Business Corruption in Belarus
Corruption is present at all government levels in Belarus; industry, education, healthcare and construction are particularly vulnerable sectors. The general public reports that corruption is a serious problem in the country. The Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus criminalises attempted corruption, extortion, active and passive bribery, bribery of foreign officials and money laundering, but anti-corruption regulations are still vague and require improvement. Companies are likely to face discrimination and corruption in public procurement in favour of state-owned enterprises, and Belarus's economy is more than 70% state-controlled. Informal payments or gifts to secure government contracts are common when doing business in the country. The legal status of facilitation payments is uncertain.
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