World: CBOT corn prices gain 4.5%

On December 1-8, CBOT corn prices gained 4.46%. On the spot market US corn export prices recovered to the previous week’s level. Brazilian corn prices increased on average by $7/MT, while Argentinean corn prices rose by $4/MT. CBOT futures were supported by the following factors: positive data on ethanol production in the USA and lack…

Moldova: electricity tariffs to increase

According to the National Energy Regulatory Agency, on December 12, the requests by RED Union Fenosa and Gas Natural Fenosa Furnizare Energie to raise the electricity tariffs were posted on the ANRE official web site as Law No 107 dated May 27, on electricity requires and the civil community has been given 15 days since…

Ukraine: logistics problems affecting grain exports

In the current season of 2016/2017 Ukraine’s grain market has faced a shortage of rolling stock for transporting grain freights. However, while the transport shortage was previously associated with a lack of railcars, the availability of trucks has also become an acute problem now. The logistical difficulties in Ukraine have already caused changes in the…

Ukraine: flour production not modernized due to low marginality

Low marginality of flour production does not allow Ukrainian companies-processors to realize significant investments in reconstruction of their enterprises, and denies the opportunity to improve qualitative characteristics of the final product, and reduce its production costs, the co-owner of the group of companies Ukr-Agro-Product LLC, Khlebodar and GFS Group Boris Shestopalov declared. According to him,…

Ukraine ready to buy Russian gas

Although Ukraine has confirmed its readiness to buy 1.5-4 billion cubic meters of Russian gas this winter and Moscow said it was ready to ensure exports to Ukraine and the E.U., no final deal was reached during the talks, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak reported. “The Ukrainian side has expressed its readiness to buy 1.5-4…

Ukraine: terms for sending advance payments to buy equipment for Vilkha defense project extended

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has permitted government customers to extend the terms for sending advance payments to buy specialized equipment required for the implementation of the Vilkha defense project to 24 months. The requirement is outlined in the government resolution No. 891 dated November 30, amending government resolution No. 117 dated April 23, 2014. The…

Georgia: EIB to allocate EUR 450 million

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will allocate EUR 450 million to Georgia through three loan agreements, the EIB and Georgian Prime Minister’s Office said. EUR 250 million will be allocated to finance new construction and upgrading of priority roads, EUR 100 million for the rehabilitation and upgrading of municipal infrastructure and a EUR 100 million…

Latvia: micro taxes lead to macro problems

The government, entrepreneurs and social partners continue sharp discussions of the future of micro-enterprises and the tax regime to be applied to them in the foreseeable future. One proposal suggests canceling the payment of mandatory minimal social fees and increasing micro-enterprise tax rate from 9% to 15%.This proposal was reviewed week by members of the…

Belarus: Belarusbank signs memorandums of understanding with Afreximbank and SID Banka

Belarus’ largest commercial bank OAO Belarusbank has signed memorandums of understanding with African Export-Import Bank and Slovenian SID Banka during Belarusbank’s conference in Frankfurt (Germany), the bank’s press service reported. The conference gathered around 100 representatives of the World Bank, German financial institutes and insurance companies, as well as representatives of such institutions of Italy,…