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22 Dec 2017
Belarus’ business development infrastructure praised as full-fledged Belarus’ business development infrastructure praised as full-fledged
"In our opinion, the access to cheap long-term financing, positive changes in the legal environment, the preferential tax treatment have formed a full-fledged infrastructure to support and develop entrepreneurship in Belarus"...
22 Dec 2017
Integrating role of Silk Road Economic Belt for Belarus, China emphasized Integrating role of Silk Road Economic Belt for Belarus, China emphasized
“We have acknowledged that the consultations between relevant departments of the foreign ministries are important. A decision has been taken to make this format of cooperation permanent and meetings regular”...
22 Dec 2017
Expansion of visa-free space under consideration in Belarus Expansion of visa-free space under consideration in Belarus
“The draft presidential decree regulating visa-free travel of foreign citizens is going through the final stage of the approval process. The visa-free travel program will be extended to ten days in Brest and Grodno as well as their surrounding territories”...
22 Dec 2017
Opinion: Digital economy ordinance will turn Belarus into a hub of knowledge Opinion: Digital economy ordinance will turn Belarus into a hub of knowledge
“Thanks to the ordinance and, I hope, other steps to be made, Belarus can become a leading center of expertise and knowledge in the most progressive fields such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things. Knowledge is power”...
22 Dec 2017
Lukashenko pleased with conditions for arts and crafts in Belarus Lukashenko pleased with conditions for arts and crafts in Belarus
“Arts and crafts are popular among Belarusians. Some 23,000 people were involved in this branch of the economy last year. Their number was five times smaller several years ago"...
22 Dec 2017
Formula for interaction between authorities and business worked out in Belarus Formula for interaction between authorities and business worked out in Belarus
"Every government official should follow the standard formula in maintaining contacts with business. If the law allows providing assistance, do it. If the law does not envisage any help, do not interfere. If the law requires intervention, act”...
22 Dec 2017
Wiktorin praises Belarus-EU economic cooperation in 2017 Wiktorin praises Belarus-EU economic cooperation in 2017
Among the good examples she also cited a new strategy of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for Belarus and the signing of the contract to continue cooperation in assisting small and medium-sized businesses...
22 Dec 2017
Lukashenko: No early elections in Belarus Lukashenko: No early elections in Belarus
“Some people are waiting for early elections because the president has formed a big reserve fund. No early elections will be held. There are no reasons or trends to do this,” the Belarusian leader underlined...
22 Dec 2017
Belarus president encourages further development of farm tourism Belarus president encourages further development of farm tourism
The head of state stressed that the decree on farm and ecological tourism development was designed to encourage further development of private business in the countryside. “In 2007 we made the right decision by enabling special terms for farm tourism estates"...
22 Dec 2017
Belarus president encourages private business development in small towns, countryside Belarus president encourages private business development in small towns, countryside
The head of state spoke at length about the development of retail and services sphere in the countryside and about efforts to improve the self-employment of citizens. He said he was concerned about small and medium private companies focusing primarily on the nation’s capital and some other more or less large cities...
22 Dec 2017
Belarus president criticizes unwarranted inspections of private companies Belarus president criticizes unwarranted inspections of private companies
“Representatives of oversight and law enforcement agencies often drop by without any reason. I want the practice to stop"...
22 Dec 2017
Lukashenko on Ordinance No. 7: No more obstacles to business in Belarus Lukashenko on Ordinance No. 7: No more obstacles to business in Belarus
“Ordinance No. 7 is the key document out of the adopted package. Its goal is to give people the opportunity to develop their business rather than think about the many bureaucratic formalities. You want to do business, you are welcome! There are no more obstacles"...
21 Dec 2017
More candidates for Belarus' current local elections than in 2014 More candidates for Belarus' current local elections than in 2014
"A lot of initiative groups have been registered to collect signatures. Their number is bigger than it was four years ago. This gives us optimism that we will have more candidates to the local councils than in 2014"...
21 Dec 2017
Belarus’ vice premier: Draft decree on digital economy development approved Belarus’ vice premier: Draft decree on digital economy development approved
According to Vladimir Semashko, the Hi-Tech Park was a successful project in the IT sector, although not everyone was sure that it was needed. "Despite all the crises, recessions, the park has been expanding every year. Last year the park earned a total of $780 million"...
21 Dec 2017
Solid groundwork for Belarus’ agribusiness to perform well in 2018 Solid groundwork for Belarus’ agribusiness to perform well in 2018
Agribusiness companies maintained a positive momentum in 2017. In January-November 2017, the gross agricultural output went up by 4.1% in all categories of agricultural enterprises; the gross output of state-owned agricultural companies went up by 5.3%...
21 Dec 2017
Belarus to stop importing electricity thanks to modernization effort Belarus to stop importing electricity thanks to modernization effort
“It is in our economic interests. If it was unprofitable for us, we would buy some electricity and sign contracts in a calm manner. We don’t intend to import right now, including for the duration of the repair campaign”...
21 Dec 2017
Lukashenko: Revised version of Ordinance No. 3 should be pragmatic, balanced Lukashenko: Revised version of Ordinance No. 3 should be pragmatic, balanced
“We need to discuss the proposals of the government on employment in detail. I have promised to prepare and adopt a presidential decree to develop famous Ordinance No. 3 by the end of the year," Alexander Lukashenko said...
20 Dec 2017
Energy minister explains reasons for Belarus’ decision to stop importing electricity in 2018 Energy minister explains reasons for Belarus’ decision to stop importing electricity in 2018
“There is no politics in here. Russia has always been and remains to be the main strategic partner for Belarus. The decision to stop importing electricity is purely economic,” noted Vladimir Potupchik...
20 Dec 2017
Belarus’ Council of Republic to improve parliamentary monitoring Belarus’ Council of Republic to improve parliamentary monitoring
“The Council of the Republic should get a feedback from local legislatures to monitor the implementation of laws, the efficiency of their norms and law enforcement practices, and to find out what should be done to improve the legislation,” Mikhail Myasnikovich remarked...
20 Dec 2017
Vietnam-EAEU free trade agreement promotes cooperation with Belarus Vietnam-EAEU free trade agreement promotes cooperation with Belarus
Belarus-Vietnam trade (according to Vietnam’s statistics) reached $130 million in January-October 2017, up 25% from the same period a year prior, the diplomat said. Belarus’ and Vietnam’s exports totaled $81 million and $48 million, respectively...
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