Belarusian authorities disagree with IMF requirements to abandon micromanagement at state enterprises
The International Monetary Fund proposed a radical revision of the management system at state-owned enterprises in Belarus. Minsk emphasised it would impossible to fulfil the IMF recommendations to change the management model in the short term in order to conclude a new loan programme. The Belarusian leadership is not ready for a drastic redistribution of powers of state bodies in managing the state economic sector. However, depending on the economic situation in 2017 and agreements with Russia on economic and financial support, Minsk may reconsider its decision and become more willing to accept the requirements of international donors.
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.