Development of Kastryčnicki Ekanamičny Forum – a platform for an open dialogue about potential directions of Belarus’ economic reforms – to promote a more efficient and engaged civil participation in decision-making related to economic policies on

About of project:

Period: 01.09.2016-30.08.2019

Budget: €547,447.59, EU contribution: €492,648.65

Implementing Agency: Research Centre of the Institute of Privatization and Management (IPM) in cooperation with the Association of European Business.

Sites: Minsk, Viciebsk, Mahilioŭ, Homieĺ, Brest, Hrodna

Description

Present-day economic challenges raise the relevance of the dialogue between authorities, business and the civil society on sustainable national development. The open platform of Kastryčnicki Ekanamičny Forum (KEF) is designed to make that dialogue regular and constructive. The KEF concept rests in the belief that reforms become more realistic, when discussed openly.

Goals and Objectives:

Making the Belarusian economy more efficient, public economic policy more responsible, and the prospects for citizens more attractive.

Engaging the intellectual capacity of civil society while making important economic decisions on local and national levels.

Making the dialogue between authorities, business and non-governmental organizations as open and meaningful as possible.

Intermediate and Expected Outcomes: The research The Competitive Ability of the Regions of Belarus was carried out under the project, and it resulted in a number of regional activities within the KEF framework.

An extensive database that contains contact information of all regional project stakeholders was developed; and cooperation with these stakeholders has helped to gain substantial experience.

The Forum participants had a comprehensive discussion of the Belarusian economy priorities, benefits and risks for making important decisions, such as drafting the National Social and Economic Development Program in 2016-2020, as well as programs of cooperation between Belarus and the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Kastryčnicki Ekanamičny Forum helps forming a strong bond between authorities, business and civil society representatives in the interests of development of the Belarusian economy.

Points of Contact: Elena Grushetskaya, Project Coordinator

+375 17 210 01 05, +375 29 677 91 64, egrushetskaya@research.by

Web link: http://kef.research.by/