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Lukashenko urges to streamline land allocation regulations
“Our task is to think over all amendments. I do not mean that it is impossible to revise certain legislative norms: ordinances, presidential decrees, and laws can be amended because life does not stand still and everything changes. But I would like to know why we need to revise this document,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

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Belarus' main social and economic development indicators in 2016 In 2016 Belarus' gross domestic product totaled 97.4% as against 2015.
Changes of the key lending rate in Belarus over time The refinancing rate is the lending rate set by the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus to regulate interest rates on the money market.
Belarus-Sudan: Trade and Economic Cooperation Belarus-Sudan bilateral trade is made up almost entirely by Belarusian exports.
Belarus-Egypt trade and economic cooperation Belarus-Egypt trade and economic relations have been steadily advancing for the last few years.

President

Alexander Lukashenko delivers a speech in the Sudanese parliament Belarus president speaks about peace, cooperation, prospects in Sudan parliament
“I am convinced that our meeting will help us learn more about each other, find new areas of common interest for Belarus and Sudan,” the President said.

Politics

Belarus' MFA urges respect for authority, opinion of international organizations regarding BelNPP
We believe that everyone should respect the authority and opinion of international organizations that specialize in this area, Dmitry Mironchik said.
Photo courtesy of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Regions, business communities urged to contribute more to Belarus-Poland cooperation development
The meeting was focused on discussing the agreements reached during the visit of the Polish parliament delegation led by Marshal of the Senate of Poland Stanislaw Karczewski to Belarus in December 2016.
Photo courtesy of the press service of the Romanian President Belarusian Ambassador presents credentials to Romanian head of state
During the meeting, the parties discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations in different areas, including politics, trade, economy, culture and humanitarian affairs.

Economy

Vasily Matyushevsky. An archive photo Investment forum in Hong Kong to intensify business ties with Belarus
As part of the visit on 16-18 January, First Deputy Prime Minister Vasily Matyushevsky met with Chief Executive of Hong Kong Liang Zhenying. The sides exchanged opinions on the development of cooperation in investment, finance, trade, economy, and tourism.

Society

Piotr Miklashevich Constitutional norms strictly observed in Belarusian lawmaking
As a principle of Belarus' constitutional system the supremacy of law obliges the government, all the government agencies and officials as well as citizens to act in accordance with the Constitution and the legal acts that comply with the Constitution.
SPECIAL REPORT: New horizons for Belarusian UAVs
The enterprise R&D Center for Multifunctional Unmanned Complexes of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus makes six to ten UAVs per year. No drones are put into cold storage since every one of them is made for a specific customer.
Belarusian electric car to be trialed by year end
According to the source, one of the Belarusian institutes is working hard on the project. The Belarusian electric car will be based on a BelGee car. “We should have a prototype by autumn and get the prototype trialed in Belarus. We hope we will have results by the end of 2017,” said Alexander Kilchevsky.

Sport

During the press conference Belarus, Latvia place joint bid for hosting 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship
Belarus and Latvia have submitted a joint bid for hosting the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, Chairman of the Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation Igor Rachkovsky said at a press conference on 19 January.

Culture

Svetlov: Yanka Kupala's legacy is of international importance
Yanka Kupala's legacy is of international importance. Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Latvia, and Slovakia will also join the anniversary celebrations, Boris Svetlov said.
Orthodox Christmas celebrations in Belarus wrap up with folk rites
The authentic Pull the Kolyada Up the Oak rite will be performed in the village of Noviny in Berezino District on 21 January.
Lord of the Sound to bring the best of film music to Minsk
The symphony orchestra Lords of the Sound together with Pavel Chubinsky chapel choir will perform the hits by John Williams, Hans Zimmer, and Ennio Morricone in a concert in Minsk Concert Hall on 9 April.