Beef and poultry price hike as consequence of ASF virus
As of May 21st, poultry producers were allowed to raise selling prices by 10% to overcome the disparity in prices on the domestic and foreign markets. Due to the ban on pork imports from several EU countries and the impossibility to organise meat supply from Canada and Brazil in the short term, the pork deficit will continue and the demand for poultry and beef will increase. Meat exports might be restricted, meat prices will continue growing until supplies from third countries have returned to normal or restrictions on meat imports from the EU have been lifted. Also, control over meat prices will be strengthened inside Belarus and the financial health of meat producers will somewhat improve.
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.