The President, with a view of creating favorable conditions for the development of agro-ecotourism, improve living conditions of citizens in rural areas, small urban settlements and improvement of rural infrastructure, decrees that provision of services in the sphere of agro-ecotourism can be performed by natural persons permanently residing in single-family residential house or in a townhouse in rural areas or small urban areas, manufacturing agricultural commodities on agricultural land, or smallholders; or agricultural organizations. Provision of agro-ecotourism services by the aforesaid natural persons and agricultural organizations shall not be considered entrepreneurial activity. Provision of agro-ecotourism services by service suppliers and tourists (tour-operators) shall be regulated by contracts.
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After seven decades as a constituent republic of the USSR, Belarus attained its independence in 1991. It has retained closer political and economic ties to Russia than have any of the other former Soviet republics. Belarus and Russia signed a treaty on a two-state union on 8 December 1999 envisioning greater political and economic integration. Although Belarus agreed to a framework to carry out the accord, serious implementation has yet to take place.