Latvia: corruption watchdog to encourage giving state funding to regional political parties

In the coming years Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) may encourage allocating state budget funding to regional political parties. The Corruption Prevention and Combating Action Plan 2021-2023 composed by KNAB details that currently state budget funding is provided to political parties that received votes from more than 2% of voters in the last…

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Uzbekistan: foreign trade down in January-February 2021

Uzbekistan’s foreign trade turnover plummeted to $4.5 million in January-February, or by 23.8% YoY. The exports amounted to almost $1.5 million, down by 43.2%. Imports comprised $3.02 million. Uzbekistan’s largest trading partners were China ($908.5 million), Russia ($843.9 million), Kazakhstan ($585.6 million) and Turkey ($404 million). Trade turnover with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) soared…

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Belarus: cooperation with Tajikistan in agriculture to improve

Belarus and Tajikistan should intensify efforts to implement mutually beneficial projects in agriculture and manufacturing, Agriculture and Food Minister Ivan Krupko said at the 14th session of the Belarus-Tajikistan intergovernmental commission for trade and economic cooperation in Dushanbe. “At the moment, our task is to maintain momentum in bilateral trade, increase the share of science-intensive…

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Kyrgyzstan: 10,000 tons of flour expected from Kazakhstan as humanitarian aid

Kazakhstan will allocate 10,000 tons of wheat flour as humanitarian aid to ensure food security, Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Ulukbek Maripov has announced. According to him, deliveries are expected within the framework of agreements reached following a working trip to the neighboring country. “In particular, an agreement was reached on supply 10,000 tons of flour…

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Ukraine: consumer sentiment improving

The growth of salaries and retail trade in Ukraine in February shows that consumer sentiment is improving, according to Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. “The average salary in February was 12.5 thousand hryvnias. Considering inflation, salaries rose by 7.6% YoY. In addition, retail trade in February increased by 5.6% (an increase of 3.5% in January). Such…

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