Modern and Historical Parallels
Our mood tends to be influenced by what happens around us, with pleasant events lifting our spirits and sad news depressing them. Of course, global events can also influence our feeling of well-being unless we are very thick-skinned. Gloomy prognoses of another world economic crisis may seem pessimistic but, perhaps, being prepared is the best way forward.
The best solution is a long-term plan of action. Even regional associations can play their part and the Eurasian Economic Community has influence on a wider scale. Our partners’ desire for further integration and attraction of new members is obvious, as you can read in Efficient Pragmatic Co-operation. This looks at prospects for partnership, based on the results of the Eurasian Economic Community Summit, held in the capital of Kazakhstan.
Minsk picked up the torch, hosting the next the EEC Summit as soon as the previous one finished in Astana. As President of the Council of the CIS, Belarus hosted a CIS Heads of Government Council session, continuing Astana dialogue in Minsk. Not only CIS prospects came under focus but the importance of setting principles to guide the evolution of the Customs Union and the Single Economic Space within the Eurasian Union. Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan are eager to gain observer status at the future Eurasian Union (to launch in 2015) and are already invited to offer their opinions, as you can read in Day of Strategic Decision Making.
Naturally, young people should be treated as the innovators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Accordingly, the Belarusian Government is always ready to support youngsters’ ideas and projects, with the view that this will benefit the Belarusian economy, culture and science. At a recent meeting with gifted pupils and students, President Lukashenko highlighted that Belarus offers young people every chance to realise their potential. Nearly 800 university-preparatory schools, vocational schools and art schools operate, alongside tens of thousands of clubs, groups, studios and scientific societies for young people. Various academic competitions and festivals annually help us to discover the stars of the future. Read more in
Stars Light the Way to Tomorrow.
Symbols of New Industry tackles how Belarus plans to jump aboard the speeding trend towards nanotechnologies. The ideas involved seem so futuristic that it’s hard to know where fact ends and fantasy begins. However, a great many countries are investing in this sphere, hoping to win the gamble and take their market share. Belarus has a chance to be among the pioneers, taking advantage of this window of opportunity.
Belarus is already training thousands of experts in nanotechnology, with our leading universities having set up syllabuses and the Association of Nanotechnologies, which links higher education with industry.
Read about Belarusian Agro Industrial Week in Forum of Evident Innovations, to hear about the latest machinery and technologies being used domestically and sold abroad.
A popular British website, femalefirst.co.uk, has compiled a list of the most beautiful castles in Europe, including the fortress situated in the Belarusian village of Mir. Other mentioned include Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, the residence of ‘Dracula’, Bran Castle, in Romania, Trakai Island Castle in Lithuania and Prague Castle in the Czech Republic. Like other European countries, Belarusian architecture is elegant and classical.
Naturally, Belarus is knitted to Europe in many ways, including its tragic WWII history. We share no borders with Germany but Mir Castle is inspiring cultural dialogue between us, thanks to the discovery of a unique 19th century collection of portraits and decorative art objects which belonged to Mir Castle. Found in Germany by Olga Popko, the Director of the Mir Castle Complex Museum, these rare items are now headed for display in Belarus. Find out more in All Roads Lead to Mir.
By Viktor Kharkov