Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center
 Olga Belskaya, Daria Uryutina

Belarusian Business Associations: Problems and Potential Development

Consolidated entrepreneurship in Belarus is represented by two organizational types: business associations, i.e. associations including commercial organizations and entrepreneurs; and public associations of entrepreneurs consisting of individuals. The major aim of the study is to examine the existing obstacles for doing business in Belarus, as well as analyze the compliance of business associations activity in Belarus with the needs of business associations members and business in general.

The research was focused on business associations (hereinafter referred to as BA) in Belarus. The subject of study was not bounded to the organizations having corresponding legal status, it also included public associations (PAs) and entrepreneurs' alliances (EAs). PAs and EAs were included into the research on the basis of the following formal criteria: the principle of organization’s structure and operation, the objectives it pursues, and its mainstream activity. PAs and EAs were also chosen on the ground of expert opinion of BA leaders who believe these associations complement a comprehensive picture of business environment representations in Belarus.


This research was conducted under the joint project with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) with the financial support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID).