Minsk ready to share experience with Damascus in ensuring security
Last week, Belarus’ Foreign Minister Makey visited Syria, and met with President Bashar al-Assad, Prime Minister Wael al-Halyaki, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Walid al-Muallem, supreme mufti of Syria, Ahmad Badr al-Din Hassoun, and representatives of the Syrian business community. Makey’s visit fits the national action programme aiming to diversify Belarusian exports by deepening cooperation with the Middle East region. In 2014 the minister visited the UAE, Iraq and Iran having the similar purpose. The Belarusian government also expects to participate in the restoration of the Syrian economy when the military-political crisis ends. In addition, official Minsk is ready to provide diplomatic support for the Syrian leadership in establishing full cooperation within the international coalition against terrorism.
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.