Staff-reshuffles in Belarus’ regions to enhance local governance
President Lukashenko released Nikolay Domashkevich, his assistant and Chief Inspector for the Vitebsk region from office due to retirement.
The president continues to rotate his managerial staff in Minsk and in other region in order to reduce corruption in the state-run economy, increase state control and enhance governance in the regions ahead of the 2015 presidential campaign. In the future, President Lukashenko will continue to reshuffle managers in regions with high corruption levels and low executive discipline.
The Labour and the Tax Ministries are considering the possibility to include persons engaged in some economic activity without forming a legal entity in the social security system. When the decree No 337 comes into effect, the number of private entrepreneurs is likely to reduce due to the possibility of reducing the tax burden when switching to a tax payment as an individual. 95% of self-employed, including PE, pay insurance premiums on the basis of the minimum wage. The number of self-employed citizens is expected to increase, the number of insurance contributions to the pension system from PE will decrease, the number of citizens who will pay a fee to finance government spending will decrease by several tens. Self-employed citizens have the alternative not to pay social security fees and save resources for future pensions, which, given the gradual restriction by the state of pension requirements could be a more long-sighted option.