Latvia: businessmen to pay larger wages

The current market situation shows that Latvia should speed up its education reform and think about attracting additional human resources from other countries, said Latvian Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola. “We have a number of problems. We see unemployment is in decline, dropping to 7.2% in the past three years, whereas the number of employed people…


Uzbekistan: GMU suspending car production

GM Uzbekistan has announced about suspension of car production due to maintenance work. The car manufacturer GM Uzbekistan located in Asaka, suspends production from August 22 till September 10 due to the planned maintenance work, said the company’s press service. It is planned to carry out preventive inspection and maintenance of main and auxiliary processing…


Ukraine: retail trade up in January-July 2017

Retail trade in Ukraine grew by 8% YoY in January-July, according to the Ukrainian State Statistics Service’s website. Retail turnover increased the most in Zakarpattia, Vinnytsia, Odessa, Sumy, Mykolaiv, Cherkasy, and Lviv regions – by 21%, 17.7%, 12.8%, 10.8%, 10.6%, 9.5% and 9.5%, respectively. Retail trade in July alone rose by 6.7% against June, while…


Latvia: electricity price difference with neighboring countries reduced

In recent years, Latvia has managed to reduce the electricity price difference with other Baltic neighboring countries, as reported by Enefit Chairman Janis Bethers. “Although Latvian households still pay the most for electricity, these expenses will continue declining. The price difference with Estonia, which historically has the lowest wholesale prices, has declined nearly 2-fold,” says…


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”…


Azerbaijan: funding approved for construction of road in Agsu

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has signed an order to provide funding for the construction of Chaparli-Kandoba-Jalayir road.

Under the presidential order, 5.8 million manats is allocated from the state budget for the construction of the road connecting eight residential areas with a total population of 8,000 people. (AzerNews/Business World Magazine)

Ukraine: NBU buys $44 million

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) at the foreign exchange auction on August 17 bought $44 million, according to the press service of the central bank. As a result of the auction, the minimum exchange rate of hryvnia was UAH 25.5 per U.S. dollar, the maximum – UAH 25.5195 per U.S. dollar, and the average…