On 9 June a loan agreement was signed with the EurAsEC for $ 3 billion with interest rate of 4.9% per year for 10 years, a grace period of repayment of principal debt is 3 years. The first tranche is expected this week.
The delayed loan decision and its allocation in tranches do not allow for its effective use for the purposes it was requested i.e. to stabilize the currency market and to delay privatization.
The first tranche of the loan will be used as a lever to obtain other loans, given the first tranche will be spent on the GCR.
The National Bank has to carry out accurate interventions at the Foreign Exchange and a part of the loan will be spent on these purposes. However there will be little effect from these interventions and the exchange rate will not stabilize.
It is obvious that the leadership understands the poor effect of the EurAsEC loan, and that is why, immediately after the information about it the authorities spread information about another USD 1 billion to come from another source. In its attempts to bring down the devaluation expectations the government spreads the most incredible rumors (as if it will come from Turkmenistan or Israel), while the only plausible source of new billion is co-owner of Uralkaliy Suleiman Kerimov.
The Labour and the Tax Ministries are considering the possibility to include persons engaged in some economic activity without forming a legal entity in the social security system. When the decree No 337 comes into effect, the number of private entrepreneurs is likely to reduce due to the possibility of reducing the tax burden when switching to a tax payment as an individual. 95% of self-employed, including PE, pay insurance premiums on the basis of the minimum wage. The number of self-employed citizens is expected to increase, the number of insurance contributions to the pension system from PE will decrease, the number of citizens who will pay a fee to finance government spending will decrease by several tens. Self-employed citizens have the alternative not to pay social security fees and save resources for future pensions, which, given the gradual restriction by the state of pension requirements could be a more long-sighted option.