Tajikistan: JICA to improve substations in Dushanbe

On June 30 a grant agreement for “the Project for Improvement of Substations in Dushanbe” was signed between Tajikistan and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in the amount of 2,190 million Japanese Yen (about $20 million), JICA Tajikistan Office reported. The document was reportedly inked by the Minister of Finance of Tajikistan Abdusalom Qurboniyon…

Ukraine: Billa to close stores in regions

Germany’s REWE Group, developing the Billa supermarket chain in Central and Eastern Europe, does not plan to leave Ukraine. “Billa continues operating in Ukraine and would be successfully present on the Ukrainian market. We do not plan to leave Ukraine,” Rewe International AG, the subsidiary of the German concern, reported. The company confirmed that the…

Latvia: retail trade turnover up in May 2017

Compared to May 2016, total retail trade turnover rose by 3.8% in May 2017. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 2.4% and turnover of retail trade in non-food products grew by 4.8%. The most significant growth in turnover in the non-food product group was recorded in retail sale of information and communication…

Turkmenistan: Berdimuhamedov and Mirziyoyev satisfied with cooperation

Presidents of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held a telephone conversation to review prospects to deepen the ties. Both sides noted with satisfaction the intensification of contacts at all levels, as well as actively implemented joint projects in trade and economic, transport-communication, energy, cultural and humanitarian and other spheres. A number of…

Latvia: forest regeneration costs down in 2016

In 2016 the average forest regeneration costs, depending on the forest land quality group, varied between 551 and 600 euros per hectare. In 2015, these costs constituted 620-687 EUR/ha. The forest regeneration costs include expenditure on soil preparation, small sapling expenses and planting costs, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia. In…

Ukraine: Boryspil Airport to sign agreement with Ryanair within two weeks

The State Enterprise “Boryspil International Airport” must conclude an agreement with the Ryanair airline within the next two weeks, Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelian stated. “The Lviv International Airport has already signed a contract with Ryanair, the contract between the Boryspil Airport and Ryanair will be signed within the next two weeks. We significantly…

Turkmenistan: Chinese companies staying active

Ashgabat will host an exhibition of Chinese goods on July 4-6, the Turkmen government said in a message. Companies specializing in the production of electrical equipment, construction materials, agricultural and construction equipment will be represented at the exhibition. Chinese manufacturers will demonstrate metal and plastic, textile and carpet, as well as food products. Moreover, Chinese…

Belarus to sell electric buses to Moscow

Negotiations are in progress on selling the first batch of Belarusian electric buses to Moscow, Chairman of the State Science and Technology Committee of Belarus Alexander Shumilin reported on June 29. The Russian side demonstrates a strong interest in Belarusian electric transport, said the official. “We have already supplied some buses for test runs. Their…

Turkmenistan: Ashgabat and Ankara discuss interstate cooperation

Turkmenistan’s Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov met with Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Yildirim Tugrul Turkes in Ashgabat, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said in a message. The two sides discussed the topical issues of interstate cooperation, and expressed their mutual interest in further development of the dialogue in trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres. The parties noted…

Ukraine: grain stocks up in May 2017

According to the current information of the State Statistics Service, Ukraine’s reserves of grains and pulses totaled 8.84 MMT as of June 1, up by 10.8% YoY (7.98 MMT). Wheat stocks decreased by 22.3%, to 3 MMT against 3.87 MMT reported as of June 1, 2016. Corn stocks are up by 49.5% YoY, amounting to…