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Right idea, wrong place? The hurdles facing tech entrepreneurs in pariah states

Operating a tech start-up in a country hit by sanctions or a negative international image is not easy. Attracting investment is harder still. Michal Kaczmarski speaks to those on both sides of the divide.

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Belarus looks towards life after sanctions

As tensions ease in its relationships with the EU and the US, Belarus is confident that it can leave recession behind now that sanctions against the country are being relaxed. Courtney Fingar reports

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Belarus deputy PM eyes FDI and privatisation push

The recent lifting of sanctions coupled with a keen desire to diversify its trade into global markets means Belarus is making a renewed effort to court outside investment. Its deputy prime minister, Vladimir Semashko, describes to Natasha Turak how the country intends to achieve these goals.

Eurotorg checks out new markets

Eurotorg checks out new markets

Eurotorg has expanded rapidly in the past few years, growing from a small, local grocery chain into an international operation, with stores in three countries as well as an online service. Its challenge now is to maintain this momentum over the long term.

Russian SEZs mixed success

Mixed success: why SEZs in Russia and CIS are not fulfilling their potential

Special economic zones are being developed across Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent states. Their success will rest on their ability to overcome bureaucracy and customs issues. Jason Mitchell reports on the effects across the region.


Belarus's tricky task: how the country is coping with external difficulties

With its two closest neighbours on the brink of war and its largest economic partner suffering a downturn, Belarus has found itself in a delicate situation over the past 14 months. Government officials in Minsk tell Courtney Fingar how the country intends to navigate its difficult new path.

Minsk leader looking to challenge perceptions

The Belarusian capital of Minsk has struggled to shed its dour image, particularly when compared with eastern European tourism hotspots such as Prague and Budapest. However, the city's leader, Andrei Victorovich Shorets, is encouraging both tourists and investors to discover what is one of Europe's final frontiers for themselves.

Sergei Roumas

Belarus Development Bank chief: beating the bad times

The Belarusian economy has been hit hard by Russia’s economic problems. Sergei Roumas, chairman of the Development Bank of the Republic of Belarus, tells Andrew Wrobel how the bank's projects are largely not at risk from this downturn, and says the country still has much to offer.

Nikolai Snopkov

Belarus economy minister looks to maintain FDI intensity

Attracting investment to Belarus has been a priority in the country for a number of years. However, as the country's minister of economy, Nikolai Snopkov, told Courtney Fingar at an investment forum in London, the country can and will do better when it comes to FDI.

Belarus cracks the code for IT success

Belarus cracks the code for IT success

Belarus's Hi-Tech Park is attracting a growing number of domestic and international software and IT companies, thanks to economic incentives and a highly skilled workforce.

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