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Entrepreneurs actively work on National Business Platform of Belarus-2014
By Polina Semenova

The National Business Platform of Belarus is that document on which the business community lays its hopes every year. It contains possible steps that, if taken, would allow the improvement of the business climate of the country, and become the basis for state-private partnerships. According to expectations, the draft of a new platform will be presented at the 15th Assembly of Business Circles of Belarus, which will be held in Minsk, on March 5th.

The Chairman of the Minsk Capital Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers, Vladimir Karyagin, notes that the business community not only identifies problems in the economy, but also develops key ideas and, together with the government, intends to find mechanisms, ways and resources for their realisation. At the same time, representatives of business circles ascertain that when business demands concessions from the state, it should also make counter commitments to the state. The Director of the Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers, (named after M. Kunyavsky) is Zhanna Tarasevich, and she offers a Swedish example — the association of cafe owners of this country have, for 15 years, pressed for the reduction of value-added tax (VAT). Finally, they managed to achieve it. However, in exchange, the businesses made a commitment to organising workplaces, and to creating cafe networks in remote settlements. According to experts, Belarusian business also should make commitments in socially significant spheres in response to the steps of the state towards the improvement of the business climate.

Following the last year’s results, the state saw about two dozen of the issues indicated in the National Business Platform of Belarus-2013. And it means a great deal. Certainly, a number of suggestions from these entrepreneurs still cause hot discussions and arguments.

As for the most ‘sore points’ which business expects to be solved, there are 5 of them which are annually discussed — the decrease of tax loading, reduction in cost of credit, equality of enterprises of various forms of property, payment discipline of enterprises and negative tendencies on the labour market.
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