Belarusian meat products supply to Russia could increase
On January 24th, African swine fever (ASF) hit Lithuania. This means that a ban may be placed on the supply of pork from Lithuania, and pork supply from all EU countries may be suspended.
EU supplies make up about 60% of pork imports in Russia. If pork supplies from the EU are completely suspended, meat prices will increase by 10%-15% in Russia and the demand for pork meat from Belarus will go up.
And on January 27th, Rosselkhoznadzor (the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) announced that temporarily imposed limitations on the supply of pork products from Mogilev enterprises had been lifted.
According to Belstat, in August 7,600 people were dismissed, including 4,800 civil servants. Dismissals of civil servants were due to the optimisation in the public administration by up to 30%. Some civil servants would retain their job however would lose the status of a civil servant. Vacancies on the labour market are likely to reduce in number, thanks to the optimisation, the state administration would increase wages for public servants. The payroll fund for retained employees is likely to increase and some former state employees are likely to get jobs in affiliated organizations. The optimisation of the state apparatus should complete by January 1st, 2018, and some former civil servants are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed.