Great Stone industrial park is the great hope for the Belarus government

Ben Aris in Minsk December 19, 2016

Great Stone industrial park is the new great hope for the government Belarus. The country wants to position itself as a platform for high-tech export oriented and innovative manufacturing, on the fastest growing trade corridor in the world.

CEE/CIS BANK SURVEY 2016: Foreign players look for niches after market bottoms out

Robert Anderson in Prague November 7, 2016

With tighter regulatory rules looming, life is not going to get any easier for the region’s banks.

Belarusian reforms: a new liberal paradigm or business as usual?

Ben Aris in Berlin October 10, 2016

Belarus has launched a mini-revolution that could be a “paradigm shift” in the way the country is run, analysts at Berlin Economics believe. But can this new five-year programme actually be implemented?

RBI and RZB boards agree merger outline for Austrian lender

bne IntelliNews October 6, 2016

RZB and RBI said in May that they were examining a merger as a way of reinforcing their capital buffers in the face of tougher regulatory requirements following the global financial crisis.

Lukashenko steps up anti-Russian rhetoric as energy dispute snowballs

Sergei Kuznetsov in Minsk September 23, 2016

The current energy dispute between Minsk and Moscow looks to have been triggered more by economic than by political reasons.

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