Ukraine: corn crops in fair condition

The absence of productive rain over a long time caused faster ripening of early cereals in the southern and central regions, along with premature drying of those planted after non-fallow predecessors. As a result, kernels failed to get filled: they are shriveled with a low 1000-kernel weight (23-35 g). As of today, winter wheat in…

Turkmenistan and Afghanistan sign a set of bilateral documents

Turkmenistan and Afghanistan enter new level of relations as Ashgabat has hosted the high-level talks between Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and his Afghan counterpart Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on July 3. Overall the top-level talks focused on the regional safety and bilateral cooperation. Particular attention in this regard was paid to the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline.…

Tajikistan: JICA to improve substations in Dushanbe

On June 30 a grant agreement for “the Project for Improvement of Substations in Dushanbe” was signed between Tajikistan and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in the amount of 2,190 million Japanese Yen (about $20 million), JICA Tajikistan Office reported. The document was reportedly inked by the Minister of Finance of Tajikistan Abdusalom Qurboniyon…

Ukraine: Billa to close stores in regions

Germany’s REWE Group, developing the Billa supermarket chain in Central and Eastern Europe, does not plan to leave Ukraine. “Billa continues operating in Ukraine and would be successfully present on the Ukrainian market. We do not plan to leave Ukraine,” Rewe International AG, the subsidiary of the German concern, reported. The company confirmed that the…

Latvia: retail trade turnover up in May 2017

Compared to May 2016, total retail trade turnover rose by 3.8% in May 2017. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 2.4% and turnover of retail trade in non-food products grew by 4.8%. The most significant growth in turnover in the non-food product group was recorded in retail sale of information and communication…

Turkmenistan: Berdimuhamedov and Mirziyoyev satisfied with cooperation

Presidents of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held a telephone conversation to review prospects to deepen the ties. Both sides noted with satisfaction the intensification of contacts at all levels, as well as actively implemented joint projects in trade and economic, transport-communication, energy, cultural and humanitarian and other spheres. A number of…

Latvia: forest regeneration costs down in 2016

In 2016 the average forest regeneration costs, depending on the forest land quality group, varied between 551 and 600 euros per hectare. In 2015, these costs constituted 620-687 EUR/ha. The forest regeneration costs include expenditure on soil preparation, small sapling expenses and planting costs, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia. In…

Ukraine: Boryspil Airport to sign agreement with Ryanair within two weeks

The State Enterprise “Boryspil International Airport” must conclude an agreement with the Ryanair airline within the next two weeks, Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelian stated. “The Lviv International Airport has already signed a contract with Ryanair, the contract between the Boryspil Airport and Ryanair will be signed within the next two weeks. We significantly…

Turkmenistan: Chinese companies staying active

Ashgabat will host an exhibition of Chinese goods on July 4-6, the Turkmen government said in a message. Companies specializing in the production of electrical equipment, construction materials, agricultural and construction equipment will be represented at the exhibition. Chinese manufacturers will demonstrate metal and plastic, textile and carpet, as well as food products. Moreover, Chinese…