Latvia: rapid increase of excise tax to cause dramatic rise of smuggling activity

The National Association for Tobacco Product Manufacturers (TIRNA) is confused about Finance Ministry’s submitted proposals for tax reform that provide for raising excise tax on cigarettes by 11% instead of previously planned 5.5%. TIRNA believes the submitted proposals are rushed, economically unjustified and will not secure the economy any major tax income. “Exactly the opposite…

Turkmenistan: Ashgabat and Bishkek mull prospects of trade, economic cooperation

Presidents of Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Almazbek Atambayev, during a phone conversation confirmed the existence of great potential for enhancing relations on a wide range of areas. In this regard, the sides noted the expediency of joint work on the issues of expanding the range of mutually supplied goods and services, creating conditions…

Georgia ready to expand partnership with Turkmenistan

President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili sent a letter to his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries, the Turkmen government said in a message. In his letter, Margvelashvili expressed readiness to deepen and expand mutually beneficial partnership with Turkmenistan. The Georgian president pointed…

Latvia: envelope wages priority this year

More than half of Latvian employers pay their employees wages below the minimal monthly amount, said Director of the State Revenue Service Tax Control Office Sandra Karklina Admine on July 24. She says SRS puts a lot of effort into combating grey economy. Combating envelope wages will be one of this year’s main priorities, she…

Ukraine: Economy Ministry promulgates list of state enterprises to be privatized

The Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade has published a list of state enterprises, organizations and institutions that will either remain in state ownership or will be transferred to concession, privatized or liquidated. The Cabinet of Ministers approved the relevant documents that together represented a strategic vision for the further management of state-owned enterprises,…

Uzbekistan: measures to improve tax system approved

President Shavkat Mirziyoev signed a Decree “On measures for radical improvement of tax administration, increase tax collection and other obligatory payments”. The decree notes that the country has formed a tax system that provides for a consistent reduction of the tax burden and creates a favorable climate for business development and attracting foreign investment. However,…

Ukraine: Finance Ministry authorized to prolong agreement with EIB on EUR 200-million loan

The Cabinet of Ministers has authorized the Ministry of Finance to prolong the agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) on attracting EUR 200 million for financing the reconstruction of infrastructure destroyed during the military operations, as well as for resolving the problems of internally displaced persons. The relevant draft order was adopted by the…

Turkmenistan to develop business ties with USA

Trade and economic relations were high on agenda as Washington hosted the Turkmen-U.S. business session on development of business ties. The event was held with the participation of officials of Argus Ltd, Boeing, CNH Industrial, Ellicott Dredges, General Electric, John Deere, Lindsey, Microsoft, Oxbox Energy Solution, Caterpillar and Westport Trading Europe Ltd, said the Turkmen…

Belarus: GDP up in H1 2017

According to initial estimates, Belarus’ gross domestic product totaled Br47.3 billion in January-June or 101% as against January-June 2016 in comparable prices, the National Statistics Committee of Belarus declared.

In January-June the deflator index of Belarus GDP totaled 107% as against the same period of last year. (BelTA/Business World Magazine)