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The launch event in Minsk on 31 January
Improving the business environment and strengthening entrepreneurship in Belarus are the main goals of two advisory programmes on private sector development, launched jointly by the European Union and the World Bank Group on 31 January. “We aim to achieve concrete benefits for Belarusian enterprises by promoting sector competitiveness reinforcement initiatives, and by ensuring capacity building...
EU Commissioner Hahn at the Business Forum with the EU4Business Secretariat’s team
The European Union has issued a strong message of support for economic growth and jobs in its Eastern Partner countries, during two high-level Eastern Partnership (EaP) events held in Vienna on 6 and 7 December. “ It’s our aim to export stability, prosperity and consequently resilience in the area of the economy, society but also policy,” Commissioner for EU Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement,...
Participants in the STAREP workshop in Vienna
A two-day workshop in Vienna on November 28-29 has brought together participants from three regional programmes – STAREP, EU-REPARIS, and PULSAR – which support enhanced financial reporting practices in the private and public sectors in the EU-Eastern Partnership countries and the Western Balkans. STAREP is an EU4Business programme on Strengthening Auditing and Reporting in the Eastern...
Today in Vienna, the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union together with the European Commission will host the 5 th Eastern Partnership Business Forum followed by the Eastern Partnership’s Annual Conference on 7 December. The two events will bring together high level representatives from the EU and the six Eastern Partners - Armenia , Azerbaijan , Belarus , Georgia , the...
Participants in the Belarus Fashion Forum
On November 16-17, the Belarus Fashion Forum was held in Minsk, with the support of the International Trade Centre under the EU4Business ‘Ready to Trade’ project, funded by the European Union. The Forum – organised by the Belarusian Fund for Financial Support to Entrepreneurs and the Belarusian Chamber of Fashion – is an annual educational platform where leading international experts and fashion...
The signing ceremony in Minsk
The Republic of Belarus and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are starting a new era of cooperation by signing the first ever loans provided by the EU bank in this country. The loans include €75 million to two local banks to support SME finance in Belarus. Another €84 million loan will finance the upgrading of wastewater services in the capital Minsk. The EIB loans to small businesses,...
The signing ceremony in Minsk on 13 November
The European Union, United Nations Development Programme and the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Belarus came together yesterday to sign a new project that will support development of entrepreneurship in the regions of Belarus. This €8 million project is one of the largest ever initiatives of its kind implemented in Belarus and will substantially contribute to SMEs becoming the engine of...
Global Entrepreneurship Week Belarus
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW Belarus) kicks off today in Belarus until 18 November, a key event for entrepreneurs and start-ups in the country, co-organised for the fourth year by the Development Bank of the Republic of Belarus. This year the events of the week will be held with the support of the Government of Belarus and will be aimed at creating and shaping a favourable business...
EU Head of Delegation in Belarus Andrea Wiktorin
The European Union is ready to assist Belarus in developing the private sector of the economy, the Head of the EU Delegation to Belarus Andrea Wiktorin told the media on the sidelines of the KEF Economic Forum in Minsk on 6 November. “We are ready to support Belarus in the areas which the country will designate, for example, in the development of the private sector,” Andrea Wiktorin said...
EBRD, EIB and WBG launch new enterprise survey in Belarus
The European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the World Bank Group (WBG) are launching a new round of enterprise surveys in more than 40 countries, including Belarus. The objective of the survey is to receive feedback from private sector enterprises on the state of the business environment in each of the participating countries, and use the...