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21 Jul 2017
Belarus’ interest in joint ventures with Ukraine emphasized Belarus’ interest in joint ventures with Ukraine emphasized
The president stressed the importance of expanding cooperation, setting up new joint industrial ventures and developing the existing ones. “We are establishing ventures in Ukraine. You are setting up facilities in Belarus. We are ready to move forward in this field. No questions here,” Alexander Lukashenko added...
21 Jul 2017
Chizhikov: Business communities of Belarus and Ukraine show great interest in cooperation Chizhikov: Business communities of Belarus and Ukraine show great interest in cooperation
“Some 90 Belarusian companies and over 380 Ukrainian ones have registered at our forum. The crowded hall demonstrates a great interest in cooperation,” President of Ukraine’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry Gennady Chizhikov said at the opening of the Belarusian-Ukrainian business forum...
21 Jul 2017
Common future for business of Belarus, Ukraine seen as promising Common future for business of Belarus, Ukraine seen as promising
“The forum has gathered a record number of businessmen. It is important that the event is held as part of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko’s visit to Ukraine. It is a serious sign for the business community of the two countries. Despite all the difficulties and fears, we must move forward. We have not only a history of a common success, when we talk about 2012, but also a promising common future, both the countries and business”...
20 Jul 2017
MFA: Belarus has always adhered to fair trade principles in relations with neighbors MFA: Belarus has always adhered to fair trade principles in relations with neighbors
“Today we are at the crossing of trans-European transport routes linking the North with the South, the West with the East. We need to take the best advantage of our geographic location. The basis laid in our relations long ago helps us develop now,” the minister summarized...
20 Jul 2017
Indonesia names Belarus key partner in EAEU Indonesia names Belarus key partner in EAEU
Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi made the statement as she met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus Vladimir Lopato-Zagorsky. She thanked Vladimir Lopato-Zagorsky, whose diplomatic mission in the country is nearing its end, for fruitful efforts to advance Belarusian-Indonesian relations...
20 Jul 2017
Belarus draws on international experience in fighting economic crimes Belarus draws on international experience in fighting economic crimes
“Some countries have massive experience of counteracting corruption. We draw on this experience in our daily work,” noted Vyacheslav Andrukhov, Head of the First Office of the Financial Investigations Department of the State Control Committee of Belarus, before the international TAIEX seminar...
20 Jul 2017
Call for intensifying Belarus-Iran interparliamentary cooperation Call for intensifying Belarus-Iran interparliamentary cooperation
“In my opinion, this group is not involved in the work of the Belarusian-Iranian commission for economic cooperation. But it should be. This will only benefit both Belarus and Iran,” Vladimir Andreichenko noted as he met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iran to Belarus Mustafa Oveisi...
19 Jul 2017
Latvia thanked for constructive stance on Belarus-EU relations Latvia thanked for constructive stance on Belarus-EU relations
"Belarus is interested in using the European Union’s financial and technical aid instruments as well as the potential of the Eastern Partnership Initiative for the sake of developing the economy," the Belarusian head of government said as he met with Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkevics...
19 Jul 2017
Belarus commended for efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goals Belarus commended for efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goals
Marianna Shchetkina, Deputy Chairperson of the Council of Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus, National Coordinator for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, met with UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed at the UN Headquarters in New York...
19 Jul 2017
Latvia FM: Belarus-EU relations have good prospects, but disputes will continue Latvia FM: Belarus-EU relations have good prospects, but disputes will continue
Edgars Rinkevics noted that a number of issues in the relations between Belarus and the EU cannot be solved as fast as one would hope. “I think that the way we solve those issues gives reason to say that there is progress and it will continue,” the diplomat said...
19 Jul 2017
Makei: Belarus must do everything to help establish friendly relations between Russia, Ukraine Makei: Belarus must do everything to help establish friendly relations between Russia, Ukraine
“We must do everything for peace and accord to return to Ukraine and help Russia and Ukraine establish friendly relations,” Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei told the media following the negotiations with Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkevics in Minsk...
19 Jul 2017
Belarus, Latvia mutually interested in tighter cooperation Belarus, Latvia mutually interested in tighter cooperation
“We are intent on maintaining businesslike contacts in the spirit of good neighborly relations. We are intent on the comprehensive development of economic, scientific, technical, and humanitarian cooperation, interregional and transboundary cooperation, cooperation in the sphere of culture, tourism, and sport”...
19 Jul 2017
Rinkevics: Latvia has no questions to ask Belarus about the Zapad 2017 army exercise Rinkevics: Latvia has no questions to ask Belarus about the Zapad 2017 army exercise
“We no longer have any questions to ask Belarus about the [army exercise] Zapad 2017. My counterpart has explained the stance of the state in detail. I am satisfied,” said Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkevics...
19 Jul 2017
Praiseworthy political dialogue between Belarus, Latvia Praiseworthy political dialogue between Belarus, Latvia
“I am genuinely pleased with the level of the political dialogue in Belarus-Latvia relations, with the vigorousness of contacts between the ministries of foreign affairs, with regular meetings at various levels. I believe that the state of affairs enables good conditions for us to better understand each other,” he stressed...
18 Jul 2017
Ukraine, Belarus encouraged to aim for $7.9bn in bilateral trade Ukraine, Belarus encouraged to aim for $7.9bn in bilateral trade
“The matter is not only about trade but about creating more opportunities. First of all, this is about higher revenue to the local budgets, bringing technology, raising investment into agriculture, production of agricultural machinery in Ukraine, and attracting our Belarusian partners in the construction of road infrastructure”...
18 Jul 2017
Belarusian health resorts report 9% increase in export of services in H1 2017 Belarusian health resorts report 9% increase in export of services in H1 2017
“In H1 2017 the exports totaled Br69 million, up more than 9% over the same period of 2016. There has also been an increase in the export of value-added services not included in the price of vouchers. Growth exceeded 16%,” Gennady Bolbatovsky said...
18 Jul 2017
MEP calls for advancing relations between Belarus, European institutions MEP calls for advancing relations between Belarus, European institutions
“Naturally, in order to establish a constructive dialogue it is necessary to advance relations between Belarus and European institutions.” In particular, he reminded about several spheres of interaction where positive dynamics has been registered...
18 Jul 2017
MP: Belarus can play an active role in renewing the East-West dialogue MP: Belarus can play an active role in renewing the East-West dialogue
"We believe it is now of vital importance to reinforce mutual trust, security, and cooperation and renew the large-scale dialogue between the West and the East,” said the MP. He was convinced that Belarus could play a rather active role in this regard...
18 Jul 2017
Sidorenko: Applications for Slavianski Bazaar 2018 already coming in Sidorenko: Applications for Slavianski Bazaar 2018 already coming in
“Preliminary art and financial results of the festival are more than good. All plans have been implemented. The key things we announced back in February remained unchanged," Alexander Sidorenko, the festival’s director, President of the World Association of Festivals (WAF), told the media...
17 Jul 2017
Makei: CSTO’s main task is to enable favorable external environment for its members Makei: CSTO’s main task is to enable favorable external environment for its members
“In our opinion, today the CSTO’s fundamental task is not to be ready to respond to external factors. Our organization should be able to create favorable external conditions for the development of its member states, in the first place,” Vladimir Makei noted...
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