Azerbaijan: Aliyev allocates funds for construction of 12 modular schools

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has signed an order regarding measures to improve education infrastructure in Bilasuvar, Beylagan, Imishli, Neftchala and Saatli districts. Under the presidential order, 4,172,000 manats have been allocated to the Ministry of Education for the construction of 12 modular schools for 824 pupils in five districts. The advantages of modular schools include…

Ukraine: beer market stabilizes

The Ukrainian beer market has stopped falling and stabilized for the first time in nine years, Carlsberg Ukraine Director General Yevhen Shevchenko has said. “According to our internal assessment, the Ukrainian beer market for the first time in nine years has stopped its decline and stabilized. The facilities of Carlsberg Ukraine are not loaded in…

Ukraine: Infrastructure Ministry and Ryanair holding talks on launch of flights to Kherson

The Ukrainian Infrastructure Ministry and the Irish low-cost airline Ryanair are holding talks on the possible launch of flights from the city of Kherson to the EU countries, Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan announced. “Together with the Kherson regional administration, we are holding talks with Ryanair so that flights of this airline can be lunched from…

Latvia: turnover in food stores up in January 2018

Retail trade turnover in food stores grew by 9% YoY in January. This includes a 5.8% increase in non-specialized stores and 62.2% in specialized stores, according to information from Maxima retail compass industry review. 2018 commenced with increased growth rate for retail trade sector (except for retail trade of fuel) when compared with the years…

Ukraine: construction industry remains stable

The index of construction products in January-February amounted to 100.7% compared to the same period in 2017. The Ukrainian enterprises have already completed construction works worth UAH 10.5 billion. This was announced by Deputy Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine Lev Partskhaladze. “Based on the results of the first two months,…

Ukraine: Ryanair to open representative office

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair launches routes from Kyiv and Lviv in October. If its activity is successful, the airline will open a representative office in Ukraine. According to a source close to the negotiation process, Ryanair will launch European routes from Kyiv and Lviv in October. As noted, the new agreement “gives the carrier the…

Kazakhstan: Kazkommertsbank and Halyk Bank merger to be completed in H2 2018

S&P Global Ratings kept their “B+” long-term global scale issuer credit rating and “kzBBB-” long-term Kazakhstan national scale rating on Kazkommertsbank (KKB) on CreditWatch with positive implications, where it was placed on December 22, 2017, the press office of the international rating agency reported. At the same time, the rating agency affirmed the “B” short-term…

Ukraine: economy up in 2017

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman stated that the Ukrainian economy grew by 2.5% in 2017. “Ukraine’s economy grew by 2.5% in 2017. When I became the prime minister, the main task of our government was to stop the decline. We did it and the Ukrainian economy began to grow. I understand that such indicators…

Latvia: finance sector’s development council supports prohibition of shell companies

Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis’ managed Finance Sector’s Development Council supported initiative on prohibiting shell companies, as confirmed by the prime minister. “We have reached an agreement on prohibition of shell companies in Latvia,” said Kucinskis, adding that the government planned to review this matter on April 3, and the Saeima – on April 8.…

Azerbaijan: North-South corridor to help transit cargo transportation growth

The International North-South Transport Corridor will make a significant contribution to increase in cargo transportation through Azerbaijan, the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB) declared. “BSTDB is interested in such infrastructure projects,” the bank said. “The North-South project is a regional initiative covering several BSTDB member-states, which is another reason for BSTDB to support…

Ukraine: Mriya makes first flight after repair

Ukrainian aircraft An-225 Mriya has made its first flight after repair and modernization. The pilots raised the Mriya to a height of about 12 kilometers, where they tested the plane’s new navigation equipment. “Our designers have implemented another series of improvements in avionics. Such modernization is going on continuously,” Director of Antonov Airlines Mykhailo Kharchenko…

Armenia: nuclear energy production to grow

Armenia’s nuclear energy production will grow by 10% under the service life extension and modernization program of the second power unit of the nuclear plant, minister of energy infrastructure and natural resources Ashot Manukyan declared on March 21. According to him, the capacity factors of electricity production are currently equally distributed in Armenia. “Nuclear energy,…