Kazakhstan: central bank buys $139.7 million in August-September 2017

In August-September the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan purchased $139.7 million on the market over the foreign exchange interventions, the financial regulator’s press service reported. “In August and September, the interventions amounted to $70 million and $69.7 million respectively,” Director of the Monetary Operations Department of the National Bank of Kazakhstan Aliya Moldabekova…

Ukraine: coffee sales up in 2016-2017

The Ukrainian coffee market showed an increase in sales by 3% in natural terms in the period from September 2016 to August 2017, the Nielsen research company has said. According to a press release, during the same period of 2015-2016 coffee sales dropped by 8%. In September 2016 – August 2017 the segment of natural…

Belarus to harvest less corn

According to the current information of the Ag Ministry, corn was harvested from 24.8 thousand ha as of October 12 (19.1% of the plan). Its crop amounted to 190.1 KMT with an average yield of 7.68 MT/ha. The harvest lags far behind last year. At the same time in 2016, corn was harvested from 44.5…

Ukraine: AR-15 assault rifle variant constructed

Ukraine’s state-owned Ukroboronprom has recently showcased its locally built variant of the AR-15 assault rifle – M4-WAC-47. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense (MoD) intends to induct the M4-WAC-47 as part of its technical and operational alignment with NATO. The M4-WAC-47 was developed in collaboration with U.S.-based Aeroscraft. Besides 5.56×45 mm NATO rounds, the M4-WAC-47 can…

Belarus to supply electrobuses to Moscow

Belarus has a serious chance of becoming a supplier of electric buses to Moscow, Minister of the Moscow City Government, Head of the Moscow City Foreign Economic and International Relations Department Sergei Cheremin said. “Belarusian companies have supplied transport to Moscow before. We use Belarusian trolleybuses. Belarusian producers have a serious chance of participating in…