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The optimization of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the development of foreign economic activities were discussed at the meeting of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko with Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei on 18 January, BelTA informs.

“You wanted to discuss some issues concerning the optimization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with me. I am ready to discuss any issues so that we could make a decision,” the head of state said.

At the same time, Alexander Lukashenko stressed that he is, first of all, interested in foreign economic activities. “In simple terms I am aware of the results. But you have more precise information. Please inform e about the prospects of diversifying foreign trade, the operation of our embassies in a couple of words,” the president said.

Vladimir Makei said that there was positive dynamics in the development of foreign trade in 2017. “The export went up 23%. Two thirds of this increase is attributed to the growth of prices, one third – to the physical growth of export. That is why, we can say that this is a positive trend in general,” the minister of foreign affairs said.

“Thorough analysis shows that there are no reasons for self-complacency. As for diversification, there has been progress in this field, but we still need to do a lot,” the minister said.

In Minsk region, more than 120 sport objects offer their services to lovers of active winter recreation, BelTA learned from the regional educational and methodological center of physical education of the population.

It is planned that in the near future in the areas will start working 26 ice rinks, 45 hockey boxes, as well as 51 ski runs. Frozen weather has already allowed to open skating rinks for all comers in the city stadiums in Vileyka and Slutsk. Also, an open-air ice rink was opened in the active recreation park "Yakut mountains" in the Dzerzhinsky district. With already active facilities for active winter recreation, rental shops for sports equipment (skates, skis) work.

Ski resorts of the country ("Logoisk" and "Silichi"), located in Logoisk district, invite fans of downhill skiing, tubing, snowboards. In "Silichi" for all comers there is already opened the route number 1. In "Logoisk" the main slope will begin to receive visitors in the near future. At the same time, training routes and a number of others already work in both complexes.

We are ready to offer our services to visitors and indoor ice areas in "Raubichi", "Silichi", in the cities of Zhodino, Molodechno, Soligorsk, and also the capital.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:55

Belarus' GDP 2.4% up in 2017

Belarus' GDP grew by 2.4% in 2017. Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov quoted the figure during the session of the Presidium of the Council of Ministers on 16 January, BelTA has learned. The session was focused on measures to implement Belarus' social and economic development tasks and on the national economy's expected performance in January and in Q1 2018.

Andrei Kobyakov stated that the GDP growth rate was 102.4% in 2017 while the forecast was 101.7%. Thus, the government managed to reach the economic growth parameters specified by the five-year program and compensated for the lag of 2016. The head of state has approved development forecast parameters for 2018. The relevant government resolutions have been passed after that to set up a matrix of key parameters for the entire power vertical, noted the prime minister.

Andrei Kobyakov stressed: “The key tasks of balanced economy growth is increasing and diversifying export, raising investments, and creating jobs primarily in the small and medium business sector.” With these in mind it is necessary to begin full-scale work to implement the decisions made by the head of state with a view to liberalizing business operation terms.

The IVth Republican exhibition-fair "Zhodzinskiy kirmash" starts another season of similar events in the Minsk region, BelTA learned from Vitaly Zhuk, head of the department for advertising, publishing, information and public relations of the Minsk branch of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry .

Universal exhibition-fair will be held in Zhodino on January 17-20 and will be organized in the Culture Palace of BelAZ OJSC (Derevianko St., 3). Its participants will be more than 20 enterprises and individual entrepreneurs from different regions of Belarus. Traditionally, the exhibition-fair will present a wide range of consumer goods, including clothing, footwear, textiles, cosmetics, perfumes, bijouterie, souvenirs, jewelry, hats, food, honey, spices and other goods. It is also important that visitors can buy them at producer prices.

The organizers of the event are Minsk Branch of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Zhodino City Executive Committee.

The previous season of republican fairs in the Minsk region cities was completed by the "Soligorsk palette", which was visited by more than 4 thousand residents and guests of Salihorsk. 32 exhibitors represented their products and goods here.

The Ministry of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade has coordinated the plan of republican exhibitions and fairs in the cities of the Minsk region for 2018. They are provided with 18 fair events with the expansion of geography. New centers of such fairs will be Kopyl, Myadel, Uzda. The holding of one more (19th) fair is planned in Minsk. In 2017, for the first time universal fairs were accepted by Vileika, Volozhin, Kletsk, Luban, Marina Gorka, Smolevichi, Old Roads, Columns. Continued their holding in Borisov, Dzerzhinsk, Zhodino, Molodechno, Soligorsk, Slutsk. All events were visited by more than 50 thousand people.

In 2018, the next republican fair in the Minsk region will be the "Valozhynsky kirmash", scheduled for February 7-10.

Moscow is in favor of having no borders between Belarus and Russia. Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov made the statement during the press conference held on 15 January to sum up results of Russian diplomatic work in 2017, BelTA has learned.

Sergei Lavrov said: “In order to have a transparent border, our actions should be synchronized. Actions concerning the life of people within the framework of the Union State of Belarus and Russia as a whole should be synchronized, too. There is an agreement on equalizing rights of Belarusians and Russians. Belarusians, who stay in hotels in Russia, and Russians in Belarus should pay as much as citizens of the relevant country pay. The same should be done in sanatoriums, too. So, we are wholeheartedly in favor of having no borders between us at all.”

“We would like no unilateral steps taken in relations of our countries,” noted the Russian minister of foreign affairs. “This is why we have suggested negotiating the approval of the agreement on the mutual recognition of visas. It is nearly ready and I hope it will be passed soon. We are ready for it.”

Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Rusy is convinced that the Minsk region is capable of doubling the pace of social and economic development in the next two decades. He stated this today to journalists during solemn events dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the formation of the region, BelTA has learned.

The Vice Premier wished the Minsk region not only to maintain high results of development in various spheres on the level achieved in recent history, but also to increase them. "In the next 5-20 years the Minsk region is capable of doubling the available indicators, which is generally realistic, taking into account the personnel potential," said Mikhail Rusy.

According to him, the pace with which the Minsk region was completed in 2016 and 2017, as well as the pace of January 2018, indicate that the region is on the right track. As for the agro-industrial complex, here a serious base is laid for a new crop. In particular, agrarians have accumulated and introduced more fertilizers into the soil than in the previous agricultural year.

Mikhail Rusy also drew attention to the fact that some of the main flagships of the industry are located in the Minsk region, but they also contribute to the development of other regions. This shows an example of the development of a site for the extraction of potash fertilizers in the Petrikovsky district of the Gomel region. "Investments" Belaruskali "- one of the serious experiences of investment capital not only in the framework of one area, but also out of it," the Deputy Prime Minister stated.

Minsk region was formed on January 15, 1938. The decision was made at the first session of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. The process of administrative-territorial structure of the region was long and ended in the 1960s, when the existing regions were finally formed. The central region is the largest in the country by area - 39.9 thousand square kilometers. The population exceeds 1.42 million people.

It is important for Belarusians not to lose their identity in today's rapidly changing world. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement during the reception held on 12 January to celebrate Old New Year, BelTA has learned.

The current generation of Belarusians lives in a very complicated period of time. Speaking about Belarus' development, the country's position in the tumultuous and rapidly changing world, Alexander Lukashenko noted that the nation can in no way distance itself from negative processes. “We have to learn how to counteract them,” stressed the head of state. “We should learn how to live in this world, how we should adjust yet preserve our identity, the roots, from which the Belarusian nation stems.”

Speaking about future, Alexander Lukashenko sincerely noted without any populism that things will not be easy. “Things will not be easier than they were in 2017 or previous years. But we've set out to reach ambitious goals. We should reach the goals whatever the cost. If we don't do it year after year, the days of our Belarusian statehood are numbered,” said the head of state.

How the country will develop and what Belarus will be like in the future depend on every citizen. “Our life is not magnificent and not even good. It is bearable for now,” said Alexander Lukashenko. According to the president, there is hope the situation will improve.

Speaking about the attitude to the country's accomplishments in Belarus and abroad, the head of state reminded: “It is sad when one has no friends. It is tragic when one has no enemies. We probably have both friends and enemies. It means we have some future ahead of us,” added Alexander Lukashenko.

Such receptions ahead of Old New Year celebrations have become a good tradition. Representatives of mass media and creative intelligentsia — successful, beautiful, inspired people — have been invited to attend the reception, noted Alexander Lukashenko. How Belarusians will be judged as a nation depends a lot on how these people look. Yet publicity and popularity represent a great responsibility, noted Alexander Lukashenko. “You are the face of our nation. You should be an example to follow, true icons of culture, etiquette, and style. Recognizable people — television, culture, and art workers, sport athletes — are capable of making healthy lifestyle or in-depth knowledge fashionable, capable of inspiring pride in our nation. It is their mission,” stressed the head of state.

Before presenting the state awards Alexander Lukashenko noted that people employed in artistic occupations have no holidays to celebrate since they are the ones to arrange all the festivities. He thanked the creative elite for everything they did the previous year and wished them greater accomplishments this year.

A number of mass media professionals were given the president's letters of commendation and state awards for many years of fruitful and hard work, for covering the most important events in the country's social, economic, public, and political life, for creating common information space and advancing Belarus-Russia cooperation in television and radio. Vladimir Pertsov, Director of the Belarusian branch of the interstate television and radio company Mir, was awarded a Francysk Skaryna Medal. Another medal went to Olga Makei, department head at the Television News Agency of the Belarusian State Television and Radio Company.

A number of other mass media professionals, including representatives of BelTA, the Belarusian State Television and Radio Company, the interstate television and radio company Mir, the TV channel Belarus Two, and the TV channel STV were awarded letters of commendation.

The singer Alexander Solodukha was awarded the title Honored Artist of the Republic of Belarus for the considerable personal contribution to the development and popularization of Belarusian pop singing art.

Chairman of the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee Anatoly Isachenko told about the prospects of development of the Minsk region on the eve of the 80th anniversary of the formation of the central region in an interview with the newspaper "Belarus Today."

The priority in the industry for the Minsk region is the creation of new industries and the dynamic development of existing ones. Much has to be done in the social sphere. The construction of housing will continue, including with state support.

"Special attention will be paid to the healthcare sphere, specialized medical care centers will be established." The Ministry of Health approved the concept developed by us, "said Anatoly Isachenko." It is planned that such centers will operate in Borisov, Molodechno, Soligorsk and Borovlyany. modern medical equipment, attract high-class specialists.For example, a resident of Vileika or Volozhin will not have to go to Minsk to get the necessary medical care. in the center of specialized medical care in Molodechno. "

According to the head of the Minsk region, Borisov expects many positive changes in 2018. "The President of Belarus paid special attention to the development of the center as a major regional center last year and the construction of a new school was started in the city, the bridge in the Zalichniy district of the city will be built, which has been under discussion for several decades," he said. - concretized Anatoly Isachenko.

"Each district has its own development plans, taking into account the interests of its residents and the Minsk region as a whole." The annual investment program, according to which there were a lot of discussions and proposals, was considered, it remains to fulfill the plan, "the governor emphasized.

Minsk region on January 15 will celebrate its 80th anniversary. Over the past seven years, it has been the country's leading position on the growth of the gross regional product. The share of the region in the GDP of Belarus is about 15%. Enterprises export goods to more than 140 countries. The central region is the largest in the country by area - 39.9 thousand square kilometers. The population exceeds 1.42 million people.

The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB) has revealed the top 10 scientific accomplishments secured in 2017, the NASB press service told BelTA.

Praise goes to the United Informatics Institute for the fundamental research and development of a compact movable supercomputer for processing large amounts of data and handling high-precision modelling and design tasks. The top 10 scientific accomplishments list also mentions the materials science R&D center for the development and synthesis of composite and nanostructural magnetic materials, which offer excellent microwave qualities and can protect microelectronics from destabilizing external effects.

Praise also goes to the united energy and nuclear research institute Sosny for the development of methods and software for calculating optical cross-sections of atom nuclei with guaranteed precision. Such methods are used to handle scientific and engineering tasks in nuclear energy industry.

The Bioorganic Chemistry Institute will be awarded for finding out how Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria suppress the human immune system at a molecular level. The knowledge will be used to create new-generation medications to cure tuberculosis. The same institute has also found a new universal indicator of the antioxidative potential for diagnosing the resilience of a person to oxidative stress. Sergei Fedorovich, a senior researcher at the Biophysics and Cell Engineering Institute, is praised for finding out how oxygen deprivation interferes with synaptic transmission in neurons of animals. Correcting such interference can protect the brain from damage in an ischemic stroke.

The Microbiology Institute is praised for detecting and inactivating the genes regulating the synthesis of antimicrobial metabolites in bacteria. The knowledge will allow greatly increasing the production of specific biologically active compounds and creating new-generation crop protection agents.

The Soil Science and Agrochemistry Institute is lauded for creating a microbial compound, which combines effects of a bio fertilizer, a growth regulator, and a bio fungicide. The Center for Belarusian Culture, Language, and Literature Studies and the United Informatics Institute have come up with ways to convert digital orthographic records of Belarusian words into phonetic transcriptions for the sake of creating the first full Belarusian linguistic reference book. The History Institute has been noted for finding unique Slavonic settlements in southern Belarus and for finding out how the early Slavonic community emerged and evolved in Belarus' territory.

The award ceremony will be timed to Belarusian Science Day in late January 2018.

Over 170 investment projects are planned to be implemented in the Minsk region in 2018, Anatoly Isachenko, chairman of the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee, said in an interview with the newspaper "SB Belarus Today."

"Over 170 investment projects are planned for implementation in 2018. We plan to attract $ 195 million of direct foreign investments," the chairman of the regional executive committee said. So, one of the largest projects of the year will be the construction of the Nezhinsky ore mining and processing enterprise in the Lubansk region with the erection of residential buildings. It is already being implemented by the Slavkali IO on the basis of the Starobinsky potassium salt deposit. An equally ambitious project is the construction of an agro-industrial complex near Rudensk in the Pukhovichi District. "A package of agreements with the Belarusian National Biotechnology Corporation (BNBK) has already been signed, and in the near future I think the project will start, and this is primarily new jobs and wages for hundreds of workers." What people need today, "Anatoly said. Isachenko.

He recalled that the Minsk region is leading the country in a number of indicators of investment activity. For example, 670 investment contracts were concluded, more than in other regions. There are actively developing such investment sites as the Sino-Belarusian industrial park "Great Stone", FEZ "Minsk", SZOO "BELDZHI", etc.

In continuation of the topic, the governor touched upon employment issues and creation of new jobs. According to him, systemic work in this direction has allowed achieving certain results. For example, for 7 quarters of last year 7,147 people were employed for newly created jobs. Including 4145 people - for new enterprises, and for additional jobs in the operating industries - 3002 people. More than 70% of new jobs are created in the sphere of trade and services, about 11% in construction, more than 10% in industrial production.

As of December 1, 2017, the region had more than 9 thousand vacancies. And for one vacancy there were less than one unemployed. A total of 23,800 people were employed last year, of which 14,800 were unemployed. The region's employers, for example, such a specialty as the chief veterinarian, remain in demand. Today there are 933 vacancies. There are also 466 car driver vacancies, 341 doctor's vacancies. Anatoly Isachenko also noted the growth of wages in the region. "According to the results of 2017, the exact statistics will be later, and for 11 months the nominal accrued wages amounted to almost Br805. Real wages in comparison with the level of 2016 increased by 5.6%," he stated.

Minsk region on January 15 will celebrate its 80th anniversary. Over the past seven years, it has been the country's leading position on the growth of the gross regional product. The region's share in the country's GDP is about 15%. The central region is the largest in the country by area - 39.9 thousand square kilometers. The population exceeds 1.42 million people.

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