Belarus: Belneftekhim exports up in H1 2017

The Belarusian state petrochemical concern Belneftekhim increased the export of goods by 8.2% in H1 2017, the concern reported following the meeting of its council to review the performance of the national petrochemical sector. According to Belneftekhim Chairman Igor Lyashenko, the concern met all the targets for foreign trade in goods and services in H1.…

Ukraine: gas production up in January-July 2017

Natural gas production in Ukraine rose by 3.2% YoY in January-July, to 12.044 billion cubic meters, Ukrtransgaz has said. Ukrgazvydobuvannia increased gas production by 3%, to 8.777 billion cubic meters, Ukrnafta reduced production by 9.2%, to 0.694 billion cubic meters and other companies increased production by 7.9%, to 2.573 billion cubic meters. In July alone,…

Ukraine: rapeseed margins to exceed those of sunseed

In the opinion of specialists of the Center for Strategic Agricultural Studies, the Sumy National Agricultural University, profitability of winter rapeseed growing in Ukraine may reach 83%, while that of sunseed cultivation is expected at 79%, the Center’s director Oleksandr Maslak stated. “According to calculations for winter rapeseed growing, total farmer costs will reach UAH…

Latvia: Latvia’s bread market stabilizes

Latvia’s bread market has stabilized: demand for bread with high added value continues growing, some growth is also noted for traditional bread segments, according to analysts’ data. In Estonia and Lithuania, like Latvia, there was an increase in demand for high-quality bread. According to data from Nielsen, generally there is a slight decline (1%) on…

Turkmenistan: Ashgabat and Bishkek mull prospects of trade and economic co-operation

Presidents of Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Almazbek Atambayev during a phone conversation confirmed the existence of great potential for boosting relations in a wide range of areas, including in the trade and economic sphere. The Turkmen government said in a message that the parties noted the expediency of working together to expand the…

Ukraine: TAScombank net profit up in H1 2017

TAScombank (Kyiv) saw UAH 22.337 million of net profit in January-June, up 30.7-fold YoY (UAH 727,000). According to a bank report, its net interest income in H1 quadrupled, to UAH 617.9 million. Not taking into account expenses to form reserves net interest income totaled UAH 392.055 million (6.2-fold rise). The bank saw a 2.5-fold rise…

Uzbekistan: single brand to export fruit created

Traditional Uzbek goods, including fresh and processed products of agricultural and food industry are set to be exported under a single brand UzAgro, according to the management of the holding company “Uzbekoziqovqatholding”. According to company representatives, the new brand will serve as a guarantee of high quality of products and services for partners in any…

Latvia: GDP up in Q2 2017

In Q2 compared to the corresponding period of 2016 GDP grew by 4.1%, according to seasonally and working days non-adjusted data and by 4.8% according to seasonally and working days adjusted data. During Q2, the GDP was affected by an 8% increase in the volume of industrial production, 14% increase in construction, as well as…

Ukraine: number of air passengers to grow

Within four years, a number of Ukrainians traveling by plane should grow to 20 million per year, Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelian said. “Our strategy envisages that within four years the number of air passengers will increase from 8 to 20 million people per year,” the minister said. According to him, now 4-5% out…

Ukraine: gas inventories up in July 2017

Ukraine has increased gas inventories in underground storage 61.3% since the end of the heating season, according to operational data from Ukrtransgaz. The inventories amounted to 13.069 billion cubic meters on July 29, up from 8.1 billion cubic meters on March 22. The current inventories are 24.4% more than on July 29, 2016 (10.211 billion…

Kazakhstan to increase agricultural products exports

Kazakhstan plans to increase the supplies of agro-industrial products to foreign markets by $600 million, the First Vice-Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kairat Aituganov declared. In February the President of Kazakhstan approved a new five-year state program for development of the agro-industrial complex focusing on production of competitive top requested products. Its…