28.04.2021 - Slovakia and Belarus: Closer Than We Seem


Wednesday, 28 April 2021

18:00 CEST

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The event will be live-streamed on this page (on the video tile below) and on our social media channels.

We are privileged to invite you to the first briefing of SlovakAid Fellowship program for Change Leaders initiative. During the event, we will discuss the experience of economic and political transformations in Slovakia that can become a role model for Belarus.

The briefing will be moderated by iSANS media expert Serge Kharytonau.


  • Pavol Demeš, GMF Senior Transatlantic Fellow, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia
  • Ivan Mikloš, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic, President of economic think-tank MESA10
  • Aleś Alachnovič, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya's Economic Advisor.
  • Veranika Laputska, co-founder of EAST Center (Warsaw), Research Fellow at GMF Rethink.CEE.


Following successful market reforms of the 1990s, Slovakia became one of the fastest-growing economies in Europe. We hope that the lessons learnt by Slovakia will help Belarus build a sustainable and fast-growing economy in the upcoming decade. Although no market reforms are yet possible in today’s Belarus, its brave people express an incredible commitment to peaceful transformations and political transit.


SlovakAid Fellowship program for Change Leaders initiative is a joint effort of Slovak Foreign Policy Association (SFPA), GLOBSEC, Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), SlovakAid, and international expert initiative iSANS.

In April-October 2021, ten Belarusian specialists will research the systemic reforms in Slovakia and join academic training at leading Slovak think tanks and institutions. All fellows will be mentored by renowned Slovak economists and managers who have promoted reforms in various industries in this country since the mid-1990s.

We expect that SlovakAid Fellowship will help Belarusian professionals become familiar with the Slovak experience of market economy transformation. It may serve as a safe role model for the Belarusian economy of the future. Although Belarus and Slovakia do not share common borders, there is a large set of mental and contextual similarities between the two countries. So, we hope this program will expand the channels of communication between Belarusian and Slovak analytical communities.