Tajikistan: commercial opportunities with Afghanistan discussed in Dushanbe

Issues related to expansion of economic cooperation between Tajikistan and Afghanistan were discussed at a roundtable entitled “Commercial Opportunities of Tajikistan and Afghanistan” that took place in Dushanbe on August 16. The meeting brought together representatives of relevant bodies of Tajikistan, Afghan Embassy in Dushanbe, international organizations active in Tajikistan, as well as Tajik and…

Belarus: GDP down in January-July 2016

Belarus’ gross domestic product (GDP) dropped by 2.7% YoY in January-July 2016 to 52.6 billion Belarusian rubles ($27.1 billion at the central bank’s exchange rate), an official with Belarus’ National Statistics Committee said. Industrial output in January-July fell by 2% YoY to Br45.1 billion ($23.2 billion). Farm output grew by 4.2% to Br6.2 billion ($3.2…

Belarus: capital investments down in January-July 2016

Belarus’ fixed-capital investments and investments in construction dropped by 20.6% YoY in January-July to Br9.2 billion ($4.8 billion), the National Statistics Committee (Belstat) said in a report. As much as 3.1 billion rubles ($1.6 billion) was spent on buying machines, equipment, and vehicles, down by 24.9% YoY. Investments in construction and assembly operations totaled Br5…

Belarus: potash exports to Poland up in H1 2016

Belarusian Potash Company (BPC) shipped 69,288 tons of potash fertilizers to Poland in January-June, up by 43% YoY. Potash export proceeds from Poland-bound shipments grew by 30% YoY, to $32.6 million. Established in September 2013, Belarus Potash Company (BPC) has regional dealerships in Delhi, Beijing, Singapore and Sao Paulo. BPC facilitates potash exports to Europe,…

Russia: Medvedev to postpone Bashneft privatization

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has decided to postpone privatization of the oil company Bashneft, and the decision was supported by the president Vladimir Putin, Medvedev’s press secretary Natalya Timakova reported. “Yes, the Prime Minister made a decision and the president approved of it – to delay privatization of Bashneft”, Timakova said. The Federal State…

Russia: inflation at zero in August 2016

Russian consumer prices remained flat from August 9 through August 15, after two weeks of a 0.1% contraction, while inflation since January 1, stood at 3.8%, the Federal State Statistics Service said. In August 2015, prices grew by 0.4% MoM and 9.8% since January 1, 2015. Prices for fruit and vegetables fell by 3.4% on…

Russia: barley exports down in June 2016

In June Russia exported the minimum monthly amount of barley over the last few years – 12 KMT. In 2015/2016 Russian barley exports dropped by 20% to 4244 KMT compared to record high result of 2014/2015. Exports decreased in all the key destinations except for Tunisia and Kuwait, where export volumes rose to 73% and…

Russia: milling wheat prices up

Upward trend in wheat prices continues in Russian market. During last week milling wheat (12.5%) prices in Novorossiysk and Azov ports increased by $3-4 to $170-174/MT FOB and $150-154/MT FOB respectively for August and September delivery. Export prices for high protein wheat are still supported by lower supply, both on the global and domestic Russian…

Ukraine: UIA commences SMS notification service testing

UIA started testing SMS notification service informing passengers of all scheduled flights on any delays and cancellations. Therefore, the airline clients will be notified of important schedule alterations. Within 48 – 1 hour prior to scheduled departure, passengers who have provided UIA with correct contact details when booking their tickets may receive a notification on…

Ukraine: selling prices of agricultural products up

In January-July the average selling prices of agricultural enterprises for agricultural products increased by 7.9% YoY, the press-service of the State Statistics Service of Ukraine declared. In particular, the average prices for plant growing commodities grew by 19%, and the prices for livestock commodities – by 0.3%. In July the average selling prices for agricultural…

Ukraine to reach record grain exports

The estimated volume of Ukrainian grain exports in the new marketing year can break the record of the previous year and reach about 41 million tons. President of the Ukrainian Grain Association Volodymyr Klymenko said this at a briefing. “The overall grain production is 63.5 million tons now. 41 million tons will be exported. We…