Belarus: Belenergo and Siemens sign strategic partnership agreement

The Belarusian national electrical company Belenergo and Siemens Company signed an agreement on strategic partnership and cooperation during the Belarusian Energy and Ecology Forum in Minsk on October 11. The document was signed by OOO Siemens Technologies Director General Maxim Zubov and Belenergo First Deputy Director General, Chief Engineer Alexander Sivak. Belenergo and Siemens intend…

Belarus: Gomselmash starts testing agricultural machines in Pakistan

The Belarusian mechanical engineering company Gomselmash has started testing its agricultural machines in Pakistan, Yuri Rafeyev, Director of Gomselmash’s Non-CIS Sales Department, reported. According to the source, Gomselmash is testing forage harvesters, which have already been shipped to Pakistan. Those are three mounted rotary mower conditioners Palesse SN15 and a trailed mower conditioner Palesse ST42.…

Belarus makes $32 million deal with Pakistan to supply 3,500 tractors in 2017

Belarus has signed a contract with Pakistan to supply 3,500 tractors worth more than $32 million in 2017, Minsk Tractor Plant (MTZ) said in a message posted on the manufacturer’s web site.

MTZ hopes to sell at least 5,000 Belarus tractors in Pakistan annually. (Prime-TASS/Business World Magazine)

Belarus: transit truck haulage down in H1 2016

Transit truck haulage across the territory of Belarus reduced by 0.8% YoY in H1 to 414,142 trips, the Belarusian Association of International Trucking Companies (BAMAP) reported. Belarusian trucking companies accounted for 15% of transit truck haulage in H1 2016, Russian truckers – 58.3%, Polish truckers – 18.3%, Lithuanian truckers – 8.3%. Transit truck haulage across…

Belarus: SvetlogorskKhimvolokno net profit up in H1 2016

The net profit of OAO SvetlogorskKhimvolokno (Svetlogorsk Chemical Fiber Plant) totaled Br22,000 in H1 2016, which makes an equivalent of $11,418, up by 10% YoY, according to the quarterly report released by the Finance Ministry’s Securities Department. SvetlogorskKhimvolokno’s revenues reached Br106.58 million in H1 2016 ($55.314 million), up by 18.5% YoY. The company’s only shareholder…

Belarus: banks’ distressed assets up

The share of distressed assets at Belarusian banks has grown by 8% since early 2016 to 15% at the moment. First Vice Chairman of the National Bank of Belarus (NBB) Taras Nadolny released these figures at the conference “The Role of the Export-Import Agency in the Belarusian Economy” on October 7 in Minsk. Stress test…

Belarus tries out Ukrainian rapeseed meal

Belarusian farmers have finished rapeseed harvesting. Oilseeds and their processed products self-sufficiency remains the topical issue in the country these days. Belarus reduced rapeseed planted area for the fourth consecutive season. Besides, rather bad wintering also had a negative impact on production. Consequently, rapeseed production declines along with increase in meals imports to Belarus, particularly…

Belarus: imports down in January-August 2016

In January-August Belarus decreased the import of merchandise and services by 10.9% YoY to $18.978 billion, according to the latest statistics released by the National Bank. In January-August Belarus’ foreign trade totaled $38.1 billion, down by 12.7% YoY. Belarus’ exports amounted to $19.159 billion (down by 14.4%), with imports at $18.978 billion (down by 10.9%).…

Belarus and China to jointly produce electric vehicles

Belarus and China are considering opportunities for the implementation of joint projects in mechanical engineering. The prospects for the bilateral cooperation in this field were discussed during the recent meeting between Chairman of the State Science and Technology Committee of Belarus Alexander Shumilin and representatives of the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission, the press…

Belarus: BCSE to change status

There is a plan to transform the Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange (BCSE) into a multifunctional financial institution, NBB First Vice Chairman Taras Nadolny said. The National Bank of Belarus plans to promote further development of the stock market and recommends Belarusian banks to be more active in entering the statutory capital of state-owned companies.…

Belarus: Belavia ends scheduled Tu-154M operations

Belavia has withdrawn its last two active Tu-154Ms from scheduled passenger service as of October 1. The type’s last regular flight was Minsk National-Gomel. The Belarus national carrier said the trijet would be used for charter flights ferrying workers to Belarus’s north. These services will continue until late December following which the aircraft will be…

Belarus: soil drought retains

Short-term rains observed last week did not replenish soil moisture stocks considerably and moistened only the upper soil layer. The situation is better in the 10-cm soil layer and sowing campaign is coming to the end in quite good conditions. Plants sown in the first half of September are at the stage of first-third leave…

Belarus: IMF forecasts long-term economical crisis

IMF mission presented the report on economic situation in Belarus. The report mentions that during 2015-2016 economic condition in Belarus was defined by “the decrease in national currency rate, salaries and at the same time growth of unemployment”. Moreover, IMF forecasts further economic decrease. Without structural reforms minor growth (+0.5%) can be expected in 2018.…

Russia to negotiating gas dispute with Belarus

Russia and Belarus will discuss their natural gas dispute, but not a discount some time, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said earlier in September that Moscow and Minsk had almost agreed on the price of Russian gas supplies, but Yury Yaroshevich, minister-councilor of the Belarusian embassy in Russia, said shortly…

Belarus: Turkish business seeking stronger presence on the market

The Turkish business shows interest in expanding its presence in the Belarusian market, Chairman of the Turkish-Belarusian Business Cooperation Council Sefa Gomdeniz said at the investment forum in Minsk on September 29. Turkish companies are ready to offer Belarus new big investment projects. Possibilities of cooperation expansion are being discussed at the governmental level, the…