Armenia: TAROM announces regular Bucharest-Yerevan flights

Romanian TAROM airline will launch regular Bucharest-Yerevan flights twice per-week, the Zvartnots airport of the Armenian capital said. It said TAROM would further increase the frequency of flights to three-times per week. Months earlier the deal was reached between TAROM and Zvartnots airport. The airport did not specify when exactly the flights would commence. (Armenpress/Business…

Ukraine: margarine exports already above 6 thousand tons

According to the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, margarine exports in January-February totaled 6.235 thousand tons valued at $8.866 million.

Margarine imports totaled 2.993 thousand tons at $6.924 million.

In 2018, exporters shipped abroad 69.944 thousand tons of margarine ($98.629 million), while imports reached 12.595 thousand tons ($37.166 million worth). (UkrAgroConsult/Business World Magazine)

Turkmenistan: CAREC railway project to be joined

At the meeting of the Turkmen government, a proposal was made to join the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program. The possibility of connecting Turkmenistan to the regional technical assistance project “Railway Sector Development in Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Countries” was discussed at the meeting. President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that the…

Uzbekistan: arms imports up in 2018

Uzbekistan’s expenditures on the import of weapons and ammunition, their parts and accessories in 2018 amounted to $700,000, the Central Bank reported. In 2016-2017, $300,000 was spent for these purposes. Thus, over the past year, spending on armaments has more than doubled. Data on the import of weapons and ammunition are disclosed by the Central…

Ukraine: population income up in 2018

The income of the population in Ukraine grew by 9.9% YoY in 2018, to UAH 3.219 trillion ($119.24 billion). “Disposable income per person amounted to UAH 57,908.6 ($2,144),” the State Statistics Service said. As for the income structure, 47.4% was salary (45.6% in 2017), 17.6% – profit and mixed income (18%), 2.6% – income from…

Ukraine: grain harvest up in 2018

According to official information of the State Statistics Service of Ukraine on the final harvest results, farmers harvested a total 70.1 million tons of grains and pulses in 2018, up by 13.1% YoY. Grain production increased in 2018 at the expense of a corn crop rise to a record 35.8 million tons (+45.1%). (UkrAgroConsult/Business World…

Latvia: airBaltic commences direct flights from Riga to Stuttgart and Lviv

On March 31, Latvian airline airBaltic launched the second summer route connecting Riga and Stuttgart, Germany. In addition, airBaltic has also started flights between Riga and Lviv, Ukraine. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic, comments: “Our business strategy Destination 2025 foresees even growth of our destination network. We will continue to increase the number…

Uzbekistan: UzRail implements new project worth $15 million

Uzbekistan Railways is implementing a new project to modernize the Andijan-Sawai-Khanabad railway and organize passenger intercity train traffic there. The project provides for the modernization of the railway section with a length of over 50 kilometers, as well as straightening parts of the track, reconstruction of artificial structures, modernization of alarm systems and telecommunications, construction…

Georgia: economy up in February 2019

Georgia’s economy is growing steadily, show the latest data from the National Statistics Office of Georgia (Geostat). The estimated real gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate in February equaled 4.6%, while in January-February it was 4.1% YoY. Last month the estimated real growth, compared to the same period of the previous year, was posted in…

Estonia: retail trade turnover up in February 2019

According to Statistics Estonia, the turnover of retail trade enterprises increased by 5% at constant prices in February compared to the same month last year, reaching EUR 527.5 million. The turnover of shops selling manufactured goods increased by 6%. The greatest increase was reported for shops selling textiles, clothing and footwear, with sales increasing by…

Kazakhstan: 60,000 people to be provided with gas

Vice Minister of Energy Magzum Mirzagaliyev informed about preliminary results of the country’s gasification and plans for the future. “As for gasification, in 2014 we adopted the country’s general gasification scheme that reflected priority areas and domestic demand in gas. The general gasification scheme is financed from the national budget, national operators’ revenues and other…

Ukraine: Bogdan Corporation manufactures first bus body for France’s Bluebus

Kyiv-based Bogdan Corporation, one of Ukraine’s major motor vehicles manufacturers, has manufactured the first 18-meter bus body for electric buses of Bluebus, a French manufacturer of environment-friendly public transport vehicles, as part of a new contract signed earlier this year. “Partnership with European companies is an important vector of the corporation’s development, which seeks to…

Uzbekistan: Central Bank suspends nine commercial banks from trading on currency exchange

Nine commercial banks of Uzbekistan have been suspended from participation in currency trading “due to systematic violations related to transactions on the currency exchange”, the Central Bank of Uzbekistan reported. Hamkorbank, Turkiston Bank, HayTek Bank, Universal Bank, Invest Finance Bank, Ipak Yuli Bank, Savdogarbank, Trust Bank and Asia Alliance Bank were among those removed. “Measures…

Latvia: construction costs up in February 2019

Compared to January, the level of construction costs in Latvia rose by 0.4% in February. Maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment increased by 0.8%, prices of building materials by 0.5%, while labor remuneration of workers decreased by 0.1%. In February, the average level of construction costs was mainly influenced by an increase in…