Ukraine: external debt totals 83% of GDP

Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has said that Ukraine’s external debt totals 83% of the country’s GDP. At the same time, he reminded that in 2014, when Arseniy Yatsenyuk became the prime minister, the state budget amounted to UAH 108,000, as the previous regime brought huge damage to the country. “Then there was the annexation of…

Turkmenistan: wages up in 2018

Wages, pensions, state allowances and scholarships have been increased by 10% in Turkmenistan since January 1. The relevant decree of the Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was signed last July. The decree provides for an increase of 10% starting from the New Year on salary received by employees of enterprises of self-financing institutions and organizations financed…

Estonia: consumer prices up in 2017

Consumer prices increased by an average 3.4% in 2017 compared to 2016. They were influenced the most by food products and non-alcoholic beverages, which made up two fifths of the increase, Statistics Estonia reported on January 8. The price of milk, dairy products, and eggs increased by 10.4% YoY, accounting for the single indicator that…

Ukraine: poverty rate decreases

The poverty rate in Ukraine decreased to 12% in 2017, according to the results of the study conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology. “And this is one of the few but important achievements of Ukraine over the years. In 2008, after the beginning of the world crisis, the poverty rate increased to 21%,…

Belarus: gold and forex reserves at $7.3 billion

According to the preliminary data, Belarus’ gold and foreign currency reserves totaled $7,315 million as of January 1, if calculated in accordance with methods of the International Monetary Fund, the Information and PR Department of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus reported. In December 2017, the country’s gold and foreign currency reserves went…

Uzbekistan: income tax for individuals cut

The average and maximum rates on incomes of individuals have been reduced in Uzbekistan since January 1, while the amount of contribution to individual accumulative pension accounts has been increased, and property tax will be calculated based on the cadastral value of real estate. This is stated in the presidential decree, which approved the main…

Ukraine: exports up in 2017

Ukrainian exports grew by 20% in 2017, Prime Minister Vladimir Groysman said. “In 2017, total exports grew by almost 20%, they were $35 billion in the nine months. This amount was paid to Ukraine for products created by Ukrainian hands,” he said while opening a Cabinet meeting. In his words, the European Union accounted for…

Estonia: no new taxes in 2018

Prime Minister Juri Ratas said no new taxes would be implemented next year, but added that he would like to increase the quota of workforce coming from outside the European Union. “I do not think it right to make new decisions concerning the tax policy a year before the end of this composition of the…

Ukraine: GDP up in Q3 2017

The real gross domestic product of Ukraine grew by 2.1% YoY in the third quarter of 2017, according to the report published on the website of Ukraine’ State Statistics Service. Earlier, on November 14, the statistics agency released preliminary estimates claiming that GDP growth in Ukraine in the third quarter also amounted to 2.1% in…

Ukraine: state support to regions to grow in 2018

The state budget for the next year envisages UAH 6 billion from the State Regional Development Fund to implement important projects in the regions of Ukraine, and UAH 1.9 billion of subventions will be used for the development of the infrastructure in united territorial communities, Deputy Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Services Lev Partskhaladze…

Kyrgyzstan: state debt down in October 2017

As a result of October Kyrgyzstan’s state debt declined by $9.05 million, the Ministry of Finance reported. As of October 31, the size of the state debt (external + internal) comprised $4,357.5 billion, or 299,447.12 billion soms. External debt – $3,958.23 billion (272,9.57 billion soms), internal – $399.27 million (27,437.55 billion soms). Kyrgyzstan owes the…

Azerbaijan: GDP to grow in 2018

The UN predicts an increase in Azerbaijan’s GDP by 1.8% in 2018, according to the “World Economic Situation and Prospects-2018” (WESP) report prepared by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. According to the report, Azerbaijan’s GDP will decrease by 1% in 2017 and will grow by 2.3% in 2019. The restoration of the…