Belarusian authorities aim to enhance public and party mechanisms in ideological work
At a meeting on improving public administration, President Lukashenka emphasised, that anything splashy and bogus should be abandoned from the state ideology. The president is aware of low efficiency of the ideological apparatus and inconsistency between the funds allocated from the state budget and effects on public opinion. The Belarusian authorities have repeatedly criticized ideologues for the lack of a breakthrough in formulating the national idea. That said, independent media is unable to resist the influence of the pro-Kremlin media. Apparently, the authorities are planning to reduce the direct ideological control and to use more subtle mechanisms to strengthen the loyalty to the Belarusian government, including through pro-governmental public associations and political parties.
According to Decree No. 221 of June 23rd, 2017, deadlines for the completion of foreign trade operations have been extended from 90 to 180 days for exports and from 60 to 90 days for imports. Delayed payments entailed a fine up to 2% of the transaction cost for each day of the delay, but could not exceed the total cost of the transaction. Most companies, when working with new counterparties, require a deferred payment for a period of three to six months. Due to the new regulation, violations are likely to reduce in number, so as the fines. Trade enterprises are likely to expand the assortment list due to the supply of new products in small lots, and the assortment list of exported Belarusian goods could expand, too. The new terms for completing foreign trade transactions would enable medium and small companies on the foreign trade market, exporters and importers are likely to grow in number and the geography of export-import operations could expand.