Budget of the Mogilev region, first Quarter 2011
Revenues of the consolidated budget of the Mogilev region during the first quarter of 2011 amounted to Br 1034.7 billion, while the expenditure budget equaled to Br 998.3 billion.
65.8% or Br 656.7 billion of the consolidated regional budget was allocated to cover the priority expenses (wages with charges, medicines and medical products, food products, the current budget transfers to population, subsidies, housing organizations, utilities, debt service payments by local authorities and government).
In the first four months of the year the regional budget has minimal surplus. The ongoing financial crisis started in April and therefore it did not have a significant impact on the reported budget figures. At the same time the financial crisis will affect the second quarter of this year and significant deficit of the regional budget is expected. Indeed, it will also affect the decision of the Russian Federation to raise export duties on oil products. First of all, it will impact the chemical and textile cluster of Mogilev (Mogilevchimvolokno, Mogotex).
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.