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1 Nov 2017
Hope for Belarus’ stronger stance in international trade after WTO accession Hope for Belarus’ stronger stance in international trade after WTO accession
Lately, there has been a growing interest in negotiations on Belarus’ accession to the WTO from international organizations: the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development...
1 Nov 2017
USA embassy in Minsk to start issuing tourist visas to all Belarusians in 2018 USA embassy in Minsk to start issuing tourist visas to all Belarusians in 2018
"For the first time in ten years any resident of Belarus will be able to come to the U.S. embassy in Minsk in order to get an American visa. They will not have to go to neighboring countries"...
31 Oct 2017
Number of tech parks in Belarus to keep rising Number of tech parks in Belarus to keep rising
"We are developing a platform for innovative entrepreneurship so that engineers, inventors could turn their ideas into trial models, get investment and launch the production"...
31 Oct 2017
Economic liberalization to improve Belarus' position in next Doing Business report Economic liberalization to improve Belarus' position in next Doing Business report
Belarus ranks 38th in the Doing Business 2018 out of 190 economies. The latest report measures reforms implemented from 1 July 2016 till 1 July 2017...
31 Oct 2017
Call to remove non-tariff barriers, trade exemptions in EAEU Call to remove non-tariff barriers, trade exemptions in EAEU
"However, the impact would be different for different countries. According to our estimates, Belarus’ GDP would grow up to 12%, Armenia’s up to 6.5%. In Russia and Kazakhstan, the GDP growth would only clock up 1%"...
31 Oct 2017
Security remains top priority for Pyeongchang 2018 organizers Security remains top priority for Pyeongchang 2018 organizers
"We have heard various statements because of the difficult situation in the region. Some teams are considering withdrawing from the Olympic Games but Team Belarus is definitely going to Pyeongchang"...
31 Oct 2017
Belarus pins its Olympic medal hopes on biathlon, aerials Belarus pins its Olympic medal hopes on biathlon, aerials
"The plans to prepare for Pyeongchang were developed four years ago. First of all, we pin our hopes on biathlon and aerials. We also see progress in speed skating"...
30 Oct 2017
Belarus’ MFA: Belarusian-Turkish relations are productive, vibrant Belarus’ MFA: Belarusian-Turkish relations are productive, vibrant
“The Belarusian-Turkish relations are both cooperation between the two states and good contacts between our peoples. It is the atmosphere of friendship and sincere support, as well as common values, that unite the Belarusian and Turkish nations, determine our interstate relations”...
30 Oct 2017
Ambassador: The interest of European business in Belarus is growing Ambassador: The interest of European business in Belarus is growing
In recent years, we have arranged about 40 trade-economic and investment presentations of Belarus, both in Paris and in all the regional capitals of France. We also did about 10 presentations in Spain, two in Portugal...
30 Oct 2017
Kobyakov on Belarusian-European Investment Forum in Luxembourg Kobyakov on Belarusian-European Investment Forum in Luxembourg
More than 200 representatives of European companies came to Luxembourg to attend the forum. This is a good sign and EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn took note of it. He said that people listened to the speakers with great interest...
29 Oct 2017
Lukashenko sends Republic Day greetings to Turkey Lukashenko sends Republic Day greetings to Turkey
"With its rich history and spiritual legacy, Turkey has made serious achievements in all aspects of state construction. Today it is an economically and politically strong country, an acknowledged leader in the region"
27 Oct 2017
Agreements reached at Belarusian-European Investment Forum compulsory for implementation Agreements reached at Belarusian-European Investment Forum compulsory for implementation
In his words, the embassy will monitor the implementation of the projects and will continue working on improving the image of Belarus in Europe...
27 Oct 2017
Germany described as Belarus’ vital economic partner Germany described as Belarus’ vital economic partner
Denis Sidorenko noted that in 2016 Germany was ranked fourth in terms of trade turnover ($2.28 billion) and export ($944 million) and third in terms of import ($1.33 billion) among Belarus’ trade partners...
27 Oct 2017
Latvian reporters pleased with Belarus’ openness about nuclear power plant project Latvian reporters pleased with Belarus’ openness about nuclear power plant project
Arnis Kluinis, a reporter of the Neatkariga newspaper, noted that it is difficult to implement such projects in Latvia due to the small size of the country. "This is why the Belarusian nuclear power plant is of great interest for reporters from neighboring countries"...
27 Oct 2017
Opinion: Business climate in Belarus is improving Opinion: Business climate in Belarus is improving
"We cooperate with international financial institutions with a view to raising investment in transportation, communications, energy, and the water resources management program"...
27 Oct 2017
Opinion: Joint Belarus-Russia effort can mitigate damage from illegal drug trade Opinion: Joint Belarus-Russia effort can mitigate damage from illegal drug trade
Alexander Konyuk drew attention to the fact that the comprehensive measures adopted in Belarus have helped reverse the situation in the areas of gravest concern...
27 Oct 2017
Hahn expresses readiness to discuss key components of Belarus-EU cooperation agreement Hahn expresses readiness to discuss key components of Belarus-EU cooperation agreement
Johannes Hahn expressed the willingness on behalf of the European Union to assist Belarus in carrying out the economic reforms and creating new jobs...
27 Oct 2017
Belarus hailed as business-friendly country Belarus hailed as business-friendly country
"All these years Belarus has been among the most active reformers. There is no position where we would not have progressed. Our strategy is ambitious: to place in the top 30 countries with favorable investment climate"...
27 Oct 2017
Inflation at record low in Belarus Inflation at record low in Belarus
In September 2017, the average annual interest rate on new loans reached 12.3% for legal entities and 12.1% for individuals. The refinancing rate was reduced to 11% in September...
26 Oct 2017
Call for more effort to advertise Belarus as investment destination Call for more effort to advertise Belarus as investment destination
Vasily Matyushevsky underlined that the European Union is traditionally a strategic partner for Belarus in trade, economic, and investment cooperation...
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