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Staff from Belarusian clothing enterprises have taken part in an eight-day training on production efficiency organised by the International Trade Centre and the Belarusian Fund for Financial Support to Entrepreneurs, as part of the EU4Business project ‘Eastern Partnership: Ready to Trade’. The training took place in Minsk from 27 August to 5 September and was aimed at production and management...
Minsk Transit Bank and Belarusky Narodny Bank are important providers of SME and retail finance in Belarus
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is extending its first-ever local currency loans in Belarus by providing lines of credit to its long-term financial intermediaries Minsk Transit Bank (MTBank) and Belarusky Narodny Bank (BNB-Bank) for on-lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the country. MTBank and BNB-Bank, both well-established providers of SME...
Belarus has recently adopted a new law “On regulatory legal acts”, which aims to provide better public consultations and introduces regulatory impact analysis (RIA) for draft legal acts. The law is in line with OECD recommendations for policy reform to improve the business climate for SMEs. More specifically, the law includes mechanisms aimed at increasing the participation of citizens and legal...
Bridging the Gap: EFSE impact report
The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) released its Impact Report today, showcasing the fund’s accomplishments in supporting entrepreneurs as the drivers of micro and small enterprises (MSEs) – the economic backbone of the fund’s target regions. EFSE aims to foster economic development and prosperity in Southeastern Europe and in the European Eastern Neighbourhood region – where it...
Commissioner Johannes Hahn
The EU and the six Eastern Partner countries have agreed to step up their cooperation on the digital economy, adopting a road map on reducing roaming charges, addressing the cybersecurity threat in a coordinated manner, and expanding e-services to create more jobs in the digital industry. Speaking in Minsk, Belarus, where he was taking part in the 10th Eastern Partnership Informal Partnership...
Minsk furniture forum
More than 80 participants gathered at the Furniture Forum in Minsk on 20 June - a sectoral event within the framework of the EBRD's Advice for Small Businesses Programme and the EU4Business initiative in Belarus, where they were able to hear the best international practices, meet market leaders and exchange views. The EBRD’s Yuriy Serikov told the conference that the EBRD was counting on the...
Belarus has huge potential to develop its digital sector, the Director for Neighbourhood East at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Neighborhood and Enlargements Negotiations Lawrence Meredith has said in an interview with the ONT TV channel. “We see huge potential for the digital sector in Belarus. I think you have very experienced young people who work in this sector. It is...
European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy Johannes Hahn and European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel will visit Minsk on June 21-22 to participate in the 10th Eastern Partnership Informal Partnership Dialogue. "On June 21-22, we hold the so-called informal ministerial dialogue within the framework of the Eastern Partnership, which will be attended by...
Launch of the third cycle of the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA) Assessment in Belarus
The launch of the third cycle of the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA) assessment took place in Minsk, Belarus on 29 May with a high-level public-private Working Group meeting under the umbrella of the Council for Entrepreneurship Development. The meeting was organised by the OECD in the framework of the EU-funded project ‘ EU4Business: From Policies to Action ’. The Small Business Act for...
Head of the EU Delegation to Belarus Andrea Viktorin
An expert assessment of Belarus' compliance with the principles of the Small Business Act for Europe was discussed on May 29 at a round table in Minsk. The meeting was organised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in cooperation with the Council for the Development of Entrepreneurship, in the framework of the EU-funded project ‘ EU4Business: From Policies to Action...