Minsk expects long-term effects from Sino-Belarusian cooperation
Before leaving for Beijing, President Lukashenka signed the Directive No 5 about the development of bilateral relations with China. So far, the trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and China has failed to bring the anticipated results and Chinese exporters gain the most benefits from it. Belarus still has a negative trade balance with China. However, official Minsk counts on contacts with China in order to balance the pressure from the Kremlin and to compensate for the absence of full-fledged relations with Western capitals, especially during the presidential campaign. The Belarusian government is anticipating developing Sino-Belarusian relations today, so that the Belarusian economy will have gained benefits in the long-term.
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.