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30 Apr 2020

Belarus receives $238m in foreign gratuitous aid over three years

Belarus receives $238m in foreign gratuitous aid over three years
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MINSK, 30 April (BelTA) – Over the past three years, Belarus received $238 million in foreign gratuitous aid, Director of the Department for Humanitarian Activities of the Belarus President Property Management Directorate Igor Kudrevich said at a government meeting hosted by the head of state to discuss the use of foreign gratuitous aid on 30 April, BelTA has learned.

The draft decree on foreign gratuitous aid that was in focus of the meeting comprises all the presidents’ instructions to change the procedure for gratuitous aid registration and its exemption from taxes, fees, and duties.

Since the beginning of 2020, Belarus has received $19.8 million, Igor Kudrevich said.

The press service of the Belarusian leader explained that, as a rule, foreign gratuitous aid granted to public associations is used to finance construction, technical equipment, and renovation of social facilities, healthcare facilities, and educational institutions. In particular, donors take interest in social support for the underprivileged, former inmates, refugees, veterans, people with disabilities, and children.

Most donations are poured into organizations based in the city of Minsk and Minsk Oblast. Over 30% of aid is allocated to other regions of the country, primarily to Chernobyl-affected areas, Gomel Oblast and Mogilev Oblast.

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