Ukraine: banks close over 800 branches in 2017

Ukrainian banks in 2017 reduced the number of their operating structural units by 827, to 9,489 branches as of January 1, 2018, according to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) website. In particular, the state-run Oschadbank closed the largest number of branches in 2017, namely 443 units, while UkrSibbank shut down 53 units, Pravex-Bank 45…

Estonia: tests of electronic traffic signs with changing information successful

The Road Administration will install electronic traffic signs with changing information permanently in the second half of this year, as the one-month testing period of the signs has been successful. The initial tests of electronic traffic signs were successful, Siim Vaikmaa, head of the Road Administration’s traffic management center, declared. Vaikmaa added that the development…

Tajikistan: GDP grows in 2017

The growth of the GDP in Tajikistan in 2017 amounted to 7.1% compared to 2016, the Tajik Statistics Agency reported. Tajikistan’s GDP amounted to about 61.1 billion somoni ($6.9 billion) in 2017. Agriculture, hunting, forestry, fishing and fish farming dominate in the GDP structure, making up 21.1% of the total GDP volume. The share of…

Ukraine second in butter supply to the EU

Following the results of 2017 Ukraine ranked second in terms of butter supplies to the European Union, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade – Ukraine’s Trade Representative Natalia Mykolska informed on her Facebook page. “Ukraine once again confirmed the existing status quo as a reliable and important player in the European Union’s agrarian market.…

Belarus: BelAZ exports 96% of output in 2017

In 2017 the Belarusian automobile engineering company BelAZ exported about 96% of its output, according to the BelAZ website. In 2017 Belarus’ export rose by 84.8% from 2016. Russia remained the main market, with the sales growth rate at 173.2%. The top three buyers in physical terms also included Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. The growth rate…

Estonia: number of Eesti Energia’s green energy contracts triples in 2017

The number of green energy contracts concluded by customers with the state-owned Estonian energy group Eesti Energia tripled during 2017, hitting 10,045 by year-end. Households with a green energy contract consume energy generated 100% from renewable sources, Eesti Energia says. “By buying green energy, our clients are influencing the development of electricity production, with a…

Ukraine: external debt totals 83% of GDP

Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has said that Ukraine’s external debt totals 83% of the country’s GDP. At the same time, he reminded that in 2014, when Arseniy Yatsenyuk became the prime minister, the state budget amounted to UAH 108,000, as the previous regime brought huge damage to the country. “Then there was the annexation of…

Ukraine: Ukrzaliznytsia to focus solely on transportation services

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan says Ukrainian state-run railways operator JSC Ukrzaliznytsia should focus only on the comprehensive development of transportation services. “Ukrzaliznytsia will never be able to make quality locomotives on its own. It will never make high-quality rail cars. When they talk about their passenger trains, I’m sorry, it’s past century technology: railway…