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Lukashenko sees good prospects for raising flax growing efficiency in Belarus
This enterprise specializes in flax growing and seed harvesting. The best scientists are involved and the best technologies are used to grow flax at the enterprise. This is an example for other flax growing enterprises in the country.

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Belarus-Ukraine: Trade and economic cooperation In 2016 Belarus-Ukraine trade increased by 10.5%.
Refinancing rate in Belarus Belarus' central bank reduced the refinancing from 13% to 12% per annum on 19 July.
Belarus' main social and economic indicators in H1 2017 H1 2017 as against H1 2016: GDP – 101%, industrial output* — 106.1%
Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk The International Festival of Arts Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk was first held on 18 July 1992.

President

Alexander Lukashenko Belarus president orders to keep up harvesting pace
Alexander Lukashenko said: “Today is August 18. I said that we should gather in the bulk of the harvest by 20 August or 85-87% in my book. But we certainly mustn't stop. This is why we must work hard until we gather in everything.”

Politics

Vladislav Surkov. Photo courtesy of the TASS news agency Aide to Russian president satisfied with Minsk meeting with U.S. envoy on Ukraine
Vladislav Surkov said: “Honestly speaking, it proceeded without illusions and prejudice. Adherence to the Minsk agreements was not doubted: both sides came up with fresh ideas and innovative approaches to implementing them.”
Photo courtesy of the Belarusian embassy in Russia Belarus, Mexico to expand bilateral relations
“The parties talked over the issues related to the development of the Belarusian-Mexican cooperation in the political, trade and economic areas, the ways to intensify the ministerial dialogue and inter-parliamentary cooperation, expand the legal framework of the bilateral relations,” the press service said.
Belarus-EU relations discussed in Bulgaria
“The development of relations between Minsk and Brussels were discussed in the light of Bulgaria's forthcoming presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2018,” the ministry said.

Economy

Mass grain harvesting campaign in Belarus nearly over
Belarusian farmers gathered in nearly 7 million tonnes of grain as of 21 August. Minsk Oblast contributed 1,769,300 tonnes, Grodno Oblast 1,270,600 tonnes, Brest Oblast 1,224,500 tonnes. Mogilev Oblast managed to collect more than 1 million tonnes of grain (1,045,800 tonnes).

Society

Away from the war, or Syrian children on vacation in Belarus
At the invitation of the Belarusian head of state, 80 children from Syria aged between 8-14 came to Belarus for recuperation holidays.
Inna Medvedeva. An archive photo Belarus census 2019 to include data on farming
“There has been no agricultural census in Belarus. It is quite expensive, that is why we have decided to combine the two censuses,” said Inna Medvedeva.
U.S. Embassy in Moscow no longer accepts new visa applications from residents of Belarus
Residents of Belarus are encouraged to schedule nonimmigrant visa appointments at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw; the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv; or the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius.

Sport

An archive photo FC BATE Borisov draw with Olexandriya in UEFA Europa League playoff opener
The teams traded goals in the first half of the game. Mirko Ivanic scored for Belarus in the 8th minute. Yevhen Banada responded in the 19th minute of the game.