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5 Jun 2018
EU’s legislative expertise in labor migration recognized as useful for Belarus EU’s legislative expertise in labor migration recognized as useful for Belarus
"International migration is an economic component, a political one. But is is also security. Being the law enforcement agency we are interested that this should not affect the security of our country"...
4 Jun 2018
Belarus eager to borrow $0.5bn from EBRD per annum Belarus eager to borrow $0.5bn from EBRD per annum
“I think both sides should be satisfied with the fact that the volume of EBRD operations has been on the rise in Belarus in the last few years. There is obvious dynamics. In 2017 we saw an increase of nearly 31% to €163 million. This year we’ve been seeing roughly the same pace and expect €250 million”...
4 Jun 2018
Record high EBRD annual investments in Belarus possible in 2018 Record high EBRD annual investments in Belarus possible in 2018
During the meeting Alain Pilloux and Vladimir Zinovsky discussed a broad range of cooperation matters, including cooperation to support small and medium businesses, and possible new joint investment projects...
4 Jun 2018
Belarus, India eager to raise bilateral trade to $1bn in 2020 Belarus, India eager to raise bilateral trade to $1bn in 2020
"The volume of trade is slightly more than $400 million for now but everything is being done to hit the target in 2019-2020 if not this year"...
4 Jun 2018
Tsogtbaatar: Belarus can become a gateway for Mongolian goods to Europe Tsogtbaatar: Belarus can become a gateway for Mongolian goods to Europe
The broadest mutual use of each other's transit potential holds great promise too, Damdin Tsogtbaatar said. In his view, Belarus can become a gateway for Mongolia and its goods to Europe and Mongolia a gateway for Belarusian products to Asia...
4 Jun 2018
Belarus maintains ongoing dialogue with Lithuania over NPP project Belarus maintains ongoing dialogue with Lithuania over NPP project
He noted the desire of the Belarusian side to cooperate with Lithuania. “This is an environmentally clean energy. We need to cooperate in this regard,” the minister...
4 Jun 2018
Electric transport to promote consumption of cheap electricity in Belarus Electric transport to promote consumption of cheap electricity in Belarus
According to Vladimir Semashko, a draft decree has been prepared to stimulate the sales of electric vehicles. “I think that in the near future it will be submitted to the Presidential Administration. Belarus needs an infrastructure of charging stations to be located with an interval of no more than 100km”...
4 Jun 2018
Chunli: China, Belarus can cooperate in many areas of science Chunli: China, Belarus can cooperate in many areas of science
"In general, I have made this conclusion: our academies can cooperate in many areas. These can be research in chemistry, development of new materials and even space exploration"...
1 Jun 2018
Belarus president describes clash of major powers as key threat to peace Belarus president describes clash of major powers as key threat to peace
Alexander Lukashenko remarked that small and medium countries should not blindly follow the wake of major global players. “We should pursue a hard-stance policy and defend our interests together,” believes the Belarusian leader...
1 Jun 2018
Belarus president describes border guard service as fateful to presidential career Belarus president describes border guard service as fateful to presidential career
"I remember that I was a border guard once. But maybe my sons are more inclined to celebrate [Border Guard Day], some traditions and the rest. And I have a tradition of visiting border guard stations"...
1 Jun 2018
Setting up EAEU-India free trade zone viewed as powerful solution Setting up EAEU-India free trade zone viewed as powerful solution
According to the speaker, it was Belarus that initiated the development of a free trade zone between the EAEU and India. “I think that this global interesting project will be implemented within the agreed schedule. It will be a powerful solution”...
1 Jun 2018
Belarus invites Russia to revise border service presence at common border Belarus invites Russia to revise border service presence at common border
"But we shouldn’t act like Russians. They don’t know what they want and what they are doing at the Belarusian-Russian border. They should make up their minds. Once they have, we can easily respond. We are ready to give an adequate answer at any time. If they want to close the border, they may go ahead"...
1 Jun 2018
Over 150,000 foreign fans expected to travel to FIFA World Cup in Russia through Belarus Over 150,000 foreign fans expected to travel to FIFA World Cup in Russia through Belarus
Aleksei Begun cited the data of the Russian colleagues who informed that 1.5 million foreign fans have bought the tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Interior Ministry expects more than 10% of them to go transit via Belarus...
1 Jun 2018
Belarus hailed as active contributor to development of 2030 Agenda Belarus hailed as active contributor to development of 2030 Agenda
"This is a global initiative to be implemented within the framework of the multilateral partnership. Belarus is committed to achieving the SDGs aimed at raising the level and quality of life of people"...
1 Jun 2018
Dapkiunas: Belarus will continue to work actively towards SDGs Dapkiunas: Belarus will continue to work actively towards SDGs
In his opinion, the international cooperation aimed at achieving the SDGs has increased substantially after the country set up the national body led by the national coordinator...
1 Jun 2018
Call to accelerate work on CIS free trade in services agreement Call to accelerate work on CIS free trade in services agreement
Belarus calls to extend the free trade zone to e-commerce. First of all, the matter is about building a barrier-free information and communication infrastructure...
31 May 2018
Opinion: Belarus has made great headway in securing women’s rights on labor market Opinion: Belarus has made great headway in securing women’s rights on labor market
The FTUB head stressed that Belarus makes it into the top 15 countries where female HDI equals or exceeds the male HDI. Besides, the country secures a 30% female representation in the authorities...
31 May 2018
Lukashenko: Belarus will spend as much on security as needed Lukashenko: Belarus will spend as much on security as needed
"Belarus is not going to be drawn into an arms race, and engage in saber rattling. However, due to the current military political situation, we cannot afford different proportions of public expenditure financing"...
30 May 2018
Belarus unlikely to join WTO by autumn Belarus unlikely to join WTO by autumn
"Due to the workflow we hope to sign bilateral agreements with the main WTO members by autumn. At the same time we are on a separate track with the USA"...
30 May 2018
Belarus described as one of Eastern Partnership’s most developed economies Belarus described as one of Eastern Partnership’s most developed economies
The official pointed out the possibility of Belarus-Estonia cooperation in the area of digital government. In his words, Estonian advances in this area are focused primarily on protecting citizen data and building up the nation’s trust in digital services...
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