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Lukashenko Signs Crucial Decree To Boost Private Business In Belarus

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has signed the key document designed to improve the country’s business climate.

Forget bureaucracy and paperwork!

The decree will drastically change the way government agencies interact with small and medium private companies.

It will minimize the interference of government officials and give more leeway to private companies in how they manage their affairs.

How it will work

The ordinance allows starting up a private business by notifying the local executive body about the intended lines of business.

The entrepreneur sends a notification via the registered mail or the digital services website.

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Starting the next day, the company will be authorized to pursue the chosen activity.

The list of commercial spheres includes:

  • consumer services,
  • tourism,
  • social services,
  • trade and public catering,
  • transportation of passengers and luggage,
  • merchandise production,
  • production of construction materials etc.

What is new?

Various bureaucratic procedures and documents: certificates, approvals and permit documents were scrapped.

Besides, the requirements and restrictions for manufacturing, civil engineering, transportation businesses were either relaxed or discarded.

It specifies concise but mandatory requirements:

  • fire safety,
  • sanitary and epidemiological requirements,
  • environmental protection requirements,
  • veterinary requirements for placing, equipping, erecting, maintaining, and operating capital structures and isolated premises

Retail and public catering companies won’t have to wait for government agencies approval of the working hours of shops, restaurants, and cafes.

Outlets, which are open at night (11pm-7am), are an exception.

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Transport manifests for transporting passengers and luggage as irregular service will no longer be required.

Meanwhile, the document will introduce the administrative responsibility of the company head for the smooth operation of the enterprise.

The measure is supposed to boost entrepreneurship initiative, business activity of citizens and improve the country’s overall business climate.

Sources: TUT.BY, belTA