Russia: throughput of Neva-Metal flat in Q1 2017

In January-March Neva-Metal CJSC (stevedoring company of Severstal) handled about 800,000 tons of cargo, which is close to the result of January-March 2016, the company reported. Container handling totaled about 23,000 TEUs. CJSC Neva-Metal is a part of a transport division of Severstal Russian Steel of Severstal Group. Neva-Metal specializes in transshipment of containerized and…

Azerbaijan: UAE to boost trade exchange

The existing economic cooperation level between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Azerbaijan doesn’t reflect the true potential of the two countries, UAE Minister of Economy Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri declared. Al Mansouri made the remarks on the eve of the 6th meeting of the UAE-Azerbaijan Joint Commission on Economic, Commercial and Technical Collaboration…

Latvia: 120,000 people use payment cards for purchases

For everyday transactions, residents use contactless payment cards. 120,000 people in Latvia use them, Swedbank representatives declared. Swedbank data shows – 80% of all payment cards renewed by clients are contactless cards. In total, there are more than 4,800 trade locations that offer transaction options for owners of contactless payment cards, and their number increases…

Ukraine: government approves attraction of external advisor to upgrade state-owned banks reform strategy

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers, under a proposal of the Finance Ministry, has approved the attraction of an external advisor who will advise the ministry in upgrade of the strategy for reforming state-owned banks. The decision was made by the government on April 12. “Implementing clause 13 of the memorandum (signed by Ukraine and the International…

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan resume flights after 25 years

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have reestablished regular connecting flights after a 25-year break, paving the way for improved relations, a spokeswoman at Tajikistan’s international airport said. “An Uzbekistan airways flight (from Tashkent) landed at Dushanbe international airport at 8:03 am (0303 GMT),” she said. According to her, “the plane and the passengers were very well met.”…

Ukraine: corn planting for grain started

Ukrainian agrarians started planting corn for grain. As of April 10, Ukraine planted the grain throughout the areas of 60 thousand ha, or 1% of the plan, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine declared. The general planted areas under early grains and pulses in the country reached 2.094 million ha, or 87%…

Belarus: inflation at 0.3% in March 2017

In March the index of consumer prices for goods and services totaled 100.3% as against February 2017 and 101.7% as against December 2016, the National Statistics Committee of Belarus reported. In March the basic index of consumer prices that disregards changes of prices for the commodities and services affected by administrative and seasonal factors reached…