Belarus: Russia’s tomato re-export accusations dismissed as groundless

Accusations made by the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of Russia (Rosselkhoznadzor), which believes Belarus re-exports tomatoes, are groundless, Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister Leonid Zayats declared. The official reminded that the Russian agency already inspected gardens, farms, and storage facilities in Belarus at the beginning of the year. “Tensions were relieved and…

Estonia: Elron ticket revenue up in September 2017

The state-owned passenger train operator Elron sold tickets for EUR 1.1 million in September, up by 8% YoY. At 650,000 passengers, the number of people that used Elron’s connections increased by 9% as well, or by some 50,000 people. The company’s busiest routes in September this year were Tallinn-Paldiski with 116,000, Tallinn-Riisipere with 102,000, Tallinn-Aegviidu…

Turkmenistan developing regional railway infrastructure

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov congratulated Turkmen railway workers on putting a locomotive depot into operation in Bereket city, Balkan region. A locomotive depot has been built along the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway commissioned in December 2014. Railway transport is one of the most important segments of the Turkmen national economy. Big international projects have been implemented, railway…

Belarus: GDP to increase by 2020

The Belarusian gross domestic product may go up by 12.1-15% by 2020, Belarus’ Economy Minister Vladimir Zinovsky said. “We have taken up a recovery path. This is not the growth that can be satisfactory for us, but we are gradually moving towards it. Having made a solid foundation in 2017, we are setting more ambitious…

Turkmenistan: cooperation with Singapore to be intensified

President of Singapore Halima Jakob expressed her desire to expand cooperation with Turkmenistan in a letter to the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Noting that friendly relations were established between two countries, Halima Jakob “expressed confidence that mutually beneficial Turkmen-Singapore cooperation will be activated along the entire spectrum of directions.” Earlier it was reported that…

Ukraine: Kyiv and Warsaw agree on cooperation in building Via Carpatia highway

Ukrainian and Polish Infrastructure Ministers Volodymyr Omelyan and Andrzej Adamczyk have signed a memorandum on cooperation in the implementation of an international infrastructure project – the construction of the Via Carpatia transport corridor. The document was signed in Przemysl on October 22 in the presence of Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy and Marshal of the…

Turkmenistan: diversification of gas supplies to world markets to be mulled in Ashgabat

The 22th international conference and exhibition Oil and Gas Turkmenistan 2017 (OGT) will be held in Ashgabat on November 2-4, the Turkmen government said in a message. “Special attention will be paid to the diversification of supplies of Turkmen natural gas to world markets. In particular, the progress of construction and prospects of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India…

Kazakhstan: central bank buys $139.7 million in August-September 2017

In August-September the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan purchased $139.7 million on the market over the foreign exchange interventions, the financial regulator’s press service reported. “In August and September, the interventions amounted to $70 million and $69.7 million respectively,” Director of the Monetary Operations Department of the National Bank of Kazakhstan Aliya Moldabekova…

Ukraine: coffee sales up in 2016-2017

The Ukrainian coffee market showed an increase in sales by 3% in natural terms in the period from September 2016 to August 2017, the Nielsen research company has said. According to a press release, during the same period of 2015-2016 coffee sales dropped by 8%. In September 2016 – August 2017 the segment of natural…