Kazakhstan: salt exports up in Q1 2018

The volume of Kazakhstan’s salt exports in January-March grew by 27% YoY. The export turnover reached 39,400 tons in the first quarter, the message reads. In January-May Kazakhstan produced 88,900 tons of salt, up by 6.7% YoY. Kyzylorda region accounts for 99.9% of Kazakhstan’s salt production for the giant plant Araltuz is located there. Araltuz…

Ukraine: energy efficiency at 9% to be reached by 2020

Ukraine is expected to reach energy efficiency at the level of 9% by 2020, compared with the situation in 2005-2009, by implementing the European energy efficiency directives. “Today all the international partners help Ukraine move towards energy efficiency. However, this path is impossible without the implementation of key European energy efficiency directives and a roadmap,…

Georgia: Stingers to follow Javelins

The Acting Defense Minister Levan Izoria told lawmakers on June 20 that in the near future Georgia would receive the most modern, man-portable air defense system – FIM-92 Stingers – from the United States. Izoria said that together with Javelins, the new systems would significantly empower the country’s self-defense capabilities. Stinger (FIM-92) is a man-portable…

Ukraine: 1 million people to receive raised pensions

About one million Ukrainians will receive raised pension payments from July 1, 2018, according to Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko “From July 1 the minimum subsistence level will be raised for persons who have lost the ability to work. Pension payments will be increased for approximately one million Ukrainians,” Rozenko said, explaining that payments would…

Ukraine: local budget revenues up in January-May 2018

In January-May Ukraine’s local budget revenues increased to UAH 89.7 billion, up by 24.1% YoY, Vice Prime Minister – Minister for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Hennadiy Zubko posted on his Facebook page. “In January-May local budget revenues increased to UAH 89.7 billion. The growth in revenues against the corresponding period last year amounted…

Belarus: localization at BelGee at 50%

Localization at the Belarusian-Chinese car manufacturing joint venture BelGee has reached virtually 50%. Belarusian Industry Minister Vitaly Vovk made the relevant statement. When asked when the joint venture would reach the 50% localization target, the official noted: “We have virtually reached the goal.” Vitaly Vovk said that two enterprises were launched together with the holding…