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…

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…