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Wednesday, 26 February 2020

IBU Open European Championships to kick off in Belarus on 26 February

The IBU Open European Championships will kick off in the Raubichi Olympic Center near Minsk on 26 February, BelTA has learned.

The solemn opening ceremony is scheduled for 11:00. The championships will begin at 13:00 with the Men Super Sprint Qualification. Belarus will be represented by Viktar Kryuko, Raman Yaliotnau, Anton Smolski, Mikita Labastau, Sergei Bocharnikov, and Maksim Varabei. The women's event will feature Belarusian biathletes Iryna Kryuko, Hanna Sola, Dzinara Alimbekava, Elena Kruchinkina, Irina Kruchinkina, Adelina Sabitava.

All in all, taking part in the event will be 40 teams, 157 men and 140 women.

On 27 February biathletes will compete in the Single Mixed Relay (W+M) and 4x6 Mixed Relay. The competition will wrap up with the Men's and Women's Pursuit Competitions on 1 March.

The 2020 IBU Open European Biathlon Championships was relocated from Estonia's Otepaa to Raubichi due to the warm weather in Estonia. The Belarusian Sports and Tourism Ministry and representatives of the Raubichi sports center expressed their readiness to host the competitions.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Minsk among top three manly cities of CIS

Minsk has made it to the top three most manly cities of the CIS, BelTA learned from the analytics agency TurStat.

In addition to Minsk, the top ten includes Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, Chelyabinsk, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Ufa and Nur-Sultan.

“Moscow gained 14% of the votes as the most manly city in Russia and the CIS, Yekaterinburg 11%, Minsk 10%, Rostov-on-Don 9%, Krasnodar 8%, Chelyabinsk 6%, Saint Petersburg 5%, Kazan and Ufa 4%, Nur-Sultan 3%,” the agency said.

The ranking is based on an online survey of more than 5,000 users of the website on the topic of “Which CIS city has the best and most courageous men?” (the survey was held in late February).

Monday, 24 February 2020

Minsk to host Eurasian Economic Forum in May

A Eurasian Economic Forum will take place in Minsk on 19 May, the press service of the Eurasian Economic Commission told BelTA.

A session of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission took place in Moscow on 21 February. The session was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Igor Petrishenko. A provision on the Eurasian Economic Forum was approved during the session. The forum is designed to cater to small, medium, and large businesses of Eurasian Economic Union member states and other countries. The forum is supposed to unite the investment and innovation potential of the Eurasian Economic Union member states, build business ties between companies in EAEU member states, and help find ways to tap into the Eurasian Economic Union's export potential.

The forum is expected to take place annually in the country presiding over the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council, and the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission. The forum is supposed to coincide with sessions of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in order to allow heads of state to take part in the forum, Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Mikhail Myasnikovich said.

The forum is expected to gather representatives of government agencies, heads and members of governments of third countries, representatives of international, scientific, and educational organizations.

The international expo forum Eurasian Week was previously converted into the Eurasian Economic Forum by decision of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, the press service of the Eurasian Economic Commission reminded.

Friday, 21 February 2020

The forest industry continues to develop in Minsk Oblast

During the annual collegium, forestry representatives summed up the activities and also awarded the best employees.

The main task remains the restoration of forests. And Minsk Oblast has worked perfectly. So, the plantations damaged by the bark beetle become smaller.

As for industrial activity, here they are betting on investment projects. Pellet plants should be opened this year in Starye Dorogi, Kopyl and Borisov regions. Also in 2020, the construction of a greenhouse for growing ornamental plants and large-scale modernization of nurseries are planned.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Arkhangelsk Region interested in agricultural products from Minsk Region

On February 19, the delegation of the Russian region visited one of the specialized enterprises of the Minsk region.

The guests got acquainted with the technology of growing vegetables and flowers. The greenhouse farms are developing now in the northern Russia region, despite difficult climatic conditions. Therefore, the Belarusian experience can be very useful. Arkhangelsk Region is also interested in purchasing finished products. Meat and dairy products from Minsk Region are purveyed to the Russian region already.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Belarusian State University exhibits R&D products in Egypt

The Belarusian State University is presenting R&D products during the international exhibition Belarus-Egypt: Forward-Looking Partnership. The exhibition is taking place in the new administrative capital of Egypt, the university's press service told BelTA.

The Belarusian R&D products are represented in the sphere of aerospace technologies, pharmaceutics, veterinary science, food industry, instrument making, automation of industrial processes, and ecology. In particular, a number of Belarusian antitumor medications have been put on display in Egypt. Designed to treat malignant tumors, these hydrogels contain immobilized cytostatic agents and are to be implanted into the site of the removed tumor. The drugs cause the death of cancerous cells, prevent metastases, and help reduce the toxic impact on the human body.

The Belarusian State University also put on display a high-temperature optical thermograph IT-3SM. It is designed to measure the temperature of hot objects within the range of 900-1,300C. The instrument can be used as part of commercial and experimental plants in order to continuously monitor the temperature of metals during forging, die stamping, rolling, and tuning operations. Visitors can also see a series of veterinary biological preparations designed for treating and preventing diseases in agricultural animals and pets. Those are multifunctional pharmaceutical products that simultaneously combat viruses and bacteria in addition to modulating the immune response.

The innovative products of the Belarusian State University are on display as part of the collective booth set up to showcase Belarusian R&D and innovative products.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Minsk condemns EU's decision to prolong arms embargo against Belarus

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus is disappointed by the decision of the Council of the EU to prolong the European Union's restrictive measures against Belarus for another year, Anatoly Glaz, Head of the Information and Digital Diplomacy Office, Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told BelTA.

“We are disappointed by the decision of the Council of the EU to maintain the restrictive measures of the European Union against Belarus for another year. We believe that these restrictions are an ungrounded throwback to the past and manifestation of political inertia in the EU's approaches to building a dialog with Belarus,” the spokesman said.

According to Anatoly Glaz, the Belarus-EU relations have advanced much more in recent years than in the previous decade of sanctions. “We are convinced that the EU itself is fully aware that the ritualistic prolongation of the restrictive measures against Belarus does not yield any positive results,” he added.

Belarus again calls on the European Union to drop the sanction-related cliches that impede a normal dialog and cooperation in the bilateral format and joint efforts to combat common threats in our region.

“We remain committed to building truly good neighborly and partner relations with the European Union, including in some sensitive matters. We call on the EU to keep expanding the political dialog with Belarus, including in the context of pragmatic regional cooperation. We hope that in the near future the relations between Belarus and Europe will be absolutely free from discrimination,” the foreign ministry representative said.

Monday, 17 February 2020

Business aviation center built in Minsk National Airport

The establishment of a business aviation center in the Minsk National Airport has been finished, the press service of the Belarusian Transport and Communications Ministry told BelTA.

The implementation of the investment project to set up a business aviation center in the Minsk National Airport has been finished. A modern multifunctional facility was built there. It includes a hangar complex with the total area of over 4,000m2 for storing aircraft and a passenger terminal.

The project was implemented by ZAO Investment Financing under the aegis of the Transport and Communications Ministry in 2016-2019. Construction itself took 16 months. It was finished in December 2019.

The business aviation center is expected to enhance the commercial appeal of the Minsk National Airport and bring some aircraft owners from airports of Russia, the Baltic and Scandinavian states to Belarus. In turn, it will have a positive effect on Belarus' investment appeal as a whole.

The key advantage of business aviation is the ability to carry out domestic and international flights via any routes and without a timetable.

Friday, 14 February 2020

Minsk Oblast, Switzerland to cooperate in healthcare, education

Minsk Oblast seeks to cooperate with Switzerland in healthcare and education; a possibility to open a branch of a Swiss university in the region is under discussion.

Cooperation prospects between Minsk Oblast and Switzerland were discussed at the meeting of Minsk Oblast Governor Aleksandr Turchin with Co-chair of the Belarus-Switzerland parliamentary group of friendship Margret Kiener Nellen, BelTA learned from the press service of the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee.

Aleksandr Turchin noted that Belarus-Switzerland relations have made great progress and the credit for that partly goes to Margret Kiener Nellen. According to the governor, Minsk Oblast and Switzerland have great cooperation prospects, in particular in healthcare and education.

“Our region has the country's biggest cancer treatment facilities, therefore we are interested in the exchange of knowledge and specialists in this field of medicine. In addition to that, Minsk Oblast is the country's only region with no regional university of its own. Maybe, one of Swiss universities would want to open a branch in Minsk Oblast,” Aleksandr Turchin said.

Margret Kiener Nellen noted that Belarus-Switzerland relations have improved significantly. “There are still many more steps to be taken. I have already explored a possibility of cooperation in healthcare. I believe that our undertakings will be successful. I am also familiar with education-related matters. It makes sense to consider establishing some industry-specific facility,” she added.

In 2019 the trade between Minsk Oblast and Switzerland amounted to $141.5 million, including $15.3 million of export and $126.2 million of import.

Friday, 14 February 2020

Belarus president wants new bleached sulfate pulp plant to aim for deep conversion

The new bleached sulfate pulp plant based on Svetlogorsk Pulp and Board Mill should strive for a new development stage. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement as he visited the enterprise on 14 February, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “We need deep conversion of the pulp. We need to use the pulp to make appropriate packaging materials and sacks.”

The head of state reminded about the standing instruction to reduce the use of environmentally unfriendly plastic as much as possible: “This is why we have to stop using plastic. Everything – pastry, buns, and the rest – should be wrapped in paper. We have a lot of it. But this pulp should be used to create proper packaging and other materials.”

The president mentioned he had decided in favor of buying the necessary equipment and building a manufacturing division next to the plant this year at the latest. “It won't be cheap. It may cost €80 million. But we will go for it. We will place machine and will process pulp here. In this manner we will process 300,000-350,000 tonnes out of the 400,000 tonnes of pulp you will make here and will ship to our enterprises. We will have 50,000 tonnes left for export,” the head of state said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko mentioned the production of viscose pulp as another business avenue that should also be promptly explored. “This enterprise can do it. You will need asp and alder, of which we have plenty these days. This kind of wood just rots without use. This is why we have to hurry up and process it here,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stated.

The head of state remarked that viscose pulp will be in demand at a neighboring enterprise in Svetlogorsk. This raw material has to be imported for now.

“In other words, everything you make here today can be sold at a solid profit. It is normal. You will have to repay the loan you've taken and pay off the state budget,” the head of state noted.

Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed the importance of deep conversion of raw materials and the manufacturing of ready-made products that sell well. “It is a totally new level for our country,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

In his words, he came to visit the enterprise in order to make sure how the instructions to build a new enterprise had been fulfilled.

Speaking about past problems of cooperation with the Chinese company CAMCE in the course of building the enterprise, Aleksandr Lukashenko spoke in positive terms about the fact that Belarusian specialists had managed to independently commission the enterprise in the end. “Well done. I am grateful! It is the second goal of my arrival – to thank you for making this enterprise yourselves and making good products now after getting rid of the careless contractor,” Aleksandr Lukashenko concluded.