Ukraine: 37.7 MMT of grain harvested

As of August 15, early grains and pulses were harvested from 9590 thousand ha (99% of the intended area) compared with 10105 thousand ha on August 14, 2015. Farmers obtained 37.756 MMT with average yields at 3.94 MT/ha (36.501 MMT with average productivity at 3.61 MT/ha). Wheat was harvested from 6160 thousand ha – 99%…

Ukraine opens new market for sunflower oil

On August 5, authorized representatives of Ukraine and Indonesia signed a memorandum on cooperation between the agricultural ministries of the two countries. At this stage, a free trade zone is being discussed. Mutual interest in cooperation is expected to trigger increase in export-import flows of crop products. In this segment Asian countries are traditionally considered…

Ukraine: Zorya-Mashproekt activities in H1 2016

In the first half of this year Zorya-Mashproekt released and sold turbines from the entire product range: marine propulsion installations, gas pumping units, and gas turbine generators. The installations for marine application have become the key segment of Zorya-Mashproekt’s production. Navy turbine share is over 80% of the total sales volume. As before, the largest…

Ukraine: NBU registers iBox Money Transfer

On August 4, the National Bank of Ukraine registered the iBox Money Transfer international remittance system, the payment organization of which is PJSC iBox Bank (formerly Agrocombank, Kyiv). Participants in the payment system are OJSC Zaminbank (Azerbaijan) and PJSC Artem-Bank (Kyiv). According to the NBU, taking into account iBox Money Transfer, currently eight payment systems,…

Ukraine: NBU registers Sigue Money Transfer

On August 15, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) registered the Sigue Money Transfer international system, the payment organization of which is Cel.Int Ltd (UK). Participants in the payment system are PrivatBank, Oschadbank, and Unex Bank. According to the NBU, taking into account Sigue Money Transfer, currently ten payment systems are registered, the payment institutions…

Russia: freight rates remain unchanged in Azov basin

According to Rufco Company, grain freight rates remained steady in the Azov Sea basin. Trading activity declined slightly, grain exports did not meet expectations of shipowners, first of all regarding shipments to Turkey. Supply of free “river-sea” fleet exceeded demand in spot market. In the Caspian Sea grain freight rates continued to strengthen. Shipments of…

Russia leading in foreign investment diversity

Russia was ranked first in a list of commodity-based economies by foreign investment diversification, according to an analytical survey conducted by the Financial Times. According to the survey covering the period from 2003 till 2015, Russia raised investments in more than 4,000 new initiatives across 39 analyzed sectors. Financial services, industrial machinery, food, tobacco and…

Tajikistan: Gazprom out of the country

Russia’s state-controlled gas company Gazprom announced in its quarterly report that it has given up licenses for exploration and development of the Sariqamish and Western Shohambari gas fields in Tajikistan. The report, in particular, notes that the central commission for mineral development and license movement management has decided to give up the licenses in connection…

Uzbekistan: Small Businesses Support Fund provides services for 1,640 enterprises

Fund for supporting small businesses and private entrepreneurs provided legal, financial and organizational services to 1,646 enterprises to promote goods and services to external markets in the first half of 2016. The export agreements for $1.32 billion have been signed. Some 379 enterprises exported their products and services valued at $643 million. Number of enterprises,…