Latvia: throughput of port Riga down in 2017

In 2017 the Freeport of Riga handled 33,674,700 tons of cargo, down by 9% YoY. According to the port authority, coal transshipment fell by 11.4%, to 11.776 million tons, transshipment of oil products totaled 5.64 million tons (-30.3%), wood pellets – 646,000 tons (+16.5%) and ore – 514,000 tons (+26.5%). The port’s container throughput grew…

Turkmenistan: wages up in 2018

Wages, pensions, state allowances and scholarships have been increased by 10% in Turkmenistan since January 1. The relevant decree of the Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was signed last July. The decree provides for an increase of 10% starting from the New Year on salary received by employees of enterprises of self-financing institutions and organizations financed…

Estonia: consumer prices up in 2017

Consumer prices increased by an average 3.4% in 2017 compared to 2016. They were influenced the most by food products and non-alcoholic beverages, which made up two fifths of the increase, Statistics Estonia reported on January 8. The price of milk, dairy products, and eggs increased by 10.4% YoY, accounting for the single indicator that…

Ukraine: poverty rate decreases

The poverty rate in Ukraine decreased to 12% in 2017, according to the results of the study conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology. “And this is one of the few but important achievements of Ukraine over the years. In 2008, after the beginning of the world crisis, the poverty rate increased to 21%,…