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19 April 2016 17:00
President Alexander Lukashenko meets Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union Houlin Zhao
In the near future Belarus plans to switch to digital economy and e-government. This topic was discussed at a meeting between President Alexander Lukashenko and Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union Houlin Zhao. Last year our country ranked 36th among 193 countries on ICT development index, ahead of such major players as China, the USA and Russia. In recent years, a number of major projects have been carried out in Belarus, including the launch of IP-TV; the Internet penetration rate has increased to 70%, the country has launched 4G-standard mobile service as well as its own communication satellite. According to experts, the secret of success lies in the personal patronage of the President and favorable investment climate in the telecom market.
IAEA Director General refers to Belarusian NPP as one of the world's most successful projects
Earlier today Alexander Lukashenko met with IAEA Director General Yukia Amano, who pointed out that Belarus was one of the organization's most important partners and noted that construction of the NPP in Ostrovets was one of the world's most successful examples. Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that safety was the top priority in building the Belarusian nuclear power plant. Top IAEA experts have carried out seven evaluation missions at the construction site to conclude that Belarusian specialists follow all the necessary recommendations.
Belarus and Singapore to boost investment cooperationThe Council of Ministers hosted talks with a delegation from Singapore, headed by Minister for Trade and Industry Koh Poh Koon. Our country is interested in attracting Singapore's investment and technologies. Also, the parties are working on an agreement on a free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union and Singapore. Last year Belarus-Singapore trade totaled about $31 million. The economy of our country received over $3 million in investments.