Danish Business Delegation to Belarus
The Royal Danish Embassy in Moscow and the Royal Consulate General in St. Petersburg are planning a Danish Business Delegation headed by the Danish Ambassador to Russia Federation, Thomas Winkler.
The great success of the previous business delegation to Bashkortostan has already leaded to a new delegation, this time to Belarus! Sectors in focus will be ICT, Machinery and Technology, Energy and Environment, Healthcare, and Food & Agriculture.
General information about Belarus
Belarus is a part of the Trade Council Russia and has a population of 9.4 million. The capital is Minsk with almost 2 million inhabitants. Minsk is the most economically developed city in Belarus and is a significant industrial centre with a production of about 20% of the total industrial output. The main branches are food production, light industry, metal working, and ICT.
Ground water represents the main source of water supply for households and drinking purposes. Both centralized and non-centralized water supply systems are represented in Belarus.
The construction sector in Belarus is booming as the country embarks on a widespread programme to upgrade its transport and logistics infrastructure, meet rising demand for commercial and retail space, and build tens of thousands of new homes.To aid investment into the sector, Belarus is introducing new incentives for foreign capital. In 2009 it introduced legislation giving car manufacturers relocating to Belarus a three year exemption from all taxes.
The development of renewable energy sources remains one of the priorities recognized by law in Belarus. One decree demanded a 30% increase in domestic energy production by 2015 followed by a decree with targets for 2016-2020. The main goal of the decree (State Energy Policy in Belarus until 2020) is to modernize the national economy on the basis of energy efficient technologies and to provide national security in the energy sector. The legal framework for energy policy includes the laws “On energy saving” and “On renewable energy sources”.
Given the large agricultural sector in Belarus, biomass renewable energy has potential in Belarus. Further sources of biomass include wood, plant mass, and municipal waste. By 2015 it is planned to install a number of new biogas plants. Wind power is also developing in Belarus. In 2011 the first wind-driven power plant was launched. By 2016 the country is planning to launch a number of wind turbines. Furthermore the country has great potential for producing wood fuels. Forests cover about 40% of the country’s territory and are the main sources of natural energy resources.
ICT market facts
Leading “IT-Country” in the Eastern European region.
The Belarusian game World of Tanks has become one of the most profitable in the world, in 2013 earning USD 372 mio.
The Belarusian Viber, the smartphone messaging and calling client, has become one of the most popular applications in both AppStore and Google Play worldwide.
The users of Belarusian programs are Mitsubishi, British Telecom, T-Mobile, British Petroleum, the World Bank, Coca-Cola, Samsung, Deutsche Bank, etc.
Historically, Minsk was among the main USSR IT centres because of the computer production facilities and design institutes that were concentrated here.
Belarusian High Tech Park is an analogue of Silicon Valley in California. Currently 137 large companies are registered as the Park’s residents.
For further information on the delegation, please contact Artem S. Dubovtsev on firstname.lastname@example.org and Marina Piotrovskaya on email@example.com (Marina is on vacation until 03/08-15).