Sberbank and Deutsche Bank will credit Belaruskali for USD 2 billion
The loan will be secured by export contracts and guarantees of 35% of the shares of the enterprise. This was announced by Head of Russian Sberbank German Gref at a meeting with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Friday.
Since the growth of public debt is currently not feasible, the government bets on the growth of corporate debt. The loan is issued on the condition of export contracts of Belaruskali, the only sustainable and stable generator of the foreign currency earnings in Belarus. The issue is that the loan needs to be repaid otherwise, 35% of the stakes of the enterprise will be given away for $ 2 billion only, which is times less than previously projected amounts. Therefore this loan is not a victory, rather a failure of the President to find cheap loans.
According to Belstat, in August 7,600 people were dismissed, including 4,800 civil servants. Dismissals of civil servants were due to the optimisation in the public administration by up to 30%. Some civil servants would retain their job however would lose the status of a civil servant. Vacancies on the labour market are likely to reduce in number, thanks to the optimisation, the state administration would increase wages for public servants. The payroll fund for retained employees is likely to increase and some former state employees are likely to get jobs in affiliated organizations. The optimisation of the state apparatus should complete by January 1st, 2018, and some former civil servants are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed.