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27.04.2017

Rosselkhoznadzor to check 12 more Belarusian enterprises in May
Rosselkhoznadzor to check 12 more Belarusian enterprises in May Belarus expects the next inspection of the Rosselkhoznadzor in early May, said Minister of Agriculture and Food at the opening of the International Dairy Forum in Minsk. Leonid Zayats said that a preliminary report has already been received on the results of the latest inspection of Belarusian enterprises by Russian experts. According to the minister, there are no global complaints, and some of them were at least somewhat biased. At the moment, the first eight enterprises that have been subject to restrictions have been checked.

26.04.2017

Orsha Tool Making Plant to be modernized
Orsha Tool Making Plant to be modernized The technical re-equipment of the Orsha Tool Plant will give new opportunities for the development of both the enterprise itself and the town as a whole. Its products are in demand today, not only in Belarus, but also on the external markets. However, the Orsha enterprise cannot yet compete with world brands. Alexander Lukashenko paid attention to this in his State of the Nation Address. The head of state called for an analysis of the current situation and demanded that this company be put in order.
Belarus gets $300m tranche of Eurasian Stabilization and Development Fund
Belarus gets $300m tranche of Eurasian Stabilization and Development Fund The third tranche of the Eurasian Stabilization and Development Fund's loan has been transferred to Belarus. Its size is $300 million. According to the Ministry of Finance of Belarus, the country has fulfilled all the conditions for obtaining this money. The agreement on granting Belarus the loan was signed in March. The total amount of the loan is $2 billion. It will be transferred in seven tranches to support the economic policy and structural changes in Belarus. Photo: forbes.kz
Belarus is ready to share IT experience with Estonia
Belarus is ready to share IT experience with Estonia Belarus and Estonia have a great potential for increasing mutual trade turnover, said Belarusian MPs who on April 26 welcomed Estonian counterparts. So, Belarus is ready to share experience in the energy sector, agro-industrial complex, and light industry. In addition, Belarusian IT sector is also of interest to Estonia. There is also the intention to sign a memorandum on cooperation in the field of sport.

25.04.2017

Medicinal herb plantations may appear in Vitebsk Region Mysteries of Chinese medicine on Vitebsk land. Plantations of medicinal herbs may appear in Vitebsk region with the participation of Chinese investors. Vitebsk received a delegation from the Chinese province of Shandong. The guests got acquainted with the ecological potential of Belarus. Commercial and investment proposals have been made to the Chinese delegation for a more detailed study.

24.04.2017

TIBO projects
TIBO 2017 in Minsk: robots, gadgets, e-government The exhibition TIBO has completed in Minsk. This is a forum dedicated to telecommunications, information and banking technologies. During the recent State of the Nation Address, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko repeatedly returned to the topic of new knowledge and developments, to the e-government – all this is necessary for creating tomorrow’s economy.
Belarus and Russia's Nizhny Novgorod Region to manufacture automobile components together
Belarus and Russia's Nizhny Novgorod Region to manufacture automobile components together Belarus and Russia's Nizhny Novgorod region will joint produce automobile components, which will be competitive price and quality-wise. The agreement was made by the two sides during the Belarus-Nizhny Novgorod Business Cooperation Council session. Belarusian builders are prepared to erect infrastructure in Nizhny Novgorod, where a range of FIFA World Cup matches will be held in 2018. It is quite possible that fans will be driven to the sports arenas in Belarusian buses.
First barrels of “black gold” produced in Zhlobin
First barrels of “black gold” produced in Zhlobin First barrels of “black gold” were produced by Belarusian oilmen at the new oil field near Zhlobin. According to the specialists, as many as 800 thousand tons of oil are in the subsoil. Belarus doubled the extraction of the hydrocarbon crude in 2016 alone. Other resources are used more as well.
Belarus plans to import about 18 million tons of Russian oil in 2017
Belarus plans to import about 18 million tons of Russian oil in 2017 Belarus plans to import about 18 million tons of Russian oil in 2017 Belarus is planning to import about 18 million tons of Russian oil in 2017. Increasing the stream of raw material will allow to overload oil refinery plants. Belarus and Russia signed a package of documents which regulates relations concerning oil and gas sectors in April 2017. It was followed by the negotiations held by Belarus’ and Russia’s presidents on April 3, 2017 in St. Petersburg.
Biotechnology vital for Belarus' economy, Mikhail Myasnikovich says
Biotechnology vital for Belarus' economy, Mikhail Myasnikovich says On April 22, Belarusian senators took part in the national voluntary working campaign called Subbotnik. Chairman of the upper chamber of Belarus parliament and his deputies concreted floors of the newly built research and production center of biotechnology. The discovery of innovative enterprises is particularly important in the Year of Science, which is what 2017 is declared. The first complex is to be put into operation as early as 2017.
Prices growth in Belarus: People's reaction
Prices growth in Belarus: People's reaction Price increases was one of the serious topics in the President's State of the Nation Address. The groundlessness of overcharging causes concern not only among buyers. The President is also displeased with that. Sugar prices have risen without any reasons, believes Alexander Lukashenko, and this could eventually stop domestic plants if cheaper goods from Russia pour into Belarus. The Minister of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade was instructed to look into the issue.

23.04.2017

Alexander Shvets about business liberalization efforts Alexander Lukashenko delivered the State of the Nation Address on April 21, 2017. The points President Lukashenko brought up are actively being discussed by the representatives of business circles. Special attention was paid to business. The issue is topical like never before. A package of documents on the liberalization of this sector has been brought up for public discussion.
Sergei Novitsky shares opinion on business sector’s changes
Sergei Novitsky shares opinion on business sector’s changes The points which were stated by Alexander Lukashenko during his State of the Nation Address are actively discussed by the representatives of business circles. President Lukashenko paid special attention to business dealing. The issue is topical like never before. A package of documents on the liberalization of this sector has been brought up for public discussion. The prominent Belarusian entrepreneur Sergei Novitsky shared his opinion about the upcoming changes in the rules of conducting a business, about the simplification of this process.

22.04.2017

Belarus to continue attracting Chinese investors, Alexander Lukashenko says
Belarus to continue attracting Chinese investors, Alexander Lukashenko says Economic questions are at the center of Alexander Lukashenko’s attention: employment, price determination, salary issues. President Lukashenko emphasizes that the situation is difficult but it is not critical. A lot was done in the 25 years of independence, and global crises checked Belarusian economy on viability several times. The main problem Belarus inherited from the Soviet times is the dependence on foreign markets.

21.04.2017

Belarus to continue price control practices, Alexander Lukashenko says
Belarus to continue price control practices, Alexander Lukashenko says The main task for 2017 is to bring the average salary to BYN1,000 but this money must be earned, not printed, said the Belarus President in his State of the Nation Address April 21. Increased productivity is the basis of salary growth, emphasized the head of state.
President Lukashenko promises to liberalize business climate
President Lukashenko promises to liberalize business climate On April 21, the President addressed the Belarusian people and the National Assembly. One of the points of Belarus' economic growth is the emancipation of business initiative.
Belarusian-Czech Economic Forum held in Brest: energy and tourism in focus
Belarusian-Czech Economic Forum held in Brest: energy and tourism in focus A new page in Belarus-Czech relations: Brest hosted an economic forum of the two countries. Energy, construction, information technology and tourism are the priority spheres. Equally important are also personal contacts. Knowing it, businessmen of the two countries decided to meet on April 20.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' priority is a strong and competitive economy
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' priority is a strong and competitive economy Building of a strong and competitive economy is a priority of Belarus, said President Alexander Lukashenko on 21 April addressing his annual address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly. The State of the Nation Address is primarily a great opportunity to get a complete picture of the development priorities of Belarus at least for the current year. During these speeches, the Belarus head of state raises the most urgent and topical issues. Today, the President began his speech from international politics.
Fuel at 1st power unit of Belarusian NPP to be loaded in 2019
Fuel at 1st power unit of Belarusian NPP to be loaded in 2019 The NPP in Astrawyets will meet about 30% Belarus' electricity needs. The project is taking shape and, experts say, it is one of the safest in the world. At the beginning of 2019, fuel in the first power unit of the station will be loaded. Negotiations on the purchase of a second unit have been completed. No less active work is going on the second power unit of the NPP. 33 facilities are being built in parallel. The second power unit will be put into operation a year after the first, in 2020.
Alexander Lukashenko to Valery Shantsev: "We can build nuclear power plants around the world"
Alexander Lukashenko to Valery Shantsev: "We can build nuclear power plants around the world" Belarus and the Nizhny Novgorod region aim to increase turnover to 1 billion dollars. On April 20, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with the governor of that Russian region Valery Shantsev. Cooperation of Belarus with Russian regions is the basis of relations between the countries as a whole. This was underlined during the recent talks between the leaders of Belarus and Russia in St. Petersburg.

20.04.2017

Belarus not turning away from Russia, President Lukashenko says
Belarus not turning away from Russia, President Lukashenko says Belarus and the Nizhny Novgorod region aim to increase turnover to 1 billion dollars. On April 20, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with the governor of that Russian region Valery Shantsev. Cooperation of Belarus with Russian regions is the basis of relations between the countries as a whole. This was underlined during the recent talks between the leaders of Belarus and Russia in St. Petersburg. April 20 Alexander Lukashenko commented on the materials of some Russian media about the relations between Belarus and Russia.
Belarusian Railways count on increase in Chinese cargo flows
Belarusian Railways count on increase in Chinese cargo flows The company Belarusian Railways would like China to increase the flow of cargoes. Representatives of transport departments of the two countries held talks in Minsk. They agreed on a wider use of container express trains. Representatives of railways from 25 countries gathered in Minsk these days. They are discussing how to improve the quality of passenger service and make this type of transport more attractive for customers.
Minsk-Grodno M6 highway to have speed limit of 120km/h
Minsk-Grodno M6 highway to have speed limit of 120km/h Quality, speed and conformity with international standards are the principles M6 highway (Minsk-Grodno) builders are guided by. The Minsk-Grodno highway now resembles a big construction site: additional detours, a speed limit of only 50 km/h. Drivers understand temporary inconveniences. Wait a bit, and almost 300 kilometers of the M6 will be transformed into a modern highway. At a speed of 120 km/h, you will be able to get from Grodno to Minsk in only 2.5 hours.
What will Belarus President say in State of the Nation Address?
What will Belarus President say in State of the Nation Address 2017? The development strategy of the Belarusian economy, employment and new industries. Experts and political scientists name the topics that are most likely to be voiced in the President's State of the Nation Address.

19.04.2017

Piotr Arushanyants: business conditions in Belarus becoming radically simpler
Piotr Arushanyants: business conditions in Belarus becoming radically simpler Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has announced almost revolutionary changes related to the improvement of business climate. While talking about these innovations, could you tell us what lies ahead?
Refinancing rate in Belarus reduced to 14%, quicker than expected
Refinancing rate in Belarus reduced to 14%, quicker than expected The refinancing rate in Belarus has been reduced again. Starting from April 19, it stands at 14%. Thus, the Belarusian National Bank notes the stability of the currency market. According to the financial regulator, inflation in Belarus continues to fall much faster than planned. From the beginning of 2017, this is the fourth decline of the rate.
Zhang Dejiang: China will support Belarus in its strive for political and social stability
Zhang Dejiang: China will support Belarus in its strive for political and social stability Investments in the banking sector and the development of the industrial park "Great Stone" were the major topics discussed on April 18 between Belarus and China at the Palace of Independence in Minsk. There, Alexander Lukashenko met with Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. The Belarusian head of state noted a high level of the bilateral political relations. The countries are strategic partners, and the economic side of the relations must follow suit.
Belarus to take part in IMF, WB spring session in Washington
Belarus to take part in IMF, WB spring session in Washington Belarus will participate in the spring session of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Washington, which starts on April 19. The Belarusian delegation includes the heads of the National Bank, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is expected that they will meet with representatives of the international financial organizations and hold negotiations on the conditions for granting financing to Belarus.

18.04.2017

Vladimir Zinovsky about Belarus’ economy performance improvement
Vladimir Zinovsky about Belarus’ economy performance improvement Growth of GDP and labor efficiency, stability in the exchange market. The results of Belarus’ economy work were announced for the first time in three months on April 18, 2017. Belarus’ GDP has grown by 0.3%, in comparison with the same period of the previous year. Belarusian plants showed some progress as well. It is in large part because of the growing external demand. The export of goods alone increased by 19% in the first quarter. All in all Belarusian economy entered the forecast level of the first half-year period.
Belarus would like to place bonds on Chinese financial market
Belarus would like to place bonds on Chinese financial market Development of the Chinese-Belarusian industrial park and the entry of a Chinese bank into the Belarusian market were discussed April 18 at the Palace of Independence. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko received the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Zhang Dejiang.
Belarus to produce 10 million tons of potash fertilizers in 2017
Belarus to produce 10 million tons of potash fertilizers in 2017 Belarus will produce more than 10 million tons of potash fertilizers in 2017. About 9.5 million tons are scheduled for export. One of the main importers of Belarusian Potassium is China, which annually buys a fifth of all the manufactured fertilizers.  In total, Belarus delivers potash fertilizers to about 70 countries.
Russia to increase oil supplies to Belarus from April 18
Russia to increase oil supplies to Belarus from April 18 From April 18, Russia is to increase oil supplies to Belarus. All in all, in 2017, Belarus will buy 24 million tons of oil. Of this amount, 18 million tons will be delivered for processing at Belarusian oil refineries. Now the supply of oil will be carried out exclusively by pipeline, whereas previously, one million tons was transported by rail. Because of this, Belarus lost about $70 per ton. Belarus will not anymore be required to supply annually about 1 million tons of high-octane gasoline to Russia.

17.04.2017

Chinese delegation presents Geely car to Belarus National Assembly
Chinese delegation presents Geely car to Belarus National Assembly Development of political dialogue and successful realization of common initiatives. A parliamentary delegation from Beijing visited Belarus. The negotiations were held in the Council of the Republic of Belarus on April 15, 2017. Belarus and China determined the priorities of further cooperation in a range of projects. The Silk Road Economic Belt was at the center of attention and the industrial park Great Stone must become its pearl.
Belarus and China to focus on political dialogue and realization of common investment projects
Belarus and China to focus on political dialogue and realization of common investment projects Belarus and China are primed for a tighter political dialogue and the realization of common projects. It was confirmed by the representatives of Belarus and China on April 17, 2017. The meeting was held in the Council of the Republic of Belarus. A delegation of the National People's Congress (China) is visiting Belarus on these days. Belarus and China signed a cooperation agreement on April 17.
Zoomlion begins construction in Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park
Zoomlion begins construction in Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park A plant for the production of equipment for special vehicles was founded in the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park April 15. A groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of the implementation of a large investment project. Belarusian and Chinese specialists will produce cranes, utility and road-building machinery.
Belarus and Finland ready to cooperate in energy, agriculture and forestry
Belarus and Finland ready to cooperate in energy, agriculture and forestry Belarus and Finland have confirmed their readiness to cooperate in different directions. This was discussed at the April 13 meeting of the Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vasily Matyushevsky with the head of the foreign trade ministry of Finland, Kai Mykkänen. First of all, Belarus proposes to develop joint projects in the energy sector. This area can bring the most lucrative contracts. There are prospects in agriculture and forestry, as well as science and technology.
Modernization of wood industry: Rechitsadrev example
Modernization of wood industry: Rechitsadrev example Big politics must not overshadow domestic issues... President Lukashenko understands this and every working visit to Belarusian regions is filled with economic issues and communication with people, in which not only global topics but also local issues are raised. The working trip of the head of state to the Gomel region was not an exception. Ekaterina Zhilyanina reports.
Russian government on oil and gas agreements with Belarus
Russian government on oil and gas agreements with Belarus The President of the country shares the Easter traditions with Belarusians. Alexander Lukashenko traditionally makes a festive address. During the main Christian holidays he goes to church. I do not know what Alexander Lukashenko thinks about when he puts a candle, but, undoubtedly, about good wishes (maybe even prayers), not only about close people, but about the whole Belarus, of course.

16.04.2017

Radical business climate facilitation takes place in Belarus
Radical business climate facilitation takes place in Belarus It will be easier to conduct a business in Belarus. A documentation package, which significantly simplifies the opening of either a small or a medium organization, was prepared and brought up for public discussion. The Director of the Entrepreneurship Department of the Economy Ministry of the Republic of Belarus told about the possible innovations.
Industrial Park Great Stone to have 10 new residents
Industrial Park Great Stone to have 10 new residents Opening of innovative plants will facilitate the establishment of hundreds of working places. As many as another ten resident companies will soon appear in the China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone. This announcement was made by Chairman of the Minsk Regional Executive Committee. He also evaluated the effectiveness of the commissions on employment. Additional support of private initiative will be able to cardinally change the situation at the labor market.
Rosselkhoznadzor lifts ban on 2 Belarusian plants
Rosselkhoznadzor lifts ban on 2 Belarusian plants Rosselkhoznadzor lifted the ban on import restrictions of another two Belarusian plants. The first results of the agency’s specialists were announced on April 15, 2017 in Moscow. Meat and dairy processing plants were given green light for Russian market supplies. The final report on the results of Rosselkhoznadzor’s inspection is promised to be sent to Belarus on April 20.

15.04.2017

Industrial cooperation: China’s Hunan province and Mogilev region sign amicable agreement
Industrial cooperation: China’s Hunan province and Mogilev region sign amicable agreement Mogilev region and Chinese Hunan province will cooperate in metal and engineering industries. The partnership agreement was signed by the heads of the regions on April 14, 2017 in the town of Dnepr. The two regions have experience of cooperation. Joint manufacture of building and utility machinery was established at Mogilevtransmash plant. Mogilev region is also planning to export food products to Hunan Province, where the population is about 70 million people.
Andrei Kobyakov about upward economic trends in Belarus
Andrei Kobyakov about upward economic trends in Belarus Upward economic trends have been outlined in Belarus. This statement was made by Belarus Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov on April 14, 2017. Andrei Kobyakov visited Grodno region where he got acquainted with the current situation at some of the plants.
Alexander Lukashenko calls EEU members for active free trade area establishment with third countries
Alexander Lukashenko calls EEU members for active free trade area establishment with third countries This statement was made by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council on April 14, 2017 in Bishkek. Leaders of Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Moldova arrived in Kyrgyz capital for taking part in the summit. Before starting the negotiations the traditional ceremony of taking photographs took place. As many as 10 questions are on the agenda of the summit, international activity of the EEU in particular.

14.04.2017

Russia increases oil supplies to Belarus
Russia increases oil supplies to Belarus Russia has increased its oil supplies to Belarus. On April 14, the Belarus and Russia started the implementation of the agreements reached in Moscow yesterday. Belarus will receive 24 million tons of oil in 2017.
Belarus and China to jointly produce dump trucks
Belarus and China to jointly produce dump trucks The dynamically developing relations with China is an example of mutually beneficial cooperation. Now the two countries will produce dump trucks together. There are plans to build a factory in China. New facets of cooperation were discussed during the visit of a delegation from China to BelAZ. The sides discussed several joint projects, including the supply of Chinese high-tech components for Belarusian heavy trucks. They will be manufactured by a company that holds a leading position in the world in the production of rail equipment and high-speed trains.
Belarus to sign next oil deal with Russia by July 1, 2019
Belarus to sign next oil deal with Russia by July 1, 2019 Minsk and Moscow have finally settled all issues in the oil and gas sector. Vice Premier of Belarus Vladimir Semashko and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak signed on 13 April protocols that make changes to the previous agreements. According to the documents Belarus will every year receive from Russia 24 million tons of oil, of which 18 will be used for recycling.
What will be discussed at EEU meeting in Bishkek?
What will be discussed at EEU meeting in Bishkek? Belarus board No1 landed in the international airport in Bishkek. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, who is on a working visit in Bishkek, will take part in the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. Security issues are also on the agenda. This question will be discussed during the informal meeting of heads of CSTO member states.

13.04.2017

MPs of Belarus and Poland discuss regional cooperation
MPs of Belarus and Poland discuss regional cooperation Cooperation between regions of Belarus and Poland in the economic area has great potential, said the Polish parliamentary group who met with Belarusian colleagues on April 13. The Polish delegation is visiting Belarus and have already inspected several joint ventures in the Grodno region. All in all, 350 joint ventures with Polish capital operate in Belarus. And this number is growing.
Belarus can supply more dairy products to Hunan province
Belarus can supply more dairy products to Hunan province Belarus can increase the supply of food products to the Chinese province of Hunan, stated on April 13 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the Secretary of the Committee of the Communist Party of China in Hunan Province, Du Jiao. The region has developed agriculture, mining and steel industry. In accordance with the agreements concluded earlier, the Chinese province is closely cooperating with the Mogilev region of Belarus.
Belarus to liberate business initiative: draft decrees submitted for public discussion
Belarus to liberate business climate: draft decrees submitted for public discussion Simplify doing business conditions and improve control in Belarus are the goals of the country in the nearest future. A package of relevant documents has been submitted for public discussion. This is the initiative of the Belarus President.
Kommersant newspaper: Russian General Prosecutor's Office demands to dismiss Rosselkhoznadzor leadership
Kommersant newspaper: Russian General Prosecutor's Office demands to dismiss Rosselkhoznadzor leadership Russian Prosecutor General's Office is calling for the resignation of the leadership of the sanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, reads newspaper "Kommersant" which cites its own sources. According to the newspaper, the Prosecutor General's office found that the agency under the supervision of Sergey Dankvert systematically violated the rights of entrepreneurs, and sometimes the law. Rosselkhoznadzor created "an additional burden on business", that is, carried out inspections on trumped-up reasons.
Alexander Lukashenko to take part in Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting in Bishkek
Alexander Lukashenko to take part in Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting in Bishkek Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko will take part in the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. It will be held in Bishkek on April 14. The President will travel to the Kyrgyz Republic on a working visit on April 13. The presidents are expected to discuss the implementation of the main directions of the international activity of the Eurasian Economic Union and key macroeconomic policy targets. Particular attention will be paid to economic cooperation with third countries.
Alexander Lukashenko signs Customs Code of Eurasian Economic Union
Alexander Lukashenko signs Customs Code of Eurasian Economic Union According to the press service of the Belarusian leader, Alexander Lukashenko has signed a package of documents on the development of Eurasian integration.  It includes an agreement on the Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union, which is aimed at further convergence and the growth of trade between the Eurasian Economic Union and the international community.

12.04.2017

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

11.04.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: We will liberate business initiative completely
Alexander Lukashenko: We will liberate business initiative completely Drastic decisions concerning business liberation are expected in Belarus. A set of important statements was made by Belarus President during his working visit to Gomel region, where he talked to the employees of JSC “Rechitsadrev”. At the plant Alexander Lukashenko got acquainted with the modernization process. Essentially, a unique production was established in the district center, new working places were created. As Alexander Lukashenko emphasized, everyone in Belarus will be given the opportunity to earn money from this time onwards.
Vladimir Andreichenko to hold talks with Pakistan’s President and Prime Minister
Vladimir Andreichenko to hold talks with Pakistan’s President and Prime Minister Commodity circulation of one billion dollars and the development of commercial and economic relations between Belarus and Pakistan are to be discussed on April 11, 2017 in Islamabad. The parliamentary delegation is led by Vladimir Andreichenko, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the Belarus parliament, he will hold talks with Mamnoon Hussain and the Prime Minister of Pakistan, a series of meetings is planned in the parliament.
Minsk Region products presented in Moscow
Minsk Region products presented in Moscow One of the recent sanctions campaigns of the government Russian product lobby has been a ban on Minsk Region meat products. The region demonstrated Moscow its potential after the meeting of Belarus and Russia Presidents. All the products presented in Moscow are to everyone’s taste. They say every man to his taste. However, when it goes about the taste of Belarusian products on Russian soil, this set expression is going out of fashion.
Belarus and Hungary intend to improve cattle genetics
Belarus and Hungary intend to improve cattle genetics Belarus and Hungary intend to implement several major projects in pharmaceuticals and agriculture. Minsk is hosting a joint business forum on April 11. It is attended by representatives of a dozen major companies. Guests from Budapest are interested in cooperation with Belarusian businessmen. One of the most promising projects is in the field of agriculture. The sides would like to breed cattle with improved genetics.
President praises agricultural practices of Gomel region
President praises agricultural practices of Gomel region The agricultural practices of the Gomel region should become an example for the whole country, said the President of Belarus on April 11. Alexander Lukashenko's working trip to the region began on the fields of the Istok farm in the Rechitsa district. In the Gomel region, half of the areas have been tilled. Corn sowing has started. The unprecedented early terms are due to the weather. Belarus does not have problems with fuel and nitrogen fertilizers. At the same time, the head of state urged the agrarians to discipline and asked to save resources.

10.04.2017

Belarus parliamentary delegation visiting Pakistan
Belarus parliamentary delegation visiting Pakistan Belarusian days started in Pakistan on April 10. The first bilateral agricultural forum will be held there. Taking part in the event will be more than one hundred companies. Belarusian producers will present products that they plan to deliver to that country. The Belarusian delegation includes representatives of government and business circles.
Belarus completing WTO accession talks with South Korea
Belarus completing WTO accession talks with South Korea Belarus will enlist the support of South Korea in a bid to join the World Trade Organization. Closer cooperation between Minsk and Seoul was the key topic of talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus today. A meeting of businessmen of Belarus and South Korea is also underway these days in the Belarus capital. The businessmen have already expressed readiness to organize the supply of medicines and medical devices to the market of East Asia. At the forefront are services and investments.

07.04.2017

Alexander Lukashenko signs decree on apartment leasing
Alexander Lukashenko signs decree on apartment leasing Belarus has formed legal conditions for the leasing of houses and apartments. The corresponding decree has been signed by Alexander Lukashenko. First of all, the document aims to protect citizens. Those who concluded a lease agreement retain the right to be registered as persons in need of better housing conditions.

06.04.2017

900 million rubles to be spent on thorough road repair in Belarus
900 million rubles to be spent on thorough road repair in Belarus On April 5, the Belarus head of state raised a question of the quality and repair of regional highways and rural roads. The Belarusian leader outlined that our people are not used to driving on bad roads. Although highways in Belarus are up to the mark, the condition of local roads is problematic.
Belarus President gives interview to TV and radio company Mir
Belarus President gives interview to TV and radio company Mir The functioning of the Belarus-Russia Union State, CSTO, CIS reforms and methods of combating terrorism were the major topics touched on by Aleksandr Lukashenko in an interview to the interstate TV and radio company Mir. During the open and frank conversation, the President shared his vision of the further development of integration associations. Alexander Lukashenko in detail told Mir about the state and prospects of the Belarusian-Russian relations. First of all, he spoke on the trade and economic cooperation.
Belarus wants to double number of small and medium-sized businesses
Belarus wants to double number of small and medium-sized businesses By 2030, the share of small and medium-sized businesses should be doubled in Belarus. Business support measures were discussed in the Grodno region on April 5. Representatives of the Ministries of Economy, Labor and Social Protection, as well as Architecture and Construction met with the heads of districts and local businessmen to discuss the creation of jobs, wage growth and investment.

05.04.2017

Kiev to buy 80 trolleybuses and 100 buses from Belarus
Kiev to buy 80 trolleybuses and 100 buses from Belarus Belarusian technologies gained the affection of Kiev city administration authorities. The mayor of Kiev personally tried out some of the models. The presentation of machinery, which is used for clearing territories, in building, community and road facilities, was held with a view. Kiev authorities have already given notice that they intend to buy 80 trolleybuses and 100 buses in Belarus. European standards, the price, reliability and quality of Belarusian machinery bribes the buyers.
Belarusian scientists develop about 70 new forms of fertilizers
Belarusian scientists develop about 70 new forms of fertilizers Belarusian scientists have developed about 70 new forms of fertilizers. They can be used for all crops which are cultivated in the country. Feeding increases soil fertility. By the way, it has increased in the last eight years, and it makes the harvest more resistant to weather changes. The aim of all these measures is to harvest as much as possible from each hectare of land.
2.5m hectares for 2017 sowing season
2.5m hectares for 2017 sowing season Belarusian scientists developed about 70 new kinds of fertilizers. They can be used for all the crops which are cultivated in Belarus. Fertilization increases the crop-producing power of land. By the way, in the last eight years it increased and made the harvest more resistant to weather changes. All the measures are directed at colleting the maximum amount of harvest from one hectare of land.
Belarus to improve local roads in 3-4 years
Belarus to finish improving local roads in 3-4 years Local roads must be improved in three-four years, while governors will be in charge of this process. On April 5, the head of state raised the issue of the quality and repair of highways of regional scale and rural roads. The Belarusian leader emphasized that Belarusians are not accustomed to traveling on bad roads. And while motorways in the country are at an appropriate level, the situation with local roads raises concern.
Belarus hopes Russia will lift food export restrictions in April
Belarus hopes Russia will lift food export restrictions in April Belarus expects the restrictions on products delivery to Russia to be lifted as early as this month, Agriculture and Food Minister Leonid Zayats said on the 4th of April 2017. The Russian sanitary watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor (FSVPS), may recheck the Belarusian enterprises under sanctions at the beginning of April. The Belarussian enterprises under restriction are to be checked up according to the agreements between the presidents of Russia and Belarus.

04.04.2017

Belarus’ hydropower plant project attracts Slovak businessmen
Belarus’ hydropower plant project attracts Slovak businessmen The hydropower plant project, which was developed in Vitebsk region, attracted Slovak businessmen. The energy sector is one of the top priorities of joint cooperation. The Belarus-Slovakia business forum is being held in Minsk. Businessmen are discussing possibilities of extending bilateral cooperation. As many as 20 representatives of Slovak plants are taking part in the forum.
Andrei Kobyakov: Belarus interested in partnership with Kenyan businessmen
Andrei Kobyakov: Belarus interested in partnership with Kenyan businessmen On April 4, the Belarusian government met with the chairman of the board of directors of the Kenyan Sameer Group. Today, this region of East Africa is a rapidly growing market. In this regard, Belarus is ready to offer its advanced technology, equipment and services. It can be a help both in agriculture and the construction of local infrastructure or environmental issues. Belarus is also interested in shipping to the region dairy products, canned food, baby food and other products.
Russia to refinance Belarus' debts
Russia to refinance Belarus' debts Russia will refinance the debt of Belarus and help with the funds of the Eurasian Foundation of Stabilization and Development. First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vasily Matyushevsky told reporters about the agreement reached during the meeting between Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin on April 3.

02.04.2017

CIS Plenipotentiaries Council and Commission on Economic Affairs meet in Minsk March 30
CIS Plenipotentiaries Council and Commission on Economic Affairs meet in Minsk March 30 A joint meeting of the CIS Plenipotentiaries Council and the Commission on Economic Affairs was held in Minsk on March 30, 2017. The participants did not only compare notes on the key issues, but formed a draft agenda of the upcoming CIS Heads of State Council summit. The meeting will be held in Kazan at the end of May. The document contains issues concerning cooperation in the innovation sector, provisions of transport security, the usage of nuclear power for peaceful purposes, and the training of specialists in geodesics, cartography, Earth’s remote sensing.

01.04.2017

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

31.03.2017

Alexander Lukashenko, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov launch Garlyk Mining and Processing Plant
Alexander Lukashenko, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov launch Garlyk Mining and Processing Plant Turkmenistan can become the flagship of potash production in the Central Asian region. Alexander Lukashenko and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov launched the Garlyk mining and processing plant on March 31. Belarus and Turkmenistan have implemented this large-scale project together. The capacity of the plant is up to 1.5 million tons per year. Its cost is about $1 billion.
150 Japanese businessmen to visit Belarus in summer 2017
150 Japanese businessmen to visit Belarus in summer 2017 Belarus and Japan are forging business dialogue. In the summer of 2017, 150 business leaders of Japan will visit Belarus. First of all they are interested in Belarus' experience in agriculture, high technology and instrumentation. The Japanese partners would like to find out more about pre-school education in Belarus.
Belarus' refinancing rate down to 14% from April 19
Belarus' refinancing rate down to 14% from April 19 The National Bank decided to reduce the refinancing rate for the fourth time this year. Starting April 19, the figure will be 14%.  Thus, the regulator notes a decrease in inflation and the stability of the currency market.  It is expected that the rate change will positively influence the banking system and the ordinary citizens thanks to reduced interest on loans.
Premiers of Belarus and Russia discuss oil and gas issues
Premiers of Belarus and Russia discuss oil and gas issues Belarus and Russia premiers Andrei Kobyakov and Dmitry Medvedev are trying to find a solution to problems in the energy sector. The heads of government of the two countries held talks on March 30 in Gorki near Moscow. Thus, the prime ministers are hoping to unload the agenda of the upcoming meeting of the presidents of Russia and Belarus on April 3. The sides touched upon the difficult but important questions. In particular, the dynamics of trade and economic relations, as well as the long-running dispute over the energy supplies to Belarus.

30.03.2017

Garlyk mining and processing plant to be officially launched March 31
Garlyk mining and processing plant to be officially launched March 31 The Belarus-Turkmenistan partnership has become strategic in recent years. The prospects of cooperation will be discussed on March 30 by the two countries' presidents. Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks with his counterpart Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. In addition, on March 30, a new complex of buildings of Belarus embassy will open in the capital of Turkmenistan. It is expected that the two leaders will take part in the opening ceremony. On Friday, the heads of state will launch the Garlyk mining and processing plant.

29.03.2017

Belarus participates in Expo Fine Food 2017
Belarus participates in Expo Fine Food 2017 Belarusian products in Shanghai. Belarus is taking part in the international food exposition Expo Fine Food in China for the first time. All in all ten leading plants are representing Belarus. Chinese gastronomes are amazed by Belarusian chocolate, biscuits, marshmallows and rye beer (mildly alcoholic drink made from fermented rye bread, yeast or berries).
Belarus-Pakistan business forum held in Minsk
Belarus-Pakistan business forum held in Minsk Pakistan is interested in establishment of joint light industry plants together with Belarus. The conditions of cooperation are discussed by business circles at the business forum in Minsk. As many as 50 representatives of textile plants from Pakistan came to Belarus. An official delegation from the Panjab province government came as well. A package of documents is planned to be signed after the negotiations.
Belarus to help Egypt, Sudan in water extraction
Belarus to help Egypt, Sudan in water extraction Belarusian geologists will help Egypt and Sudan in the drilling of wells for water extraction. Negotiations are now underway on what sites to select for drilling. The works will start already in 2017. The project is estimated at tens of millions of dollars. Experts are now purchasing suitable equipment for exploration and drilling of deep-water wells for groundwater extraction.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with World Bank Vice-President
Alexander Lukashenko meets with World Bank Vice-President A new strategy of partnership between Belarus and the World Bank was discussed on March 29 at the Palace of Independence. Emphasis is made on projects in the field of housing, energy and the development of the digital economy. The Belarus President met with top managers of the World Bank, which is one of the most respected organizations in the international arena. Cooperation with Belarus has intensified in the last seven years. Currently, the portfolio consists of 9 loans and 4 grants totaling almost $1 billion.
Belarus, World Bank launch seven projects totaling $650 million
Belarus, World Bank launch seven projects totaling $650 million Belarus and the World Bank have begun to develop a new partnership strategy. Details were discussed March 28 in talks with the delegation of this international organization. The World Bank provides financial and technical assistance to developing countries. The WB cooperates with Belarus thanks to a broad portfolio of joint projects. According to experts, these projects are among the most effective, when compared with similar programs in other states.
Belarus-Korea IT Cooperation Center opens in Minsk
Belarus-Korea IT Cooperation Center opens in Minsk The Belarusian-Korean center of cooperation in the field of information technologies opened in Minsk. In the near future, it will launch three pilot projects, including the development of a paperless trading system. The latter allows improving the efficiency of transactions both domestically and in the Eurasian Economic Union market.

28.03.2017

Garlyk plant to produce 1.5 million tonnes of potash fertilizers annually
Garlyk plant to produce 1.5 million tonnes of potash fertilizers annually The Garlyk mining and processing plant. All the stages of construction and perspectives and other issues as well were discussed by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and Chairman of the Council of the Republic National Assembly of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich on March 28, 2017. The construction of the Garlyk mining and processing plant in Turkmenistan
President Lukashenko: Garlyk plant construction shows the world Belarus' capabilities
President Lukashenko: Garlyk plant construction shows the world Belarus' capabilities The construction of the Garlyk mining and processing plant in Turkmenistan is a strong statement to the world about Belarus' capabilities, said the President March 28 meeting with the head of the Upper House of the Belarus Parliament.
Vitebsk hydroelectric power station, biggest in Belarus, launched in test mode
Vitebsk hydroelectric power station, biggest in Belarus, launched in test mode The most powerful in Belarus, the Vitebsk hydroelectric power plant has been launched in test mode. Specialists are now checking all of the equipment. It is able to withstand the most severe stresses giving consistently good results.  During the year, the station will produce 138 million kilowatt-hours of energy. This is enough to meet the energy needs of all the Vitebsk region and part of the Vitebsk city. Clean energy of the HPP will save tens of millions of dollars.
Mikhail Myasnikovich meets with PACE president Pedro Agramunt
Mikhail Myasnikovich meets with PACE president Pedro Agramunt The preparation of the fourth Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia was discussed on March 27 in St. Petersburg. It is expected that it will be held in Moscow in June 2017. The subject of the future meeting are high technologies and innovations. Head of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament, Mikhail Myasnikovich discussed the details of the upcoming forum with his Russian counterpart Valentina Matviyenko and the mayor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko.

27.03.2017

Belarus moving rapidly in business environment rankings, Aleksandr Pivovarsky says
Belarus moving rapidly in business environment rankings, EBRD's Aleksander Pivovarsky says The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is ready to finance the creation of new enterprises. Last week, one of the leaders of the bank met in Minsk with the Belarusian President. The head of the bank's representative office in Belarus Aleksander Pivovarsky told our correspondent Yana Shipko about the plans and intentions of the bank.
Ordinance number 3, new jobs and salaries. Main topics of President Lukashenko's working visit to Mogilev region
Ordinance number 3, new jobs and salaries. Main topics of President Lukashenko's working visit to Mogilev region President Lukashenko spoke on employment and new jobs created with the participation of foreign capital in Belarus during his working visit to the Mogilev region. Yulia Beshanova has more on the story. Communication with labor collectives is an integral part of the President's working trips. Issues that interest people are better that official reports in that they speak about the situation in the country in the best way. What worries ordinary Belarusians? Perhaps the most debated document in the country is ordinance number 3 on social dependency.

25.03.2017

China interested in Belarus’ food products
China interested in Belarus’ food products Belarusian business at the Canton Fair. On March 23, 2017 the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry discussed the possibility of exhibiting Belarusian products at the largest trading forum of China. The Canton Fair gathers hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world annually. The next fair will be opened on the 15th of April, 2017.
Belarus President meets with Lithuanian investor in Belarus' poultry industry
Belarus President meets with Lithuanian investor in Belarus' poultry industry Help people find jobs and provide decent wages were the main instructions the Belarus President gave on March 24 during his working trip to the Grodno region. The Head of State also spoke about

24.03.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: We need to offer all people a job by May 1
Alexander Lukashenko: We need to offer all people a job by May 1 To help people find work and to hit the country’s average salary of BYN 1,000 were the orders given by the Belarus President, Alexander Lukashenko, during a working trip to the Grodno region on 24 March. The head of state focused on the beginning of the sowing campaign in Belarus and in the region. Speaking about spring field work, the President demanded to cultivate crops only using fertilizers. By the way, the head of state was shown Belarusian equipment for applying mineral and organic substances.

23.03.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' relations with Pakistan fruitful
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' relations with Pakistan fruitful Belarus traditionally appreciates the friendship with Pakistan, reads the congratulatory message of Alexander Lukashenko to the President and the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic on the occasion of Pakistan Day. The Belarusian head of state noted that thanks to the joint efforts the relations are developing fruitfully serving as a solid foundation for the growth of the welfare of the peoples of both countries.
Iranian oil to be processed at Mozyr Oil Refinery
Iranian oil to be processed at Mozyr Oil Refinery A tanker carrying Iranian oil to Belarus has arrived in the port of Odessa. On board is about 80,000 tons of black gold. This hydrocarbon consignment is intended for processing at Belarusian plants. Already this week the cargo will arrive at the Mozyr Oil Refinery. Belarus started to search for alternative ways for oil supply after Russia cuts supplies in connection with a price dispute. President Alexander Lukashenko instructed to find alternative sources of oil in January 2017.

22.03.2017

Belarus' government increases accommodation funding in 2017
Belarus' government increases accommodation funding in 2017 As many as BYN 50 million more. Belarusian government allocates extra funds for home loans with state aid. According to the decision made by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus, the money will go towards building panel tower-blocks, which must be constructed in 2017. Those who are in need of improved housing conditions will be able to take loans at interest, which has been decreased by half of refinancing rate.

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