Belaruskali closed deal with India
On May 22nd, Belaruskali’s CEO announced that a deal with India had been closed to supply 500 tons of potash fertiliser at USD 322 per ton.
The contract will ensure that Belaruskali earns enough foreign currency, utilises additional capacity (currently almost fully loaded), and will require additional shipping capacity, which will improve the Belarusian railway’s financial health. The contract is expected to improve chemical industry’s production indices, which, in turn, will create favourable conditions for improving the GDP dynamics in H2 2014.
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.