Turkmenistan to boost petroleum products industry

Turkmenistan plans to build several new installations in its petroleum refinery complex. The country, in a bid to develop the sector, plans to construct installation for hydro refinement of diesel fuel, the unit for hydro refinement of secondary gasoline, unit for hydrogen production, installation for catalytic IDW, installation for catalytic cracking of the heating oil,…

Latvia: job cuts expected

As part of the state administration reform, job cuts are planned for 58,000 employees of different institutions. This does not apply to independent institutions such as the prosecutor’s office, Saeima, State Audit and Supreme Court. The number of officials employed in Latvian state administration is higher than the average in the EU, as concluded in…

Ukraine: Iskra complex expands production of new electronic reconnaissance devices for Armed Forces

The state enterprise Iskra Scientific and Production Complex (Zaporizhia) is expanding production of new electronic reconnaissance and radioelectronic warfare devices for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the press service of State Concern Ukroboronprom has reported. “Taking into account the need of the Armed Forces in radioelectronic warfare devices, Iskra has started production of new military equipment…

Belarus: potato harvest to drop

Belarusian farmers intend to harvest about 1 million tons of potatoes in 2017, Tatiana Karbanovich, Deputy Head of the Central Office for Crop Farming, Head of the Fruit and Vegetables Department at the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry, reported. According to the source, Belarusian agricultural companies and individual farmers are expected to gather in about…

Latvia: construction costs up in June 2017

Compared to May, the level of construction costs in Latvia increased by 0.2% in June. Labor remuneration of workers rose by 0.4%, prices of building materials grew by 0.2%, whereas maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment increased by 0.1%, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia. Compared to June 2016,…

Ukraine: EIB mulling issue of EUR 130 million to Ukrenergo for modernization of substations

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is considering the issue of a EUR 130 million to Ukrenergo for modernization of substations, according to the website of the financial institution. The EIB said the project was aimed at improving energy efficiency, reliability of equipment, reducing operating costs. Its implementation will contribute to the integration of Ukraine’s energy…

Ukraine: seaports shipments up in H1 2017

In January-June the Ukrainian seaports processed 66.3 million tons of cargoes, up by 5% YoY, the State Enterprise Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) declared. In particular, the export cargoes transshipment in the Ukrainian seaports reached 50.9 million tons (up by 5.4%), and import cargoes – 9.4 million tons (up by 17.6%). Traditionally, the transshipment of…

Latvia: beef industry not sufficiently developed

Farmers Saeima believes Latvia’s beef industry is not sufficiently developed, and existing farms have not been sufficiently stabilized – many farms have major debt. Because of that any kind of support for the industry is welcome. Considering the recently voiced information about the possible reduction of voluntary support for livestock in 2017, the Farmers Saeima…

Belarus: rail freight up in H1 2017

Belarus’ rail freight volume for the first half of 2017 increased to 68.442 million tons, by 14.9% YoY, Belarusian Railways reported. Rail freight for export reached 25.97 million tons, up by 7.5% YoY. Transit traffic volume amounted to 19.272 million tons, which makes up for a 24.5% increase. In January-June Belarusian Railways secured the loading…

Azerbaijan: president approves funding for construction of road in Barda

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has signed an order to provide funding for the construction of a road in Barda.

Under the presidential order, AZN 6.8 million is allocated from the Presidential Contingency Fund for the construction of Yeni Dashkend-Umudalilar road connecting 17 residential areas with the population of 15,000 people. (AzerNews/Business World Magazine)

Latvia: rapid increase of excise tax to cause dramatic rise of smuggling activity

The National Association for Tobacco Product Manufacturers (TIRNA) is confused about Finance Ministry’s submitted proposals for tax reform that provide for raising excise tax on cigarettes by 11% instead of previously planned 5.5%. TIRNA believes the submitted proposals are rushed, economically unjustified and will not secure the economy any major tax income. “Exactly the opposite…