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02 November 2021, 11:28

Belarus to ease and digitize administrative procedures for business

MINSK, 2 November (BelTA) –Burden on business will be reduced by dint of minimizing and easing administrative procedures, digitizing them and switching to the one-stop shop principle, Belarusian Deputy Economy Minister Sergei Mityansky told the media before the first meeting of the working sub-groups on administrative procedures hosted by the Economy Ministry, BelTA learned from the ministry's press service.

"The main goal of our joint work is to gradually reduce the burden on business by minimizing and easing administrative procedures, digitizing them and switching to the one-stop shop principle. We are planning to consider 45 of them at the meeting. In the future, this work will be done on a phased basis. During the first phase, until 27 March 2022, we will analyze the procedures outlined by the government and regulators. This is about a quarter of their total. In the second phase, during 2022, we will look into the procedures provided for in the legislation. During the third stage, we will bring administrative procedures in line with international acts, including the legal framework of the Eurasian Economic Union. This work must be fully completed by 1 January 2024,” Sergei Mityansky said.

According to the deputy minister, plans are in place to digitalize as many administrative procedures as possible. “The register of administrative procedures has already been put into trial operation. It provides comprehensive information on more than half of them: the list of documents, deadlines and authorized bodies. Everything is clear, accessible and transparent. In the future, the rest of the administrative procedures will also be included in the register,” Sergei Mityansky said.

According to the Economy Ministry, the Council of Ministers adopted Decree No.548 “On administrative procedures in respect to business entities” on 24 September 2021. The Economy Ministry has been defined as the coordinator of the efforts to reduce the administrative burden on business. An interdepartmental working group was set up for this purpose. It has been divided into nine subgroups totaling more than 300 representatives of state authorities, business community, senators and MPs. The Economy Ministry has also developed methodological recommendations analyze administrative procedures and their optimization and ensure their maximum digitalization.

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