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The main topic of the global forum of entrepreneurs in Belarus will be political; e-money settlements between residents will only be in rubles. Belarus, November 4, 2020

Belarus will host the 10th Global Entrepreneurship Week, and this time entrepreneurs will discuss the political situation. The authorities accused an engineer of a telecom company of leaking data on security officials. Since the new year, residents will be able to pay with e-money only in national currency. The draft Constitution published online turned out to be a working document of state trade unions.

At World Entrepreneurship Week Belarus participants will talk about politics

The organizers of World Entrepreneurship Week, which will be held online from November 16 to 22, announced the key topic of the upcoming event. It will be Business at a Critical Time.

The Forum expresses solidarity and support to entrepreneurs who have suffered for their beliefs and political views. It calls on businessmen to join the discussion within the framework of GEW Belarus of options for a sound and legal way out of the socio-political and economic crisis in the country.

“The pandemic has cut the ranks of small entrepreneurs significantly but not dramatically. Belarusian businessmen who have survived more than one financial collapse turned out to be not only resilient but also capable of quick self-healing and transformation. This happened largely due to what is today called the “birth of a nation”, that is, social cohesion, solidarity and mutual assistance,” the message of the forum says.

In the manifesto for the forum, special emphasis is placed on the relationship between the authorities and business representatives who have expressed their civil position, which doesn’t coincide with the official interpretation of the August events.

Businesses that speak out in support of citizens who disagree with the results of the presidential elections, violence, imprisonment on far-fetched pretexts are now receiving inspections of the sanitary station, tax, FDI, termination of the premises lease agreements, problems with inspections regarding fire safety and restrictive resolutions of the Ministry of Health.

It’s with all these circumstances that the organizers of the World Entrepreneurship Week explained the high politicization of the Belarusian society in general and the business environment in particular.

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is an annual global event for businessmen, entrepreneurs, innovators and startups, bringing together 178 countries. Since 2008, it has been held simultaneously all over the world every November.

As usual, the forum is organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and bel.biz portal.

This year, GEW Belarus celebrates its 10th anniversary.

The authorities accused an engineer of a telecom company of leaking data on security officials

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus reported that an engineer of a telecom company was detained. He was accused of leaking data on officers of the law enforcement agencies. A criminal case has been opened against him.

According to the Ministry, the man was promised a reward for the transfer of personal data. The name of the company was not disclosed. The engineer has transferred data on 60 people for two months. These are officers of riot police, the leaders of the Investigative Committee, and their family members.

Subsequently, the transmitted information appeared in destructive Telegram channels. The Ministry also doesn’t disclose the names of the Telegram channels.

The criminal case was initiated not just for the fact of transferring personal data, but for “complicity in preparing for violence and threats of using violence against employees of the internal affairs bodies and their relatives to obstruct legal activities.”

Since the massive crackdown on dissent during the first protest actions on August 9, the security forces have been hiding their faces and identities, as they are afraid of persecution and personal settling of scores from the protesters who have suffered from police actions. And Lukashenko recently demanded the use of harsh measures against those who dare to threaten the security forces and their families.

From January 1, e-money settlements between residents will only be in rubles

The National Bank has changed the Rules for conducting transactions with e-money.

From January 1, 2021, restrictions on the purposes of spending e-money issued by Belarusian banks will be lifted for legal entities and individual entrepreneurs. Business entities will be able to use them in their activities.

Besides, from January 1, banks and non-bank financial institutions will be able to provide legal entities and individual entrepreneurs with services for exchanging e-money of various settlement systems, as well as exchange e-money denominated in various currencies. These services will be provided exclusively by banks based on agreements with e-money issuers.

The rule that establishes for legal entities and entrepreneurs a specific maturity date for e-money received in their electronic wallets is excluded.

Taking into account the goal of devaluing the economy, a requirement was introduced to carry out settlements between residents of Belarus only in Belarusian rubles when issuing, distributing and redeeming e-money.

At the same time, when conducting transactions with e-money between residents, e-money issued by banks is used.

The rules now contain a provision on the inadmissibility of imposing unconditional responsibility on the owners of electronic wallets for the actions of third parties, which resulted in unauthorized transactions with e-money.

The draft Constitution published online turned out to be a working document of the trade unions

The draft amendments to the Constitution, which the Coordination Council published yesterday, turned out to be a draft of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus.

The FTU clarified that this is a working version of proposals from the Federation's lawyers. It is now “widely discussed by all trade union activists.”

The fact that it is trade unions, whose goal is to protect and defend workers' rights, are discussing these amendments is particularly surprising. Because these amendments would restrict the rights of workers, as well as of the trade unions themselves. Experts of the Coordinating Council believe that they would deprive workers of the right to strike as a way of expressing a political position. There is also a risk of losing everyone’s right to free medical care and the right to guaranteed annual paid leave. Trade unions may also be prohibited from funding from abroad.

In this section you will find information about Belarus. Professional journalists from the independent non-state publication officelife.media (location - Minsk) tell about what is really happening in Belarus. No political accents or ideological attitudes. Only the most important facts so that you understand the essence of what is happening in this corner of Europe.