Government to tighten liability to improve efficiency in public administration
The President instructed the presidential administration and the State Control Committee to draft a bill which will set deadlines for modernising the woodworking industry.
President Lukashenko wants state officials to keep focused and to monitor the situation in the woodworking industry. Modernising the woodworking industry is a flagman project for the Belarusian authorities and is due to be completed before the presidential campaign starts in 2015. Belarus’ public administration does not envisage political responsibility for implementing governmental programmes and, despite its low efficiency, President Lukashenko will not make any changes to the public administration system this year.
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.