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08.01.2018
Belarus' gold, forex reserves total $7.3bn

According to the preliminary data, Belarus' gold and foreign currency reserves totaled $7,315 million as of 1 January 2017, if calculated in accordance with methods of the International Monetary Fund, BelTA learned from the Information and PR Department of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus.

In December 2017, the country's gold and foreign currency reserves went down by $98.4 million (1.

05.01.2018
Lukashenko awards Belarusian art luminaries in 2017

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has conferred For Spiritual Revival awards and special prizes to Belarusian art luminaries in 2017. The head of state has signed corresponding decrees on 4 January, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

The president conferred five awards For Spiritual Revival in 2017 on the groups of authors and representatives of religious associations in recognition of their vigorous humanitarian activities.

04.01.2018
Further visa liberalization viewed as important for Belarus

Further visa liberalization is important for Belarus, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said in an interview with the Belarus 1 TV channel, BelTA informs.

We see that the launch of a five-day visa-free program for 80 countries has borne fruit. In our opinion, further visa liberalization is important for Belarus, Vladimir Makei said.

He also noted that the government intends to keep working not only on visa liberalization for foreign visitors to Belarus but also on relevant agreements with the EU for Belarusians.

28.12.2017
Palace of Independence hosts New Year party for students

Belarus is doing its best to create the conditions so that the children can live in peace and can be proud of their country, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the New Year party for students who have excelled in education, creative work and sport on 26 December, BelTA has learned.

I am sincerely happy to meet with the best aspiring young people in this festive atmosphere, Alexander Lukashenko said.

27.12.2017
Belarus president hopes for positive economic growth in 2018

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko hopes for the positive economic growth in 2018. He made the statement at the ceremony to present state awards on 26 December, BelTA has learned.

The head of state wished Happy New Year to the participants of the ceremony. I am convinced that 2018 will be the year of labor victories, implementation of plans and projects, the year of the positive economic growth, he said.

26.12.2017
SMEs seen as important component of sustainable economic development in Belarus

Small and medium-sized enterprises are an important component of sustainable economic development, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko noted as he met with representatives of the business community on 22 December, BelTA informs.

We have discussed the issues of business promotion on many occasions. However, this is the first time we meet in such a broad format. Among those present here are representatives of the authorities and business, from artisans to owners of large private companies.

22.12.2017
Lukashenko: Revised version of Ordinance No. 3 should be pragmatic, balanced

A revised version of Ordinance No. 3 should be pragmatic and balanced, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the session held on 21 December to discuss draft legal acts aimed at the development of the real production sector, promotion of scientific work and employment, BelTA has learned.

We need to discuss the proposals of the government on employment in detail. I have promised to prepare and adopt a presidential decree to develop famous Ordinance No.

21.12.2017
Belarus-Russia oil dispute fully settled
Belarus and Russia have resolved all the issues with oil supplies, Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko said at a joint session of the Belarusian parliament on 20 December, BelTA has learned.

The negotiations on oil and gas issues were tough and took about a year and a half. We were engaged in the talks virtually throughout 2016 and in early 2017. We have sorted out all the issues with oil supplies.

20.12.2017
Central state budget bill past second reading in lower chamber of Belarusian parliament

The House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus gave the second reading to the bill on the next year's central state budget on 19 December, BelTA has learned.

A conservative scenario for external conditions was used to put together the central state budget bill. Belarus' GDP growth rate is 101.2%, with the average annual inflation rate at 107.4%, refinancing rate at 11% per annum, oil price at $ 43 per barrel, and the U.

19.12.2017
Central state budget bill past first reading in Belarusian parliament

The House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus gave the first reading to the bill on the next year's central state budget on 18 December, BelTA has learned.

In line with the document the central state budget is expected to receive Br20.485 billion and spend Br19.751 billion. The budget surplus is estimated at Br733.88 million.

The next year's key task is to restore economy growth, bolster the competitive ability of the Belarusian economy, and enable conditions conducive to reaching the goals specified by the 2016-2020 social and economic development program.

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