This is an invitation only event at which we will discuss – based on a brief presentation of the report “The Belarus Economy: The Challenges of Stalled Reforms” – where the economy of Belarus is heading, and what this implies for the EU.
Belarus’ economy has survived with only limited market reforms since the end of the Soviet Union.
This was helped by injections of cash from Russia in return for strategic assets and political concessions. This model is challenged on various levels. Prices of commodities that Belarus exports have fallen, the main geographic market for manufactured goods (CIS) is in recession and the capacity of Russia to lend economic support has declined. At the same time, Belarus started serious discussions with the IMF on a program, which would involve deep structural reforms. So chances for a real economic transition in Belarus are higher than at any time in the past decade.
This event is an invitation only event. There will be no livestream.
Chair: Rumen Dobrinsky, Senior Research Associate, wiiw
Robert Kirchner, Consultant, German Economic Team in Belarus
Chair: Georg Zachmann, Senior Fellow
Academic Director, BEROC
Senior Research Associate, wiiw
Consultant, German Economic Team in Belarus