Kanopatskaya may grasp opportunity to unite opposition in regions
Anna Kanopatskaya, an MP from the opposition, urged last week to abolish the decree "on social parasites" and hold a tax amnesty. A United Civic Party member, Anna Kanopatskaya, is demonstrating loyalty to her party and is willing to exploit her parliamentary opportunities for collaboration with other members of the centre-right coalition. The MP has voiced a number of initiatives, yet it is not clear which social groups would become a priority in her activities. By raising a large number of issues using her MP mandate, she may atomise her efforts, and be unable to apply the necessary pressure on the authorities on the most important issues for the opposition. In the near future, the UCP is likely to use the potential of MP Kanopatskaya to unite opposition structures within the centre-right coalition in the regions.
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.