Reform 3.0: Making Belarusian transition happen

A perfect combination of factors have created reform-friendly environment in Belarus: external challenges coupled with domestic constraints restrict economic growth, the economic authorities have recognized the necessity of reforms, and the population has generally positive attitude towards them. The commentary is prepared by the IPM Research Center for KEF-2015 and considers Belarus’ strengths and weaknesses comparing to “reform pioneers” of the early 1990s, as well as context-specific issues that should be taken into account by policymakers. The problems of trust, inefficiency of partial fixes, existence of reform’ winners and losers – all these issues make an open communication about a reform package a fundamental precondition of its successful implementation.