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Lukashenko instructs to improve Belarus' foreign economic activities

President 18.01.2018 | 15:53
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MINSK, 18 January (BelTA) – There have been both successes and difficulties in the development of Belarus' foreign economic activities, Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei told reporters after the meeting with the head of state on 18 January, BelTA informs.

“We should not stand still, and the president spoke about it once again today. Yes, there is certain progress, but we must understand that it also happens because of the favorable economic situation in the world. Certain Belarusian exporters, branches, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have done a lot for the increase in Belarus' export and trade with other countries,” the minister said.

In his words, the president deemed it necessary to analyze all aspects of the foreign economic activities and step efforts to eliminate gaps.

“Some time ago the head of state gave an instruction to diversify our foreign economic activities. Yes, we have made certain progress, but we have not reached the figured determined by the president yet. We still need to do a lot,” the minister said.

To fulfill this task the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has concluded corresponding agreements on interaction with all regions, specialized ministries and agencies, has given corresponding instructions to officials who are in charge of raising the export with other countries. “Belarus' export has reduced with only nine countries out of 58 states where our specialized institutions are operational. There is a big improvement over the previous year,” Vladimir Makei said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs plans to hold a conference to sum up the results of work in February. Representatives of other ministries and agencies, exporting enterprises will be invited. The participants of the conference will sum up the results of the past period and determine future goals.

BelTA reported earlier that there were positive trends in the development of the foreign economic activities in 2017. Belarus' export went up more than 23%. Two thirds of this increase is attributed to the growth of prices, one third – to the physical growth of export.

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