Events

Participation in the 17th Minsk Forum „The Place of Belarus in Europe“

From the 4th to 6th December 2019 the 17th Minsk Forum, dedicated to the theme “The Place of Belarus in Europe. Chances for Foreign Policy, Economy, Civil Society and Culture”, was held in Minsk. The forum was organasied by the German-Belarusian Society e.V. (dbg).

Numerous high-ranking government representatives from Belarus and abroad took part in the event. Among the guests were Michael Siebert, German Federal Foreign Office Representative for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, Dirk Wiese, German Federal Government Coordinator for Inter-Societal Cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and the Eastern Partnership Countries, Oleg Kravchenko, Belarusian Deputy Foreign Minister, Manfred Huterer, German Ambassador, and Dirk Schübel, Head of the EU Delegation.

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Participation in IFC conference on Credit Guarantee Fund for SMEs

The conference “Partial Credit Guarantee Mechanism for the Financing of SMEs: Different Aspects of the Guarantee Fund and Its Mobilizing Role in Belarus” was held in Minsk on 17 October. The event was organized by the International Financial Coorporation (IFC) in Belarus.

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Study on improving the business climate presented in Belarus

On September 26, Robert Kirchner, Deputy Team Leader of the German Economic Team Belarus presented a new study on improving the business climate in Belarus at the event “10th Day of the German Economy” in Minsk. The event was attended by around 200 national and international participants, including high-ranking representatives of the Belarusian Government and a delegation of German business representatives led by Secretary of State Dr. Ulrich Nussbaum from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

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Report on the economic policy dialogue in Belarus

Twice a year, Berlin Economics hosts an event to report about current economic policy topics in the advisory work in Belarus.

The event took place on July 4th in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Using this format we aim to provide an opportunity for representatives of German institutions to get background information about current economic developments.

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Presentation at the German-Belarusian Business Club evening

Once a month, the German-Belarusian Business Club hosts its club evening for its members. This June, the German Economic Team Belarus was invited by their long-term partner to brief the members of the club on recent developments in the Belarusian economy.

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The Belarusian economy: are real changes on the way?

On 9 March 2017 Robert Kirchner, Vice Project Leader of the German Economic Team Belarus (GET) participated in the conference “The Belarusian economy: are real changes on the way?” in Brussels. The conference was organized by the renowned European Think Tank Bruegel in cooperation with the wiiw (Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies). Georg Zachmann (Bruegel, GET Belarus) presented the event.

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10th Information meeting about high-level government consultation

On 23 January 2017 the six-monthly information meeting about high-level government consultation in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and Georgia was held at the Federal Ministry for Economy and Energy (BMWi). Representatives of the BMWi, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the German Parliament, the Reconstruction Credit Institute and members of foundations, associations and other expert organisations attended the event.

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The 14th Minsk Forum

From 24 to 26 November 2016 the 14th Minsk Forum was held in Minsk. The event was organized by the German-Belarusian Society (dbg e.V.) in cooperation with the international education and conference centre IBB “Johannes Rau” in Minsk and the Belarusian think tank “Liberal Club” under patronage of the German Embassy in the Republic of Belarus.

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10th anniversary of the Manager Training Programme „Fit for Partnership with Germany“ with Belarus

On 23 November there was a celebration at the IBB Minsk on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the “Manager training programme of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) with the Republic of Belarus”. The manager training programme prepares managers and manager trainees from Belarus for business cooperation with German enterprises.

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Kastryčnicki Economic Forum

On November 3 and 4 “Kastryčnicki Economic Forum” with focus on reforms for inclusive growth took place in Minsk. The Deputy Head of Presidential Administration, Mr. Nikolay Snopkov, opened the event with welcome speech. During the first day the global and regional economic development and their implications for the Belarusian economy were the focus of discussion. In this context, Robert Kirchner from the German Economic Team (GET) Belarus moderated a panel on structural reforms. The second day was mainly dedicated to the reform of state enterprises and their impact on the labor and financial markets.

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Belarus Forum BROADENING THE HORIZONS

On September 29 and 30 the Belarus Forum took place in Minsk. It is the first forum in Minsk, in which representatives of the state organs and international financial institutions participated together with private foreign investors, experts and Belarusian entrepreneurs. Discussions focused on topics like current aspects of investment cooperation and the draft of a roadmap. Other panel discussions dealt with public-private partnerships as a way to attract investors and the importance of the financial market for economic growth.

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Seminar on Cost-Benefit Analysis

On September 30 the German Economic Team (GET) Belarus, in cooperation with BEROC, the IPM Research Center and the National Agency of Investment and Privatization, organized a seminar on Cost-Benefit Analysis, which took place in Minsk.

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International conference “Modern instruments of SME finance”, Minsk

The Republican Center of Microfinance invited to the conference “Modern instruments of SME finance”, which was held in Minsk on 13 September. The conference was supported by USAID and organized in cooperation with the National Bank and the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Belarus. Experts and businessmen from Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Turkey, Russia, Armenia and Kazakhstan discussed different approaches of state support to small and medium enterprises. The panel “Guarantee funds as an effective tool of SME finance” was led by Ivan Koriakin (German Economic Team (GET) Belarus). The participants later on also considered the potential of crowdfunding and crowdsourcing (obtaining services from a large group of people, especially an online community) for the realization of business ideas.

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Belarusian Macroeconomic Forecast

In cooperation with the Belarusian IPM Research Centre GET Belarus presented the updated Belarusian Macroeconomic Forecast for 2015 and 2016 in Minsk.

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Information session on government consultancy in BMWi

The information session on governement consultancy in Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova takes place twice a year in the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The specialist public consists of experts from various state institutions, non-governmental organisations, think tanks and business associations.  

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Information session

The biannual information session in the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) on government consultancy in the countries Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and Georgia was again very well attended.

The Berlin Economics’ experts first gave presentations on the economic situation in Ukraine, the situation in the east of the country as well as to the specific sectors of machine building and gas.

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Presentation of the Belarusian Macroeconomic Forecast

On June 19, GET Belarus and the IPM Research Center jointly presented the „Belarusian Macroeconomic Forecast“ during a public seminar in Minsk. Representatives from different state institutions, business associations, the diplomatic community, journalists, as well as other stakeholders were invited to this event.

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First Day of Belarusian Economy in Berlin

On October 28th, the first day of Belarusian Economy took place in Berlin. The event was conducted by the German together with the Belarusian Chamber of Industry Commerce and Industry.

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7th day of German Economy in Belarus

The 7th edition of the “Day of German Economy in Belarus” took place on October 8th this year. The theme was “Skilled personnel for the economy – concepts, experience, outlooks”.
As part of the “German Economic Team Belarus” project, Robert Kirchner held a talk on the topic “The labour market in Belarus”. Kirchner presented trends, challenges and possible approaches to this prevailing topic, which was of high interest to the attendees from business, politics and education institutions.

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Presentation of the Belarusian macroeconomic forecast

On June 13, 2013, GET Belarus has presented the new edition of „Belarusian macroeconomic forecast„ in Minsk. For the fourth time this forecast, a joint product of German Economic Team (GET) Belarus and IPM Research Centre, was presented to the public.
Among numerous participants of the event there were the representatives of the governmental institutions and associations as well as other representatives from the business community and the press.

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Presentations at the BMWi information session on the government consultancy in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova

On April 15, 2013, the Information Session on the government advisory in Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova took place. At the well-attended event representatives of the following institutions were taking active part:
Federal Ministry of Economic and Technology ( BMWi), Federal Chancellery, Federal Foreign Office, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, German Bundestag, GIZ as well as other related foundations, associations and organizations. The experts of Berlin Economics held short presentations on the economic situation in the countries, SME sector in Belarus and the state of the Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) between the EU and Ukraine, and Moldova respectively. Their expertise as well as continuous analysis of the political and economic development processes in those three countries brought a deep insight to the governmental actions. During the discussion round a lot of questions on this matter have been raised and answered. 

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Presentation at the MOEZ on the topic of “Belarus and Ukraine – worth a look. In spite of everything!”

“Belarus and Ukraine – worth a look. In spite of everything!”

On 19 March, 2013, Robert Kirchner held a presentation “Belarus and Ukraine – worth a look. In spite of everything!” The discussion rounds, involving about 30 participants, have followed after the presentation.
The main topic was Ukrainian future: Which direction should Ukraine choose – EU or Russia? After the discussion, the Entrepreneurs’ talks have started, where such countries as Russia, Poland, Romania, Belarus and Ukraine were brought into play.

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Presentation “Economic Outlook Belarus” at the 6th Day of German Economy in Minsk

The 6th Day of the German economy, which took place on October 10, 2012 in Minsk, was devoted to the issues of small and medium enterprises. At the the 6th Day of German Industry (TDW) in Minsk, Belarus experts has presented their view on the “Small and medium enterprises”.
During the discussion rounds, a number of questions were asked concerning the institutional foundations and instruments of the SME development in Germany and Belarus.

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Presentation at the AHK / DBWC-event on “Possible effects of Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization on the economy of the Republic of Belarus”

“Possible effects of Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization on the economy of the Republic of Belarus”

On June 14, 2012, the information seminar on “Possible effects of Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization on the economy of the Republic of Belarus” took place.
The seminar was organized by the Delegation of German Economy in Belarus and the German- Belarusian Business Club for directors and employees of foreign companies operating in Belarus, JVs and representative offices, and especially for members of the German-Belarusian Economic Club. During the event, Berlin Economic Advisor presented its policy paper in different formats on “Russian WTO accession: implications for Belarus. 

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