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9 Feb 2018
Around 83,000 tourist arrivals in Belarus under visa-free program Around 83,000 tourist arrivals in Belarus under visa-free program
“There should be booklets, handouts, and other information materials available in our trains, aircraft, and airports for everyone to know where to come and what to see”...
9 Feb 2018
Shchekin: Year of Native Land will encourage every Belarusian to give back to the community Shchekin: Year of Native Land will encourage every Belarusian to give back to the community
In a sense, this is a continuation of the recently enacted ordinances to liberalize entrepreneurship, promote employment and other legislation aimed at creating the conditions to nurture the nation of successful people who seek to work in their country and for its common good, Nikolai Shchekin believes...
9 Feb 2018
Food security seen as foundation of successful economy in Belarus Food security seen as foundation of successful economy in Belarus
"Today, in this hall, we have gathered the people who devote all their energies to the land, by virtue of their profession or vocation. I want to sincerely thank all on behalf of the Belarusian people for the hard day-to-day work. All of you know that there is no easy bread"...
9 Feb 2018
Lukashenko: Belarus cherishes a beautiful tradition to celebrate harvest festivals Lukashenko: Belarus cherishes a beautiful tradition to celebrate harvest festivals
"For many years we have been summing up the results of farmers’ work at the Dazhynki harvest festival. The format of this event has changed, but it is still very important and pragmatic. We used to award the best farmers"...
9 Feb 2018
Belarus plans to extend visa-free program via Minsk Airport to 10 days in summer 2018 Belarus plans to extend visa-free program via Minsk Airport to 10 days in summer 2018
“As for visa-free travel, the duration of stay is ten days for foreign visitors to Brest and Grodno and five days for those flying in and out Minsk National Airport. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be working to extend it to ten days this year, probably in July or August”...
8 Feb 2018
Digital technology seen as part of Belarus’ national strategy Digital technology seen as part of Belarus’ national strategy
According to the diplomat, Belarus has adopted a policy to enable as favorable conditions as possible for IT companies, remove all the barriers to cutting-edge technologies, and form an innovation ecosystem...
8 Feb 2018
Belarus President Property Management Directorate urged to increase its role in national economy Belarus President Property Management Directorate urged to increase its role in national economy
The performance of the property management directorate and affiliated enterprises in 2017 and the prospects for the coming period were discussed during the meeting. It was noted that the affiliated enterprises showed good dynamics; the profitability in the agricultural and industrial sectors increased...
8 Feb 2018
BelNPP promoted as shared asset of countries in the region BelNPP promoted as shared asset of countries in the region
“We will construct the plant. We are building it in compliance with the principles of the international law. I often suggest that we think together how we can use it”...
8 Feb 2018
Semerikov: Priorities of Belarus’ CSTO presidency 2017 executed Semerikov: Priorities of Belarus’ CSTO presidency 2017 executed
"This greatly increased the efficiency of our activities on all fronts: foreign policy, military cooperation, countering challenges and threats and others"...
8 Feb 2018
Lukashenko: Belarus will never be friends with anyone against Russia, or Latvia Lukashenko: Belarus will never be friends with anyone against Russia, or Latvia
"I think that thanks to this visit we will be able to agree on many things. You will have nothing to be ashamed before the Latvians. Neither will our prime minister before the Belarusians"...
8 Feb 2018
Latvian PM hopes to step up cooperation with Belarus Latvian PM hopes to step up cooperation with Belarus
He drew attention to the fact that Latvia knows Belarus well and the sides can speak one language, which also promotes their contacts. "We can search for opportunities to develop cooperation not only in transit and logistics"...
8 Feb 2018
Belarus PM speaks about Belarus’ WTO accession Belarus PM speaks about Belarus’ WTO accession
"As for the time frame, joining the WTO is not an end in itself for Belarus. We consider it not as a political step, but as an incentive to modernize the national economy, an opportunity to strengthen our positions in the world markets and to confirm Belarus' image as a reliable and predictable trading partner"...
8 Feb 2018
Belarus works to gain status of IT regional leader Belarus works to gain status of IT regional leader
"We are creating not even greenhouse, but in many respects unprecedented conditions and incentives in order to give maximum acceleration to the development of the IT sector, and the digitalization of the entire economy and the country in general"...
7 Feb 2018
Speaker: Belarus views Ecuador as reliable partner in Latin America Speaker: Belarus views Ecuador as reliable partner in Latin America
Mikhail Myasnikovich praised the personal contribution of Carlos Larrea Davila to the strengthening of ties between Belarus and Ecuador and noted that during his tenure as ambassador to Belarus the relations between the two countries have advanced and got filled with real ideas and projects...
7 Feb 2018
Belarus’ MPs pledge all-round support for commercial entities of Belarus, Latvia Belarus’ MPs pledge all-round support for commercial entities of Belarus, Latvia
“In my opinion, Latvia could use the opportunities of our bilateral relations in a more active way so as to promote its interests in the EAEU,” the speaker added. He offered to give an impetus to interregional cooperation and expand it...
7 Feb 2018
Latvia’s position on Belarus’ greater engagement with EU welcomed Latvia’s position on Belarus’ greater engagement with EU welcomed
Belarus attaches great importance to the development of mutually beneficial trade and economic relations with Latvia. After a decline in previous years the bilateral trade got back on the growth path in 2017. In January-November of last year, the trade made up almost $400 million...
7 Feb 2018
PM: Belarus interested in constructive dialogue with Latvia PM: Belarus interested in constructive dialogue with Latvia
“Being neighbors and countries with high transit potential, we need to build a pragmatic, constructive dialogue seeking the compatibility and interoperability between the various integration processes on our continent,” Andrei Kobyakov noted...
7 Feb 2018
Digital cooperation seen as most promising for Belarus-Estonia relations Digital cooperation seen as most promising for Belarus-Estonia relations
According to the diplomat, businessmen from Belarus and Estonia show greater interest in cooperation in 2018. "We hope they will find permanent business partners today"...
7 Feb 2018
Russia, Belarus may sign agreement on mutual visa recognition in April-May Russia, Belarus may sign agreement on mutual visa recognition in April-May
"We can state that the draft document is almost agreed and we believe it can be adopted in April-May 2018"...
7 Feb 2018
Makei: Minsk maintains status of regional political center Makei: Minsk maintains status of regional political center
"We will continue our efforts to ensure security in the region. We are ready to host any negotiations and will continue to promote peacekeeping initiatives, participate in the development of the relevant international agenda"...
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