Ukraine: IMF welcomes economic achievements

According to the results of the second review of implementation of the IMF program by Ukraine, the fund is “impressed” by the government’s efforts to carry out reforms and renew its economy. Director of the IMF’s European Department Poul M. Thomsen said this during a press conference in Washington. “We see that (economic) policy is…

Ukraine: trade turnover with Russia not to exceed 5%

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says that trade turnover between Ukraine and Russia will not exceed 4-5%.

“We cannot retain previous economic ties with Russia. We will never return to a large volume of trade turnover with Russia. Earlier, the trade turnover reached 37%. Now it can total 4-5%”, Klimkin said. (Ukrinform/Business World Magazine)

Ukraine: flour production continues to drop

Over the 8 months of 2016 flour production in Ukraine lowered by another 6%. In January-August Ukraine produced 1.212 MMT against 1.288 MMT over the same period of 2015. Flour production went down in all the key producing regions: Kharkov, Dniepropetrovsk, Kiev, Kherson, Odessa, etc. In contrast to the mentioned regions, production in Luhansk region…

Russia: 12.1 million tons of grains exported

According to territorial directorates of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor), in July-September the exports of grain crops and its by-products from Russia totaled 12.5 million tons, the press-service declared. The exports of the reporting products, not including cargo movements to the territory of the Customs Union, totaled 12.1 million tons, down…

Turkmenistan to open railway to Afghanistan in November 2016

Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held a meeting dedicated to the upcoming commissioning of the first phase of the transnational railway trunk: Asia international railway transportation corridor, the Turkmen government said in a message. This is the construction of the Atamyrat-Imamnazar (Turkmenistan) – Akina (Afghanistan) section. The completion of the construction and installation work is scheduled…

Turkey to further support Trans-Caspian route

Turkey will continue its support for the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route in order to keep it preferable for carriers, Ahmet Arslan, Turkey’s minister of transport, maritime affairs and communications, said. Arslan noted that transportation to the Central Asian countries through Azerbaijan grew substantially in 2015 as compared to previous years. About 8,000 trucks were sent…

Russia: Novatek gas output down in January-September 2016

Russian independent gas producer Novatek decreased its gas production by 0.3% YoY to 49.95 billion cubic meters in January-September, the company said in a statement.

The output of liquid hydrocarbons rose by 43.6% to 9.387 million tons. (Prime/Business World Magazine)

Russia: UEC delivers over 100 RD-33MK aircraft engines to India’s navy

More than 100 Russian-made RD-33MK turbojet engines have been delivered to India’s Navy, the press office of Russia’s United Engine Corporation (UEC) said. The engines were manufactured by the Chernyshev Machine-Building Enterprise, a subsidiary of the United Engine Corporation within Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec. “The engines were delivered under a contract signed between Russia’s…

Russia: Rosneft to buy 19.5% in itself

Russian state-owned oil major Rosneft may buy 19.5% in itself during privatization, Vice President Mikhail Leontyev said. “The corporation is seriously studying the possibility of buying its shares from the owner, I mean the government”, he said. The practice of buying own shares is wide-spread. “This is some kind of paranoia which is taking place…

Azerbaijan: Poland joins TCITR

Poland’s rail operator PKP LHS has become a member of the Coordination Committee of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TCITR), Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping CJSC reported. Another meeting of the Coordination Committee was held in Astana. “The creation of a union of legal entities of the Coordination Committee, the signing of the agreement on the establishment…