Business Corruption in Belarus
Corruption is present at all government levels in Belarus; industry, education, healthcare and construction are particularly vulnerable sectors, and a rigid hierarchical system of government makes it difficult to effectively address the issue. 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 vague and require improvement. In addition, anti-corruption laws have been poorly enforced in Belarus, and officials engage in corruption with impunity. Companies are likely to face discrimination and corruption in public procurement in favour of state-owned enterprises, and making informal payments or giving gifts to secure government contracts are common practices when doing business in the country. The legal status of facilitation payments is uncertain.
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