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12 Feb 2017
Portnoy: Launch of visa-free entry to Belarus is groundbreaking step Portnoy: Launch of visa-free entry to Belarus is groundbreaking step
“This is a groundbreaking step. This is a gesture of goodwill. The country is open. It is clear that the flow of tourists will not increase manifold in the first two or three months. We expect some 15 to 20% increase,” Mikhail Portnoy said...
11 Feb 2017
Voronetsky: Country’s political image important for investors Voronetsky: Country’s political image important for investors
"If a state has a very good image, if it has credibility, an investor will pay attention to this country and will begin analyzing its legislation and possibilities,” underlined Valery Voronetsky. Belarus is a country of rich history, traditions, enormous opportunities and potential...
10 Feb 2017
Belarus, Iran maintain ties of strong friendship, cooperation Belarus, Iran maintain ties of strong friendship, cooperation
“Belarus is interested in large-scale cooperation with Iran in the economic sector,” the industry minister said. He expressed confidence that Belarus and Iran will continue working closely on raising bilateral cooperation onto a higher level...
10 Feb 2017
Belarus' role as host of OSCE PA session seen as testimony to the country's growing influence Belarus' role as host of OSCE PA session seen as testimony to the country's growing influence
“Belarus is very responsible about its participation in the OSCE and Parliamentary Assembly. Our position has always been balanced, engaged and constructive. Everything will be done to ensure that this platform is a convenient and comfortable for the participants of this major forum"...
9 Feb 2017
Dozens of Swiss companies implement projects in Belarus Dozens of Swiss companies implement projects in Belarus
“Ties of friendship unite the two countries. Belarus and Switzerland are building cooperation on the basis of bilateral agreements which make the foundation for the development of relations in the political, economic, and cultural sectors,” Pascal Aebischer stressed...
9 Feb 2017
Ambassador: New horizons open up in Belarusian-Indian cooperation Ambassador: New horizons open up in Belarusian-Indian cooperation
“We have a lot of contacts, including in defense, science and education. Interaction is improving, and this opens up new horizons and new prospects for cooperation,” the diplomat stressed...
9 Feb 2017
Belarusians show interest in information resources of British publishing houses Belarusians show interest in information resources of British publishing houses
“Since its opening, the National Library of Belarus has regularly purchased various books in English. Over the past 20 years, the library’s fund has increased by more than 11,000 editions published in the UK. There are different topics such as economics, politics, history, medicine, natural science"...
9 Feb 2017
Gibb: Cooperation between publishers will positively impact Belarus-UK relations Gibb: Cooperation between publishers will positively impact Belarus-UK relations
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Belarus Fionna Gibb said at the roundtable Belarus-Britain. Opportunities for Publishing Business...
8 Feb 2017
Chinese writer impressed with variety of books on display at Minsk book fair Chinese writer impressed with variety of books on display at Minsk book fair
Chinese writer Shi Yifeng told as he attended the international forum as part of a Chinese delegation...
8 Feb 2017
Ambassador: Minsk book fair will contribute to cultural relations between Belarus and UK Ambassador: Minsk book fair will contribute to cultural relations between Belarus and UK
“It is a great honor for me that the United Kingdom is the Guest of Honor of the Minsk book fair. Our goal is to promote the English language and British education, and facilitate the establishment of ties between Belarusian and British publishers"...
8 Feb 2017
Belarus-Israel tourist flow doubles following visa-free travel agreement Belarus-Israel tourist flow doubles following visa-free travel agreement
“Both Belarus and Israel are demonstrating interest in intensifying cooperation and increasing tourist exchanges. This interest is largely based on the fact and Israel and Belarus are the countries with close relations, historical ties and numerous contacts. In 2016 the number of tourists between Belarus and Israel doubled. The introduction of visa-free regime between the two countries played an important role”...
8 Feb 2017
Ryzhenkov: Minsk Book Fair is a prestigious event in Eastern Europe Ryzhenkov: Minsk Book Fair is a prestigious event in Eastern Europe
“The 24th edition of the forum has brought together many participants who have come to present a variety of books and stands. The big number of professionals that the fair has gathered confirms its status. It is one of the most prestigious events in Eastern Europe,” Maksim Ryzhenkov believes...
7 Feb 2017
Voronetsky: Belarus and Austria have established good investment cooperation Voronetsky: Belarus and Austria have established good investment cooperation
The chairman of the permanent commission stressed that Belarus and Austria are important partners to each other. Meetings between the presidents of the two countries, contacts between the governments and ministries of foreign affairs testify to the fact. Valery Voronetsky stressed that Belarus and Austria enjoy good investment cooperation. Belarusian products sell well through Austrian trading networks...
7 Feb 2017
Austrian Ambassador: It is important to build equality-based friendly relations Austrian Ambassador: It is important to build equality-based friendly relations
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Austria to Belarus Alexander Bayerl said when speaking at the function in the House of Friendship to mark 25 years of the Belarusian-Austrian diplomatic relations...
7 Feb 2017
Ambassador: Belarus’ visa-free policy will contribute to stronger economic ties Ambassador: Belarus’ visa-free policy will contribute to stronger economic ties
"This will not reflect right away in the trade or tourism relations. It takes time to develop them. Still, this actually removes barriers for coming here,” Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sweden to Belarus Martin Aberg said...
6 Feb 2017
Belarus President Administration urged to be example of government optimization Belarus President Administration urged to be example of government optimization
“As the political headquarters of the head of state, it should be in the vanguard of the government bodies’ optimization, be an example of the renewal and optimization that we have started,” the President said...
6 Feb 2017
Belarus President Administration urged to step up cooperation with experts Belarus President Administration urged to step up cooperation with experts
“The President Administration should have experts, smart people in all fields whom they can invite to contribute on a voluntary basis. If they work well, we will find ways to reward their efforts,” the head of state noted...
4 Feb 2017
Belarus’ contribution to regional security helps form Austria’s positive attitude to country Belarus’ contribution to regional security helps form Austria’s positive attitude to country
“Belarus’ multi-pronged foreign policy (which was mentioned by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko during his meeting with members of the public, Belarusian and foreign media representatives), the country’s openness to all international partners, and also our considerable contribution to strengthening the regional security and stability are important factors which help form Austria’s positive attitude to Belarus”...
3 Feb 2017
Lukashenko: I am a man of the 20th century Lukashenko: I am a man of the 20th century
“Yes, I am a man from the 20th century who is trying to adapt to the 21st century,” Alexander Lukashenko said and admitted that he was not prepared for such a philosophical question. “I am trying to adapt to the new realities”...
3 Feb 2017
Lukashenko gives travel tips for five-day stay in Belarus Lukashenko gives travel tips for five-day stay in Belarus
“What do tourists need? To see something new. Belarus can offer this. We have things that we are proud of,” the Belarusian head of state said...
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