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Setting the scene

Far from distancing itself from its Soviet past, Belarus under President Aleksander Lukashenko has bucked the Eastern European trend by renewinglinks with Moscow. In April 1996, Belarus and Russia signed a 'union' treaty deepening economic integration and a customs union is in place. The Soviet flag has been re-introduced and Russian is the state language.

There seems little sign of economic reform, despite ten per cent falls in GDP and real wages in 1995. Communists control Parliament, and the President, an economic populist, recently extended his already wide executive powers. In March 1996, the albeit small-scale privatisation programme was frozen and registration of new businesses banned. As a result, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cancelled its standby programme.

Key economic indicators
Capital MINSK
Area (Sq km) 207,700
Population 10.3
GDP/Capita (1995) US $ 2, 160
President Alexander Lukashenko
Currency rouble /: 1US$ 66,500 (FT 29/05/98)

Gennady S Aleinikov, Chair of the Board, National Bank of Belarus
Belarus: attractive opportunities for investments

TD Vinnikova, Former Chair of the Board, National Bank of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus - a lucrative investment

Republic of Belarus: investment opportunities

Belarusian Foreign Investment Promotion Agency

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