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Government oversight over private sector in Belarus to focus on prevention
The focus in efforts of government agencies will be shifted to prevention. Instead of audits more technical and verification measures will be taken. If faults are found, punishment will not be exacted if the subject at fault fixes the shortcomings.

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Refinancing rate in Belarus Belarus' central bank will reduce the refinancing rate from 11.5% to 11% per annum on 18 October.
Drone flight restrictions The Belarusian Defense Ministry has extended the list of locations where unmanned aerial vehicles must not be flown. UAVs are classified as aircraft without a human pilot on board, which fly in visual range of the operator, and autonomous free-flying devices.
Belarus' export targets to EU in 2018-2020 Belarus' Council of Ministers has determined how much commodities and services government agencies and organizations are to export to the European Union in 2018-2020.
International reserve assets of Belarus In September 2017 Belarus' gold and foreign exchange reserves (in accordance with methods of the International Monetary Fund) grew by $273.1 million (3.9%)* to the equivalent of $7.3 billion** as of 1 October 2017.

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Top officials of Belarus' Operations and Analysis Center suspended
Alexander Lukashenko reviewed a number of criminal cases, which investigation he keeps an eye on. Evidence concerning the performance of heads of central government and municipal government agencies and illegal actions taken by individual officers of law enforcement agencies and power-wielding bodies were reviewed.

Politics

Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives Benin MPs show interest in contacts with Belarus' National Assembly
The MPs of Benin expressed their interest in establishing close bilateral relations with the National Assembly of Belarus and noted that the participation in the IPU events is an efficient means for achieving results.
Belarus, Pakistan consider setting up high-tech joint ventures
“The parties reviewed the development of science, technology and innovations in Belarus and Pakistan, the organization of joint ventures to manufacture high-technology goods and outlined the areas of mutual cooperation in technology transfer.
MPs to discuss Belarus-Russia Union military doctrine
Members of the commission will be made familiar with progress in working out the Military Doctrine of the Union State of Belarus and Russia and with results of the Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercise Zapad 2017, said the press service.

Economy

Belarusian economy hits annual GDP target in January-September
Andrei Kobyakov said: “As far as the growth rate of the gross domestic product is concerned, we've reached 101.7% as against the same period of last year. The figure matches the annual target. The overall situation in the economy is stable."

Society

Sergei Naryshkin Call for Belarus, Russia to unite against common security threats
Sergei Naryshkin said that he and Alexander Lukashenko had discussed interaction between Belarus' KGB and Russia's SVR. “We work in an atmosphere of trust, equality, and mutual interest. We are allies and are destined to work together,” stressed the official.
Vladimir Vashchenko. An archive photo Belarus pleased with results of CSTO joint effort against emergencies
Countries are required to pool their efforts due to modern reality. “Every day we witness various emergencies, which, unfortunately, claim human lives. This is why we work within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization where a coordinating council for emergencies has been created.
Photo courtesy of Belarus' Ministry of Foreign Affairs Belarus looks forward to closer cooperation with UN in human rights
"The Belarusian diplomat underlined the important role that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) plays in technical cooperation for strengthening national capacity," the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed.

Sport

Belarus 91st in FIFA rankings
Over the past month Igor Kriushenko's team has played two final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, losing 1-3 to the Netherlands and 1-2 to France.