Wage growth to slowdown in Belarus
In June 2016, dollar wages in Belarus increased in comparison with May 2016 by USD 1.9 up to USD 371.2. In the past four month, wage growth was minimal due to the weakening of the Belarusian rouble amid anticipated weakening of the Russian rouble against the US Dollar. Enterprises, which mainly export to the Russian market, are likely to report a reduction in profits. Growth in nominal wages is likely to curb, including in the public sector. In addition, an employment decline is likely in the economy and an increase in part-time employees. USD 400 median wage is unlikely in Belarus in 2016, so as the resumption of economic growth.
The Belarusian authorities regard the Catholic conference as yet another international event to promote Minsk as a global negotiating platform. Minsk’s proposal to organise a meeting between the Roman-Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church is rather an image-making undertaking than a serious intention. However, the authorities could somewhat extend the opportunities for the Roman-Catholic Church in Belarus due to developing contacts with the Catholic world.
Minsk is attempting to lay out a mosaic from various international religious, political and sportive events to shape a positive image of Belarus for promoting the Helsinki 2.0 idea.
Belarus’ invitation to the head of the Holy See for a meeting with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church should be regarded as a continuation of her foreign policy efforts in shaping Minsk’s peacekeeping image and enhancing Belarus’ international weight. The Belarusian authorities are aware that their initiative is unlikely to find supporters among the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. In Russia, isolationist sentiments prevail.
In addition, for domestic audiences, the authorities make up for the lack of tangible economic growth with demonstrations of growth in Minsk’s authority at international level through providing a platform for religious, sportive and other dialogues.