Ukraine: EIB mulling issue of EUR 130 million to Ukrenergo for modernization of substations

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is considering the issue of a EUR 130 million to Ukrenergo for modernization of substations, according to the website of the financial institution. The EIB said the project was aimed at improving energy efficiency, reliability of equipment, reducing operating costs. Its implementation will contribute to the integration of Ukraine’s energy…

Ukraine: seaports shipments up in H1 2017

In January-June the Ukrainian seaports processed 66.3 million tons of cargoes, up by 5% YoY, the State Enterprise Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) declared. In particular, the export cargoes transshipment in the Ukrainian seaports reached 50.9 million tons (up by 5.4%), and import cargoes – 9.4 million tons (up by 17.6%). Traditionally, the transshipment of…

Latvia: beef industry not sufficiently developed

Farmers Saeima believes Latvia’s beef industry is not sufficiently developed, and existing farms have not been sufficiently stabilized – many farms have major debt. Because of that any kind of support for the industry is welcome. Considering the recently voiced information about the possible reduction of voluntary support for livestock in 2017, the Farmers Saeima…

Belarus: rail freight up in H1 2017

Belarus’ rail freight volume for the first half of 2017 increased to 68.442 million tons, by 14.9% YoY, Belarusian Railways reported. Rail freight for export reached 25.97 million tons, up by 7.5% YoY. Transit traffic volume amounted to 19.272 million tons, which makes up for a 24.5% increase. In January-June Belarusian Railways secured the loading…

Azerbaijan: president approves funding for construction of road in Barda

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has signed an order to provide funding for the construction of a road in Barda.

Under the presidential order, AZN 6.8 million is allocated from the Presidential Contingency Fund for the construction of Yeni Dashkend-Umudalilar road connecting 17 residential areas with the population of 15,000 people. (AzerNews/Business World Magazine)

Latvia: rapid increase of excise tax to cause dramatic rise of smuggling activity

The National Association for Tobacco Product Manufacturers (TIRNA) is confused about Finance Ministry’s submitted proposals for tax reform that provide for raising excise tax on cigarettes by 11% instead of previously planned 5.5%. TIRNA believes the submitted proposals are rushed, economically unjustified and will not secure the economy any major tax income. “Exactly the opposite…

Ukraine: FUIB issues first e-license

First Ukrainian International Bank (FUIB) has become the first bank in Ukraine to issue an e-license. As of today, FUIB has issued 5 out of 11 e-licenses in Ukraine and is the leader in providing this service in Ukraine. On July 3, the National Bank started issuing personal licenses to individuals in electronic form through…

Turkmenistan: Ashgabat and Bishkek mull prospects of trade, economic cooperation

Presidents of Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Almazbek Atambayev, during a phone conversation confirmed the existence of great potential for enhancing relations on a wide range of areas. In this regard, the sides noted the expediency of joint work on the issues of expanding the range of mutually supplied goods and services, creating conditions…

Ukraine: Belarus purchases 95% of potato

In January-June Ukraine exported 8,400 tons of potatoes worth $300,000, 95% of which was purchased by Belarus, the Ukrainian Agrarian Conference reported with a reference to the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine. “Belarus purchased 95% of Ukrainian potatoes indented for export, Moldova – another 2.6%,” reads a report. In January-June Ukraine exported 68% more potatoes…

Georgia ready to expand partnership with Turkmenistan

President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili sent a letter to his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries, the Turkmen government said in a message. In his letter, Margvelashvili expressed readiness to deepen and expand mutually beneficial partnership with Turkmenistan. The Georgian president pointed…

Azerbaijan: Aliyev approves funding for Zire-Turkan highway’s construction

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has signed an order to provide funding for the construction of Zire-Turkan highway.

Under the presidential order, 3 million manats is allocated from the Presidential Contingency Fund for the construction of the highway, which connects two residential areas with the total population of 24,000 people. (Trend/Business World Magazine)

Ukraine: PrivatBank net profit up in Q1 2017

PrivatBank in January-March saw its net profit rise 3.52-fold, to UAH 744 million, the bank said in the information disclosure system of the National Commission on Securities and the Stock Market. Its net interest income increased by 22%, to UAH 959 million. After sending UAH 2.337 billion to the reserves for bad loans, the bank’s…

Latvia: Toyota sales up in H1 2017

5,735 new Toyota cars were sold in Baltic States in the first six months of 2017, up by 33% YoY. Toyota’s total market share in Baltics is 14.2%. Toyota sales in Latvia have grown by 25%. 1,264 new Toyota cars have been sold in Latvia since the beginning of the year. More than half of…