Average pay in Belarus fallen since December 2013
According to the National Statistics Committee, in June 2014 the average salary in Belarus was BYR 6 198.5 thousand, or USD 608.
In December 2013, the average salary was USD 615, meaning that wage growth is restrained in the public sector and wage growth capacity is limited in the private sector. Retail sales are anticipated to slow down, as well as their positive influence on GDP growth. Labour outflow to the Customs Union and other countries will increase, and the share of expenditure on services in household consumption will rise due to higher prices. Civil servants’ wages will be increased, but not enough to compensate for the inflation rate.
The Belarusian authorities regard the Catholic conference as yet another international event to promote Minsk as a global negotiating platform. Minsk’s proposal to organise a meeting between the Roman-Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church is rather an image-making undertaking than a serious intention. However, the authorities could somewhat extend the opportunities for the Roman-Catholic Church in Belarus due to developing contacts with the Catholic world.
Minsk is attempting to lay out a mosaic from various international religious, political and sportive events to shape a positive image of Belarus for promoting the Helsinki 2.0 idea.
Belarus’ invitation to the head of the Holy See for a meeting with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church should be regarded as a continuation of her foreign policy efforts in shaping Minsk’s peacekeeping image and enhancing Belarus’ international weight. The Belarusian authorities are aware that their initiative is unlikely to find supporters among the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. In Russia, isolationist sentiments prevail.
In addition, for domestic audiences, the authorities make up for the lack of tangible economic growth with demonstrations of growth in Minsk’s authority at international level through providing a platform for religious, sportive and other dialogues.