Uzbekistan: micro-lending to entrepreneurs to be simplified

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree “On measures for further simplification of the system of micro-lending to businesses and the wider population”, aimed at ensuring broad access to preferential micro-loans. The decree provides for the introduction of a simplified mechanism for granting micro-loans to newly registered individual entrepreneurs (IE) and family business entities (FBE) without…

Ukraine: Alfa-Bank Ukraine not to be sold

The sale of Alfa-Bank Ukraine is not being planned, one of the bank’s major shareholders Petr Aven declared. “We are not preparing to sell,” Aven said, adding that Alfa-Bank currently had a “normal working relationship” with the National Bank of Ukraine. Earlier, the director of strategic communication of Alfa-Bank Ukraine Denis Kazvan said that after…

Kazakhstan: grain stocks at 11 million tons

As of March 1, the registered carry-over stocks of grains and pulses in Kazakhstan totaled 11.735 million tons, the Statistics Committee of the Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan reported on March 21. In particular, peasant and farming households stored 2.483 million tons of grains. Wheat formed the major share of the…

Tajikistan expresses gratitude to Uzbekistan for humanitarian aid

Tajikistan has expressed gratitude to Uzbekistan for humanitarian aid sent to disaster-affected people. According to the Uzbek MFA’s official website, the Uzbek Embassy in Dushanbe has received the letter of thanks from the Committee on Emergency Situations and Civil Defense under the government of Tajikistan for humanitarian aid sent by the Uzbek authorities to Tajikistan…

Azerbaijan: wheat imports up in January 2017

In January Azerbaijan increased wheat import 3.4-fold YoY, to 58.7 million tons, the State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan reported. According to the statistics data, the general cost of imported wheat to the country totaled $10.857 million (up 3.2 times). Also, in the reporting period Azerbaijan imported 1.426 thousand tons of vegetable oils…

Tajikistan: Dushanbe-Qurghon Teppa road rehabilitation project waiting for endorsement by lawmakers

The direct work on implementation of the Dushanbe-Qurghon Teppa road rehabilitation project will start only after it is endorsed by Tajik parliament. Tajikistan’s lower house (Majlisi Namoyandagon) must ratify a finance agreement concluded between the government of Tajikistan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The ADB Board of Directors has approved $65.2 million in loan…

Uzbekistan: Competition Committee and WB jointly boosting small business

The State Competition Committee received the World Bank mission in Uzbekistan to discuss small business support through the Small Business Development Guarantee Fund. Held under the World Bank’s Modern Economy-backed Job Expansion and Skill Development Project, the meeting reviewed small businesses’ efficiency and praised the setting up of the Guarantee Fund. Specialists said they were…

Ukraine: government approves project to build unit 4 of Dnistrovska hydroelectric pumped storage power plant

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved a project on construction of the second stage of Dnistrovska hydroelectric pumped storage power plant, consisting of unit 4. As reported, the hydroelectric generation development program until 2026 approved by government resolution No. 552-r dated July 13, 2016 envisages the start of construction of unit 4 in 2017 and…