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.
During the panel discussion on “Sustainable Economy and Environment: Investments and Innovations in Belarus”, Dr Alexander Knuth presented the most important results of our investment study “Improving the Business Climate – Boosting Private Investment: Proposals from German business in Belarus”, which was developed in close cooperation with the German-Belarusian Economic Club, the Representative Office of German Economy in Belarus and the German Eastern Business Association. The study received a lot of attention and was discussed intensively in the plenum. Dmitry Yaroshevich, Belarusian Deputy Minister of Economy, showed particular interest in the results of the study and reported on progress in some areas.