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While macroeconomic adjustment has brought stability, only structural change will bring solid growth to the country,” said Alex Kremer, World Bank Country Manager for Belarus. “Inflation has hit a record low in Belarus, driving the costs of domestic borrowing down. However, real wages are now again ...
"Under an agreement between Serbian President Alexandar Vucic and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus has given us fighter jets and we are very thankful to it for that," he said, adding that thanks to the supplies of six MiG-29 fighter jets from Russia and four such warplanes from Belarus ...

MINSK, 23 April (BelTA) – The company Belarus Food and Agriculture (Shanghai) Co.,Ltd. was founded in Shanghai Free-Trade Zone on 21 April, BelTA learned ... The sides sealed a deal to establish it during the visit of Belarus' Agriculture and Food Minister Leonid Zayats to China in December 2017.
Alexander Lukashenko added that there are no reasons to increase prices for food products, as the major part of food is produced in Belarus. Imported food products make a small percentage. “There is a competition between the companies that supply food products to Belarus. They will not increase prices, ...
MINSK, 23 April (BelTA) – Belarus and Italy will join action on climate change mitigation, Belarus' First Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Protection Iya Malkina told at the opening of the 2nd Italian-Belarusian Business Forum on Green Economy on 23 April, BelTA has learned.
The "unprecedented" Decree on the Development of Digital Economy, signed by President Alexander Lukashenko in December, officially came into force on March 28 in the Republic of Belarus. The document signals a new dawn for the country, facilitating any form of cryptocurrency-related activity, and ...

"Is Belarus, the future Silicon Valley of Eastern Europe? This is the ambition of the Belarussian government, says its foreign minister. "In 2005 we have created a high-tech network here and today they export almost 1 billion dollar services abroad, says Vladimir Makei, Foreign Minister of the Republic of ...
The lower house of the Belarusian parliament has approved in its first reading draft amendments to the country's media law that would tighten control over online news websites and social-media networks. The draft amendments passed in their initial reading in Belarus's House of Representatives on April ...
The parliament in Belarus has passed a measure prohibiting internet users from commenting on forums without authorization and requiring online publications to register with the government as mass media. The law passed on Thursday was harshly criticized by the Belarusian Association of Journalists, ...
We understand that the local e-commerce market may grow two or three times to reach from $1 billion to $1.5 billion. This might be interesting for investors and new businesses,” Maksim Marinich remarked. He clarified that today the e-commerce market accounts for just 2.8% of all retail sales in Belarus.
Belarus plans to increase its agricultural exports by 7.1% in 2018. “This year, the enterprises of the Agriculture and Food Ministry will focus on expanding the range of products and increasing the exports to the markets we mastered in the previous years. We sold our products to 70 countries in 2017. We also ...
MINSK, 30 March (BelTA) – Director of the Swiss Red Cross (SRC) Markus Mader and Head of the SRC International Cooperation Department Beat von Daniken will pay a visit to Belarus for the first time from 3 to 5 April, BelTA learned from Paulina Ivanko, a communication specialist of the Swiss Red ...
MINSK, 30 March (BelTA) – Public safety in crowded places will remain closely watched, BelTA learned from Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov on 30 March. Andrei Kobyakov said: “As far as crowded places are concerned, we need constant effort. It is primarily up to executives, managers, ...
MINSK, 30 March (BelTA) – Belarus and India are showing mutual interest in stepping up bilateral cooperation. The matter was mentioned as outgoing Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India to Belarus Pankaj Saxena paid a farewell courtesy call on Belarus' Minister of Foreign Affairs ...
MINSK, 30 March (BelTA) – Belarus intends to ramp up agricultural exports to the CIS countries, BelTA learned from Aleksei Bogdanov, Head of the Central ... to import more food products from Belarus at the latest session of the Belarusian-Tajik intergovernmental commission,” Aleksei Bogdanov remarked.
Left, Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander, emeritus general authority, was named an honorary consul of Belarus for the state of Utah Thursday in a ceremony by Dr. Oleg Kravchenko, deputy foreign minister of Belarus, middle, and Pavel Shidlovsky, chief of mission, in the Belarus Embassy in Washington D.C..
DZERZHINSK DISTRICT, 30 March (BelTA) – It is essential to look for new sales markets if there are any problems with the delivery of foodstuffs to Russia, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said during his working trip to Dzerzhinsk District, Minsk Oblast, on 30 March, BelTA has learned.

MINSK, 30 March (BelTA) – Plans have been made to build homes for over 7,000 families with many kids in Belarus in 2018, BelTA learned from Alexander Gorval, Head of the Housing Policy Office of the Belarusian Architecture and Construction Ministry, on 30 March. The official said there were some ...
On 19 March, floods were reported by the Belarusian authorities, local media and Belarus Red Cross (BRC) branches, with 316 houses reported to be flooded in three regions of the country. According to information provided by hydro-meteorological agencies, rapidly-increasing volumes of water are ...
This is the packaging and quality control of the product in Belarus. Their appearance on the domestic market has created a competitive environment, which significantly affected the cost of such drugs. As a result, their accessibility for patients has greatly improved. “If earlier their accessibility was estimated ...
During the visit, Oleg Kravchenko took part in the official inauguration ceremony for Honorary Consul of Belarus in Utah Dennis Neuenschwander. Oleg Kravchenko noted long-standing links between Belarus and Utah and expressed interest in a closer partnership with the State in the areas of mutual ...
Vladimir Semashko met with Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang to discuss bilateral cooperation in all fields of mutual interest. Tran Dai Quang spoke highly of his visit to Belarus in June 2017 and stressed the importance of the agreements reached back then. In his words, Belarus and Vietnam also need to ...
SAINT PETERSBURG, 28 March (BelTA) – Belarus suggests stepping up industrial manufacturing cooperation ties to Saint Petersburg. Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov made the relevant statement during the tenth meeting of the Belarus-Saint Petersburg Business Cooperation Council in the ...
When asked about when Belarus expects to get the sixth EFSD tranche, Yuri Selivestrov remarked that the talks are underway. “There is ongoing work with the EFSD. This work, however, was hampered by the processes in Russia. Our colleagues probably did not have enough time. As for the sixth tranche, ...
“Civil engineering is an important field of Belarus-St Petersburg cooperation,” Andrei Kobyakov noted. The sides have launched a joint project to build a Belarusian residential district in St Petersburg and a St Petersburg residential area in Minsk. The concept has been formulated already. The next step will ...
Minister of State for Europe and the Americas of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Alan Duncan visited Belarus in September 2017. Alan Duncan met with the head of state and held negotiations with the minister of foreign affairs. The sides stated the constructive nature of the discussions, sketched ...
BelTA reported earlier that in 2018 Belarus floated $600 million worth of eurobonds with the 6.2% interest rate and the maturity period of 12 years. Some 52% of the eurobonds was bought by investors from the USA, 30% from the UK, 17% from continental Europe, and 1% from Asia. In 2017 Belarus floated ...
The sides signed a roadmap of cooperation in science and technology between the educational and scientific institutions of Belarus and St Petersburg for 2018-201, a memorandum of cooperation between the healthcare committees of Minsk and St Petersburg, and an agreement on cooperation between ...
"At President Alexander Lukashenko's order, on March 28, national flags will fly at half mast in Belarus, while radio and TV broadcasters will cancel entertaining programs," the presidential administration said. The country's citizens have been recommended to refrain from holding entertaining events, ...
Today Belarus officially joined the race to become an international center for blockchain innovation, when its crypto tax and accountancy laws were enacted. Under the presidential decree all crypto-related business and trading will be legalized, a framework for accounting standards defined and a tax break ...
Scores of people have been arrested in the Belarus capital, Minsk, as supporters of the country's repressed opposition tried to hold a protest march. The attempted demonstration was to mark the 100th anniversary of the short-lived Belarusian People's Republic of 1918-19, seen by the opposition as the ...
VATICAN CITY: Belarus could be the setting for another meeting between Pope Francis and the Patriarch of Moscow Kirill (Gundyayev). Although the country might be less exotic and far away than Havana, Cuba, where the two religious leaders met for the first time on 12 February 2016, it could ...
The FINANCIAL -- First Vice Prime Minister of Georgia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Dimitry Kumsishvili opened the Georgia-Belarus Business Forum. Business delegation from Belarus arrived to Georgia within the framework of the official visit of the Republic of Georgia, Aleksander ...
When asked about the strong presidential power in Belarus and the influence of the head of state on many processes in the country, Alexander Lukashenko noted that his role is somewhat hyperbolized. “Indeed, we have a strong presidential power, which saved the country from destruction. I do not want to ...
MINSK, 23 March (BelTA) – During the spring session the Belarusian MPs are expected to ratify an intergovernmental agreement with Turkey on cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy, deputy chairman of the standing commission on industry, fuel and energy complex, transport and ...
The sides stressed the need to coordinate the efforts to enable comfortable conditions for rail traffic between Belarus, Lithuania, and Russia's Kaliningrad Oblast. They also touched upon shipping containers by Viking combined transport trains and using electronic documents to transport empty and loaded ...
“Belarus' State Customs Committee is carrying out a set of measures to get prepared for a large influx of both participants and fans of the 2nd European Games MINSK 2019. Most border checkpoints will designate special corridors to make border crossing faster and more convenient for participants and ...
MINSK, 23 March (BelTA) – China's Chengdu hosted a forum on trade and economic cooperation between China, Belarus, and the Belarus-China ... Belarusian Deputy Economy Minister Pavel Utyupin gave a presentation on the investment opprtunities of Belarus for businessmen from Sichuan Province.
Last year's congress in France was attended by a group of specialists from Belarus, and we discussed how we wanted to hold this event. So when we arrived in Belarus, everything was practically ready: the technical program was prepared, the cultural program was done at the highest level,” Andrew ...
The French quartet won the biathlon mixed relay at PyeongChang 2018 to hand Martin Fourcade his fifth Olympic gold (and his third of these Games). The relays also produced a golden landmark for Darya Domracheva who took her personal Olympic title haul to four as she helped Belarus win the women's ...
BRUSSELS -- Thirty-five members of the European Parliament have criticized the European Union's position toward Belarus in a letter, saying that the bloc's relationship with Minsk is centered on economic cooperation, trade, and assistance instead of being focused on human rights, democracy, and the ...
MINSK, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Global rating agency Moody's has upgraded Belarus' sovereign ratings to B3 from Caa1 and the outlook is stable, the agency said Monday in its press release. The upgrade to B3 reflects the improvement of Belarus' position on external liquidity, as well as the reduction of the ...
Presenting at that conference, Igor Marzalyuk, the chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Education, Culture, and Science and a professional historian, opined that the BPR was the forerunner of Soviet Belarus. Moreover, the respective line of succession was formalized by the 1925 resignation of the ...
Thaws contributed to snow melting. Snow has gone in the south-west of Belarus, but still remains in most of the country. The depth of soil freezing ranged from 20-25 cm to 30-45 cm, even reaching 50-65 cm in some northwestern and southwesternmost areas. In the south-east of Belarus, single parts of ...
MINSK, 19 March (BelTA) – Belarus intends to boost furniture exports to the European Union, BelTA learned from the National Centre for Marketing and ... The customers are scheduled to come to Belarus soon to learn more about the samples of furniture and the manufacturing capacities of Belarusian ...
MOSCOW, 19 March (BelTA) – The results of the presidential elections in Russia are of utmost significance for the Belarusian-Russian relations, BelTA learned from Sergei Rakhmanov, the chairman of the Council of the Republic's permanent commission on international affairs and national security, who is ...
On 22 March Belarus will mark the 75th anniversary of the Khatyn tragedy. The Nazis destroyed the peaceful Belarusian village of 26 houses killing 149 people, including 75 children under 16, the youngest of whom was only 7 weeks old. The terrible events of the spring 1943 fill the hearts of Belarusians ...
MINSK, 19 March (BelTA) - Moody's Investors Service upgraded the Government of Belarus' issuer and senior unsecured ratings to B3 from Caa1 on 16 ... The upgrade of Belarus' ratings to B3 was driven primarily by the country's strengthening external liquidity position and the narrowing of the current ...
Belarus may become one of major European centers in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning, Director of Belarus' Hi-Tech Park Vsevolod Yanchevsky said in an interview with Belarus 1 TV Channel when commenting on the registration of a record-breaking number of resident companies in ...
“The relations between Russia and Belarus have long been fraternal, based on the common historical and cultural roots. We cannot expect any serious changes in our relations, especially worsening. They can change towards deeper integration, and this is what we need. Deep economic integration is the ...


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