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Belarus points out an important role of Egypt in the settlement of the situation in the region, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Ali Abdel-Aal Sayed, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Egypt, who is on a visit to Belarus, on 15 November, BelTA informs.

Creating a favorable business environment will be a high priority in the economic policy of the government. Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Rumas made the statement during the opening ceremony of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEF Belarus) on 12 November, BelTA has learned.

Belarus' accession to the World Trade Organization is an important move, Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization Alan Wolff said as he met with Belarus' Economy Minister Dmitry Krutoi on 8 November, BelTA has learned from the Economy Ministry.

A joint session of the CSTO Foreign Ministers Council, the CSTO Defense Ministers Council and the CSTO Committee of Security Councils' Secretaries is in progress in Astana, BelTA has learned.

Belarus will increase social expenditures from the budget by 10-12% in 2019, Speaker of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko told the media, BelTA has learned.

The Belarusian government will work on decriminalizing economic risks. First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Alexander Turchin made the statement during the KEF 2018 forum in Minsk on 5 November, BelTA has learned.

The program to guide actions of the Belarusian government in 2018-2020 has been approved by the Council of Ministers' resolution No.774 of 31 October 2018, BelTA has learned.

Belarus and Russia have begun preparing for the Union Shield 2019 exercise, Belarus Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov said at the joint meeting of the defense ministries of Russia and Belarus, BelTA has learned.

Belarusian farmers should finish autumn field work by 7 November. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko gave the relevant instructions during the government conference held on 22 October, BelTA learned from Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Rusy.

The new Tax Code will not change the definitions of Belarusian and foreign companies, representatives of the Entrepreneurship Development Council told BelTA.