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The Belarusian president signed Decree No. 2 to amend Decree No. 28 from 17 December 2002 and Decree No. 4 from 18 October 2007 regulating production, trade and consumption of tobacco products on 24 January, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 14:11

WTO: Belarus is likely to join WTO in mid-2020

The World Trade Organization believes that Belarus is highly likely to complete all the necessary accession procedures by mid 2020, Juan Marchetti, a counsellor at the Trade in Services and Investment Division of the WTO Secretariat, told reporters, BelTA has learned.

There are no reasons to change Belarus' foreign policy priorities, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the meeting with former ministers of foreign affairs of Belarus held in the run-up to the 100th anniversary of the Belarusian diplomatic service on 18 January, BelTA has learned.

The next meeting of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission will be held in Moscow on 18 January. Belarus will be represented by Deputy Prime Minister Igor Petrishenko, the press service of the Belarusian government told BelTA.

Belarus' interest in joining the World Trade Organization remains high. We intend to continue negotiations with trading partners, Belarus First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrei Yevdochenko told reporters, BelTA has learned.

An interagency working group has been established by the executive order of Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Rumas to organize interaction with the World Bank in order to prepare a roadmap of structural reforms in the Republic of Belarus. Belarusian Deputy Economy Minister Dmitry Yaroshevich will head the group, BelTA has learned.

Minsk will hold the first national forum on sustainable development on 24 January. About 400 participants are expected to attend. Belarus National Coordinator for SDGs, Vice Speaker of the Council of the Republic Marianna Shchetkina discussed the preparations for the forum with UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki, BelTA learned from the Council of the Republic press service.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has conferred For Spiritual Revival awards and special prizes to art luminaries. The head of state has signed corresponding decrees, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

Four awards For Spiritual Revival have been bestowed upon groups of workers and representatives of religious associations for their humanitarian activities in 2018.

Reserves to reduce the overall tax burden can be found in the point of abandonment of the individual benefits of business entities. Such an opinion on January 6 in an interview in the program “Main air” on the TV-channel “Belarus 1” Minister of Taxes and Fees Sergey Nalyvayko stated, BelTA informs.

Some 4 million square meters of housing will be commissioned in Belarus in 2019, including 1.06 million square meters of subsidized housing. This plan was formalized by the Council of Ministers' Resolution No. 987 as of 29 December 2018, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian government.