CASE-Belarus announces a call for analytical papers on the topic “Belarus and the European Union: Unrealized Potential”. The aim of the competition is to create a network of Belarusian economists that study various aspects of EU-Belarus economic cooperation. The competition will be run in several stages. The authors of the best 3 papers will be awarded 700 Euro.
Growing Current Account Deficit in Belarus since 2007 accompanied by expansionary mone-tary and fiscal policies in 2010 has led the country to exchange rate collapse and prices boost in 2011. Now it may take years for the Belarusian rouble to get back on controlled track and inflation in Belarus to decrease back below 10%. Read more in CASE Belarus new publication "Belarusian economy: structural crisis" by Aleś Alachnovič and Sierž Naŭrodski.
On November 26, 2010, CASE Belarus experts, Aleś Alachnovič and Sierž Naŭrodski, took part in an international scientific seminar titled “Baltic States and Eastern Europe facing the global economic crisis 2008-2009. Consequences for Poland” at the Warsaw School of Economics (Poland). The set of papers devoted to the discussion of selected aspects of the 2008-2009 economic crisis in Eastern Europe and Baltic States was published in "Economic Crisis 2008-2009 in Eastern Europe and Baltic States" (ed. Krzysztof Falkowski), Warsaw School of Economics Publishing, Warsaw 2011.
On November 25, 2010, CASE Belarus experts, Aleś Alachnovič and Sierž Naŭrodski, held a press conference at the Foundation of Civic Development Forum (Poland) concerning the release of the Foundation's latest analysis titled “Belarus lost a generation”. According to the analysis, the initial abandonment of economic reforms in the 90' and then implementing them in a limited extent have not allowed Belarus to avoid the high social costs of economic transition – reduction in life expectancy and relatively low households income. Even 20 years after the dissolution of the USSR the foundations of economic growth in Belarus are still very fragile and dependent on cheap Russian energy resources.
The aim of the conference was to present the results of the project "The analytical and technical support of monetary policy aimed at assuring macroeconomic stabilization as an essential condition to carry out market reforms in Belarus" in the form of analytical publications and policy-papers as well as generate public discussion on the role of monetary policy in achieving macroeconomic stability in the Belarusian economy. The conference was conducted jointly by CASE Belarus and IPM Research Centre, Dec 9, 2010, Minsk, Belarus.
How is the inflation targeted in EU and in Belarus? What are the modern tools for estimation and forecasting the inflation? How does the new macroeconomic model for Belarus estimate the inflation? Przemysław Woźniak (CASE Research Fellow), Igor Pelipas (Executive Director of the IPM Research Center), Dzmitry Kruk (IPM Research Centres expert) tackled these problems at a Policy Research Seminar conducted jointly by CASE Belarus and IPM Research Centre, Oct 25-29, 2010, Minsk, Belarus.
CASE Belarus was invited to cooperate with Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs under organization of the 4th Forum of Polish Development Co-operation that took place on 18th September 2010. CASE Belarus prepared an economic debate "Belarus - the challenge for the European development policy".
CASE Belarus experts, Sierz Naurodski and Uladzimir Valetka, have presented in Minsk the outcomes of the study titled "COMPARATIVE PERFORMANCE OF BELARUSIAN INDUSTRIES: THE LENS OF ECONOMIC VALUE ADDED (EVA)". In the article they make the first attempt to calculate EVA for Belarus at the industry level using aggregate indicators according to the common methodology.
On March 19, 2010, Aleś Alachnovič, CASE Belarus' junior economist delivered a lecture about the recent changes in the Belarusian economy. The lecture took place as a part of the international conference "EU policies towards Belarus: Results and Perspectives" at the College of Europe in Natolin (Warsaw). Read more in “Recent Evolutions in the Belarusian Economic System”.
CASE Belarus conference "Reforming Public Road Transport in Belarus" took place on December 22, 2009. High level transport debate was attended by representatives of Belarusian Ministry of Transport, MinskTrans, unions of transporters, and transportation companies.