VAZ refused Borisov generators, Minsk region
Workers of the Borisov Plant of Automotive Electrical Equipment (JSC “BATE”) say, the Volga Automobile Plant (AvtoVAZ) refused delivery of a large batch of automobile generators manufactured in Borisov, quoting their unsatisfactory quality.
A delegation of BATE experts was sent to Toliatti however failed to overturn the decision.
This was not the first industrial dispute of the kind. Traditionally, Borisov plant is one of the largest suppliers of starters and generators to the assembly line of VAZ. The Russian auto giant aims to have several suppliers of components and mounts to avoid price dictates and deterioration of quality and to encourage competition among suppliers.
The delivery refusal of generators from Borisov could seriously impair the financial and economic situation at the BATE, particularly during the foreign currency crisis in Belarus.
This Borisov company is one of the largest in the city (3.5 thousand employees), it managed to stay afloat largely because of the secondary market. Given the lifetime of starters and generators manufactured at the Borisov BATE was usually less than the lifetime of a car, there was a steady demand for these products from the owners of old cars from Russia and other CIS countries. Therefore, the affordable price of Borisov starters and generators, and perhaps surprisingly, their relatively poor quality, contribute to their sales at the secondary market. Nevertheless, a temporary moratorium of the AvtoVAZ, the main consumer of the BATE products, on the deliveries of generators, indeed, severely damages the image of the Belarusian enterprise.
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.