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The Minister of Economy took part in OECD Round table

The Minister of Economy of the Republic of Belarus took part in the OECD Round Table “Effective Services to Support the Competitiveness of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses in Belarus”, which took place on June 25, 2020 in the form of a video conference.

The webinar was also attended by Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Belarus Dmitry Yaroshevich, Director of the Department of Entrepreneurship of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Belarus Irina Babachenok, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the OECD of Poland Aleksander Surdej, Deputy Head of the Directorate General for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement of the European Commission Jeroen Willems, Head of Development Section Anders Jonsson, Innovation Policy of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, representatives of international organizations, belarusian business and expert community.

The round table has been created in 2013 as a platform for expert assessments by OECD countries and Eurasian countries aimed at improving competitiveness.

During the next roundtable meeting as part of the “Eurasia Week” in November 2014 (Paris), the Belarusian side has been invited in 2016 to conduct a peer review of Belarus. Earlier, as part of the round table, peer reviews of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Moldova (2013), Armenia, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan (2014), Georgia and Ukraine (2015) were held.

A peer review is a systematic study and assessment of the effectiveness of economic policies of states in the relevant field. The ultimate goal of peer reviews is to provide OECD assistance to states in optimizing economic policy processes in the form of recommendations prepared by the OECD Secretariat.

The project of peer review of Belarus has been implemented during 2016 by the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Belarus with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus and on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Belarus.

Minister of Economy Alexandr Chervyakov spoke about the measures taken by the Republic of Belarus to facilitate the access of SMEs to business development services, and how the priorities of SME policies were revised during the unfolding crisis.

Deputy Minister of Economy Dmitry Yaroshevich made a report on the implementation of recommendations in the field of improving the professional skills of SMEs through entrepreneurship support services in Belarus, proposed on the basis of an expert review in 2016.