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19 Dec 2017
Five Cities in One central to SDG effort in Minsk Five Cities in One central to SDG effort in Minsk
Igor Yurkevich explained that the formula contains five development priorities: a city of health and high social standards, a city of knowledge and scientific technologies, a city attractive for doing business and making investments...
19 Dec 2017
IMF: Belarusian economy is recovering thanks to more effective economic measures IMF: Belarusian economy is recovering thanks to more effective economic measures
“The Belarusian economy is recovering after two years of recession, helped by better policies, a more favorable external environment, and stronger domestic demand conditions. In Q3 2017 the economy grew by 1.7% year-on-year, amid household consumption boosted by strong wage growth and recovering investment”...
19 Dec 2017
2017 praised as milestone year for Belarus-Israel relations 2017 praised as milestone year for Belarus-Israel relations
Summing up the results of the outgoing year, he noted that 2017 has been a year of important bilateral events, including the marking of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two states...
19 Dec 2017
Sweden notes Belarus’ commitment to reaching SDGs Sweden notes Belarus’ commitment to reaching SDGs
Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals in economic, ecological, and social spheres in Belarus, including via public private partnership, was the key item on the agenda of the parliamentary hearings in the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus on 19 December...
19 Dec 2017
Lithuanian free economic zone director praises investment conditions in Belarus Lithuanian free economic zone director praises investment conditions in Belarus
“Resident companies of our free economic zone invest in Belarus and will continue to invest. This is the best proof that you have created the conditions for investment and we must take advantage of them”...
19 Dec 2017
Hope for Amina Mohammed’s participation in Minsk forum of national SDG coordinators Hope for Amina Mohammed’s participation in Minsk forum of national SDG coordinators
National SDG coordinators from over 50 countries have been invited to attend the upcoming event, Mikhail Myasnikovich remarked. “We have reached a preliminary agreement that UN First Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed will partake in the forum,” he added...
19 Dec 2017
Belarus urged to increase high-tech exports to EU Belarus urged to increase high-tech exports to EU
"We would like the EU to be our full-fledged big partner. We need to bolster the share of high-tech goods in our exports to the EU. This is an important issue that we must address. So far this share has been insignificant"...
19 Dec 2017
Ambassador: Belarus-China cooperation rests on principles of sustainable development Ambassador: Belarus-China cooperation rests on principles of sustainable development
The diplomat stressed that “Belarus and China have a common goal which is the sustainable development of the two countries and the entire human family.” The cooperation between the two countries is based on this...
19 Dec 2017
Architecture for sustainable development in Belarus praised as impressive Architecture for sustainable development in Belarus praised as impressive
The UN resident coordinator is convinced that no country in the world can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals on its own. "The United Nations will facilitate the dialogue between Belarus and the international partners"...
19 Dec 2017
Foreign countries keen to explore Belarus’ progress on SDGs Foreign countries keen to explore Belarus’ progress on SDGs
The diplomat expressed interest in Belarus’ experience in achieving the SDGs as the country takes an active part in all the fields of the UN’s work...  
19 Dec 2017
Belarus offers venue for international dialogue about sustainable development Belarus offers venue for international dialogue about sustainable development
According to Andrei Dapkiunas, taking into account this vision of its possible role Belarus intends to host the first regional high-level forum for national SDG coordinators from European and CIS states in Minsk in February 2018...
19 Dec 2017
Call to localize SDGs for every region of Belarus Call to localize SDGs for every region of Belarus
“We must identify the points of growth, establish partnerships. We need to monitor the process on a continuous basis directing it towards progress. It is primarily the task of the regional groups which are built into the governance architecture”...
19 Dec 2017
Lukashenko against using budget funds to solve problems of enterprises, banks Lukashenko against using budget funds to solve problems of enterprises, banks
“We need a systematic approach to deal with this issue. We need efficient measures to improve the financial situation at enterprises and in branches of the economy,” Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the session held on 19 December to discuss new instruments of restructuring debts in the economy...
19 Dec 2017
Belarus ready to promote global partnership for achieving SDGs Belarus ready to promote global partnership for achieving SDGs
“Belarus is ready to promote global partnership for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and can serve as a venue for a regional exchange of the corresponding experience, knowledge and technology”...
19 Dec 2017
Malkina on Lithuania’s complaints about BelNPP: Belarus’ project compliant with all requirements Malkina on Lithuania’s complaints about BelNPP: Belarus’ project compliant with all requirements
In her opinion, it makes not sense to discuss the things that have lost their relevance today. We need to think over how to work together on this project and on its safe operation, Iya Malkina noted...
18 Dec 2017
Shvydkoi: Minsk Initiative facilitates cultural ties between Belarus, Russia, Ukraine Shvydkoi: Minsk Initiative facilitates cultural ties between Belarus, Russia, Ukraine
“This Belarusian-Russian-Ukrainian project has become a major platform for dialogue and cultural cooperation of the three Slavic peoples, the platform where we implement scientific, cultural and information projects"...
18 Dec 2017
Lukashenko sends greetings to Federal Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz Lukashenko sends greetings to Federal Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz
The head of state wished the politician and the new government of Austria every success in work prioritizing all-round development of the country and people’s wellbeing...
18 Dec 2017
Plans for broader adoption of digital technologies in Belarus’ Investigative Committee Plans for broader adoption of digital technologies in Belarus’ Investigative Committee
“We are developing an automated information system of our own. We are going to do it initially in-house. We are preparing the technical specifications on our own. We may submit them for expert evaluation to professionals after that”...
18 Dec 2017
Belarus president wants performance reports from all law enforcement agencies Belarus president wants performance reports from all law enforcement agencies
The head of state made the statement as he heard out a report of Chairman of the Investigation Committee Ivan Noskevich. The president asked about the situation at the Investigation Committee, especially in connection with its optimization...
18 Dec 2017
Call for no formalistic approach to youth policy in Belarus-Russia Union State Call for no formalistic approach to youth policy in Belarus-Russia Union State
In her words, the Youth Chamber will serve as a deliberative and consultative body working on a voluntary basis. This new structure will mainly aim to involve young people in the Union State construction process...
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