17:16 PresidentLukashenko okays draft EAEU agreement on defining origin of goods for export to third countries The draft agreement has been approved as the basis for negotiations. The State Customs Committee has been authorized to conduct the negotiations. The president has also authorized the government to sign the document if an agreement within limits of the approved draft has been reached.
17:04 SocietyPlans to batch produce prefabricated wooden homes in Belarus Aleksandr Kulik said: “We've developed standard designs. We are now going through legal procedures in order to be able to use them multiple times. The main components for building the houses are sold via trade platforms by forestry enterprises.”
16:41 SportBelarusian players lose in US Open qualifying The main draw matches will be played in New York from 28 August to 10 September. The total prize money for this year's US Open is $65 million. Winners in the men's and women's singles will earn $3 million each. Last year the US Open was won by Carlos Alcaraz of Spain and Iga Swiatek of Poland.
16:25 EconomyBelarus-Kyrgyzstan promising joint projects named “Kyrgyzstan is ready to work with Belarus to exchange technologies and experience, organize joint productions and create a large number of jobs in petrochemicals. The country has a great need in upgrading the existing plants and setting up new ones to make products from crude oil,” Bakyt Torobaev added.
16:01 EconomyBelarus' forestry minister slams EU for prioritizing politics over economy According to the minister, there has been little headway in resolving the problem of processing wood waste into fuel pellets, and the lack of progress was criticized by the head of state during the meeting on 24 August. Several years ago Belarus created substantial capacities to process wood waste with an eye to the vast market of the EU countries.
15:19 PoliticsBelarusian foreign minister meets with Indian, Cuban counterparts at BRICS summit The conversation took place on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted.
15:11 EconomyOrganization of forum of regions of Belarus, Kyrgyzstan in 2024 suggested Bakyt Torobaev said: “In particular, we have to enable conditions for deeper interregional cooperation. This is why I'd like to suggest holding a forum of regions of Belarus and Kyrgyzstan within the framework of the next session of the intergovernmental commission in Kyrgyzstan next year.”
14:29 EconomyChinese researchers visit China-Belarus Industrial Park Great Stone Senior executives of the Zhejiang Tsinghua Yangtze River Delta Research Institute have visited the China-Belarus Industrial Park Great Stone, BelTA learned from the press service of the industrial park.
13:55 EconomyVice premier: Belarus-Kyrgyzstan trade is on the rise “Belarus and Kyrgyzstan have noticeably intensified interaction. We ended 2022 with good indicators of mutual trade. Trade exceeded $160 million and increased by 65% compared to 2021. In 2023, the positive dynamics in mutual trade continue, including thanks to a significant increase in supplies from Kyrgyzstan. In H1 2023, we increased it by $19 million and expect to maintain the rate,” Anatoly Sivak said.
13:37 SocietyBelarus' draft National Security Concept to take into account major risks, threats “Initially, working on the draft version of the National Security Concept, we talked not only about the risks, challenges and threats that have already been identified and which we have faced over the past decades,” Aleksandr Rakhmanov said.
13:19 EconomyActivity of Kyrgyz private sector in Belarus increases The number of Belarusian companies taking part in exhibition events and fairs in Kyrgyzstan has increased. The activity of Kyrgyz businesses in Belarus has increased as well. It is noticeable not only because the lineup of delivered goods has expanded but also because the number of trips to Belarus has increased.
12:55 PresidentLukashenko backs Forestry Ministry's idea to promote proprietary trade platforms Aleksandr Kulik said: “The idea to create trade platforms under the Lesnoi Domik brand has been backed. The president examined the slides in detail and backed the idea. And he gave instructions to promote it so that we would go out and meet our customers.”
12:49 EconomyBelarus' lumber export reaches all-time high Before the sanctions, the EU countries were the main sales markets for Belarusian lumber accounting for 56% of the country's lumber export. After the lumber export to the EU was discontinued, the main consumers were China (52%, previously 37%), Azerbaijan (24%, previously 4%) and Russia (6%).
12:44 PoliticsBelarusian, Chinese foreign ministers discuss realization of key agreements Sergei Aleinik and Wang Yi talked at length about the schedule of contacts and the realization of key agreements reached during the Belarus president's visit to China in March 2023.
12:27 SocietyCSTO to conduct Combat Brotherhood drills in Belarus on 1-6 September The joint operational and strategic exercise Combat Brotherhood 2023 will be held on the territory of Belarus from 1 to 6 September, BelTA learned from the Defense Ministry of Belarus.