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23 Aug 2018

Myasnikovich, Rumas discuss Belarus’ budget planning prospects for 2019-2020

MINSK, 23 August (BelTA) – Chairman of the Council of the Republic Mikhail Myasnikovich and Prime Minister Sergei Rumas have discussed prospects for budget planning for 2019-2020. The statement was made by Mikhail Myasnikovich at the session of the Belarusian part of the organizing committee of the 5th Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia on 23 August, BelTA has learned.

The Council of the Republic initiates a transition to the two-year planning of the social and economic development forecast and the country’s budget. Mikhail Myasnikovich noted that he discussed this matter with new head of government Sergei Rumas. According to the speaker, the work on the forecast and the budget should focus on the time frame of 2019-2020. “Or, if nothing else, we can flesh out plans for 2019 and outline major targets for 2020,” he said.

The organizing committee reviewed efforts to prepare for the events that will take place within the framework of the 5th Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia, including a plenary session and the final document. The Belarusian and Russian parts of the organizing committee will meet in Mogilev in the first half of September.

The 5th Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia will take place in Mogilev on 11-12 October. The organizers are the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus and the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in cooperation with the Mogilev Oblast Executive Committee. The forum is expected to draw about 2,000 participants. The main event of the forum will be a plenary session to discuss the priority areas of interregional cooperation as a key factor in integration and the Union State development. It is expected that the plenary session will be attended by the heads of state. The forum will run panel discussions on agricultural policy, harmonization of legislation, digital economy, youth policy, international activities and economic security. The business part of the forum will include a session of the Business Cooperation Council, business meetings and business talks between heads of companies and enterprises of the two countries.

A session of the inter-parliamentary commission of the Council of the Republic and the Federation Council on interregional cooperation will talk over prospects for strengthening inter-parliamentary relations and also the role of the parliamentary dimension in the development of Belarusian-Russian relations.

The program will also include the Week of Integration and Cooperation, a youth forum, a meeting of student teams, a Sports Day for Children and Youth, a hockey tournament, a joint meeting of the women's unions of Mogilev Oblast and Tula Oblast and many more.

The forum will comprise a fair of arts and crafts and national expositions that will feature master classes, exhibitions of arts and crafts, folk games, the national cuisine, competitions and the concert “The Commonwealth of Cultures – the Commonwealth of Nations”.

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