Head of the Department of Information and Digital Diplomacy — Press Secretary of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry A.Glaz answers the question of the news agency “BelTA”

Source: Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English

24-01-2019
News Agency “BelTA”:  Did Belarus’ stance change in connection with current events in Venezuela? And what can you say regarding the Belarusian citizens working in this country?
A.Glaz: Our stance remains unchanged. We are following the situation in Venezuela with a great deal of sympathy. We believe that it is the Venezuelan society that should handle all the issues and exclusively through a peaceful dialogue within the framework of the law and the Constitution. The people of Venezuela can handle emerging difficulties on their own without external interferenceAs for the Belarusian citizens, no incidents were reported. Many of them are there to implement social projects of the Venezuelan government, which are still ongoing.

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Meeting with Chairman of the State Customs Committee of Belarus Yuri Senko

Source: President of the Republic of Belarus

24 January 2019

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with Chairman of the State Customs Committee of Belarus Yuri Senko on 24 January.The head of state noted that as far as he knows, in 2018 the amount of central budget revenues raised by the State Customs Committee increased by a third over 2017. The President asked what helped achieve that. He believes that it is necessary to carefully study the revenue sources in order to maintain momentum.“Of course, the growth should remain in place, even if it slows down. Otherwise, what is the point of working,” he said.Alexander Lukashenko asked how Belarusian legislation is brought into line with the Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union. “The most important thing: have we managed to avoid mistakes? The general assessment suggests that we have not made mistakes. However, maybe there are some areas of concern?” he asked.The President also touched upon the distribution of import customs duties between the EAEU countries. “Have we lost a lot as we shared our import customs duties with Armenia and Kyrgyzstan upon their accession to the EAEU? This support period ends this year. How much have we lost and how much will we get upon the completion of the period of support for these states? Can we continue to provide such support to Kyrgyzstan and Armenia? We must speak frankly: they joined our union at a later stage. They had more problems. On the whole, there were a lot of problems in the economy. We need to have clarity on this matter because it will be discussed in the middle of the year at the level of heads of state,” Alexander Lukashenko said.Yuri Senko confirmed that the past year was a good year for the Belarusian customs. It collected payments to the tune of nearly Br9.5 billion. “These include payments of VAT, excise duties, export and import duties, which are transferred to the union’s budget and shared between the member countries. The amount transferred to the union’s budget was $600 million,” he said.After the meeting with the President, Yuri Senko told reporters that the Belarusian budget received back $77 million less from the Union State budget. “You try to work better and earn more money, but after you transfer money to the Union State budget, you get back a smaller amount. That means that the distribution of customs duties between the countries is not quite fair today,” said the chairman of the State Customs Committee. According to him, the redistribution of import duties is under discussion in the EAEU. However, the partners have not found common ground yet.

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Meeting with Novosibirsk Oblast Governor Andrei Travnikov

Source: President of the Republic of Belarus

24 January 2019

Novosibirsk Oblast is one of Belarus’ most promising economic partners in Siberia, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Novosibirsk Oblast Governor Andrei Travnikov on 24 January.The head of state emphasized that the bilateral relations are based on long-standing contacts between people, as well as a high level of fruitful cooperation. Novosibirsk Oblast is home to over 5,000 Belarusians, many of them are descendants of those who explored Siberia a long time ago. “Belarusian entrepreneurs run successful businesses in the region. You regularly host fairs of Belarusian products. Our foodstuffs, footwear, textiles, furniture sell very well there,” the President noted.Alexander Lukashenko added that Novosibirsk is known as Russia’s research hub. In recent years it has turned into one of key equipment suppliers for the Belarusian nuclear power plant. “Cooperation on the NPP construction project is mutually beneficial. This project helped forge new contacts in technology between companies from Belarus and your region,” the Belarusian leader noted.

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Ambassador of Belarus Y.Sluka presents Credentials to the President of Syria

Source: Republic of Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English

23-01-2019
On January 23, 2019 the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Syrian Arab Republic, Yury Sluka, presented his Credentials to the President of the Syrian Arab Republic, Bashar al-Assad.
During the audience at the end of the ceremony, the Ambassador of Belarus and the Head of the Syrian state exchanged views on prospects for cooperation development between the two countries, including trade, economic, investment and humanitarian areas.

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О церемонии гашения почтового блока и открытия выставки, приуроченной к 100-летию современной белорусской дипломатической службы

Source: Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs

22-01-2019
22 января 2019 г. в Национальном историческом музее Республики Беларусь состоялась торжественная церемония гашения тематического почтового блока и открытия выставки, приуроченной к 100-летию современной белорусской дипломатической службы.

В мероприятии приняли участие Министр иностранных дел Беларуси Владимир Макей, Министр связи и информатизациии Беларуси Константин Шульган, Первый заместитель Министра культуры Беларуси Наталья Карчевская, директор Национального исторического музея Павел Сапотько, экс-руководители внешнеполитического ведомства, главы дипломатических миссий и представительств международных организаций, аккредитованных в нашей стране, ветераны дипломатической службы и другие гости.

В своем выступлении В.Макей подчеркнул, что история любого государства пишется на достижениях предыдущих поколений, поэтому особую важность приобретает вопрос сохранения памяти о тех людях, которые внесли вклад в историю белорусской дипломатии и страны в целом.
«Беларусью пройден большой путь к становлению государственности, обретению суверенитета. 100-летний юбилей – это в том числе повод более пристально взглянуть на историю формирования и развития белорусской дипломатической службы», – отметил В.Макей.
В основе юбилейного почтового блока – логотип МИД, первое здание ведомства, а также фотоматериалы с подписания белорусской делегацией Устава ООН в 1945 году. Тираж блока – 15 тысяч.

На выставке представлены фотографии и документы из собрания Центра истории МИД и белорусской дипломатической службы, Белорусского телеграфного агентства, Национального архива Республики Беларусь и Белорусского государственного архива кинофотофонодокументов, раскрывающие историю становления, развития и некоторых отдельных достижений дипломатической службы нашей страны.

Материалы посвящены знаковым событиям не только в масштабах истории белорусской дипслужбы, но и в мировом значении, например, подписание Устава ООН, ратификация Соглашения о создании СНГ. Внимание в экспозиции также уделено личным вещам выдающихся белорусских дипломатов – Кузьмы Венедиктовича Киселева, Анатолия Емельяновича Гуриновича и других.
Выставка будет экспонироваться в Национальном историческом музее до 6 февраля 2019 г.

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Session to discuss draft law on civil service

Source: President of the Republic of Belarus

22 January 2019

The financial standing of civil servants should improve or decline in correlation with the improvement or decline of people’s living standards, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the session held on 22 January to discuss the draft law on civil service.
“Today we will discuss the new law on civil service. This is one of the key issues of the personnel policy because the efficiency and authority of the entire government system largely depend on the qualification and motivation of civil servants,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
Administrative work requires high professionalism, devotion to our country, impeccable executive discipline and attention to people from civil servants. “Their decision-making should rely on honesty and justice as the main moral principles. The new law should create a solid foundation for this work,” the head of state emphasized.
The president remarked that a high legal status of civil servants which makes this work very prestigious is impossible without the formalization of social and legal guarantees for civil servants in the law. But these guarantees should correlate with the obligations and responsibilities of every civil servant, he stressed.
“When I gave an instruction to work out this law I warned you that all the incentives envisaged in any law in the form of certain social guarantees should not be too generous,” Alexander Lukashenko said. “The financial standing of civil servants should improve or decline in correlation with the improvement or decline of people’s living standards. This is a key issue.”
According to the head of state, one of his major requirements regarding the law is the formalization of mandatory rules of conduct as the pillar of executive discipline.
The draft law on civil service which was submitted for consideration at the government session was prepared by the interagency taskforce. It included researchers and experts, and the majority of them are not civil servants. The process was coordinated by the Labor and Social Security Ministry and the National Center of Legislation and Legal Research.
“There was a task to make civil service similar to, for example, military service, work out clear-cut and comprehensive requirements to this service, raise the prestige of state administration in general. As I am informed, a whole system of civil service has been built in the new law. It also envisages social and legal guarantees for civil servants commensurable with their responsibilities which are made as close to the responsibilities of the military as possible,” the president remarked.
Alexander Lukashenko wanted to be informed about all the proposals submitted for consideration in detail. He also asked the participants of the session to answer important questions. The first question is the applicability of the new law. The second question involves approaches to the formation of the hierarchy of public posts and the single register of their ranks. “Please do not rewrite everything that we had in our history without a good thinking,” the head of state said.
He also asked about the efficiency of the efforts to raise the prestige of civil service, wanted the participants of the session to provide a general description of ethical requirements to civil servants, anti-corruption measures.

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О мероприятиях для СМИ в рамках открытия фотовыставки и гашения почтового блока

Source: Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs

21-01-2019
22 января в 17.00 в Национальном историческом музее Республики Беларусь состоится торжественная церемония открытия выставки и гашения почтового блока, приуроченная к 100-летию современной белорусской дипломатической службы.
Организаторами мероприятия выступают Министерство иностранных дел, Министерство связи и информатизации Республики Беларусь, Национальный исторический музей.
В экспозиции будут представлены фотографии и документы из собрания Центра истории МИД и белорусской дипломатической службы, Белорусского телеграфного агентства, Национального архива Республики Беларусь и Белорусского государственного архива кинофотофонодокументов, раскрывающие историю становления и развития дипломатической службы нашей страны.
В мероприятии примут участие Министр иностранных дел Владимир Макей, Министр связи и информатизациии Константин Шульган, директор Национального исторического музея Павел Сапотько, экс-руководители внешнеполитического ведомства, главы дипломатических миссий и представительств международных организаций, аккредитованных в нашей стране, ветераны дипломатической службы.
Представителям СМИ, заинтересованным в освещении указанного мероприятия, необходимо прибыть в Национальный исторический музей (ул.Карла Маркса, 12) не позднее 16:40.

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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus O.Kravchenko meets the Ambassador of Canada

Source: Republic of Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English

21-01-2019
On January 21, 2019 the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Oleg Kravchenko, met with  the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to the Republic of Belarus non-resident, Leslie Scanlon.

The parties discussed current Belarus – Canada relations and possible avenues of bilateral cooperation.
The Ambassador of Canada presented to the Deputy Foreign Minister copies of credentials.

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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus O.Kravchenko meets the Ambassador of Montenegro

Source: Republic of Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English

21-01-2019
On January 21, 2019 the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Oleg Kravchenko, met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Montenegro to the Republic of Belarus non-resident, Ramiz Basic, on the occasion of presentation of copies of his сredentials.
During the meeting, the sides discussed the promising areas of the development of bilateral cooperation in various fields of mutual interest. Special attention was paid to the expansion of economic interaction, including services and tourism, as well as dialogue in the international organizations.

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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus E.Shestakov meets the Ambassador of El Salvador

Source: Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English

21-01-2019
On January 21, 2019 the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Evgeny Shestakov, met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of El Salvador to the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus non-resident, Efrén Arnoldo Bernal Chévez.

The parties discussed the prospects for strengthening the Belarusian-Salvadoran cooperation in the political, economic, trade and educational fields, as well as developing the legal framework for cooperation.
During the meeting, the Ambassador of El Salvador presented copies of credentials to the Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus.

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