‘Volumes over prices’: Belaruskali builds up exports
By implementing price-discounts for contractors, Belaruskali has managed to regain potash production and exports, reaching the level of 2013.
This implies that the chemical industry’s performance has improved; exports have grown and currency proceeds have increased. Potash prices will continue to grow on the global markets, which will have a positive impact on Belaruskali’s financial performance and on the industry as a whole. Belaruskali might step-up wages for its employees, which might improve the dynamics of retail trade turnover in the region.
President Lukashenka has met with the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, who visited Minsk and the Minsk Automobile Plant. Minsk has always sought to have independent links with Russian regional elites, partially, to compensate for the Kremlin's diminishing interest in Belarus. In recent years, Belarus’ contacts with the Russian regions have been extremely intense. However, with some leaders of Russian regions, primarily heads of large republics, communication was more difficult to build. As many analysts in Minsk suggested, Minsk could regard contacts between President Lukashenka and the head of Chechnya as an additional communication channel for relieving tension in relations with the Kremlin. However, most likely, a trusting relationship with Kadyrov is a value for Minsk as such, provided Kadyrov’s broad business and political interests, and a high degree of autonomy for the Chechen leader from the Kremlin.