Six Belarusian IT companies are named among 100 best global outsourcers of 2017
The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) has included six services providers with offices in Belarus in its 2017 Global Outsourcing 100 list. EPAM Systems, Itransition, IBA Group, Bell Integrator, Ciklum, and Intetics have offices and development centers in Belarus. The 2017 Global Outsourcing 100 ranking includes all companies that are outsourcing service providers. The updated list contains two more companies with offices in Belarus not linked to IT sphere – Colliers International and Teleperformance.
Minsk International Book Fair: The 500th Anniversary of Belarusian Print
The Belarusian capital. President Alexander Lukashenko sent greetings to the participants of the exhibition. For the 24th time, authors and publishers from all over the world came to Belarus for the five-day event. Thirty-two thousand square feet dedicated to the printed word – this was the area of the pavilion in which the exhibition and fair was located. Stands and counters held tons of books in an impressive display of literary exuberance. The presented publications were diverse in theme, genre and language. This year, the fair brought together publishers from 31 countries. Among them, the United States, Russia, Germany, China, and, for the first time, Greece. The guest of honor of the exhibition was the United Kingdom, which presented its national stand to the sound of bagpipes. The main theme of this year’s fair was the 500th anniversary of Belarusian printing. Over the past season, more than 9,500 titled books were published in Belarus. Their total circulation exceeded 23 million copies. Symbolically, the central stand included a historic working printing press used for drawings and engravings. The United States Embassy stand provided visitors free access to an electronic eBook library, with books in both English and Russian.
Reconstruction of sports facilities in Minsk in preparat ion forthe European Games
According to the government press service, the President of the Republic of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, signed a directive ordering the financing, construction, and modernization of many sports facilities as well as the capital’s “Student Village” for the European Games to be held in Belarus in 2019. The games, which follow in the Olympic tradition, will be hosted at sports facilities across Minsk. In October 2016, the Belarus Olympic Committee and the European Olympic Committees (EOC) confirmed that the second edition of the European Games would be hosted by Minsk after the Netherlands withdrew its multi-city proposal to host the games citing financial concerns and a lack of support. The second choice, Russia, was rejected after the International Olympic Committee said it would not support a European Games hosted by Russia amid concerns over the reported widespread use of performance enhancing drugs within Russian sport.
European Commission visits BelNPP construction site
A European Commission delegation led by Deputy Director General for Energy, Gerassimos Thomas, recently spent two days in Belarus. The main purpose of the visit was to discuss stress tests and the safety of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Ostrovets. After the visit to the construction site, the head of the delegation stated that Belarus demonstrates openness in matters concerning the construction of the nuclear power plant. “We aim at developing cooperation in the energy sector, not only regarding the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, but also in the sphere of renewable and alternative energy. As for the nuclear power plant, the regulating agency and the customer gave us a lot of information about the project. They openly shared the information available at the moment”, Thomas said. The European Union may provide additional technical support to Belarus if needed. For two days, the European specialists shared their experience gained in Switzerland, Armenia and Taiwan, in the conduct of nuclear stress testing.
Belarusian Diplomat Nominate d for OSCE Secreta ry General Position
Belarus’ Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Austria, Alena Kupchyna, has recently been named as a candidate for the position of the Secretary General of the OSCE, according to Dmitry Mironchik, Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The term of office of the incumbent OSCE secretary general expires on June 30th. “We have decided to name Belarus’ Permanent Representative to the OSCE, Ambassador Alena Kupchyna as a candidate for the position,” said Mironchik. The decision was prompted by Belarus’ desire to contribute to the strengthening of the Organization in the interests of all of its member states.Mironchik explained, “The OSCE’s role is once again extremely important amid acute regional conflicts and escalating contradictions between global players,” said Dmitry Mironchik. Alena Kupchyna worked as a Belarusian deputy minister of foreign affairs and was intimately involved in the implementation of the country’s foreign policy aimed at strengthening security and cooperation in Europe, establishing a dialogue between the East and the West, and resolving the most severe crises in the region. “We believe that her knowledge, many years of diplomatic experience, and far-reaching international contacts will be beneficial for increasing the OSCE’s effectiveness, for tackling the challenging tasks the organization faces, including the most important and complicated one — overcoming the crisis of trust among the member states,” said Mironchik. He also clarified that the procedure to elect a new secretary general had only just begun. The first hearings took place in Vienna on 14 March, during which the candidates sketched out their priorities before plenipotentiary representatives of the member states. “Alena Kupchyna faces worthy competitors; however, we are confident in the high qualities of our candidate and hope she will get appointed.”
Belarus to hold its first national cybersport championship
The Belarus Cybersport Federation wants to organize the first national eSports championship in 2017, the head of federation said at a press conference on February 28th. The federation was officially registered towards the end of 2016. The owners of computer clubs and experts in the organization of gaming events are among its founders. “We want to develop a full-scale active electronic sports movement here, similar to the ones existing in other countries,” the chairman of the federation Denis Bogush said. Creators of the Belarus Cybersport Federation hope that Belarus will eventually join the International e-Sports Federation (IeSF), which currently lists 47 member states. Among the Belarus Cybersport Federation’s other plans is the launch of the national e Sports championship and the creation of student leagues. The events are planned for the second half of 2017. The organizers hope that each region of Belarus will be represented by about 150 students. They hope for state support, but consider their organization to be quite self-sufficient, including in terms of finance.