Increase of authorized capital of JSC "Belinvestbank"
The government of Belarus has decided to increase the authorized capital of JSC "Belinvestbank" at 10 million, because it preserves hope for a profitable privatization in 2012. But the high price (over $ 1 billion) does this proposal unattractive to investors.
The government of Belarus has decided to increase the authorized capital of JSC"Belinvestbank" at 85 billion rubles ($ 10 million) due to the remnants of the national budget.
In contrast to the Belarusbank and Belagroprombank, which authorized funds have been increased by $ 1.7 billion at current exchange rates due to emission sources, recapitalization of Belinvestbank is conducted by the expense of real money. One reason for the increased government focus on "Belinvestbank" is its desire to privatize profitable (previously several well-known European banks expressed such a desire). However, due to persistence of the country authorities in maintaining a high price for this controversial asset, the privatization of the bank did not take place neither in 2010 nor in 2011, although the governing body of the National Bank of Belarus has repeatedly spoken of a high availability transaction of purchase and sale of the bank.
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.