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,…

Ukraine: electricity exports to Moldova and Eastern Europe to continue

In May Ukraine is expected to export 583 million kilowatt-hour of electricity to Moldova and Eastern European countries, according to the forecast balance of Ukraine’s integrated energy system for May. All types of electricity-generating facilities in Ukraine’s integrated energy system will produce 11.608 billion kilowatt-hour of electricity. Meanwhile, Energoatom National Nuclear Energy Generating Company of…

Tajikistan: German bank provides 7 million euros for rural housing finance

Germany’s Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW) will provide 7 million euros for the rural housing finance in Tajikistan. An agreement on this subject has been signed by Ms. Kristin Laabs, Country Director, KfW Development Bank Tajikistan, and Mr. Nematullo Hikmatullozoda, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Tajikistan. The German and the Tajik governments reportedly agreed…

Ukraine: PrivatBank to extend its cashless network

PrivatBank states it will increase its payment terminal network by 20% with Verifone services, about 20,000 Verifone VX 520 terminals are expected to be deployed by September, the bank’s press service reports. “PrivatBank aims at increasing its network for payment and contactless cards acceptance by 20% in 2017. Verifone has been selected as the payment…