Minsk National Airport becomes airline hub due to increased transit passenger flow
Minsk National airport got the status of a hub. The airport became an airline hub due to increased transit passenger flow. There is about 30% of such travelers.
The percentage of transit passengers improves the status of the airport and its importance in Europe. This month the airport plans to welcome its 3-million passenger. Now there is modernization of the air gates of Minsk.
Alexander Zaborovsky: 10 billion dollars to be invested in Belarus in 2017
Investments in fixed capital in 2017 should amount to more than 22 billion denominated rubles, which is more than 10 billion dollars, said First Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Zaborovsky.
A quarter of the resources will be spent on Infrastructure projects and social sector. It includes construction of roads, residential houses and development of logistic potential. Three quarters will be spent on the real sector of economy.
New air traffic control center to appear in Minsk in 2018
Construction of a new air traffic control center in Minsk, Belarus, will be completed in 2018. On November 4, a commemorative capsule was laid on this occasion in the neighborhood Sokol, where it will be based. In fact, this is the start of a milestone project.
Need to create a new center is due to the increase in the number of flights over Belarus. More than 700 aircraft cross the territory of Belarus during 24 hours. First of all, the Mission Control Center will provide security.
IMF technical mission on state-owned enterprises starts work in Belarus
A technical mission of the International Monetary Fund has started work in Belarus. Currently the sides are discussing the possibility of a three-year cooperation program that would be supported by a loan of $3 billion for 10 years.
The IMF puts forward a number of requirements in order for the loan to be issued.
The technical mission on state-owned enterprises has arrived in Belarus on the invitation of the Government and the National Bank.
Dairy exporters from Minsk region expanding range of products
Dairy exporters from the Minsk region are improving their export opportunities, expand the range and improve quality of products that could be interesting to foreign consumers. The Kapyl branch of the Slutsk plant for the production of cheese, butter, dry milk products exports to Russia and Kazakhstan more than 90% of its products.
In 2017, it is planning to produce whey powder, without mineral salts.
Joint production of tractors and economic cooperation: SCO summit opens in Bishkek
Kyrgyzstan has resumed the assembly of Belarusian tractors. The opening ceremony of the production facility took place in Bishkek.
This city became the center of continental politics on November 3. It is hosting the Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, with Belarus being here as an observer. The main issue is economic cooperation. Belarus offered to expand industrial cooperation within the SCO.
On November 3, an assembly plant for MTZ tractors has started work in Bishkek.
Belarus seeking ways to increase teachers' salaries
70 kindergartens are going to be built in Belarus by 2020. Special class students who entered the Pedagogical University without exams will have to work 5 years after graduation at their first job after university.
These and many other issues were discussed on November 2 in Tolochin, Vitebsk region. In the spotlight was social policy, including health.
Vitebsk region, by the way, has one of the lowest infant mortality rates.
Belarus' trade with UAE: Why $30 million is not enough?
The creation of joint ventures and the development of mutually beneficial projects, the delivery of food products and emphasis on the exchange of innovative technologies. Middle Eastern trade prospects of Belarus are now being discussed by the expert community.
The level of political and interpersonal relations between Belarus and the countries of the Persian Gulf, such as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, is quite high today. But economic cooperation can definitely grow and the sides need to increase mutual trade.
Belarus, Kyrgyzstan resume assembly of tractors
Belarus and Kyrgyzstan have resumed the assembly of tractors in Bishkek. An opening ceremony was held on November 3 production with the participation of the Prime Minister of Belarus.
The assembly facility will produce up to 5,000 tractors per year. The sides plan to sell the vehicles not only in Kyrgyzstan.
The possibility of exporting machinery to China and Turkmenistan is being worked out.
Delivering tractor kits to the assembly plant in Kyrgyzstan the MTZ plans to use customs regime called "free warehouse".
Belarusian producers strike profitable deals with Kazakhstan
New contracts for the supply of meat and milk products. Belarusian producers have returned from Kazakhstan with orders worth $10 million.
A little more modest are results of the negotiations for the supply of furniture - $2 million.
In addition, Kazakh partners are interested in expanding the assembly production of combine harvesters at a joint venture in the city of Kostanay.
The country already has three dealerships and demand for equipment is growing.
Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant to supply off-road dump truck to UAE
Alexander Lukashenko met with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Prospective projects worth tens of millions of dollars were discussed at the meeting.
Next year, the Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant will supply off-road dump trucks to the UAE. Belarus is also interested in increasing export of food products and construction materials. Strategic projects are planned in the field of high technologies and military and technological cooperation.
Social entrepreneurship: unique business courses open in Gomel
It is possible to earn a living by solving social problems of the society. Unique business courses opened in Gomel in the framework of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
It’s possible to undergo course of social entrepreneurship in the Institute of Advanced Training of Pavel Sukhoi State Technical University.
Economy, culture, sport, health: Minsk Region and Vysočina Region to strengthen bilateral cooperation
Minsk Region and the Vysočina Region have discussed their bilateral cooperation. The talks took place during the visit of the foreign delegation to Minsk. A wide range of topics discussed at the meeting included the cooperation in economy and trade sphere, and partnership in the field of education and healthcare.
Large Czech manufacturers and businessmen arrived in the Minsk region together with representatives of the Vysočina Region. They had an opportunity to visit Belarusian enterprises.
Belarus-Vietnam sign MAZ co-production documents in Hanoi
The Belarusian auto industry is conquering new markets. Today in Hanoe, Belarus and Vietnam have formalized the birth of a new Belarusian-Vietnamese facility to produce passenger and truck MAZ vehicles.
The documents were signed during a visit to Vietnam of the Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko and Minister of Industry Vitaly Vovk.
The conveyor on the assembly plant will begin work in 2016. Now the parties are actively working on the launch of the joint production of low-floor buses.
Belarus registers budget surplus in January-September 2016
In the first 9 months of 2016, the Belarusian budget was formed with a surplus. In other words, budget revenues exceeded expenditures: plus 900 million, or 1.2% of the GDP.
Most of the finance was received by the Social Security Fund as well as from the payment of value added tax.
In turn, the largest expenditures were the financing of social services - education, health, and pensions.
Christian Bach: economic policy of your country creates more opportunities for business
The program Week met the main person of the Economic Commission for Europe, Executive Secretary to learn more about the possible projects and why integration is becoming a sign of new times.
Mr. Bach, today I’ve seen the announcement of the conference on the ECE official page on social networks. You’ve chosen a photo of Bolshoi Theatre. Have your acquaintance with Belarus started with the Bolshoi Theatre?
Russia makes second reactor for Belarusian NPP
A reactor vessel for the second power unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant has been sent from Volgodonsk. Transport route passes through a complex logistics scheme.
Now the special transport is being shipped on the motorway to the Tsimlyansk reservoir.
There will start a river stage of that shipment project. In Novovoronezh, transportation will continue by rail.
The reactor vessel for the Belarusian NPP weighs more than 330 tons, its height is 13 meters. Its production cycle was 3 years; experts have carried out all complex of tests.
Belarus buys Azerbaijani oil to compensate for cut in Russian supplies
Mozyr Oil Refinery is going to begin processing a batch of Azerbaijani oil. The first batch has recently arrived at the company.
Rail tank cars contain nearly 85,000 tons of raw material. The cargo was initially shipped through Odessa port.
By the way, this is not the first time Belarus has used a tanker to purchase oil. In 2010 and 2011, Belarus bought almost 1.5 million tons of Venezuelan and Azerbaijani oil, which was shipped through the oil terminal of the Odessa port.
National Bank of Belarus changes basket of currencies November 1
The National Bank of Belarus changed the structure of the basket of currencies on November 1. Until now, when determining the exchange rate of the Belarusian ruble, the bank took into account the trading volume in dollars, euros and Russian rubles. The regulator has decided to increase the share of the Russian ruble in the basket of currencies to 50% from 40%.
The dollar will retain one-third in the basket, while the euro's influence on the exchange rate will be reduced to 20%.
Chinese veterinarians inspect Belarusian meat packing plants
Chinese veterinarians finished the official inspection of Belarusian meat packing factories.
The experts were inspecting the Belarusian approach to feeding livestock and the rules of the production of meat and meat products. Chinese specialists favorably evaluated the work of Belarusian colleagues and the level of the veterinary service in Belarus.
Belarus President visits Qatar October 30
These days, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is in the Middle East. He is now in the United Arab Emirates, but early in the morning of October 30, the President held talks with the Sheikh of Qatar.
This is one of the richest Arab countries. Here, there is the highest oil production per capita in the world. And each of the 2 million people here is a wealthy man. The country spends petrodollars on social services. In Belarus, Qatari businessmen are involved in a number of projects. Today, this list may become longer.
Belarus’ President enumerates problems of Eurasian Economic Union development
Poland is a neighbor and a very important state in Eastern Europe, but it cannot replace Russia and countries of the CIS. Not because it doesn’t have oil and gas, or not only because of that. Russia and countries of the Eurasian Economic Union and the CIS represent the main market for Belarusian goods. Not everything is perfect, there are some problems. Every country protects its own manufacturers. However, it’s time to find a way to compromise and start to understand goals of integration that has been going on for a long time.
“There’s potential for development”: Polish businessmen discovering Belarus
Relations with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are precious for Belarus, even though these countries are not so geographically and culturally close to us. The importance of relations with close countries that we have common past with goes without saying. However, sometimes there are some internal strives. Belarus is between Russia and Poland. Relations with Poland haven’t been very easy lately. However, nowadays, official representatives from Warsaw have become frequent guests in Minsk. The business sphere has revived.
CIS Council of Heads of Government held in Minsk: signed agreements
A meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States was held at the National Library in Minsk.
In total, the agenda included more than 20 draft documents. Almost every second of them has an economic component. Implementation of the provisions of the Free Trade Area Agreement remains the priority for the allies.
Center of Traditional Chinese Medicine to appear in Minsk region
The Minsk region and the Chinese province Zhejiang agreed to build the Center of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Minsk region.
In accordance with the agreement, the Belarusian party and the Chinese party have particular obligations.
Thus, the Department of Health of the Minsk Regional Executive Committee will provide the Center of Traditional Chinese Medicine with rooms and necessary equipment. The Chinese party will send its specialists to treat Belarusians and to teach Belarusian doctors.
Economic issues in focus at meeting of CIS Council of Heads of Government in Minsk October 28
A meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States is completing at the National Library in Minsk. In total, the agenda included more than 20 draft documents. Almost every second of them has an economic component.
Cooperation in the mining and humanitarian sectors, automotive industry and intellectual property market development were among the issues. The allies are still discussing the course of implementation of the provisions of the Free Trade Area Agreement.
Belarus' National Bank notes growth in BYN deposits
The Belarus National Bank notes the increase in the number of deposits in the national currency. We are talking about newly attracted deposits, says the NBRB.
Belarusians have opened more irrevocable deposits in the national currency. Irrevocable deposits cannot be withdrawn until the end of the contract. Their share in the deposit portfolio has increased by 170% since the beginning of 2016.
An important factor here is the increased interest rate on such deposits. In irrevocable deposits, it is usually 2-3 points higher.
World Bank’s representative: Belarus is one of most rapidly developing countries
The World Bank noticed a great improvement in the business climate of Belarus.
In the list of 190 countries that are most favorable for doing business, Belarus got to the 37th place. Belarus is now close to its partners in the Eurasian Economic Union. Kazakhstan occupies the 35th place, Armenia is on the 38th place, and Russia is on the 40th place.
In the rating of the World Bank, Belarus started to participate in 2007. Back then, Belarus occupied the 129th place.
Belarusian fabrics to be exported to Japan
Belarusian light industry is entering the market of the land of the rising sun. For the first time Belarusian fabrics will be delivered to Japan. Among other promising areas for exports are the United States, Brazil and Israel. The state light industry enterprise Bellegprom is working to supply products to these countries. In addition, opportunities are open for cooperation with Turkey.
By the way, 57% of the production of the domestic garment industry is now exported abroad.
Export in 2016 has increased by 8% compared with the same period of 2015.
Belarus to produce unique protein from transgenic goats' milk
The Academy of Sciences of Belarus on October 26 opened a laboratory for extraction and purification of human lactoferrin from the milk of transgenic goats. The new site will appear in the Institute of Microbiology.
Within the framework of a Belarus-Russia Union State program, Belarusian and Russian scientists have for the first time in the world created unique herds of animals.
Having introduced a human protein gene into the DNA of goats the scientists got a herd of goats whose milk has more lactoferrin than in women's milk.
Belarus President: The poorest people need to be helped in crisis
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko stressed the importance of the development of relations between Belarus and Western Europe making staffing decisions on October 25. They touched upon the diplomatic corps.
Denis Sidorenko has been appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany. That country takes a constructive and pragmatic approach in the field of political cooperation, and in trade-economic cooperation, which is why it has become one of Belarus' most important partners.
Belarus diversifying oil purchases to avoid excessive dependence on Russian market
Belarus has resumed oil supplies from Azerbaijan. Almost 85,000 tons of the raw material were already unloaded at the port of Odessa.
The oil was delivered here by a tanker. Oil is designed for processing at the Mozyr Oil Refinery. Technological equipment of the enterprise allows working with different varieties of oil.
As Belneftekhim oil company explained, it is working out various supply options due to the fact that not enough Russian oil is delivered to Belarusian refineries.
Deputy Premier of Namibia: We expect greater number of agreements with Belarus in 2017
Belarus is ready to cooperate with Namibia. This republic is located in the south-west of the African continent. To visit it, Belarusians now do not need a visa. Diplomatic relations between the countries were established 15 years ago.
For the first time over these years, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Namibia visited Minsk on October 24.
The parties see great potential for cooperation in the field of agriculture, engineering and mining industries. Now they are forming a complete legal base of the bilateral relations.
Belarusian and Polish businesses to expand interregional cooperation
Expansion of inter-regional cooperation between Belarus and Poland is one of the major topics discussed in Belarus these days. On October 25, a business delegation from Lubuskie Province is arriving in the Gomel region. Business circles of that European country intend to establish contacts with companies of the region.
Amended law on employment comes into force on October 24 in Belarus
Unemployed people will be obliged to look for a job on their own. Employer will have to tell about job openings during 5 days. On October 24, a new amendment of the law on employment will be introduced in Belarus. The document involves the stricter punishment for breaking the law.
The period when a person can be unemployed is two times less. It was reduced from 36 to 18 months.
Why Belarusian medicines need more advertising?
Belarusian medicines became the topic of the talk show What’s Going On.
Dmitry Shevtsov, deputy of the House of Representatives of Belarus, head of Belarusian Doctors' Association:
Foreign companies spend a lot of money on advertising, which is very good. Foreign companies spend huge resource to promote a pharmaceutical product and to make doctors aware of its existence. There are a lot of conferences and seminars, where doctors could learn about medicines.
Poland may help Belarus promote Astravyets NPP electricity in EU
Poland may become a conductor of Belarus to the WTO and promoter of electricity generate by the Astravyets NPP in the European Union. These two topics became central during negotiations of the Polish delegation with representatives of the Belarusian government.
With the commissioning of the first unit of the nuclear power plant Poland could use Belarusian electricity or facilitate its transit.
How Mozyr Oil Refinery survived oil and gas conflict
The tradition of carrying the Olympic torch originated in ancient Greece and reminded people about Prometheus who got fire and gave it to people. The fire of the Belarusian torch originates from... Gazprom. Gazprom is not Prometheus. It doesn’t just give fire, it sells it, and not at a low price. That’s why Belarus and Russia had an argument. By October 20, Russia wanted to get money from Belarus for gas and for pumping the volumes necessary for Belarusian refineries. Due to reduction in supplies from Russia, the Belarusian pumps weren’t working properly.
Belarus, Poland to increase trade from $2.5bn to $4bn in coming years
The level of turnover of Belarus and Poland in the coming years should increase from $2.5 billion to $4bn. There are all prerequisites for this, say participants of the business forum Neighbourhood. It has been held for the 20th time and has gathered 500 representatives of business circles of Belarus and Poland.
Already today the sides signed a package of documents on cooperation. Among them is a memorandum on the development of transport infrastructure in Vitebsk.
Poland may assist Belarus in WTO accession talks
The President of Belarus proposes to raise the bar of trade and economic cooperation with Poland. Alexander Lukashenko said this on October 24 meeting with Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Minister of Finance and Poland Mateusz Morawiecki.
In January-August 2016, the trade turnover between the countries has increased as compared to the same period of 2015.
Deputy Prime Minister of Poland to arrive in Belarus October 24
Minsk and Warsaw are expanding trade connections. On October 24 Belarus will welcome Deputy Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki. He will hold talks with the leadership of Belarus as well as take part in the meeting of the joint commission for economic cooperation.
It is expected that the high-ranking guest will visit the annual Belarusian-Polish economic forum Neighbourhood. It will open on October 24 at the National Library and will gather several hundred representatives of leading companies of the two countries.
Preliminary stage of reconstruction of M6 Minsk–Grodno finished
The preliminary stage of the reconstruction of the highway M6 Minsk – Grodno is over. At some sections, people get down to a next stage of the reconstruction.
For the first time, Belarusian enterprises became contractors after winning the international contest.
The highway will have split-level intersections, and reinforced concrete barrier will be installed for the first time in Belarus. This will allow increasing the speed limit for light motor vehicles up to 120 km/h.
Belarus, Russia discuss Union State budgetary performance
Every ruble from the Union State budget should be spent effectively. This is required by the slowdown in economic activity in various sectors. This is the outcome of the meeting of representatives of the State Control Committee of Belarus and the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation.
On October 20, they discussed by videoconference how the Union State budget is being executed.
The sides noted that the current level of financial control bodies of the two countries is a way to enhance the integration and achieve common goals.
Belarus experiencing renaissance in trade relations with Europe, Vladimir Ulakhovich says
Belarus is experiencing a "renaissance" in trade relations with Europe, said today chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Belarus.
One of the forms that is most attracted to foreign partners is industrial cooperation.
It will allow producing more quality products and developing ways to enter new markets. Meanwhile, there are some problems in the field of foreign trade. For example, exceptions and limitations.
International Forum on Banking Information Technologies to open in Minsk on October 19
Reduced circulation of paper documents, introduction of digital technologies in the banking sector, as well as use of the Internet for business will be the key themes of the annual forum that will start in Minsk on 19 October.
The largest banks of Belarus will share with colleagues from the CIS their view of the further development of payment systems.
Cash remittances, online purchases, mobile payments and banking cards are technologies with which the majority of Belarusians are already familiar.
Belarusian NPP to get ecological passport
The Belarusian nuclear power plant will get an ecological passport. Experts from Belarus and Russia have conducted a joint monitoring of the construction of a nuclear power plant in Ostrovets and data that environmentalists got will form the basis of a new document. The entries will be made to help compare data on the environment after the launch of the station.
Experts have stressed the openness of Belarus in the provision of information as well as its availability.
Belarus and Tatarstan sign cooperation development plan for 2017-2020
Cooperation in the field of machine tools may become profitable for Belarus and Tatarstan. This was discussed at a meeting of the Prime Minister of Belarus, Andrei Kobyakov, with Rustam Minnikhanov, who is visiting Belarus.
Tatarstan will soon begin a large-scale modernization of the aviation plant and other engineering companies. Therefore, the foreign visitors are determined to cooperate with Belarus in the industry.
Alexander Lukashenko meets with Tatarstan president Rustam Minnikhanov
Industry, construction and innovation are the areas that should play the main role in economic cooperation between Belarus and Tatarstan, said Alexander Lukashenko October 18 meeting with the head of the republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov.
In recent years, the bilateral trade has fallen slightly in value terms , in 2015 by a quarter. The sides posted a trade of $878 million. However, the potential for economic cooperation is much higher. And, by the way, the physical volumes of trade continue to show good dynamism.
Tatarstan president visiting Minsk
The president of Tatarstan has come to Minsk to discuss the prospects for the development of comprehensive cooperation. High-ranking officials and heads of major regional enterprises have arrived together with the head of the Russian region. Among the plans during the visit are negotiations with the leadership of Belarus and visits to the Park of High Technologies, as well as a number of industrial enterprises.
Affiliated enterprise of Belarusian potash company opens in Ukraine
Affiliated enterprise of the Belarusian potash company has opened on in Ukraine on October 17. The main goal is to expand the presence on the market.
A country with a large sector of agricultural sphere is a prospective market for Belarus.
This new enterprise will help to reach a new level of cooperation with consumers of mineral fertilizers and to increase the number of shipments. Today, Belarusian potassium is purchased in every second country. The fifth part of the world’s export belongs to the Belarusian potash company.
Oil and gas disagreement between Belarus and Russia: Negotiations and new way of calculating gas prices
Belarus and Russia made a compromise in the argument about oil and gas prices.
Parties managed to agree on a mutually beneficial supply and transit of oil and a new mechanism for calculating the gas price. As the Ministry of Energy confirmed, in the coming days they will compensate for the gas that was received but wasn’t paid in full. Russia introduces the mechanism of the so-called inter-budgetary compensation.
Head of Raiffeisen Bank International about Belarus-Austria cooperation
A week ago, the President raised a very important and controversial economic topic in the Oval Hall. The topic was related to the disagreement between Russia and Belarus on gas prices. Everybody has his own truth, but Moscow conceded in the argument. Thus, the gas price is reduced for Belarus, which is fair enough from the point of view of the Eurasian integration. Nevertheless, the location of Belarus makes us look at different sides. For instance, today, Belarus has the same turnover with the EU as it has with Russia.
IAEA experts: Belarus is leading nuclear newcomer
The IAEA experts named Belarus the leading nuclear newcomer.
The results of the IAEA mission were published by the UN News Center. Within two weeks the mission has conducted a comprehensive assessment of the regulatory infrastructure in the field of nuclear and radiation safety of Belarus. The experts visited the construction site of the Astravyets NPP and they checked the legal and regulatory framework of nuclear and radiation safety of Belarus.
Andrei Kobyakov’s working visit: examples of industrial recovery
The agricultural industry of Belarus is expecting a financial recovery. A number of the President’s decrees include precise measures. Ministries, banks and agricultural enterprises are working hard on that matter.
On October 14, the situation in the Gomel district was reviewed on a particular example.
The development of joint enterprise Mikhailovskoye-Agro is slowed down because of its old debts. Annually, the enterprise pays back about 1 billion rubles. The terms of the debt payment will be changed after December 1.
IAEA mission about Belarusian nuclear power plant
The IAEA is satisfied with the positive experience of Belarus during the construction of a nuclear power plant. On October 14, the Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team concluded a 2-week mission in Belarus.
During that time, the IRRS mission assessed the regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety.
In addition to the site of the Astravyets NPP, the mission visited the Joint Institute for Power and Nuclear Research Sosny and the National Medical Rehabilitation Hospital.
Meeting with representatives of Guangdong held in Minsk
Belarus and China, cooperation between regions. Businessmen from Chinese province Guangdong visited Minsk.
The partners met at the trade, economic and tourist conference. Businessmen estimated the possibility of investment in projects of China-Belarus Industrial Park and activation of tourist business of Minsk and Guangdong.
About 160 companies from all Minsk regions presented their abilities.
The Chinese delegation consisted of representatives of more than 60 enterprises.
Kurgan region ready to buy 100 units of Belarusian machinery per year
Kurgan region of Russia is ready to buy 100 units of Belarusian equipment per year. Farmers from that Russian region are already familiar with Belarusian tractors. There are about 2,500 of them in the tractor fleet of the agricultural region.
The Russian guests are also interested in machines for the timber industry, as well as some types of municipal and road-building machinery. On October 13, the delegation visited the enterprise Amkodor and perhaps soon it may sign some new contracts.
IAEA: Belarus strictly adheres to security strategy principles
Belarus is a country that strictly adheres to the principles of following the security strategy. These are the first findings of the IAEA expert mission. They are completing work in Belarus.
Within two weeks they have conducted a comprehensive assessment of the regulatory infrastructure in the field of nuclear and radiation safety.
In addition to the site of the Astravyets NPP, the mission visited the Joint Institute for Power and Nuclear Research Sosny and the National Medical Rehabilitation Hospital.
Belarus and EU renew trade dialogue
Belarus and the European Union have resumed the dialogue on trade. On October 13, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus hosted the first round of talks.
The parties declared their intention to increase the trade turnover. As noted by the head of the EU Delegation in Belarus, it is European companies that are primarily interested in trade with our country. Andrea Victorin emphasized that the conversation took place in a warm atmosphere, and today one can say about the warming of relations between Belarus and the European Union.
Labor pensions in Belarus to increase from December 1, 2016
The first day of winter will warm the retired in a special way. Labor pensions are increased in Belarus on December 1.
The corresponding decree was signed on October 13 by the President of Belarus. The costs will be financed at the expense of the state extra-budgetary fund of social protection of the people.
According to the 2017 budget, labor pensions are going to increase two times.
SEE: Salaries in Belarus to grow by 9% in 2017
Kurgan region governor arrives in Minsk
Inter-regional cooperation is a step towards the strengthening of Belarusian-Russian relations. The governor of Kurgan region has come to Minsk to discuss the prospects of cooperation, including in trade.
Together with the head of the Russian region are high-ranking officials and heads of large enterprises of Kurgan region. The Kurgan delegation is going to hold negotiations with the leadership of Belarus as well as visit a number of industrial enterprises. Kurgan region is an agricultural region. Farmland occupies almost half of its area. Therefore
Belarusian-German working group on trade and investment to meet October 13
The trade dialogue of Belarus with the European Union continues. October 13 in Minsk, experts of the Belarusian-German working group will consider the issues of bilateral cooperation. In the spotlight will be the matters of
investment, export-credit insurance, industrial cooperation, energy, logistics, transportation, and professional education.
Doctrine of food safety to appear in Belarus
The doctrine of food safety will appear in Belarus by the end of 2016.
Belarus is successful in providing products for domestic market, and 35% of Belarusian products are exported. However, it’s not the time to relax. There are new challenges appearing in the sphere. That was the topic discussed during the 1st Belarusian Forum on Food Safety that was held on October 12 in Minsk.
Belarus is on 48th place in list of countries with largest gold reserves
Belarus entered the list of Top-100 countries with the largest gold reserves.
According to the rating compiled by the World Gold Council, we are on the 3rd place among the CIS countries and we hold the 48th place in the world. The sufficient amount of this metal in gold reserves is one of the most important criteria in the evaluation of a country’s economy. This is one of the factors of economic stability and financial security of a state.
It should be mentioned that the USA is on the top of the list, and Russia is a leader among the CIS countries.
From food to IT sector: Belarus and Austria expanding cooperation
When one of the strategic partners makes you sad, good words coming from the other side might not only become the medicine for your soul. The practical use is also very important. Following Belarusian dresses and condensed milk, other serious contracts might be signed, as Belarus and Austria are engaged in very successful cooperation. Our special correspondent Yana Shipko has the story.
Russia lifts restrictions on oil supplies to Belarus
Belarus considers agreements with Russia on gas and oil a compromise in the interests of the two countries.
On October 11, the Energy Ministry voiced a new formula of gas price calculations for Belarus.
It also confirmed that in the next 10 days Belarus will repay the previously underpaid money for blue fuel. Russia, in turn, introduces a mechanism for inter-budgetary compensation for the time when a common electric energy market is being created.
What IMF loan could mean for Belarus?
Belarus holds very important talks with the International Monetary Fund about a new loan program. There’s a possibility to get three billion dollars and the interest rate is beneficial. However, the IMF has very strict requirements, as usual. However, they are negotiating to find a compromise.
The idea of creating the International Monetary Fund came at a UN conference in 1944. The member countries have decided to create a common money-box from which anyone can borrow in order to avoid a serious crisis.
XXI Belarusian Energy and Ecology Forum opens in Minsk
About 300 companies from 14 countries will gather on October 11 in Minsk for XXI Belarusian Energy and Ecology Forum. Over the next four days, the participants will be getting acquainted with more than 200 scientific and technical developments.
Belarusian scientists will also present their best achievements in thematic exhibitions.
It is noteworthy that the event involves the banking sector, which will contribute to the financing and implementation of innovative projects. Forum organizers do not hide intentions to sign several deals after the forum.
Service company for biogas units to be created in Belarus
A company that will provide service for biogas units will be established in Belarus.
Such an agreement was made at the Belarus-Germany energy forum on October 10. The forum is held for the 5th time. The topics related to a vast usage of renewable sources of energy are discussed there. Almost 200 experts from two countries are discussing the cooperation in the sphere of environmentally friendly technologies. Belarus and Germany already have a number of joint projects.
Mikhail Kovalev, professor of Belarusian State University on IMF loan for Belarus and role of China in economy
Belarus has had a successful cooperation with the IMF for many years. In 2010, we received a large loan worth 3.5 billion dollars in the framework of the Standby Program. Belarus has already paid its debt. Now, there are discussions about a new loan from the IMF with very good interest. However, should Belarus count so much on the IMF? We asked the opinion of professor Mikhail Kovalev.
We hope to get a loan worth 3 billion dollars for 10 years with the interest rate of 2.3% a year. What does it mean?
Belarus and Russia settle oil and gas supply issues
Belarus and Russia have settled a problematic issue in the sphere of energy supply. The President of Belarus was briefed on how the oil and gas dispute is being resolved.
The cost of gas will be substantially reduced.
Currently the sides are signing a working protocol, and in the near future plan to legally register the agreements.
Fifth Belarusian-German Energy Forum kicks off in Minsk October 10
The development of energy policy will be a central theme of the V Belarusian-German Energy Forum. It is about to kick off in Minsk October 10.
Experts from the two countries will discuss the issues of renewable energy, implementation of energy efficiency systems in buildings and many others. The participants will also visit Minsk's heat electric generation plant No2 and the substation Kolyadichi.
SEE: Belarus-Germany cooperation
Belarus expanding insurance services export
Why is it profitable to insure contracts with foreign companies and how does it affect the development of export? These questions were discussed during the international conference in Minsk.
Lately, there has appeared a tendency to insure contracts in Belarus. The insurance cover contracts with more than 50 countries.
Both governmental and private enterprise can make their contracts safe.
Saint Petersburg interested in Belarusian dairy and meat products
Belarus and Saint Petersburg plan to increase their turnover up to 2 billion dollars.
On October 7, a number of agreements were signed between Belarus and Saint Petersburg. As it was announced, Saint Petersburg is still interested in Belarusian dairy and meat products, and it plans to purchase the transport produced in Belarus.
The construction industry might become a very beneficial sphere of cooperation.
It is planned to build Belarus Town in Saint Petersburg and Saint Petersburg Town in Minsk.
Alexander Lukashenko comments on gas problem with Russia
One more disputable economic question that sometimes becomes a political issue was mentioned by President Lukashenko during his speech in the Oval Hall of the Belarusian Parliament. The topic is old for the relations between Russia and Belarus. At the same time, it is a key topic. The words oil and gas mean a lot.
Alexander Lukashenko about business in Belarus: “We need to provide people with favorable conditions without excessive limitations”
Restructuring of the economy, the importance of business and cooperation with world’s powers were among the issues discussed by the President in the Oval Hall of the Government House on October 7.
Hard and important work lies ahead of the MPs of the 6th convocation. The most important topics are economy, social sphere, international cooperation and Belarusians’ well-being. The former parliamentarians hand over mandates to new MPs. There are hundreds of draft bills. The MPs of the 6th convocation have even more work ahead of them.
Support of small and medium-sized businesses is national priority, says Belarusian MP of 6th convocation
Restructuring of the economy, the importance of business and cooperation with world’s powers were among the issues discussed by the President in the Oval Hall of the Government House on October 7.
Hard and important work lies ahead of the MPs of the 6th convocation.
The President underlined that at first, it is necessary to address all the issues in the Oval Hall. The most important topics are economy, social sphere, international cooperation and Belarusians’ well-being.
Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Pakistan: 15 agreements concluded
The Belarus President has ended the official visit to Pakistan. The agreements achieved will become an impetus for the further dynamic development of the relations.
Minsk and Islamabad agreed to deepen friendly relations and achieve turnover of a billion dollars in 4 years.
The Belarus President's negotiations with the most influential politicians of Pakistan ended almost in the plane.
Upper chamber of Belarus parliament approves budget for 2017
On October 6, Belarusian senators approved the draft budget for 2017. The budget retains social orientation and takes into account Belarus' loan obligations.
The thickness of the 'national purse' will be the same as in 2016, while the consolidated budget will grow by 6%.
The tax burden on the economy will fall. The 2017 budget is conservative, while its profitability has been calculated on the basis of oil prices at $35 per barrel.
Alexander Lukashenko demands Belarus-Pakistan trade at $1bn by 2020
Belarus-Pakistan relations are on the way to $1 billion. The official visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Pakistan is intensifying relations between the two countries. The contracts and their worth speak for themselves. The first-ever delivery of BelAZ, a joint venture for the production of special equipment and a major contract of Belarus' tire manufacturers.
In the list of priorities are light industry, interbank cooperation and the implementation of infrastructure projects.
Relations based on mutual trust: official visit of Alexander Lukashenko in Pakistan
Belarus and Pakistan are going to develop friendly relations on the principles of mutual trust and cooperation. Alexander Lukashenko is on an official visit to Islamabad. The Head of State held talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. One of the agreements is to bring trade turnover to $1 billion a year.
Also, Alexander Lukashenko took part in the opening of bilateral business and investment forum.
Salaries in Belarus to increase by 9% in 2017
Belarus' draft budget for 2017 has been adopted. In the second reading, the absolute majority of deputies voted for the draft of the main financial document. It will retain social orientation. One-third part of the budget will be earmarked for state programs: in education - for the development of innovative approaches, while in health care focus will be made on affordability and quality.
Payroll fund will increase by 9%, while labor pensions will be increased twice.
Days of Saint Petersburg to start in Minsk on October 6
The Days of Saint Petersburg will start with the business forum that will be held in Minsk on October 6. The business communities of Russia and Belarus will take part in the event.
The official delegation is planning to visit a number of enterprises and industrial plants. It is planned to sign a number of agreements on cooperation. After all business meetings are over, there will be a concert of a chamber orchestra from Saint Petersburg near the City Hall.
Priorities of Belarus’ social and economic development for 2017
The main targets of the social and economic development of Belarus for 2017 were established.
The President signed the corresponding document. Inflation is one of the key points. It should not be increased by 9% during 12 months. It is expected to receive direct investment worth 1.5 million dollars. The document allows for a positive dynamics in foreign trade. Belarus needs to sell 3.8% more domestic products in 2017. Besides, the President approved principal directions in the monetary policy of Belarus.
Lipetsk region of Russia interested in quality of Belarusian roads, agricultural machinery
Belarusians will build roads in Russia. Administration of Lipetsk Region of Russia visited new facilities in Minsk and the Minsk region, in particular the second ring road, and praised the level of work.
In addition to roads the parties are interested in the promotion of engineering products. A sales office for sales of Belarus-made machinery is already operating in the Lipetsk region.
In general, the bilateral trade turnover increased by 8% since the beginning of 2016 and exceeded $124 million.
Half of Belarus' budget expenses to be earmarked for social policy in 2017
Representatives of the House of Representatives have adopted the draft budget for 2017 in the second reading. It was approved by a majority vote.
State revenues were approved in the amount of more than BYN18 billion, expenses over BYN16 billion.
Over 40% of planned revenues will come from value-added tax.
What is Belarus' main socio-economic development goal for 2017?
Growth of competitiveness of the economy is the main goal for the next year. The President of Belarus signed a decree on the socio-economic development for 2017. Ensuring macroeconomic balance, financial recovery of the real sector companies, the growth of labor productivity, creation of new jobs - these tasks are named the key ones in the document.
The GDP in the coming year is projected at 101.7%. On 4 October, the President, in a decree, approved the monetary policy guidelines for 2017. It will maintain continuity and facilitate
Contracts worth several million dollars: Pakistan interested in Belarusian textile and tires
The Belarusian head of state on October 5 will take part in a business forum in Pakistan. Businessmen of the two countries were thoroughly prepared for business negotiations and demonstrate positive dynamics of cooperation.
For example, a test batch of Belarusian yarn worth a quarter of a million US dollars made it possible to study and gain a foothold in the textile market, and the overall portfolio of Bellegprom concern's contracts yesterday increased by 3 and a half million.
Belarus' Bellegprom concern sign $3.5m worth of contracts in Pakistan
A Belarusian delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko has already been in Islamabad for a day, ahead of Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko's state visit. The delegation includes numerous businessmen and heads of ministries.
On October 5, the capital of Pakistan will host a business forum. But a number of meetings and successful negotiations have already been held.
On October 4 the company Bellegprom signed contracts worth $3.5 million.
11 countries taking part in Belarusian Transport Week
Construction of the second runway at Minsk National Airport is scheduled to be completed by 2018. This was one of the topics of the Belarusian Transport Week, which is underway in Minsk. Logistics, transit and of course mutual interests are in the center of attention in the Belarus capital this week, with some big players coming.
Among the exhibitors are Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Germany, and China. Taking part in the business forum are 11 countries.
Estonian delegation visiting Minsk: Investment attraction issues in focus
Belarusian and Estonian delegations met in Minsk on October 3.
A delegation from the Tallinn district of Lasnamäe is on a four-day visit to Minsk.
In particular, for Partyzansky distict, this is a new partner in trade and economic and cultural relations. In turn,
Estonian colleagues are interested in drawing on Belarusian experience in the industrial sector, inbound medical tourism and cooperation in the sphere of housing and communal services.