' mood after the meeting and their thoughts about civilized trade with legal certification - in Tatiana Revizore's report.   Wednesday. This is one of the most popular days for shopping tour. Just a couple of minutes - and these buses will go to Moscow. Goods from there - clothes or shoes - will be brought by entrepreneurs into Belarus at their own risk. 

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