Kazakhstan: new cement plant to appear

China’s Gezhouba Group Cement Co., Ltd. plans to commission a cement plant in Kazakhstan’s Kyzylorda region in December, said the company’s head, Lee Min, on the sidelines of a meeting with the region’s head, Krymbek Kusherbaev. The parties discussed the construction of the cement plant in Shieli, Kyzylorda region, by the Chinese company, as well…

Ukraine: wage arrears up in 2017

The total amount of wage arrears in Ukraine in 2017 increased by 32.2%, while in December 2017 they fell by 8.3% and as of January 1, 2018 amounted to UAH 2.368 billion, the State Statistics Service has said. According to its data, in December 2017 wage arrears at economically active enterprises decreased by 12.7% and…

Ukraine: peas exports to set record

In the current season Ukraine harvested more than 1 million tons of peas, and its export would reach the level of 500-600 thousand tons, which would become a record, the Ukrainian electronic grain exchange GrainTrade reported. During 5 months of the season-2017-2018 the exports of Ukrainian peas increased by 77% YoY, to 475.1 thousand tons,…

Estonia: milk production up in 2017

According to preliminary data of Statistics Estonia, the production of milk amounted to 791,800 tons in 2017, up by 1% YoY. The number of dairy cows increased slightly by the end of the year, and the average annual milk production per cow increased as well. On December 31, 2017 the number of bovines in Estonia…

Belarus: BCC cement exports up in 2017

In 2017 the managing company of the holding company Belarusian Cement Company exported 1,412,000 tons of cement worth $68.2 million, up by 42.6% YoY, representatives of the holding company reported. The positive dynamics was secured by the commissioning of new enterprises with state-of-the-art technologies and constant cost-reduction efforts. “Over the last two years we’ve managed…

Ukraine: Antonov Airlines opens office in Houston

Antonov Airlines has opened its office in Houston, Texas, the United States, the company has reported in its official blog. “Antonov Airlines, which has recently established a USA base in Houston, Texas, as part of ongoing global expansion, has transported an outsized communications satellite for Orbital ATK,” reads the report. It notes that one of…

Georgia: BTK project changes transport map

The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway project has changed the transport map of Georgia, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said. He made the remarks addressing the ‘Strategic Outlook: Eurasia’ panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 23. Kvirikashvili said that the international projects being implemented and the geographic location of Georgia formed the basis and…

Ukraine: industrial production down in 2017

Industrial production in Ukraine in 2017 decreased by 0.1% compared to 2016, and in December 2017 it dropped by 0.5%, the State Statistics Service said. The authority said that with the adjustment to the effect of calendar days industrial production in December 2017 increased by 0.4% YoY. In comparison with the previous month in December…

Uzbekistan: second railway in Afghanistan to be built

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Jamshid Kuchkarov discussed the construction of the Mazar-i-Sharif-Herat railway in Kabul. “The project has been evaluated,” Kuchkarov said. “Negotiations on project financing are currently underway with Uzbek commercial banks and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.” The construction of the railway will be…