Latvia: government lets shops reopen

April 7 was the day when all shops, except for the ones in shopping malls, were permitted to once again open up for customers. Nevertheless, because of the pandemic they are still expected to adhere to strict epidemiological safety requirements, as noted by the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia. Experts say that…

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Belarus: trade and economic cooperation discussed with Tajikistan

As a Belarusian delegation visited Tajikistan, Agriculture and Food Minister Ivan Krupko met with Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan Gulmakhmadzoda Davlatshoh Kurbonali. The parties discussed manufacturing cooperation and the development of trade and economic cooperation, the Agriculture and Food Ministry press service reported. Belarus and Tajikistan have signed over 60 bilateral agreements. Regular sessions of…

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Ukraine: banks issue $1.1. billion in 12,500 affordable loans under state program

Finance Ministry says Ukrainian banks have issued 12,539 loans worth UAH 30.8 billion ($1.1 billion) since the launch of the state-run “Affordable Loans: 5%-7%-9%” program. Some 833 new loans totaling UAH 1.9 billion ($68 million) were provided last week alone, the ministry’s press service said on its website. In particular, transactions on refinancing of already…

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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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