Egypt: already shipped Russian wheat rejected

The private Egyptian grain trading company Medsofts plans to re-export 31 thousand tons of Russian wheat, after the Egyptian quarantine authorities rejected to unload the shipload contracted in July, due to detection of the ergot fungus traces. The wheat shipload arrived to the Egyptian port of Damietta in July, Medsofts was unable to get clearance…

Greece: SOCAR expecting compromise on DESFA deal

Azerbaijani state oil company SOCAR expects compromise proposals from the Greek government for the successful completion of the deal on acquisition of a stake in Greece’s gas transmission system operator DESFA, Director General of SOCAR Energy Greece Anar Mammadov reported. He said that the new rules for calculating tariffs for gas in Greece would have…

Turkey: SOCAR suspends cogeneration plant project

Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR has suspended the project for construction of a cogeneration plant – Petkojen – in Turkey due to technical reasons, Anar Mammadov, head of Turkish petrochemical complex Petkim, reported. The plant was meant to provide Petkim and Star refinery with electricity as well as ensure the sale of electricity to Izmir’s…

Azerbaijan: state securities market up

The total turnover of exchange transactions on all instruments at the Baku Stock Exchange exceeded 2.94 billion manat in January-August, down 2.5 times YoY. The volume of the state securities market totaled 350.6 million manat (up 18.3 times), while the turnover of corporate securities market reached 75.21 million manat (down 22.2 times). The volume of…

Latvia: Stena Line opens Bordershop in Ventspils

Stena Line opens a new Bordershop in Ventspils. It is another step in Stena Line strategy to offer its customers value for money products. Bordershops, selling cheap alcohol products, is a very attractive concept for Swedish travelers and the aim is to increase the interest for them to visit Latvia. “Ventspils-Nynashamn is an important route…

Kyrgyzstan: sugar imports to drop

Import of sugar in Kyrgyzstan could be greatly reduced, the press service of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Economy reported. At least 183,200 tons of sugar beet have been harvested in Chui region in 2015. In 2016, this figure is to reach 450,000 tons. “The country does not meet the needs of the population. The share…

Kazakhstan: plant to repair Russian helicopters

An Aircraft Repair Plant No. 405 JSC has passed examination procedure by the Helicopters of Russia joint stock company and is currently recognized as an authorized aircraft repair enterprise in Kazakhstan, according to the Defense Ministry’s Press Service. In the course of the Army 2016 international military-technical forum in Russia, leadership of the Kazakhstan’s plant…

Russia: no short list of contenders for Rosneft yet

The Russian government has not made a short list of contenders in privatization of oil major Rosneft so far, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich reported. “You know, there has been an order to consider all privatization issues additionally, there have been no shortlists so far”, Dvorkovich said. First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said earlier…

Russia: Kaliningrad region to compensate costs for sea cargo transportation to/from mainland

Kaliningrad region is looking into a possibility of compensating shipping costs when it comes to cargoes delivered by sea to the region from the mainland Russia and back, Vladimir Zhovtun, head of the Transport Development Department at the regional Ministry of Infrastructure Development, said. According to him, this mechanism is already applied to railway transportations…

Belarus: Egypt interested in setting up manufacturing enterprises

Egypt is interested in setting up manufacturing enterprises together with Belarus. The relevant possibilities were discussed during the latest meeting of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Egypt Sergei Rachkov and Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs Ihab Nasr, the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. During the meeting…

Belarus: China to invest 700 million RMB in housing construction in 2016-2017

China’s investments into the construction of multi-storied apartment buildings in Belarus in 2016-2017 will total 700 million yuan (RMB), Belarus’ Vice Minister of Architecture and Construction Alexander Kruchanov said in a statement. According to him, Belarus is currently short of finance for housing construction and China’s gratuitous aid will somehow improve the situation. Chinese investors…

Russia: Caspian flotilla ships perform artillery firing missions within the “Caucasus-2016” exercise

The Caspian flotilla ships Volgodonsk and Makhachkala within the strike grouping have performed artillery firings in the assigned zones of the Caspian Sea at the strategic command-and-staff exercise “Caucasus-2016”, the press center of RF Defense Ministry reported. The ships also repelled attacks of simulated enemy surface ships. Besides that crews practiced air defense in movement…