Ukraine: inflation up in August 2018

Inflation in Ukraine in August in annual terms, compared to August 2017, was recorded at 9%, accelerating from 8.9% a month earlier. At the same time, prices did not increase against July after a negative trend at -0.7% July to June, the State Statistics Service reported. Compared to December 2017, prices increased by 3.6%. According…

Kazakhstan: economy growing in January-August 2018

According to the results of the first eight months of 2018, the growth of gross domestic product (GDP) in Kazakhstan amounted to 3.8%, Minister of National Economy Timur Suleimenov revealed. While addressing the government’s session, minister Suleimenov noted that the positive trend of economic growth in Kazakhstan had persisted in January-August. “At the same time…

Belarus: exports up in January-July 2018

In January-July Belarus’ export of goods and services went up by 18.8% YoY, to reach $23.7 billion, according to the statistical data published on the website of the National Bank. The foreign trade in goods and services made up $47.1 billion, up by 20.1%. The export totaled $23.7 billion, and the import exceeded $23.3 billion…

Ukraine: Ukrzaliznytsia to sustain no losses from cessation of rail services with Russia

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan has said that PJSC Ukrzaliznytsia will not sustain financial losses in the event of termination of railway services with Russia. “These eight trains, which now run in the Russian direction, could have become a significant relief for Ukrainian citizens who want to travel inside the country. They would generate at…

Belarus: gold and forex reserves up in August 2018

According to the preliminary data, Belarus’ gold and foreign currency reserves totaled $7,246.4 million as of September 1, if calculated in accordance with methods of the International Monetary Fund, the Information and PR Department of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus reported. In August the country’s gold and foreign currency reserves went up…

Estonia: Saaremaa bridge advocates meet with Chinese business executives

Representatives of the Chinese state-owned construction company China Construction Communication Engineering Group visited the island of Muhu, where they were familiarized with the plans of a local group of businessmen to build a bridge between Muhu and Saaremaa and the Estonian mainland. The representatives affirmed their company’s readiness to participate in the bridge project. Former…

Ukraine: Bayer opens new factory in Zhytomyr region

German company Bayer has opened a modern factory for production of seeds of agricultural crops in Zhytomyr region, northwestern Ukraine. “The Bayer company has opened a new modern factory for the production of seeds of agricultural crops in Zhytomyr region. The company has created 85 permanent and 220 seasonal jobs for Ukrainians,” President of Ukraine…

Armenia: pizza makers eager to enter market

Papa John’s Pizza, Baskin Robbins and Domino’s Pizza are eager to enter the Armenian market, according to a press release from the U.S. embassy in Armenia. The Embassy and the U.S. Commercial Service in Moscow, in partnership with IDBank, organized a one-day conference focused on franchise business opportunities. The event is part of an ongoing…

Belarus: dairy export to China up in January-July 2018

Enterprises affiliated with the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry increased dairy export to China 5.6-fold YoY in January-July, Aleksei Bogdanov, Head of the Central Office for Foreign Economic Activities of the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry, declared. “In January-July Belarus’ farm export to China totaled $23.3 million, up 4.2-fold. Dairy was the biggest contributor. In…

Georgia: 2018 grape harvest kicks off

The 2018 grape harvest is in full swing in Georgia’s wine region of Kakheti. This will be the first grape harvest in the last 10 years that has not been subsidized by the state. Diversified markets, increased wine exports and the number of enterprises on the market gives firm reasons to believe that the grape…