Belarus: GDP up in January-April 2017

According to initial estimates, in January-March Belarus’ gross domestic product totaled Br30.6 billion, up by 0.5% in comparable prices as against the same period a year earlier, the National Statistics Committee of Belarus reported.

In January-April the GDP deflator index amounted to 106.9% as against the same period of last year. (BelTA/Business World Magazine)

Ukraine: rail freight traffic down in five years

Railway freight traffic in Ukraine from 2011 to 2016 decreased by 27%, Deputy Director General of state enterprise Ukrpromzovnishekspertyza Serhiy Povazhniuk has said. According to him, the volume of rail freight traffic began declining in 2012 due to the stagnation of industry. The rate of decline accelerated in 2014-2015 after the annexation of Crimea and…

Latvia: housing prices to rise

Predicting changes for housing prices in the next two to three years, 66% of interviewed Latvian residents said prices would likely increase, according to data from DNB Bank’s survey. Every tenth respondent expects housing prices to decline. 18% of respondents are confident that prices will remain the same. The highest proportion of respondents who expect…

Tajikistan: Dushanbe to supply fruit and vegetables to Chinese markets

Issues related to economic cooperation between Tajikistan and China were discussed at a meeting of Tajik Deputy Prime Minister Azim Ibrohim with visiting Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Pan Yunhe. In the course of the talks, Ibrohim noted that Tajikistan supported Chinese leader’s initiative regarding new…

Tajikistan: Khujand hosts meeting to discuss standards of marketing and commercial quality control of dried apricots

A three-day meeting of the Regional Working Group including representatives from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan kicked off in the Tajik northern city of Khujand on May 16. According to the European Delegation to Tajikistan, the regional meeting has the goal to develop the Explanatory Brochure in accordance with the UNECE Standard DDP-15 concerning marketing and…

Uzbekistan: Peugeot Citroen to launch production of commercial vehicles

Peugeot Citroen and JSC Uzavtosanoat entered into agreement to establish a joint venture – Uzbekistan Peugeot Citroen Automotive. This partnership is aimed at building a production plant in Jizzakh SIZ. The plant will specialize in the production of full industrial cycle of light commercial vehicles under the brands “Peugeot” and “Citroen”, intended for transportation of…

Ukraine: sanctions imposed on Crimean state agricultural companies

Ukraine has imposed sanctions against state-owned Crimea-based agricultural companies and vineyards in line with decree No. 133 dated May 15 signed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. According to a supplement to the decree, state companies that have re-registered under Russian law are subject to sanctions, including: Sevastopol Winery, the Crimean Agricultural Institute and its research…

Ukraine: 1.5 million tons of flour produced

During nine months of 2016-2017 MY, Ukraine officially produced nearly 1.527 million tons of wheat flour, against 1.526 million tons in the same period last season, the Adviser to the Chairman at Agrarian Fund PJSC Sergei Sakirkin declared. According to him, Ukraine continues decreasing number of enterprises, which provide balances about grain processing volumes in…

Belarus: China to open market to beef

China is going to open its market to Belarusian beef, Alexei Bogdanov, Head of the Central Office for Foreign Economic Activities of the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry, declared. Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister Leonid Zayats met with Zhi Shuping, Minister of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic…

Ukraine: banks owe $2.52 billion to NBU

Ukrainian banks’ debts to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) related to refinancing loans reduced by 3.9% in April, to UAH 66.622 billion, or $2.52 billion. Refinancing-related debts owed by banks to the regulator shrank by 10.9%, or by UAH 8.157 billion ($308 million) in January through April, the NBU reported on its website. The…

Latvia: construction output up in Q1 2017

Compared to the corresponding period of 2016, construction output in Latvia increased by 8.4% in Q1 2017. Construction production output at current prices amounted to 222 million euros. Construction output growth was recorded in all types of construction: 18.9% in construction of residential buildings, 7.2% in construction of non-residential buildings and 4.1% in construction of…