Belarusian authorities expand list of activities not requiring registration to improve employment and step up tax inflow
The list of activities not requiring registration as private entrepreneurship will be extended to 30 from 18. To carry out such activity, an individual should simply notify the tax authorities of the commencement of operations and pay taxes before commencing. It is expected that there would be an increase in the number of people who would work without registration. In addition, fewer people would be fined for violating existing legislation, fewer would register as unemployed, competition on the service market would increase and prices would go down. Given the simplicity of declaration and low tax rates, the state should obtain additional tax revenues. In addition, this measure would address the issue of social dependants and reduce competition on the labour market.
President Lukashenka has met with the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, who visited Minsk and the Minsk Automobile Plant. Minsk has always sought to have independent links with Russian regional elites, partially, to compensate for the Kremlin's diminishing interest in Belarus. In recent years, Belarus’ contacts with the Russian regions have been extremely intense. However, with some leaders of Russian regions, primarily heads of large republics, communication was more difficult to build. As many analysts in Minsk suggested, Minsk could regard contacts between President Lukashenka and the head of Chechnya as an additional communication channel for relieving tension in relations with the Kremlin. However, most likely, a trusting relationship with Kadyrov is a value for Minsk as such, provided Kadyrov’s broad business and political interests, and a high degree of autonomy for the Chechen leader from the Kremlin.