Questions and answers
What are the requirements and procedures for investments in Belarus?
Belarus is open for investment. There are different ways to invest, from registering a legal entity to establishing a production site. All the necessary conditions have already been created in Belarus, including certain mechanisms for the implementation of investment projects: free economic zones, “Great Stone” Industrial Park with the most attractive conditions in terms of tax incentives and preferences. Investors can also conclude investment agreements which provide general benefits for projects’ implementation all across Belarus. National Agency of Investment and Privatization of Belarus renders comprehensive support to investors for the realization of their ideas. Detailed information on investment opportunities and conditions in Belarus is available at https://investinbelarus.by/en/: preferential regimes, tax system, legal framework, investor’s guide
What Belarusian regions are
the leaders in organic
There were 45 producers of organic products in Belarus in 2020 which is 2.5 times more compared to
2017. Most of them are represented by farm businesses and private farm households. In 2019, 4 of 6 regions in Belarus had organic agriculture businesses with Minsk and Brest regions maintaining
leadership in the sector. These two regions made up over 80 % of all land in Belarus designated for organic agriculture.
Where can I find information
about key producers of
ecologically safe products in
Please visit the site of Center for Environmental Solutionsto learn more about all the certified producers of organic products in Belarus.
What are the prospects for
mutual acceptance of organic
standards in Belarus, Russia
and the EU?
In November 2020, the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission adopted a draft roadmap for a common market of organic agricultural products with the objective to eliminate barriers in mutual trade
through harmonization of legal requirements of EAEU member-states applied to production, certification and marking of organic agricultural production and produce. This document is practically ready for
approval in the meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council. The mutual acceptance of organic standards across EAEU is expected to be finalized in the course of 2021.
What is the definition of
organic agriculture in
According to the Law of the Republic of Belarus dated 9 November 2018 No 144-3, organic products are products of plant, animal and microbiological origin intended for human consumption or use as animal feed, food raw materials intended for the production of food products, seeds obtained
as a result of the production of organic products. Production of organic products are activities for the creation, processing of organic products in compliance with the requirements for the production of organic products established by this Law, technical regulatory legal acts, international treaties of the
Republic of Belarus, as well as international legal acts constituting the law of the Eurasian Economic
Can you please explain the
procedure of organic
products certification in
There is a voluntary certification system for organic products and their production in Belarus which implies a full environmental audit (technological, product movement, financial) and has 2 levels (level 1 – on-site inspection on the farm, level 2 – assessment of inspection documents.) If the certification results are positive, a certificate of conformity is issued for the farm listing all crops grown according to organic standards. Obtaining a certificate also gives the right to apply a special label on products - the sign "Organic product". Information on producers of organic products is entered into the register of producers of organic products of the Republic of Belarus. National accredited bodies for certification of organic products and their production processes in Belarus are RUE "Scientific and Practical Center of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus for Food" (products certification) and RUE "Belarusian State Institute of Metrology" (products and services certification). In addition, 11 organizations in Belarus carry out certification according to EU standards.
Investment potential of organic agriculture
Deputy Head of the Main Directorate for Sustainable Development – Head of the Department of Economics of Natural Complexes of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Belarus
Agronomist at “Bodem&Groen” (Belgium)
Rural entrepreneur, creator and owner of the Khutor Yodishki trademark
Executive Director of the non-profit association "Association of Retail Chains"
Deputy Director of the Consulting Company "ASB Consult" JSC "ASB Belarusbank"
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