Business climate liberalization
Belarus simplifies foreign trade conditions. For instance, registration of transactions will be carried out not of every individual annex to the foreign trade contract but of a contract as a whole. As a result the number of addresses of enterprises to the banks will reduce. Moreover, fees for bank registration of transactions will be cancelled.
The government is trying to follow the plan of simplifying business environment and improving business ratings. This mosaic-type policy is ineffective in the current circumstances however it could be beneficial in the long term with the restoration of the credibility of the economic policy and of the Belarusian authorities.
Last week, Belarusian Foreign Minister Makei participated in the foreign ministers’ meeting of the Eastern Partnership and Visegrad Group initiative hosted by Warsaw. The Belarusian FM emphasized Belarus' interest in cooperation in the transport sector, which could be due to Belarus’ desire to export electricity surplus after Belarus finished construction of the nuclear power plant in Ostrovets. Minsk expressed concerns about Warsaw’s stance on the Belarusian NPP, as it refused to buy electricity from Belarus and supported Vilnius’ protest on this issue. Following accusations by the Belarusian leadership and the state media against western states, including Poland, of training "nationalist militants", Minsk did not agree on the visit of the European Parliament deputies from Lithuania and Germany to Belarus and to the NPP construction site near Ostrovets in particular. In addition, the Belarusian authorities have stepped up efforts to enforce education in Russian in Polish-language schools in Grodno and Vaukavysk. Should a rift in Belarusian-Polish relations persist, the Belarusian authorities are likely to step up the pressure on the Polish-speaking minority in Belarus.