Ukraine: SkyUp gets right to perform flights

The new Ukrainian low-cost airline SkyUp Airlines has received an air operator certificate that gives it the right to perform flights, the company’s press service has reported. During the first stage, SkyUp will use two 189-seat Boeing 737-800s produced in 2013 that had previously been used by Malaysia Airlines. Now these aircraft are being repainted…

Belarus: milk and juices popular in Chinese Wuhan

Belarusian milk and juices sell well in the Chinese city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, Yilin Zhang, head of the international economic ties department at Wuhan-Hankou Logistics Company, declared. The executive said that the company started buying milk and juices from Belarus in 2016 and increased import in 2017. The Belarusian dairy company Savushkin Product is…

Ukraine: Aslund hailing economic growth

Atlantic Council analyst Anders Aslund has welcomed data on economic growth in Ukraine published by the State Statistics Service of Ukraine on May 15, according to the Ukrainian service of the Voice of America. “Ukraine: finally some good economic news. Gross domestic product rose a preliminary 3.1% YoY in Q1 after growing only 2.2% in…

Ukraine: palm oil use to be banned

The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, has adopted at the first reading a bill introducing amendments to some laws of Ukraine regarding the ban on the use of palm oil in food production. A total of 233 MPs voted for the approval of the respective draft law, No. 3871, at the first reading. “The purpose of…

Belarus: agricultural output up in January-April 2018

The agricultural output in Belarus’ enterprises of all categories in current prices reached Br3.4 billion in January-April, up by 1.5% YoY in comparable prices, the National Statistics Committee reported. The agricultural enterprises manufactured Br3.3 billion worth of products, up by 2%. The enterprises of all categories produced 607,400 tons of livestock and poultry (live weight),…

Latvia: construction output up in Q1 2018

Compared to Q1 2017 construction output increased by 35.7% in Latvia in Q1 2018. Construction output rise was observed in construction of buildings (44.2%), civil engineering (43.6%) and specialized construction activities (16.3%). Compared to the corresponding quarter of the year before output growth was recorded in all types of civil engineering: construction of roads and…

Lithuania: Elektrum Lietuva expanding

Independent power supplier Elektrum Lietuva, a part of Latvian energy group Latvenergo, is launching a new business and will help residents and businesses to install solar panels this month already. Elektrum Lietuva CEO Martynas Gina says the company is the first on the market to provide such services. Elektrum Lietuva has been operating in Lithuania…

Turkmenistan: Iranian firms keen to involve in construction projects

Iranian companies are interested in taking part in motorway and road construction projects in Turkmenistan, Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi, the Islamic Republic’s Roads and Urban Development minister, said. Akhoundi made the remarks on the sidelines of a meeting with Turkmenistan’s Foreign Affairs Minister Rasit Meredow in Tehran. The parties held talks on participation of Iranian companies…

Georgia: European partners to help reform energy sector

The Government of Georgia, the German government-owned development bank KFW and the French Development Agency (AFD) have signed a declaration on launching reforms for developing the energy market in Georgia and improve energy efficiency in the country. As Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated at the government meeting, the development of the country’s energy field…

Ukraine: Ryanair in talks with five airports

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair is holding talks with five Ukrainian cities about opening new flights, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said. “We are currently negotiating with five other Ukrainian cities. Maybe we will open our flights there next summer. I think that we will develop in Ukraine very aggressively and quickly increase the pace of our…