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8 Dec 2017
Belarus plans to extend visa-free program to 10 days in 2018 Belarus plans to extend visa-free program to 10 days in 2018
When talking about visa liberalization, Alexander Ganevich voiced the plans to extend the visa-free stay to 10 days for those arriving in Belarus via the Minsk National Airport, to 30 days for the duration of the 2019 European Games...
8 Dec 2017
Lukashenko encourages competition due to open Belarusian economy Lukashenko encourages competition due to open Belarusian economy
The president emphasized that the Belarusian economy is export-oriented. “We sell more than we consume. This is why we have to act carefully. Make quality fabric. We will sort things out later,” he added...
8 Dec 2017
Lukashenko encourages Russian athletes to show Russia's greatness as sport country in Pyeongchang Lukashenko encourages Russian athletes to show Russia's greatness as sport country in Pyeongchang
“I think Russia will survive this. They need to go and show that they are a great sporting power. And then everything will be clear to everyone. Not going and placing last… You know what opinion this will create. So everything is in the hands of athletes. Clean athletes should go and prove their worth. All sorts of arguments, reasonings and all this staff will die away and emotions will go away"...
8 Dec 2017
Upgraded Belarusian worsted fabric factory told to increase output Upgraded Belarusian worsted fabric factory told to increase output
“A good manufacturing facility has been created. Maybe you and I will be pleased with it. But that’s for the next year. I think that by the end of the year you will manage to reach the pace and the volumes we intended to reach in two years — 6 million running meters of fabric. But 6 million is not the limit even for this factory"...
8 Dec 2017
Belarus’ budget surplus projected at Br730m in 2018 Belarus’ budget surplus projected at Br730m in 2018
“The draft budget projects the surplus at Br730 million. This is 0.6%-0.7% of GDP,” Vladimir Amarin noted. The surplus will be used to repay the state debt...
8 Dec 2017
MP: Belarus has a big potential to promote its cultural heritage overseas MP: Belarus has a big potential to promote its cultural heritage overseas
“In fact, the image is transferred into real investments and projects. In the context of struggle for resources and markets, we must pay attention to advancing the image of Belarus as a country with ancient history and statehood traditions”...
8 Dec 2017
UNECE to develop Belarus’ Country Profile on Housing and Land Management by 2019 UNECE to develop Belarus’ Country Profile on Housing and Land Management by 2019
The project to strengthen the potential of the Belarusian government in sustainable housing and land management was approved in September 2017. The project should be implemented within a year...
7 Dec 2017
Increased activity of political parties in early stages of local elections in Belarus Increased activity of political parties in early stages of local elections in Belarus
According to Lidia Yermoshina, 4 December marked the completion of an important phase of the current campaign, namely the establishment of the constituency election commissions for the election to the oblast local councils of deputies and nine district commissions for the elections to the Minsk city council of deputies...
7 Dec 2017
Lukashenko plans to have more meetings with students next year Lukashenko plans to have more meetings with students next year
The head of state pointed out a special importance of university education. In his words, universities train highly-qualified personnel and shape the future of the country in various fields. “In fact, the Administration did not pay enough attention to it, and I was too busy. I have not met with students often in recent time. I am convinced that I will have a number of such meetings next year”...
7 Dec 2017
Belarus, Russia gradually approximate laws to ensure equal rights for citizens Belarus, Russia gradually approximate laws to ensure equal rights for citizens
The Belarusian MP named healthcare among the fields that have seen the best results. He underlined that the two parliaments strive for the same results in labor relations, in particular. “The approximation process in underway in every area”...
7 Dec 2017
Belarus president tells newly appointed government executives to act fairly Belarus president tells newly appointed government executives to act fairly
The head of state pointed out that honesty and integrity are always important in work with people. “Fairness is the key principle. There is no other way,” said Alexander Lukashenko. “The law cannot cover all the subtleties of life and human thoughts. This is why make sure people don’t take offence at your actions”...
7 Dec 2017
Makei: Negotiation process on Ukraine requires unwavering support Makei: Negotiation process on Ukraine requires unwavering support
“The Minsk agreements remain the cornerstone of the peaceful settlement in Ukraine and should be fully implemented by all parties,” the misniter stressed...
7 Dec 2017
Call to fully use OSCE’s potential to curb risk of military confrontation in Europe Call to fully use OSCE’s potential to curb risk of military confrontation in Europe
According to the diplomat, Belarus will continue to provide support for every constructive effort to find common ground in all three dimensions of security and to expand cooperative agenda in the OSCE...
7 Dec 2017
Belarus president urges to reformat MFA Belarus president urges to reformat MFA
The head of state cited the RSA and Argentina as examples where new ambassadors have been appointed. It is still early to talk about high efficiency of Belarus’ cooperation with these countries. Moreover, as for the Ambassador to the RSA, he holds concurrent accreditation to Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Namibia...
7 Dec 2017
Principles of fair business practices and self-regulation to be reflected in Belarus’ legislation Principles of fair business practices and self-regulation to be reflected in Belarus’ legislation
Vladislav Shchepov believes that the ordinance will improve business performance and encourage the growth of Belarus’ GDP and people’s incomes. The MP expects the number of registered SMEs and individuals to grow by spring or summer 2018...
7 Dec 2017
Belarus-UK tax agreement undergoing interstate coordination Belarus-UK tax agreement undergoing interstate coordination
"Belarus has been continuously working to replace its national tax agreements concluded during the Soviet Union times. Today, we have 67 national tax agreements. The agreement with the UK is at the stage of interstate coordination"...
7 Dec 2017
Opinion: Belarus-Russia Union State literary contest reflects spiritual search of young authors Opinion: Belarus-Russia Union State literary contest reflects spiritual search of young authors
The contest shows that short forms have found their place in Belarus and Russia, and the number of participants is growing year by year, the minister said. The contest reflects the spiritual search of young people and their vision of the world...
7 Dec 2017
Opinion: Young authors continue literary traditions of Belarus and Russia Opinion: Young authors continue literary traditions of Belarus and Russia
This is the third edition of the contest which is designed to unearth young talents inspired by the best literary traditions of Belarus and Russia, Ivan Bambiza said...
7 Dec 2017
Entrepreneurship Development Ordinance praised as huge step forward Entrepreneurship Development Ordinance praised as huge step forward
“This is a big step forward in terms of liberalizing the economic activity, promoting the investment activity, and removing administrative barriers to the greatest extent possible,” the speaker remarked...
7 Dec 2017
Belarusian law enforcement agencies told to prevent violations of business regulations Belarusian law enforcement agencies told to prevent violations of business regulations
According to the source, the court system, the Interior Ministry, and the State Control will try to take preventive measures instead of cracking down on the consequences of legislation violations. Government agencies will focus on raising the awareness of the business community about proper business practices...
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