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28 Dec 2017
Broader cooperation with foreign Belarusians benefits Belarus in many ways Broader cooperation with foreign Belarusians benefits Belarus in many ways
“The fact that we’ve started closely looking into cooperation with Belarusians abroad is very important for our country. It will further its development in various areas: economy, politics, humanitarian and cultural affairs”...
27 Dec 2017
Belarus’ unwavering international support for Russia pointed out Belarus’ unwavering international support for Russia pointed out
According to Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Grigory Karasin, Belarus-Russia cooperation in the United Nations Organization is characterized by the same views or close views on many items on the international agenda...
27 Dec 2017
Favorable effect of Digital Economy Development Ordinance on Belarusian startups underlined Favorable effect of Digital Economy Development Ordinance on Belarusian startups underlined
The Microsoft representative described the Digital Economy Development Ordinance as a genuine breakthrough and even went as far as saying that revolutionary is a better fit...
27 Dec 2017
Belarus, Serbia urged to step up cooperation in tourism Belarus, Serbia urged to step up cooperation in tourism
Tourism was among the themes discussed during the radio-link. According to Srecko Djukic, this industry has a great potential. Since the launch of the five-day visa-free travel, the influx of tourists in Belarus has increased...
26 Dec 2017
Opinion: Air China contributes to Belarus-China ties Opinion: Air China contributes to Belarus-China ties
he company is expanding its services, putting a focus on quality. “Our company is a state-run enterprise and an active participant of the Belt and Road initiative, a sort of an air Silk Road,” the executive noted...
26 Dec 2017
Belarus president wants politics out of war on doping in sport Belarus president wants politics out of war on doping in sport
Alexander Lukashenko once again said that athletes must not use doping, however, only those, who use doping for a fact, should be punished. “If you haven’t caught them red-handed, you must keep quiet and must not use such sanctions”...
26 Dec 2017
Belarus president confident in calm campaigning during next Russian president election Belarus president confident in calm campaigning during next Russian president election
“Our meeting has a political aspect because the core of our associations — the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Eurasian Economic Union, and the Union State of Belarus and Russia — is living through such a responsible period. The political aspect is related to the fact that Russia, this core, is about to have a presidential election"...
26 Dec 2017
Opinion: Ten-day visa-free travel will develop tourism in Belarus’ border regions Opinion: Ten-day visa-free travel will develop tourism in Belarus’ border regions
In his opinion, the extension of visa-free stay program in Belarus’ regions will primarily interest tourists from Western Europe. "This especially applies to Polish citizens. Belarusian and Polish have strong historical ties"...
26 Dec 2017
Belarus promises longer visa-free travel period to tourists Belarus promises longer visa-free travel period to tourists
"We hope that these issues will be handled prior to the 2019 European Games. We may possibly extend the visa-free travel program to also include border checkpoints on the ground. We have to take care of national security first"...
26 Dec 2017
Hope for notable increase in tourist flows in Brest, Grodno Hope for notable increase in tourist flows in Brest, Grodno
Mikhail Portnoy noted that this is a long-awaited decision that will bring good economic benefits. Since the visa-free entry was introduced, the Augustow Canal and surrounding areas have hosted over 50,000 visa-free tourists...
25 Dec 2017
Huge effect expected from digital economy development ordinance Huge effect expected from digital economy development ordinance
In his words, with the digital economy development ordinance being adopted, Belarus has formulated its policy in this field, and also the actions of relevant companies and individuals within the framework of cryptocurrencies...
24 Dec 2017
Opinion: IT debureaucratization offers new opportunities for Belarus’ startups Opinion: IT debureaucratization offers new opportunities for Belarus’ startups
"The ordinance gives the investors an opportunity to understand that nothing will happen to their money under any circumstances. They are protected by the law. This understanding makes our economy more attractive for large investments"...
23 Dec 2017
Lukashenko sends birthday greetings to Emperor Akihito of Japan Lukashenko sends birthday greetings to Emperor Akihito of Japan
The head of state remarked that Belarus and Japan are interested in the development of productive cooperation for the benefit of the two nations...
22 Dec 2017
Belarus president dispels rumors about his cautious attitude to private sector Belarus president dispels rumors about his cautious attitude to private sector
“I am often criticized that Lukashenko is afraid of private business, of new market relations because ‘they threaten his power’. I believe that if everything was in private hands in Belarus, I would remain the president for ever. Because I can give private business owners what they want: security, tranquility, zero bribes and extortions"...
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”...
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