There is growing global recognition of the opportunities present in Belarus from investment experts:
"Belarus has an enormous potential that has yet to be fully engaged – an advantageous geographical position, a well-developed infrastructure, social stability, a strong research and technological potential and low levels of corruption. Belarus can offer vast opportunities to investors, including a privatisation programme for state-owned enterprises."
United Nations Development Programme
"Belarus is on track to join the top 30 best places in the world to do business by 2011."
"The Belarusian market has a high potential. It has great significance for the European Union as it is situated close to its borders." Jean-Eric Holzapfel, Delegation of the European Commission to Belarus.
"Belarus is the best kept secret in Europefor foreign investors." Justin Bancroft, Partner with Deloitte & Touche, Belarus.
"Belarus’ economic performances during the last five years [has been] one of the best in the CIS." Willy Kiekens, executive director for the Republic of Belarus, IMF
"Belarus has a rich industrial heritage resulting in a high level of economic diversification." Standard & Poor’s
"We can see the huge potential of the Belarusian IT-industry and are ready
to invest in its development." Cliff Reeves, Microsoft
"Belarus is a fast growing market and this deal will give us an excellent platform from which to grow both the Heineken brand as well as our imported Russian brands." Nico Nusmeier, president of Heineken NV for Central and Eastern Europe
"The last untapped market in Europe" Business New Europe