Belarusian authorities expand list of activities not requiring registration to improve employment and step up tax inflow
The list of activities not requiring registration as private entrepreneurship will be extended to 30 from 18. To carry out such activity, an individual should simply notify the tax authorities of the commencement of operations and pay taxes before commencing. It is expected that there would be an increase in the number of people who would work without registration. In addition, fewer people would be fined for violating existing legislation, fewer would register as unemployed, competition on the service market would increase and prices would go down. Given the simplicity of declaration and low tax rates, the state should obtain additional tax revenues. In addition, this measure would address the issue of social dependants and reduce competition on the labour market.
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.