A joint Bruegel & CASE Belarus webinar on “Belarusian Economic Reforms”

 

A joint Bruegel – CASE Belarus webinar on “Belarusian Economic Reforms” discussed the key economic challenges faced by Belarus today. 

 

The rigged presidential elections held on 9 August 2020 triggered the unprecedented wave of popular protests in Belarus, which demanded democratization. However, parallelly to the need of political changes Belarus also requires deep economic reforms. The economy of Belarus remains the least reformed in Central and Eastern Europe, that is, it still has substantial structural and institutional legacies of central planning and command system. Since 2012, the economy has stopped growing. It struggles with continuous macroeconomic imbalances caused, among others, by loss-making unreformed state-owned enterprises, which have led to cyclical macroeconomic crises. Country remains dependent on external aid, in the first instance, of Russia. 

 

When: Friday, November 13, 2020

 

 

You can also watch the webinar on Bruegel webpage

 

Coverage:

– the current economic situation in Belarus, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
– directions of economic reforms, which could eliminate chronic sources of macroeconomic disequilibrium and bring back economic growth
– the role of international community, including the EU, in supporting economic reforms in Belarus

 

Speakers:

1. Ales Alachnovic – Vice-President of CASE Belarus
2. Anders Aslund – Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council
3. Vassilis Maragos – Head of Unit, European Commission – DG NEAR
4. Elina Ribakova – Deputy Chief Economist, Institute of International Finance 
Moderator: Marek Dąbrowski

 

 

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