Myasnikovich’s economic revival program not to be fully implemented
At the Presidium of the Council of Ministers meeting, Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich identified Belarus’ key priorities for the economy in 2014: balanced economic growth and efficiency.
The Belarusian authorities aspire to stabilize the economy ahead of the 2015 presidential campaign through a series of unpopular measures. President Lukashenko does not want to be associated with such decisions and shifts the responsibility for their adoption and implementation to the government. However, the measures announced by Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich, aiming to improve the Belarus’ economy, cannot be implemented in full because they threaten the existing socio-economic model.
Nevertheless, persistence and consistency might help the government to achieve some success and somewhat improve the economic situation, which means softer social policies right before the 2015 presidential elections.
According to Belstat, in August 7,600 people were dismissed, including 4,800 civil servants. Dismissals of civil servants were due to the optimisation in the public administration by up to 30%. Some civil servants would retain their job however would lose the status of a civil servant. Vacancies on the labour market are likely to reduce in number, thanks to the optimisation, the state administration would increase wages for public servants. The payroll fund for retained employees is likely to increase and some former state employees are likely to get jobs in affiliated organizations. The optimisation of the state apparatus should complete by January 1st, 2018, and some former civil servants are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed.