MP Elena Anisim seeks civil society support to put pressure on authorities
Last week, MP and first Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian Language Society Elena Anisim held a meeting with voters in a regional train. Elena Anisim kept a certain distance from the controversial opposition initiatives hoping to cooperate with the authorities on a constructive agenda to promote the Belarusian language. However, apparently, Anisim faced with inertia in the government and could not find allies among officials, who also kept a distance from the ‘oppositional’ parliamentarian. Since couloirs talks led to zero results, she prompted public pressure, inter alia through the Belarusian Popular Front and the Belarusian Language Society to promote the Belarusian language agenda. Elena Anisim is likely to seek closer cooperation with civil society and the opposition with mild criticism of the Belarusian leadership in order to support her initiatives with public pressure.
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.