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Sunday, 19 January 2020
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International reserve assets of Belarus According to preliminary data, in December 2019 Belarus' gold and foreign exchange reserves gained $234.7 million (2.6%)* to reach the equivalent of $9,393.5 million as of 1 January 2020.
Christmas Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament The 16th edition of the Christmas International Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament for the Prize of the President of Belarus will be held in Minsk on 3-7 January 2020.
Higher education in Belarus The most popular majors in the 2018/19 academic year were communications; law; economics; management; economics and production management.
Belarus investment stats in January-September 2019 Overseas investment in Belarus made up $7.1 billion* in January-September.

President

Belarus interested in expanding cooperation with Latvia
Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized that the two countries had had very strong economic ties since Soviet times. However, a lot has been lost in recent years. “But it is more important to look forward rather than to reflect on the past. In this regard, Belarus and Latvia have determined many avenues for cooperation,” he said.

Politics

Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Belarusian foreign minister meets with OSCE's new representative in contact group on Ukraine
Heidi Grau was in Minsk for this year's first negotiations on resolving the conflict in Ukraine, which took place on 16 January. The Swiss diplomat was appointed special representative of the OSCE chairperson-in-office in Ukraine and in the trilateral contact group in late 2019.
Sergey Lavrov. Photo courtesy of TASS Lavrov speaks on Russia's foreign policy priorities
A traditional priority is strengthening relations with partners in the Eurasian space, first of all, within the framework of the CSTO, the Union State, the CIS and the Eurasian Economic Union, Sergey Lavrov said.
An archive photo Rumas, Medvedev talk over phone
Belarusian Prime Minister Sergei Rumas and Deputy Chairman of Russia's Security Council Dmitry Medvedev had a phone conversation on 16 January.

Economy

Another contest of small business investment projects open in Belarus
Small businesses, which are registered and operate in Belarus and are eligible for state financial support in line with presidential decree No.255 “On some measures of state support for small entrepreneurship”, are invited to participate in the contest.

Society

New apartments in Alexandria house to go on sale on 20 January
New apartments in the Alexandria house will go on sale on 20 January. It is amazing news for everyone who would like to move into an own apartment in no time! The best sales terms are offered at the very beginning of the market launch.
Archive photo Traffic across Belarusian-Polish border over 1.1m cars in 2019
Chairman of Belarus' State Customs Committee Yuri Senko and head of Poland's National Revenue Administration Piotr Walczak discussed the measures to maximize the border crossing capacity.
PM: Belarus, Latvia will strengthen relations as they co-host IIHF WC
Belarus and Latvia will strengthen relations as they co-host the IIHF World Championship, Belarus Prime Minister Sergei Rumas said at a joint meeting of the Belarusian and Latvian organizing committees for the 2021 IIHF World Championship.

Sport

Photo courtesy of the organizers of the rally MAZ third at Dakar 2020
The Belarusian MAZ lost 2:04.42 to the race winner Andrei Karginov from the Russian Kamaz-Master who cleared 12 stages in 46:33.36. Kamaz-Master's Anton Shibalov is second (42:26 behind the winning time).