Ukraine: Silk Road development discussed with Kazakhstan

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has discussed with his Kazakh counterpart Erlan Idrissov prospects for development of transport connection between the two countries, the Ukrainian foreign ministry’s press service reports. “The ministers stressed that one of the top priority tasks for the further development of the Ukrainian-Kazakh cooperation was an increase in transport capacity, in…

Egypt to send delegation to Russia over wheat dispute

Egypt, the world’s biggest wheat importer, will send officials on Monday to thrash out a deal to end the standoff, which saw Moscow respond by suspending imports of Egyptian citrus fruit. Russia’s health agency announced last week that it was introducing “temporary restrictions” to potentially “high risk” Egyptian produce. Egyptian Commerce and Industry Minister Tarek…

Ukraine: sugar exports up in 2015/2016

The national association of sugar producers Ukrtsukor has assessed sugar exports from Ukraine for 2015/2016 agricultural year (September-August) at 113,000 tons, up by 3% YoY. According to the association, in money terms sugar exports in 2015/2016 agri-year totaled $52.6 million, not taking into account white sugar made from imported cane raw sugar on a tolling…

Russia: Ukrainian-made ISS docking system to be replaced

Russia’s newly-designed system of approach and docking Kurs-MKP will replace the equipment of Ukrainian manufacture installed on the ISS in two years’ time, the head of radio-technical systems of mutual measurements for the search, approach and docking of spacecraft division at the Scientific Research Institute for Precision Instruments Sergey Medvedev said. “Our task for 2017…

Ukraine to expand agricultural exports to Palestine

Ukraine is ready to expand a range of agricultural products exported to Palestine and increase the volume of such deliveries, Ukrainian Agrarian Policy and Food Minister Taras Kutovyi has stated at a meeting with Palestinian Agriculture Minister Soufian Sultan, the press service of the Ukrainian Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry reports. “Ukraine is ready to…

Ukraine: 40.5 MMT of grain harvested

As of September 19, grains and pulses had been harvested from 10329 thousand ha (72% of the intended area) compared with 10832 thousand ha as of September 21, 2015. Farmers obtained 40.537 MMT with the average yields at 3.92 MT/ha (on the same date in 2015 – 39.295 MMT with the average productivity of 3.63…

Ukraine to launch ferry services with Greece

The first technical expert meeting related to developing relations between Ukraine and the Hellenic Republic in the marine industry has been held in Athens, where the parties defined the specific areas of cooperation, the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) reports. “On September 13-14, the meeting was held in the Greek Shipping and Island Policy Ministry…

Tajikistan: water prices to rise in capital

The State Unitary Enterprise (SUE) Dushanbevodokanal (DVK, municipal waterworks) plans to raise water prices by 20% beginning on October 1. The Antimonopoly Agency has partially complied with the DVK proposal to raise water prices for residential customers. “Starting from October 1, the price of one cubic meter of water for residential customers will be raised…

Kazakhstan: future of Central Asia’s water resources discussed in Almaty

Organized by the World Bank, the Central Asia Water Future Forum and Expo is being held in the Kazakh city of Almaty on September 19-22. The event has reportedly brought together over 200 policy makers and practitioners from governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan, the international community of water practitioners, as well…

World: TAP announces new appointment

Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) AG hired Ulrike Andres as its new Commercial & External Affairs Director. Andres has held a number of management roles at a senior level in the oil and gas industry and joins TAP from the Transalpine Pipeline Group – Europe’s largest pipeline company transporting crude oil from Trieste to eight central…

Greece: TAP’s construction progressing

The construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which is designed to transport Azerbaijani gas to Europe, is progressing in Greece. TAP AG tweeted that over 17 km line pipes have been strung and 5 km welded along the pipeline route in Greece. On August 24, TAP AG tweeted that it started welding pipes in…