Azerbaijan: banks to continue consolidating

Azerbaijan’s banks will get bigger in 2018, through the ongoing consolidation as well, Anar Hasanov, first deputy chairman of Azerbaijani AccessBank’s Management Board, said. “I believe that new bank merger cases will occur on the market in 2018,” he declared. “The banking sector is moving in this direction and local banks will be enlarged. It…

Azerbaijan: banking sector stabilized

Azerbaijani banking sector stabilized after creditors restructured $3.3 billion in foreign obligations of the state-owned International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBA) in return for government bonds, said Nariman Mannapbekov, head of ADB Azerbaijan office. “Some capitalized banks are making initial efforts to gradually build-up their loan portfolios,” Mannapbekov said. On July 15, 2015, President of Azerbaijan…

Azerbaijan: railways to buy 900 new cars

Azerbaijan Railways CJSC will buy 900 new freight cars in the near future, says a report on implementation of measures reflected in the Strategic Roadmap for the Development of Logistics and Trade in Azerbaijan. According to the report, the purchase of additional cars is related to an increase in freight traffic volume. Azerbaijan Railways will…

Azerbaijan studying possibility for banks’ merger

Azerbaijan’s Financial Market Supervisory Authority is studying the possibility of local banks’ merger, according to the monitoring report on the implementation of measures reflected in the Strategic Roadmap for the Development of Financial Services. The possibility of further capitalization of the banks is also being considered, according to the report. The Financial Market Supervisory Authority…

Azerbaijan: economy to grow in 2018

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) expects that Azerbaijan’s GDP growth will be 1% in 2018, according to the “Asian Development Outlook 2017 Update: Sustaining Development Through Public-Private Partnership”. Azerbaijan’s GDP growth rate decreased by 3.8% in 2016. The ADB expects that the recession will continue in 2017, but its pace will slow down. Thus, according…

Azerbaijan: new artillery guns purchased

Azerbaijan has purchased new artillery guns from the Czech Republic. The DANA self-propelled artillery guns of the Czech production have been delivered to Azerbaijan and are being used in large-scale exercises involving various branches of Azerbaijani Armed Forces, the Defense Ministry reported on September 18. First introduced in 1977, DANA systems have a firing range…

Azerbaijan: August 2017 inflation at 0.2%

Prices for consumer goods and tariffs for services in Azerbaijan increased by 0.2% MoM in August, the country’s State Statistics Committee reported. Prices for foodstuff increased by 0.3%, while the prices for non-food goods – by 0.1%. The cost of paid services increased by 0.2%. In January-August prices for consumer goods and tariffs for services…

Azerbaijan: Fitch to upgrade IBA’s ratings

Fitch Ratings, the international ratings agency, said that it had withdrawn International Bank of Azerbaijan’s (IBA) $500 million senior unsecured notes following the completion of the bank’s debt restructuring and the settling of the issue on September 1. The agency has not yet rated the new $1 billion senior notes due 2024 issued in part…

Tajikistan to develop cooperation with Azerbaijan

Tajikistan is keen to develop cooperation with Azerbaijan in all fields, said Tajik Ambassador Soli Rustam as he presented a copy of his credentials to Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.

He noted that he would spare no efforts to contribute to developing the bilateral ties during his tenure. (AzerNews/Business World Magazine)

Azerbaijan: assets of AtaBank OJSC up

Assets of Azerbaijan’s AtaBank OJSC have increased by 30%, to 609.9 million manats since the beginning of 2017, said Chairman of the bank’s Executive Board Dayanat Guliyev. He made the remarks at the signing ceremony of a partnership agreement with the Chinese UnionPay in Baku. “AtaBank is one of the country’s leading banks in terms…

Azerbaijan to supply more wine to China

Azerbaijan, taking credit for being one of the world’s oldest wine growing countries, intends to expand the export of wine to China, the world’s second-largest economy. The issue was the key topic of talks between local winemakers and the trade representative of Azerbaijan in China, Teymur Nadiroglu. Nadiroglu informed entrepreneurs about the Chinese wine market,…

Azerbaijan: external debt over $7 billion

Azerbaijan’s external debt stood at $7,172.6 million (12,208.5 million manats) as of July 1, which accounts for 18.9% of the country’s GDP, said Azerbaijani Ministry of Finance. The statistics on borrowings include direct liabilities of the Azerbaijani government and contingent liabilities for loans attracted under state guarantee. Azerbaijan’s external debt consists mainly of funds raised…

Azerbaijan attracts more airlines

More Russian airlines will fly to Azerbaijan, which enjoys a growing popularity among Russian tourists. The “Ural Airlines” has received permission to fly to Azerbaijan, according to the Rosaviation, Russia’s Federal Air Transportation Agency. The airline received a permission to perform the regular passenger flights Moscow-Lankaran with a frequency of seven times per week. “IrAero”…