Turkmenistan to build highway to Kazakh border

The plans on construction of the Turkmenbashi-Garabogaz-Kazakhstan border highway with a length of 242 kilometers were revealed at the Turkmen government meeting. President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov ordered to study the issue of construction of this route, which would become the continuation of the Ashgabat-Turkmenbashi high-speed multimodal highway. The construction of the border highway will…

Azerbaijan: economy to grow in 2018

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has forecast a 2% growth of Azerbaijan’s economy in 2018, according to the EBRD’s updated Regional Economic Prospects report. The bank forecasts Azerbaijan’s economy to contract by 0.5% in 2017, according to the report. After a brief period of volatility in the beginning of 2017, the Azerbaijani…

Belarus: pilot container train leaves Smorgon for China

A pilot container train loaded with Belarus-made products has left the Belarusian city of Smorgon for China, the press service of Belarusian Railways reported. The train is loaded with fiberboards and laminated flooring made by the Smorgon-based company IOOO Kronospan. The project has been arranged by the Belarusian Railways enterprise Belintertrans – Transport-Logistics Center (BTLC)…

Ukraine: international reserves up in April 2017

As of May 1, Ukraine’s international reserves amounted to $17.175 million, according to preliminary data. Compared to March, they increased by $2.052 million, or by 13.57% mainly due to receipts from the International Monetary Fund and other donors of Ukraine. This was reported by the press service of the National Bank of Ukraine. “The dynamics…

Ukraine: buckwheat planting started

Agrarians of Ukraine started planting buckwheat. As of May 5, the planted areas reached 18 thousand ha, or 13% of the plan, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine declared. Also, Ukrainian agrarians planted spring grains and pulses throughout the areas of 5.497 million ha, or 76% of the forecast, down by 343…

Kyrgyzstan: completion of Tamchi-Cholpon-Ata road construction requires 726.9 million soms

At least 726.9 million soms are needed to complete the construction of Tamchi-Cholpon-Ata road, the Ministry of Transport and Roads of the Kyrgyz Republic reported. 212 million soms are provided for the reconstruction of Balykchy-Tamchi-Cholpon-Ata-Korumdu road according to a list of facilities and construction projects financed from the republican budget and approved on February 15.…

Kazakhstan to decrease wheat harvest

According to forecasts of the US Department of Agriculture, in the new season the harvest volumes of wheat in Kazakhstan will decrease by 13% YoY, to 13 million tons. Domestic consumption of wheat will keep at the current season level – 6.9 million tons. A decline in wheat usage for seeds will compensate for growing…

Ukraine: USA becomes major importer of honey

Since the beginning of 2017, Ukraine has sent most of its honey exports to the United States, totaling $12.6 million, the press service of the Ukrainian Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry reports. “The United States has been the major importer of Ukrainian honey during the period. The export deliveries of honey to this country came…

Uzbekistan: free economic zones for pharma firms created

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev singed a decree to create the free economic zones Nukus-pharm, Zomin-pharm, Kosonsoy-pharm, Sirdaryo-pharm, Boysun-pharm, Bustonlik-pharm, and Parkent-pharm, in efforts to draw investment to the pharmaceutical industry, produce high-quality medicine, boost Karakalpakstan, Djizzak, Namangan, Sirdarya, Surkhandarya and Tashkent’s industrial capacities, and create new jobs. With pharmacy bearing much importance, Uzbekistan has always paid…

Ukraine: state-owned banks strategy to focus on settling problem of competition

A strategy for state-owned banks being designed will focus on settling the problem of competition between the financial institutions, first of all PrivatBank and Oschadbank (both based in Kyiv), Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk has said. “Oschadbank is competing with PrivatBank. I cannot criticize managers of the two banks for competition: they are commercial structures,…