Webinar: Ways out of the Impasse in Belarus

22  October 2020    3:30 pm CEST

Panel discussion with experts from Belarus


This is an online event. The panel discussion will be streamed as a YouTube Livestream and can be watched via this page. Questions can be asked via sli.do. No registration is required.


The Belarusian economy is plagued by serious problems that require radical reforms. These problems are intertwined with political challenges, and the way in which the current crisis is resolved will shape the future of the Belarusian economy.

Against this background, experts from wiiw and Belarus will discuss some key economic policy challenges facing the country in this difficult political environment:

  • How can the large-state owned Belarus companies be reformed?
  • What are the prospects for the introduction of a genuine social safety net, to mitigate a possible sharp rise in unemployment accompanying the reform of large-scale enterprises?
  • How can policymakers address balance-of-payments constraints should Belarus lose access to international financial markets?

The discussion will be based on a recent Policy Note by Rumen Dobrinsky, wiiw Country Expert for Belarus.

The Panel

Kateryna Bornukova, Academic Director of Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center (BEROC)

Alexander Chubrik, Director of IMP Research Centre, Belarus

Dzmitry Kruk, Senior Researcher at Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center (BEROC)

Rumen Dobrinsky, Country Expert for Belarus, Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw)

Richard Grieveson (Chair), Deputy Director, Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw)

The event will take place on Thursday 22 October 2020, at 15:30 CET (16:30 Minsk time) and will be recorded. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. Should you have problems accessing the registration site, copy the link directly into the address line of your browser and do not use Internet Explorer.