Russia: watchdog opposes excise duty on sweetened beverages

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service believes that a decision to introduce an excise duty on sugar-containing beverages will lead to higher food prices, a lower purchasing power and falling budget revenues, Anna Mirochinenko, director of the service’s chemical and agriculture industries control department, said. “The Federal Antimonopoly Service believes that expanding the list of excisable goods…

Russia: soybean production volumes to be doubled

The Ministry of Agriculture of Russia plans to double soybean production volumes in the country, the Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Alexander Tkachev declared. According to him, increasing of the domestic production of the oilseed would break the dependence on imports of low-quality soybeans, including genetically modified oilseed, as well as allow increasing…

Russia: new Apple products certified

Russia has certified Apple’s new smartphones, smartwatches and wireless headphones. The certification shows two modifications of the iPhone 7 instead of three earlier expected. The smartphones will run on the iOS 10 operating system. Apple certified three new models of the Apple Watch on the watch OS2 system. The U.S. giant will unveil its new…

Russia: sunflower export tax down

Starting from September 1, Russia is decreasing export tax for sunflower, exported to the non-Customs Union countries. The corresponding decree has already been published on the government’s web-site. Sunflower seed export tax, including material for seeding purposes, will equal 6.5% from the good’s customs value, but no less than EUR 9.75 per 1 MT. Currently…

Russia: AFK Sistema sells 50% in SG-Trans

Russian multi-industry holding AFK Sistema has closed a deal to sell a 50% stake in railway cargo operator SG-Trans to a group of undisclosed non-affiliated buyers for 6 billion rubles, the holding said in a statement. Sistema President Mikhail Shamolin said in June that the company was selling its stake in the asset. An official…

Turkey: 63 weekly charter flights from Russia approved

The Turkish civil aviation authority has permitted 63 charter flights between Antalya and Russian cities a week. Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for the Turkish President, said that Ankara welcomed Russia’s decision to restart charter flights. “I want to emphasize that we are very happy with this decision”, he said. Russian President Vladimir Putin abolished a prohibition…

Belarus to host investment forum focused on innovations, FDI and intellectual property rights

Belarus is due to host an investment forum in Minsk on September 29-30. Entitled “Broadening the Horizons: Investment, Finance, Development”, the forum will focus on innovations, inflow of foreign direct investments (FDI), and protection of intellectual property rights. The major goal of the forum is to discuss relevant aspects of investment cooperation and attract the…

Belarus: potash exports proceeds down in H1 2016

Belarus’ proceeds from potash exports fell by 38.3% YoY in January-June to $896.215 million, Belarus’ National Statistics Committee (Belstat) said in an official report. Potash export proceeds decreased as a result of a 22.19% drop in the physical volume of Belarusian potash supplies to 2.31 million tons (in terms of 100% potassium chloride). The average…

Belarus: liquefied gas export proceeds down in H1 2016

Liquefied gas exports by Belarus’ state oil and gas production monopoly Belorusneft edged down by 30.5% YoY in January-June to $73.7 million, a source in the profile ministry reported. Belorusneft runs a special facility, which produces liquefied gas. Belarus decreased liquefied gas export by 11.4% in January-June to 2,988,300 tons. Export proceeds decreased exclusively due…

Belarus: external state debt up in January-July 2016

As of August 1, Belarus’ external state debt totaled $13.3 billion, up by $847 million or by 6.8% since the beginning of the year (taking into account differences in currency exchange rates), representatives of the Belarusian Finance Ministry said. In January-July external state borrowings totaled $1.3 billion, including $800 million borrowed from the Eurasian Fund…

Azerbaijan: Chinese companies invited to intensify co-op

Azerbaijan invites Chinese companies to intensify cooperation with local businesses, in particular, in industrial sphere, Chinese media reported citing Azerbaijan’s Deputy Economy Minister Niyazi Safarov. Safarov made the remarks at a session of the Azerbaijan-China Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation. Safarov said that Chinese companies participated in Azerbaijan’s 12 projects worth over $640…