November 5–6,


more than 30 professionals


500+ stakeholders

Kastryčnicki Economic Forum: Harvesting Ideas for Sustainable Development

About KEF

Kastryčnicki Economic Forum is a platform for open dialog enabling sustainable development of Belarus and its integration of the global economy. It was founded by Belarusian independent economic think tanks – IPM Research Center in collaboration with BEROC and CASE Belarus in 2013.

As a non-profit project, Kastryčnicki Economic Forum ensures broad participation of all stakeholders. Its objective is to enrich the national agenda for social and economic policy by using the best expertise from across the world.

Kastryčnicki Economic Forum helps to create an even playing field for all economic stakeholders enabling national competitiveness as well as create new opportunities for more effective business development and government regulation.

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About KEF

Kastryčnicki Economic Forum is a platform for open dialog on the sustainable development of Belarus in context of global economy. It was created by IPM research center in concert with BEROC and CASE research network in 2013.

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The mission of the KEF is to contribute to the development of effective economy, responsible economic policy and attractive future for the citizens of Belarus.

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KEF is organized by the IPM Research Center in partnership with BEROC and CASE Belarus.


KEF speakers


Satu Kahkonen

World Bank Country Director for Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine

Andrea Wiktorin

Head of the EU Delegation to Belarus

Dr. Birgit Grundmann

Former Secretary of State at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection and Executive Board member of the IRZ

Pavel Kallaur

Governor of the National Bank of Belarus

Nikolay Snopkov

Deputy Heady of the Administration of President of the Belarus

Vasily Matyushevsky

First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus

Peter Dohlman

Deputy Division Chief (Mission Chief) International Monetary Fund

Mirko Cvetković

World Bank consultant, former Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance of Serbia

Ivan Miklos

Co-Chairman, Strategic Advisory Group for Supporting Ukrainian Reform (SAGSUR)

Andrey Movchan

Senior Associate and Director of the Economic Policy Program, Carnegie Moscow Center

Hans Timmer

Chief Economist for the Europe and Central Asia, World Bank

Pavlo Sheremeta

Former Minister of Economic Development


  • Concept
  • Agenda

    KEF-2018: Belarus in the Brave New World

    While the global economy shows definite signs of recovery from the crisis erupted ten years ago, there are long-standing risks and vulnerabilities – such as growing inequality, disruptions caused by increased digitalization and automation, a financial market correction, high corporate and public debts, fragile global financial system and trade wars elevated to the global level underlining geopolitical tensions – making economic indicators too good to believe in.

    By now it is the politics, of course. The World Economic Forum`s 2018 Global Risk Report called for a new social contract, arguing that 85% of world workforce want the rules of the global economy re-written and determined democracy as collateral damage as global risks have been ignored by decision-makers for long. Limited policy options in case of a new economic crisis only depends the disappointment in technocratic leadership and further increases the potential of populism.

    Compare to the global level Belarus` situation seems evergreen, even though the economy is rapidly recovering and the middle class is evolving. While there are efforts to build a parallel economy of an export oriented IT sector, that remains small with little impact on the state sector. Thus, Belarus needs structural reforms for sustainable economic growth, improving household living standards and modernizing its social systems. It seems that no one doubts the necessity of changes, yet the status quo prevails. Keeping the global risks unanswered may make the local need of structural reforms a senseless mantra, especially as its social contract is still in place. Trying to place Belarus into this new brave world, KEF-2018 offers the sixth time a deep reflection on global risks and opportunities toward the future.

    November 5: Global context: Free Trade Forever?

    The World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report-2018 called “the death of trade” one of the future shocks. The future has arrived: trade war between the US and China as well as the EU has been unleashed. The global institutions created for enhancing free trade seems already too weak to resolve this conflict and are facing a crisis of trust. The World Bank warns that “trade tensions between the US and its major trading partners would have consequences for global trade equivalent to the 2008 financial crisis”. How can global or regional trade agreements tackle the emerging challenges? What are the consequences of these trade shocks to the region? How vulnerable is Belarus?

    Conference opening

    Keynote speeches

    Discussion panel. Global trade: crisis of trust, crisis of institutions, and lessons for small open economies (discussion panel)

    Reception (preliminary topic – launch of the 2035 National Sustainable Development Strategy)

    November 6: Local Solutions: Re-Defining Reforms Agenda

    Belarusian middle class is back and the economic recovery is on the way, even though it has not turned to sustainable growth. Current account looks almost balanced, but international investment position is far less optimistic. Inflation is record low, confidence to national currency is higher than ever in the last decade, and it helps to recover private sector investment. However, private sector reports new obstacles for doing business: uneven playing field, inefficient judicial system, arbitrary treatment of legislation by the authorities. Addressing all these issues require further reforms, and one of the obstacles to move further is a perception that “people are not ready for reforms”. This statement as well as a new reform agenda are to be examined closely in the 2nd day.

    Opening remarks

    Panel 1. Fragile Stability: Unnoticed Macroeconomic Vulnerabilities

    Panel 2. Re-Discovering Competition: Level Playing Field and Efficient Markets

    Reforms as a Common Good? Stakeholders’ Review
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    10am - 12pm

    Bushra Ahsani

    Carrier in Interior Design
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    12pm - 2pm

    John Berry

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    3pm - 5pm

    Julia Merry

    UI/UX Design in real life
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    5pm - 7pm

    Martin Jones

    Kickstart your career

KEF Board


Ben Slay

Senior Advisor at the Regional Service Centre for Europe and CIS, UNPD

Marek Dabrowski

Senior fellow of CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research

Balázs Jarábik

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, non-resident scholar

Kiryl Rudy

Former Economic Advisor to the President of the Republic of Belarus (2013–2016)

Alexander Zaborovsky

Advisor to the Executive Director, International Monetary Fund

KEF Team


Alexander Chubrik

KEF Academic Director, Director of the IPM Research Center

Elena Grushetskaya

KEF Coordinator

Pavel Berasneu

Communication manager

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The project is funded by The European Union


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