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Central Asia Economic Outlook: March 2019 (1)

17 October 2019
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Kazakhstan

Macroeconomic

Food prices rising in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan's industrial products slightly rise in price
Kazakhstan sees slight inflation
Trade volume in Kazakhstan increases markedly
Kazakhstan to export cattle to Iran
Inflation in Kazakhstan may exceed its target level
National Bank talks GDP growth in Kazakhstan
Tax revenues of Kazakhstan National Fund surge
Off-season vegetables rise in price notably in Kazakhstan
S&P expects Kazakhstan's gov't and external balance sheets to remain robust
Food prices rise, utility tariffs decrease in North Kazakhstan region
Number of private enterprises with state participation down in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan aims to achieve GDP growth of 5%
Kazakhstan updates forecast of 2019 main macro indicators
Off-season vegetables rise in price notably in Kazakhstan
Retail trade in Kazakhstan up by 4%

Finance & insurance

National Bank of Kazakhstan keeps base rate unchanged
Kazakhstan discusses co-op prospects with EBRD, WB
Russian Copper Company to start copper-zinc ore mining at Kazakh deposits
Microlending in Kazakhstan increases significantly
Several banks from Russia, Kazakhstan plan to open branches in Uzbekistan
Kazakh National Bank to continue to adhere to free floating rate of tenge
Kazakh bank increases authorized capital
Non-cash payments in Kazakhstan's Almaty region triple
Kazakhstan Investment Development Fund established
Kazakhstan's international reserves slightly down

Industry

Kazakhstan significantly reduces rice production
Third industrial zone to appear in Kazakhstan’s Shymkent
Kazakhstan steps up industrial production
Kazakhstan's industrial products slightly rise in price
Kazakh hardware production plant aims to increase output by half

Foreign economic relations

Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan may create new co-op format
Kazakhstan to borrow $300M from China
Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan discuss prospects for trade, economic co-op
Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan aim at cross-border trade
Foreign capital's share in Uzbek enterprises increases
Kazakh company exports meat to Iran
Kazakhstan export company expanding presence in Uzbekistan

Energy

Kazakhstan to launch first phase of new wind farm
Kazakh oil exports by Caspian Pipeline Consortium increase
ADB provides loan to develop solar power in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan’s KazMunaiGas reduces jet fuel price
Kazakhstan developing geological exploration program
3 more sources for Southern Gas Corridor; which has more chances?
KazMunaiGas, Eni subsidiary sign agreements on Abai project
Kazakhstan reveals January-February 2019 oil production
EIA publishes outlook for Kazakhstan's oil output
Kazakhstan preparing project for uninterrupted supply of oil to two refineries
3 more sources for Southern Gas Corridor; which has more chances?
Gasoline production in Kazakhstan significantly up
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan ratify agreement in energy field

Agriculture

Kazakh banks' loans to agricultural sector plunge
Turkmenistan purchases more Kazakh grain
China intends to import agricultural products from Kazakhstan
Sown area of oilseeds to increase in North Kazakhstan region
Kazakhstan significantly increases sunflower oil exports
Kazakhstan's Karaganda region to increase acreage this year
How much wheat will Kazakhstan export this year?

Transport

Iranian airline resumes flights to Kazakhstan
Kazakh, Tajik airlines may almost double number of flights
Kazakhstan participates in Afghanistan's railways modernization
When will Kazakhstan launch its national low-cost airline?
Kazakh airline Qazaq Air gets permission to fly to Kyrgyzstan
Indian SpiceJet airline allowed to establish flights to Kazakhstan's Almaty
When will Kazakhstan launch its national low-cost airline?
Kazakh airline to fly to Czech Republic
Kazakhstan suspends operation of Boeing 737 MAX
Kazakhstan increases cargo turnover

Turkmenistan

Macroeconomic

Turkmenistan, OECD mull projects for attracting int’l investments in state agencies
IDB interested in investing in Turkmen private sector
Turkmenistan adopts law on environmental audit
IDB interested in investing in Turkmen private sector
WB, Turkmenistan mull opportunities for co-op diversification
Turkmenistan setting flexible prices for cotton & oil products
Turkmenistan reveals value of ongoing construction projects
Turkmenistan publishes data on state budget execution
Turkmenistan sees significant GDP growth since early 2019
Law on Rationalization Activities enters into force in Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan conducts phased privatization
Turkmen joint-stock commercial bank working to connect to MasterCard

Industry

Turkmenistan building plant for reinforced concrete products manufacturing
Turkmenistan privatizes fish industry
Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan to hold exhibition in Ashgabat
Turkmenistan increases mineral fertilizer production
Export of Iranian industrial and mining materials increases

Foreign economic relations

French companies studying new economic projects of Turkmenistan
Turkmen ambassador in Kuwait appointed
Turkmenistan ratifies deal on elimination of double taxation with Azerbaijan
Newly appointed Georgian ambassador presents credentials in Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan, Romania mull prospects for business partnership
Turkmenistan, Georgia ready to expand exports, imports
Assistance to Afghanistan discussed at regional level in Ashgabat
Turkmenistan, Romania mull prospects for business partnership
Turkmenistan, Switzerland mull opportunities for economic partnership
Turkmenistan, Pakistan to set up joint business council
Spanish companies exploring Turkmen market
Turkey offers Turkmenistan to cooperate in IT sphere

Energy

UK, Russia buy oil products in Turkmenistan
WB, Turkmenistan mull opportunities for co-op diversification
Negotiations on supply of Turkmen gas to Europe intensified
Russia to supply gas turbine engines to Turkmenistan
Russia, Hong Kong buy polypropylene in Turkmenistan
EIA reveals forecasts for Turkmenistan's oil output
Turkmenistan, Pakistan ink main agreement on TAPI

Agriculture

Turkmenistan creating fishing farm in desert
Turkmenistan harvests bananas
Turkmenistan conducts bank settlements in agricultural sector
Ambassador: Iranian farmers can work in Turkmenistan

Transport

Uzbek company to buy Turkmen glass for car manufacturing sector
Regional seminar on Caspian Sea issues underway in Turkmenistan
Route of int’l cruise on Caspian Sea to include Port of Turkmenbashi
Pakistan interested in Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey transport corridor
Turkmenistan to attend transport corridor project discussion in Bucharest

Uzbekistan

Macroeconomic

Tomato prices cause inflation in Uzbekistan
Epsilon plans to invest over $2B in geological exploration in Uzbekistan
Russia to assist Uzbekistan’s accession to WTO
Uzbek Ministry, Uzcard to create accounting system working on blockchain technology
IMF forecasts Uzbekistan's GDP to increase to 5.5pct
US Dollar rate down in Uzbekistan
IMF: Uzbekistan's fiscal position should maintain macroeconomic stability
IMF forecasts Uzbekistan's GDP to increase to 5.5pct
Dutch TGS: Uzbekistan has high potential to develop export
WCO to involve Uzbekistan in its activities
Uzbekistan takes measures to seriously improve international rankings
Uzbek enterprise plans to increase exports to $10M
Majority of Uzbek companies forecast rise in prices for goods in 2019
Foreign capital's share in Uzbek enterprises increases
New labor code to allow Uzbekistan to reach new socio-economic level
WB, EU: Uzbekistan has stable, efficiently implemented state budget

Finance & insurance

Gazprombank, Uzbekistan may set up consulting services JC
Uzbekistan does not intend to carry out denomination
Uzbekistan insurance companies collect over $190M of premiums
Uzbekistan holds auction for placement of government securities
S&P Global Ratings upgrades ratings of Uzbek bank
Several banks from Russia, Kazakhstan plan to open branches in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan simplifies cash transfer to banks
EximBank of Hungary intends to finance projects in Uzbekistan
Uzbek, Korean banks sign agreement on cooperation in field of remittances
RAEX-Europe upgrades sovereign rating of Uzbek government
Uzbekistan to eliminate problems of foreign exchange market
Uzbekistan to begin to issue cash foreign currency before end of 2019
Uzbek, Korean banks sign agreement on cooperation in field of remittances

Industry

Uzbek textile company expands production
US company loses right to operate big Uzbek pharmacy network
Uzbekistan's coal industry to incur changes
Uzbekenergo completes development of model for restructuring electric power industry
Uzbekistan discusses production of pharmaceuticals with major Hungarian brand
UAE company may get involved in extraction, processing of hydrocarbons in Uzbekistan
Uzbek largest chemical enterprise implements major projects for $1.7B

Foreign economic relations

Uzbekistan, Egypt intend to set up JVs for fruit processing
Austrian delegation to visit Uzbekistan to expand economic co-op
Uzbekistan insurance companies collect over $190M of premiums
Bpifrance ready to finance textile projects in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan, Egypt intend to set up JVs for fruit processing
Uzbekistan may build wholesale distribution center in Russia
Uzbekistan, Tajikistan may establish joint production of weapons
Uzbekistan, Hungary sign docs on trade, economic cooperation
Japan provides grants to Uzbekistan for over $673,000
Russia removes ban on import of fruits from Uzbekistan in hand luggage
Uzbekistan offers Russia to increase number of checkpoints to import of fruits, vegetables
Russia to supply 200,000 tons of sugar to Uzbekistan annually
Uzbekistan, Russia’s Tatarstan plan to jointly develop IT technologies
Uzbekistan, Italy to establish joint production of hygiene items
Canadian company to explore three gold deposits in Uzbekistan

Energy

Uzbekneftegaz, Air Products & Chemicals to produce technical, rare gases
Uzbek textile enterprise to increase exports three times
Projects in Uzbekistan affect Lukoil's financial results
Uzbekneftegaz, Worley Parsons plan to create petrochemical cluster
Uzbekistan, IFC are planning construction of solar photovoltaic station
Uzbekistan owes Lukoil $600M for gas
Lukoil produces over 13 B cubic meters of gas in Uzbekistan last year
Honeywell may expand capacity of gas-chemical complex in Uzbekistan
Lukoil hopes to discover new hydrocarbon reserves in Uzbekistan
Japanese, Turkish companies build second steam-gas unit at Uzbek TPP
US, Uzbekistan to launch JV for production of industrial gas
Uzbekistan supports UAE project on privatization of several Uzbek TPPs
Epsilon Development extracts first cubic meters of gas in Uzbekistan

Agriculture

Danish company can help Uzbek farmers achieve great results
Netherlands, Uzbekistan to expand investment co-op in agriculture sector
Uzbekistan, Great Britain sign agreement to create agricultural complex
Modern seed production enterprise to appear in Uzbek Namangan region
UNDP: Our end action is to develop agricultural production in Uzbekistan
Dutch trade mission to strengthen agricultural co-op with Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan, Russia to create scheme for development of agriculture
Russia opens additional customs points for agricultural products of Uzbekistan
UN develops strategy to promote export of Uzbek agricultural products

Transport

Russia wants to participate in creation of China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway
WB to help Uzbekistan Airlines become regional leader
Cargolux to use Uzbek hub for transits to Asia
Uzbekistan, Luxembourg sign protocol on air traffic
Uzbekistan planning to open bus routes to Turkmenistan
Uzbek airline to start operating newest Airbus A320neo aircraft
Uzbekistan intensifies cooperation in TRACECA project
Turkish company to develop transport infrastructure of Uzbek capital
Uzbekistan intends to open offices in major ports
Russian airlines want to buy 6 aircraft from Uzbekistan
Stadler plans production of railway carriages in Uzbekistan
Flydubai intends to launch flight between Dubai, Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan closes airports for Boeing 737 MAX
Uzbekistan activates transit of vehicles to China through Tajikistan
German company to help building airport in Uzbek capital
Uzbek new aircraft Airbus A320neo to make its first flight to Azerbaijan