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Belavia has withdrawn its last two active Tu-154Ms from scheduled passenger service as of October 1.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…

Belarus: Belenergo and Siemens to implement joint projects

The Belarusian national electrical company Belenergo and Siemens Company have signed a cooperation agreement, the Belenergo press service reported. The document was signed by Belenergo Director General Yevgeny Voronov and Siemens AG Vice President Willi Meixner. The sides intend to work together on the concept and preliminary technical solutions for using Siemens-made gas turbine power…

Belarus: Belagroprombank to take out NEFCO loan to finance environment projects

OAO Belagroprombank is planning to attract the loan of the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) to sponsor environmental projects. The relevant agreement was signed by the bank and NEFCO on September 28, in Minsk. The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) is an International Financial Institution established by the Nordic Governments in 1990. NEFCO provides results-based…

Belarus: EBRD to help pre-privatize five enterprises

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has received an application from the Belarusian government with a request to provide pre-privatization services for five prominent enterprises, Francis Delaey, the EBRD’s Head of Office in Belarus, reported. The EBRD has received an inquiry from the Belarusian government with a request to assist in pre-privatizing five…

Belarus: EU to double support of projects

The European Union (EU) has announced the doubling of the bilateral assistance package in support to private sector development and strengthening institutions in Belarus from 14.5 million euro in 2015 to 29 million euro in 2016. The EU Representative Office in Belarus posted a message to this effect on its official web site. The funding…