Quarterly results of the economic development in Mogilev
The growth rate of the gross regional product constituted 109.5% with the annual forecast of 109-110%. The best economic indices among the industrial enterprises of the region had Mogotex OJSC (Mogilev) and the Bobruisk Republican Unitary Enterprise “Hydrolytic Plant”.
According to the governor of the region, Peter Rudnik, the Presidential Administration is drafting a Decree to register the Mogilev region with the National Board of Honour as the winner of the competition in terms of socio-economic development among the regions of the country in 2006-2010.
The growth rate of the gross regional product is the blueprint of the planned GDP grown of Belarus for 2011 (+9,5-10%). However, regardless of the growth of the gross regional product, the stocks of finished goods are growing too. In January and February, the stocks have increased by Br 167 billion and constituted Br 632 billion, which is due to the fact that during the two months of the quarter only 93.2% of the produced goods were shipped. The Head of the Executive Committee set the task to reduce stockpiles to the level of early 2011 at least, which means up to Br 465 billion. The regional authorities are particularly concerned that during the first quarter of 2011 the amount of foreign direct investment in the Mogilev region amounted to $ 3.9 million only.
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.