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Canada-Belarus fact sheet

Official Title:
Republic of Belarus

General Information

Capital: Minsk
Population (million): 9.41
Total Area: 207,600km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 15692.28 Roubles (BYR) (2020- Annual average)
National Holiday: July 3, Independence Day (1944, Minsk`s lib. from Germany)
Language(s): Belarusian, Russian, other

Political Information

Type of State:
Republic

Type of Government:
Presidential republic. Bicameral Parliament (Natsionalnoye Sabranie) with a 64-seat Council of the Republic (Soviet Respubliki) and a 110-seat Chamber of Representatives (Palata Predstaviteley). Prime Minister appointed by the President. Administrative divisions: 6 oblast and one municipality. Governing party: Independents (pro-government).

Head of State:
President Aleksandr Lukashenko

Head of Government:
Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Vladimir Makei
Finance: Yury Seliverstov
Economy: Aleksandr Chervyakov

Main Political Parties:
Belarusian Patriotic Party, Left Party "Fair World", Belarusian Social Democratic Assembly, Belarusian Social Democratic Party “Hramada”, Belarusian National Front, Republican Party of Labor and Justice, Belarusian Social and Sports Party, Social Democratic Party.

Elections:
President (5 year term): last in 2020. Parliament (up to 4 year term): last in 2019.

Economic Information (2020)

Comparative figures
Type Belarus (Byelorussia) Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 79.21 2,162.38
GDP per capita: ($) 8,419.57 56,945.03
GDP growth rate: (%) -0.9 -5.4
Inflation: (%) 5.54 0.72
Unemployment: (%) 4.1 9.6

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2020)

Canadian exports to country: $15,188,212
Canadian imports from country: $23,298,014
FDI in Canada: $ million
CDI in the country: $ million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Chargé d’affaires Evgeny Russak

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Leslie Scanlon

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the figure is unavailable.

Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Belarus (Byelorussia)
Year Exports Imports
2016 $3,404,994 $96,030,219
2017 $3,025,137 $39,463,228
2018 $6,915,719 $75,125,709
2019 $7,732,377 $65,795,178
2020 $15,188,212 $23,298,014
21 HS Sections (2020)
Canada - Belarus (Byelorussia)
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $8,349,866 $473,075
02 Veg. Prod. $568,661 $31,528
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $ $
04 Food Prod. $178,083 $267,506
05 Mineral Prod. $19,552 $729,865
06 Chemical Prod. $1,107,529 $1,118,955
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $139,439 $270,131
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $ $24,446
09 Wood Prod. $151,696 $3,967,440
10 Paper Prod. $18,585 $90,660
11 Textiles Prod. $90 $900,201
12 Dress Access. $ $2,821
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $1,182 $13,233
14 Precious Metals/stones $ $2,420
15 Base Metal Prod. $114,390 $2,381,486
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $3,252,658 $803,247
17 Vehicles and Equip. $58,718 $139,677
18 Specialized Inst. $978,296 $3,057,390
19 Arms & Ammunition $ $
20 Misc. Articles $137,953 $9,021,962
21 Antiques $ $


May 2021
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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