Ukraine: barley exports down in July 2017

According to preliminary information of market participants, 815 KMT of barley was exported from Ukraine in the first month of the 2017-2018 season, down by 19.4% YoY. Traditionally, the key end market for Ukrainian barley is Saudi Arabia, which purchased some 300 KMT in July. China also actively imported barley from Ukraine. 176 KMT of…

Latvia: most residents to have access to fast transactions

Soon Latvian residents and businesses will be able to perform most transactions within seconds, Swedbank representatives promise. This will be made possible thanks to lightning-fast or electronic transaction system between European banks. Multiple Latvian banks intend to join this system. Swedbank predicts that Latvian residents will like this, seeing as how they have already gotten…

Turkmenistan: law on cotton-growing adopted

Turkmenistan’s parliament has adopted the law “On cotton-growing”, the Turkmen government said in a message. The draft law defines the legal, economic, organizational basis of cotton-growing in Turkmenistan and regulates relations related to the turnover of raw cotton and cotton products. The adoption of this law will give a new impetus to the development of…

Ukraine: berry exports up in 2016

In 2016 Ukrainian exports of fresh cranberries and bilberries reached 2,900 tons (valued at $6.9 million), 3.3 times as high as in 2015, according to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine. Poland (1,418 tons), the Netherlands (613 tons) and Belarus (541 tons) were the leading export destinations for those berries. An increase…

Latvia: men the most active Internet shoppers

Internet stores continue becoming more and more popular among residents. The number of transactions using Visa payment cards issued by PrivatBank has grown by 6.1% YoY in the first six months of 2017, according to data compiled by PrivatBank. January and March were the hottest months for Internet shopping in this year’s six-month period. The…

Ukraine: 2018 budget to be ready on time

Ukraine’s Minister of Economic Development and Trade Stepan Kubiv says the draft national budget for 2018 has already been endorsed by all ministries and is to be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada for consideration within the timeframe established by law, i.e. before September 15. “As of now, the revenue and expenditure parts of the budget…

Latvia: butter price reaches its maximum

The price of butter in Latvia has reached its maximum, said Competition Council chairman Skaidrite Abrame. “Prices in Latvia have definitely reached the peak. Alternatives for imports of cheaper butter are being considered,” Abrama said, adding that butter in Estonia was at least 20-30% cheaper. Abrama also notes that prices for butter have grown considerably…

Azerbaijan to supply more wine to China

Azerbaijan, taking credit for being one of the world’s oldest wine growing countries, intends to expand the export of wine to China, the world’s second-largest economy. The issue was the key topic of talks between local winemakers and the trade representative of Azerbaijan in China, Teymur Nadiroglu. Nadiroglu informed entrepreneurs about the Chinese wine market,…

Azerbaijan: external debt over $7 billion

Azerbaijan’s external debt stood at $7,172.6 million (12,208.5 million manats) as of July 1, which accounts for 18.9% of the country’s GDP, said Azerbaijani Ministry of Finance. The statistics on borrowings include direct liabilities of the Azerbaijani government and contingent liabilities for loans attracted under state guarantee. Azerbaijan’s external debt consists mainly of funds raised…

Uzbekistan: former deputy PM named UzAir head

Uzbekistan’s former Deputy Prime Minister Ulugbek Rozukulov has been appointed the director general of the country’s national airline Uzbekistan Airways, a source in the airline’s management reported on August 24. Uzbekistan Airways was earlier headed by Valeriy Tyan. Uzbekistan Airways is a flag carrier airline in Uzbekistan and is wholly owned by the state. It…

Turkmenistan to cultivate diverse gas markets

Turkmenistan-China gas relationship may be viewed as one country’s over-dependence on another, Sean Roberts, an expert on Central Asia and Associate Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, said commenting on the construction of Tajik section of the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan-China gas pipeline launched last month. “On one hand, it is easy to understand why Central Asia…

Latvia: pressure on cost increase to be enormous

Pressure on the increase of costs in the next several years will be enormous, and there are worries about the government’s ability to withstand that, said Fiscal Discipline Council’s member Andzs Ubelis. According to him, the government’s recently approved outlook on economic growth this year of 3.7% is realistic and satisfactory. Latvia’s economy is expected…

Latvia: situation with transit industry tragic

Baltic Association – Transport and Logisics President Inga Antane describes the situation with Latvia’s transit industry as tragic. Cargo volume decline has been continuing since 2012. Antane also mentions that, looking at the recent past, 2016 was one of the worst in Latvia’s transit history. It should be added that from April onward there was…