Latvia: rapid increase of excise tax to cause dramatic rise of smuggling activity

The National Association for Tobacco Product Manufacturers (TIRNA) is confused about Finance Ministry’s submitted proposals for tax reform that provide for raising excise tax on cigarettes by 11% instead of previously planned 5.5%. TIRNA believes the submitted proposals are rushed, economically unjustified and will not secure the economy any major tax income. “Exactly the opposite…


Ukraine: FUIB issues first e-license

First Ukrainian International Bank (FUIB) has become the first bank in Ukraine to issue an e-license. As of today, FUIB has issued 5 out of 11 e-licenses in Ukraine and is the leader in providing this service in Ukraine. On July 3, the National Bank started issuing personal licenses to individuals in electronic form through…


Turkmenistan: Ashgabat and Bishkek mull prospects of trade, economic cooperation

Presidents of Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Almazbek Atambayev, during a phone conversation confirmed the existence of great potential for enhancing relations on a wide range of areas. In this regard, the sides noted the expediency of joint work on the issues of expanding the range of mutually supplied goods and services, creating conditions…


Ukraine: Belarus purchases 95% of potato

In January-June Ukraine exported 8,400 tons of potatoes worth $300,000, 95% of which was purchased by Belarus, the Ukrainian Agrarian Conference reported with a reference to the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine. “Belarus purchased 95% of Ukrainian potatoes indented for export, Moldova – another 2.6%,” reads a report. In January-June Ukraine exported 68% more potatoes…


Georgia ready to expand partnership with Turkmenistan

President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili sent a letter to his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries, the Turkmen government said in a message. In his letter, Margvelashvili expressed readiness to deepen and expand mutually beneficial partnership with Turkmenistan. The Georgian president pointed…


Azerbaijan: Aliyev approves funding for Zire-Turkan highway’s construction

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has signed an order to provide funding for the construction of Zire-Turkan highway.

Under the presidential order, 3 million manats is allocated from the Presidential Contingency Fund for the construction of the highway, which connects two residential areas with the total population of 24,000 people. (Trend/Business World Magazine)

Ukraine: gas reserves up in mid-July 2017

Natural gas reserves in Ukrainian underground storage facilities (USFs) on July 15-22 increased by 2.9%, orby 355 million cubic meters, from 12.320 billion cubic meters to 12.675 billion cubic meters, according to the state-run gas transport system operator, Ukrtransgaz. The daily volume of gas injection into the USFs stood at about 58.7 million cubic meters,…


Turkmenistan interested in foreign investors for its gas and chemical industry

Energy-rich Turkmenistan invites foreign investors to participate in the development of the gas and chemical industry. The country plans to build several large gas chemical complexes, a source in the fuel and energy complex of the country said. These large complexes will focus on the production of polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride, monoethylene glycol, dimethyl ether…