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…

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Belarus: cargo railway transportation with Estonia to improve

The railway companies of Belarus and Estonia are set to increase bilateral cargo transportation operations, the press service of the Belarusian Railways reported. The heads of the Belarusian Railways and the Estonian Railways met in Minsk to discuss cargo transportation on the Belarus-Estonia route and their prospects. In January-August the volume of transported cargo exceeded…

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Turkmenistan and Russia outline plan of action to develop economic partnership

The trade and economic partnership was the central theme of the Turkmen-Russian summit talks in Ashgabat. “The parties noted its progressive and stable nature. Despite the objective difficulties associated with the situation in the global economy, Russia continues to be one of Turkmenistan’s largest trading partners,” says the report. Visits of the Turkmen delegations of…

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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…

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Turkmenistan: Europe still hopeful to get gas

Turkmenistan, a hydrocarbon-rich Central Asian country, is still hopeful to see its gas reach the European markets, while Brussels counties talks in this regard. The EU is negotiating with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan over a Trans Caspian Pipeline System, said Anca Paduraru, EU Spokesperson for Energy Union projects. “Negotiations are on-going,” Paduraru said, when answering on…

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Estonia: Coop Pank launches operations

The former Krediidipank is officially launching operations under the new Coop Pank brand. All Krediidipank subsidiaries will likewise be switching to the new name. Coop Pank’s major stakeholder is Coop Eesti, a retail group consisting of 19 regional consumer cooperatives. According to Coop Pank board chairman Margus Rink, 14 bank branches across Estonia have been…

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Ukraine: gas reserves replenished

Natural gas reserves in Ukrainian underground storage facilities (USFs) on September 23-30 rose by 2.2%, or by 347 million cubic meters, from 16.048 billion cubic meters to 16.395 billion cubic meters, according to the state-run gas transport system operator Ukrtransgaz. The daily volume of gas injection into the USFs as of September 30 was estimated…

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Turkmenistan: Berdimuhamedov instructs to strengthen fight against corruption

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in his message to the National Security Ministry’s employees on the occasion of 26th anniversary of this authority said that the fight against corruption and bribery carried out jointly with other law enforcement agencies should be strengthened. “You must confront the challenges and threats of modernity, prevent the entry into the…

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Estonia: August 2017 industrial production up

According to information released by Statistics Estonia, the production of industrial enterprises increased by 5% YoY in August, with production increasing in mining and quarrying, but decreasing in the energy sector. In August, manufacturing production was 6% higher than the same month last year. Production growth was broad-based – last month, production surpassed August 2016…

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