Belarus end barter transactions19 November 2004
President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus has said that he wants to see an end to barter trade by Belarusian companies during 2005, according to the Belta news agency. Companies in the leather industry are believed to be among those bartering their products for other types of goods. Lukashenko noted that Belarusian companies must receive 'real' money for their sold products. The system of writing off debts at enterprises will also be ended.