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 Belstat, in January-May 2017, retail trade turnover totalled BYN 14.8 billion or 99.9% of 2016. In early 2017, the decline in retail trade turnover was 4.6%. As real wages grow, the turnover of goods is restoring. In May 2017, wages increased to BYN 795, which was 4% higher than wages in May 2016. Retail trade turnover is likely to continue to increase, retailers are likely to launch new advertising campaigns to increase their market share, and the situation with settlements between suppliers and retailers is likely to improve. Taking into account the expected further wage growth, the retail turnover index in Q1 2017 is likely to outpace Q1 2016, retail chains are likely to change their staffing policy, which would reduce personnel turnover and gradually increase wages in line with the general trend on the labour market.