Belarus intends to distribute credit risks
On November 14th, Deputy Finance Minister Ermolovich announced that Belarus would place new Eurobond issue on the international financial market in 2015 worth circa USD 1 billion with 10-year maturity period. Belarus is issuing new bonds for private and legal persons in order to ensure she has enough resources to support her international reserves (this issue becomes crucial since Russia’s funding opportunities are limited). In addition, Belarusian state banks might attract syndicated loans, some state owned enterprises might be privatised and one or two large enterprises might announce IPO independently. The most desirable scenario is that one of the leading European banks becomes a shareholder in a Belarusian bank or that a new bank is founded, mainly with the European capital, which would attract cheap resources from the European market in order to modernise the Belarusian economy.
President Lukashenka continues to rotate staff and rejuvenate heads of departments and universities following new appointments in regional administrations. Apparently, new Information Minister Karliukevich could somewhat relax the state policy towards the independent media and introduce technological solutions for retaining control over Belarus’ information space. New rectors could strengthen the trend for soft Belarusization in the regions and tighten the disciplinary and ideological control over the student movement in the capital.
President Lukashenka has appointed new ministers of culture and information, the new rector of the Belarusian State University and heads of three universities, assistants in the Minsk and Vitebsk regions.
The new Information Minister Karliukevich is likely to avoid controversial initiatives similar to those former Minister Ananich was famous for, however, certainly within his capacities. Nevertheless, the appointment of Belarusian-speaking writer Karliukevich could be regarded as the state’s cautious attempt to relax environment in the media field and ensure the sovereignty of national media.
The Belarusian leadership has consolidated the trend for mild Belarusization by appointing a young historian and a ‘reasonable nationalist’, Duk as the rector at the Kuleshov State University in Mogilev. Meanwhile, while choosing the head of the Belarusian State University, the president apparently had in mind the strengthening of the ideological loyalty among the teaching staff and students at the main university in order to keep the youth movement at bay. Previously, Korol was the rector of the Kupala State University in Grodno, where he held purges among the disloyal teaching staff.
The trend for the renewal of mid-ranking executives and their rejuvenation has confirmed. The age of the Culture Minister and three new rectors varies from 39 to 44 years old.