Latvia to increase defense budget in 2018

“Security is not cheap. Otherwise the price is the entire country,” Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis said. On February 15, as part of a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels, Bergmanis took part in a meeting of the North Atlantic Council. The meeting discussed the realization of decision made at the NATO Summit in…

Ukraine: trade turnover with the Czech Republic up in 2016

The trade turnover between Ukraine and the Czech Republic increased by 18.6% in January-November 2016. This was discussed by the Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsyntsadze and Agriculture Minister of the Czech Republic Marian Jurecka. The parties discussed cooperation between the two countries in the field of agriculture and welcomed the…

Uzbekistan: trade turnover with Russia at $4.2 billion in 2016

The Russian delegation headed by Deputy Chairman of Russian Government Dmitry Kozak attended the eighteenth meeting of the intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation between the two countries in Tashkent. During the meeting the parties exchanged information and discussed issues of implementation of Protocol decisions of the seventeenth IGC meeting, which took place on March 25,…

Ukraine: level of shadow economy down in 2016

In January-September 2016 the level of the shadow economy in Ukraine totaled 35% of official GDP, down by 5 YoY. This is stated in a report developed by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. According to the ministry, the process of de-shadowing became possible due to certain factors: relative macroeconomic stability; business climate improvement…

Tajikistan: 273 enterprises created in Dushanbe over the past 25 years of independence

President Emomali Rahmon held a meeting with senior representatives of the Dushanbe administration. The meeting took place at the Kokhi Borbad State Complex and members of the government, parliamentarians, heads of financial institutions as well as representatives of the public and journalists also attended the meeting. The meeting focused on issues related to seeking solution…

Kyrgyzstan: financial police promises to put an end to shadow economy

The State Service for Combating Economic Crimes (Financial Police) intends to mobilize all resources to fight against the shadow economy, the head of department Zamirbek Osmonov said. According to him, after broadening of powers the service will start revealing shadow schemes, detecting false bankruptcy facts and pseudo-entrepreneurship, and fighting against smuggling. 90% of the violations…