Belarus: Ambassador discusses cooperation prospects with Venezuelan companies

Belarus’ Ambassador to Venezuela Oleg Pafenov met with the heads of Venezuelan companies to discuss prospects for further cooperation. “The Ambassador held working meetings with heads of three assembly plants built by Belarusian specialists. The parties discussed the current issues related to the operation of companies and talked over the prospects for further mutually beneficial…

Belarus: winter grains sowing started

As of September 5, all regions of Belarus started sowing winter grains. According to Belarusian AgMin, 93.3 thousand ha or 6.93% of the plan have been seeded. Sowing progress is considerably faster than last year. As of the same date in 2015 60.6 thousand ha had been sown (4.9%) This year farmers plan to increase…

Belarus: Egypt interested in setting up manufacturing enterprises

Egypt is interested in setting up manufacturing enterprises together with Belarus. The relevant possibilities were discussed during the latest meeting of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Egypt Sergei Rachkov and Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs Ihab Nasr, the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. During the meeting…

Belarus: China to invest 700 million RMB in housing construction in 2016-2017

China’s investments into the construction of multi-storied apartment buildings in Belarus in 2016-2017 will total 700 million yuan (RMB), Belarus’ Vice Minister of Architecture and Construction Alexander Kruchanov said in a statement. According to him, Belarus is currently short of finance for housing construction and China’s gratuitous aid will somehow improve the situation. Chinese investors…

Belarus: car tire market to shrink in 2016

The capacity of Belarus’ automobile tire market is likely to reduce slightly in 2016, Belarus’ tire manufacturer Belshina said in a statement. Belarus’ tire market grew to 1.4 million units in H1 2016, including passenger car tires – 67.3% (down by 2,7% since early 2016), truck tires – 16.5% (up by 1.5%), farming machinery tires…

Belarus: EEU cuts import duties

The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) has reduced import duties from 5.43% to 5.3% of the customs value of goods. The new rates became effective on September 1. The move was approved by the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) and reflects Russia’s WTO commitments. Although Belarus is not a WTO member, the country still has to comply…

Belarus: government extends loan repayment schedule for farms and agribusiness companies

Belarus’ farms and agribusiness enterprises, which received Br455.4 million ($232.255 million) in credits in 2016 to pay for mineral fertilizers, engine fuel and lubricants, will have their credit repayment schedule extended by one year, in accordance with President Lukashenko’s ordinance No. 328 of September 2. The document was made public on September 6. The credits…

Belarus: farmers to sow 360 thousand ha of winter rapeseed

Belarus finished rapeseed sowing for 2017 harvest. According to Belarus AgMin farmers will increase rapeseed sowing area to 360 thousand ha. As of August 31, sowing has been carried out at 332.1 thousand ha or 92.3% from the total sowing area. Last year sowing area of rapeseed 264 totaled thousand ha. (UkrAgroConsult/Business World Magazine)

Belarus: pork imports from Ukraine banned

On September 1, Belarus has temporarily banned pork imports from Volyn and Vinnytsia regions of Ukraine due to African swine fever (ASF). The Veterinary and Food Control Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus has stated this on its website. According to the data from the World Organization for…

Belarus reports $1.9 billion commodity trade deficit in January-July 2016

Belarus’ foreign trade deficit stood at $1.934 billion in January-July against $1.457 billion in January-July 2015, according to the National Statistics Committee (Belstat). Commodity exports decreased by 18.6% YoY in January-July to $13.116 billion, while imports decreased by 14.4% MoM to $15.05 billion. Exports from Belarus included $7.761 billion worth of supplies to the CIS…

Belarus: electricity exports to Lithuania up in H1 2016

Belarus increased electricity exports to Lithuania by 11.8% YoY in January-June to 75.5 million kWh, according to official statistical reports. Belarus’ proceeds from electricity export to Lithuania grew by 13.2% to $4.257 million. Lithuania was the key and basically the only destination of Belarus’ electricity exports in 2015. Belarus plans to export to Lithuania around…

Belarus: crop conditions in September 2016

Conditions for soil preparation, winter rapeseed sowing and germination across most of Belarussian territory are favorable. In the fields sown with rapeseed in the first half of August, rapeseed germinated and leaf formation has started. Soil is still waterlogged in the north-west of Vitebsk region, according to the observations of Verhnedvinsk weather station. Soil moisture…