Crossing the Rubicon
[b]In business, prompt reaction to market forces is essential, being the route to success. When goals are clear, there’s no need to waste precious time on contemplation. Time marches on, with one year following on as another ends; since time never stands still we must always be ready to adjust our plans to meet new challenges.[/b]
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko recently met the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, for official negotiations in Baku, determining promising new areas of co-operation and confirming our mutual aspiration towards ever-stronger friendly relations.
“We enjoy a trusting relationship with the President of Azerbaijan, and I’m sure we’ll see more such relationships between our countries. We’ve created a foundation for our relationships, but are faced with the problem of how best to inspire dynamics, so that we move forward. We’re ready, and I see that our colleagues in Azerbaijan are ready too,” underlines the President of Belarus. Baku Greets Us Warmly explores this topic in depth.
Developing interaction with China is a priority for Belarusian foreign policy. On meeting the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Belarus, H.E. Mr. Gong Jianwei, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko emphasised that Belarus is proud of its relations with China. The meeting was dedicated to Mr. Jianwei’s diplomatic mission to Belarus coming to an end: a special honour extended only to those whom the President believes have really worked to nurture mutual relations with Belarus, showing themselves as a true friend of the state.
The President praised the role of Mr. Jianwei in strengthening the friendship between our two nations while the Ambassador thanked the Belarusian President for his positive assessment of his work. The diplomat added that China intends to fulfil all the agreements recently signed by Mr. Lukashenko and the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping. Read High Style of Diplomacy to learn more about the meeting between the Belarusian President and the Chinese Ambassador.
Not so long ago, the abolition of rural councils was debated and rejected, with the view that local councils make decisions on many daily questions of relevance, providing a reliable link between central power and society. Following local elections in 2015, the presidential election campaign is to begin. Elections to local Councils of Deputies are planned for March 23rd, 2014.
The forthcoming elections are to follow the Government’s newly approved electoral legislation, with parliamentarians approving amendments this autumn. The document has been signed by the Head of State, aiming to make election campaigning more open, competitive and emulative. Election Campaign Is on the Way has the full story.
The Ambassador of Belarus to the South-African Republic, Andrey Molchan, is convinced that Belarus boasts a whole range of competitive advantages, which can and should be used to conquer the South African market and others on the African continent. This is apparent in Mr. Andrey Molchan: ‘African Renaissance Creates Unique Possibilities’ .
Flax has dressed, kept warm, treated and fed our ancestors for centuries. Its dark blue flowers are interwoven on the Belarusian coat of arms for good reason! Some years ago, raw flax exports and rolls of cloth provided some income, but the industry as a whole suffered losses, leading the state to intervene to revive the former glory of northern silk. Flax linens are used in making uniforms for firemen, builders, power engineering specialists and doctors, as well as dressing women of fashion and housewives. Sow Flax — Reap Gold and Time for Great Changes are both devoted to the modernization of the branch, which has the potential to bring major economic dividends to the state.
It’s a Matter of Technique shows that businesses need to occupy a strong position domestically before venturing into external markets: to accumulate financial resources, master production technology and create infrastructure. The more technically complex is production, the more expenditure is needed. Regarding machinery and equipment, much time and huge initial capital is required, as the evolution of Gomselmash Production Association shows. Over the past 10-12 years, it has conquered the world with its agro-machinery.
Well thought-out plans and determination are vital in all spheres where success is sought. We can cross the Rubicon in taking certain decisions, just as Belarusian State University student Hitoshi Tanaka has done in coming to Minsk from Japan. Read Hitoshi Tanaka: ‘I Love the Belarusian Language’ to discover what motivates his learning and why he yearns to live and work in Belarus.
By ViKtor Kharkov
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