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Central Asia Economic Outlook: April 2019 (2)

18 September 2019
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Kazakhstan

Macroeconomic

Kazakhstan's GDP growing, thanks to mining industry, trade
EBRD allocates first syndicated loan for Kazakhstan microfinance group
Kazakhstan increases gold reserves to reduce dependence on US dollar
National Bank responsible for almost 94% of all transfers, non-cash payments in Kazakhstan
Food prices in Kazakhstan rise significantly due to inflation
Kazakh KEGOC to pay out 40% more dividends
Kazakhstan comes up with plan to attract investments
Kazakhstan's Accumulative Pension Fund reveals investment revenues
Kazakhstan increases investment in environmental safety for almost 16 times
Kazakhstan's Samruk-Kazyna inks agreements with int'l companies
Kazakhstan sees decrease in inflow of foreign investment
Kazakhstan, other EAEU countries to reduce import duties on Iran on 502 goods
KazGeology to attract more foreign investment
Foreign direct investments in Kazakhstan’s Almaty Region increase

Finance & insurance

Foreign exchange reserves of Kazakh National Bank decrease by over 13%
Loans of second-tier banks in Kazakhstan rise to $34.4B
EBRD allocates first syndicated loan for Kazakhstan microfinance group
Less than half of second-tier Kazakh banks benefit from retail deposits
Visa cards a lot more popular in Kazakhstan than MasterCard
Eurasian Development Bank launches new non-SWIFT payment system
Kazakhstan’s insurance sector’s assets reach 1 trillion tenge
Kazakhstan publishes CIT rates for Q1 2019
Fitch Ratings names reason for recent bankruptcies of Kazakh banks
National Bank of Kazakhstan reveals circulation statistics
Cost of US government bonds in portfolio of Kazakh pension fund revealed

Industry

Statistical Agency of Kazakhstan publishes data on production of metals in 1Q2019
Crude steel production in Kazakhstan amounts to 1.1M tons
Hungary to build dairy plant in Kazakhstan
Small business in control of Kazakhstan's trade sector
Volume of copper extraction increases in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan reveals foreign direct investment in its mining industry

Foreign economic relations

Kazakh companies take part in construction projects in Slovakia
Kazakhstan supplies Tajikistan with military equipment and ammunition
Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan agree to create International Trade Center at border
Kazakhstan, EEU, China to cooperate in fields of agriculture, energy, transport
Kazakhstan, S.Korea to realize nearly 60 joint projects
Kazakhstan, South Korea sign documents covering projects worth about $3.5 B
Iran imports nearly 100 tons of meat from Kazakhstan
S. Korea's Moon set to discuss bilateral ties with Kazakh leaders
Kazakhstan, S.Korea to realize nearly 60 joint projects
Kazakh Ministry of National Economy talks on benefits of Trade & Economic Center on border with Uzbekistan
Kazakhstan, other EAEU countries to reduce import duties on Iran on 502 goods
Hungary to build dairy plant in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan's Samruk-Kazyna inks agreements with int'l companies

Energy

KazMunaiGas increases jet fuel production over twofold
NCOC: Development of two new fields in Caspian Sea to benefit Kazakh economy
Kazakhstan to complete construction of gas pipeline at end of 2019
KazMunaiGas to place from 15% to 25% of shares on IPO
Kazakhstan produces 14.6 bcm of natural gas in 1Q2019
Prices for electricity drop in Kazakhstan
Shell, Kazakhstan may jointly develop fields in Caspian Sea
New solar park launched in Kazakhstan's Karaganda
Fitch predicts slowdown in Kazakhstan’s economy due to lower oil production
Kazakhstan to export electricity to other EAEU members
EBRD, Green Climate Fund provide loan to finance Kazakh solar power plant

Agriculture

Kazakh banks reduce funding of agricultural sector by almost 4 times
Agricultural products dominate in trade turnover of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan exports agricultural products for over $600 M in two months
KazAgro increases financing of agribusiness by 50%
Four more Kazakh agricultural enterprises to supply products to China

Transport

Kazakhstan increases production of buses by almost 600%
Turkmenistan modernizing highway at border with Kazakhstan
Construction of Hyundai car factory begins in Kazakhstan
Average cost of purchased vehicle in Kazakhstan up by 9%
Kazakhstan, Russia to create JV for production of tractors

Turkmenistan

Macroeconomic

Turkmenistan develops program of socio-economic development until 2025
Trade with Turkmenistan characterized by steady surplus for Belarus
IMF reveals Turkmen GDP forecast for 2019
Turkmenistan looks to digitize economy with help from Israeli company
Hungary exploring private investment projects in Turkmenistan

Finance & insurance

Turkmenistan developing national electronic payment system
Turkmenistan applies for membership in int’l group of financial intelligence services
Turkmenistan inks agreements with UK insurance brokers

Industry

ADB allocates Turkmenistan major loan to develop power industry
Turkmenistan exporting chocolate products to CIS & South Asia
Turkmenistan aims to increase exports of fish products
Testing held at new gas chemical complex in Turkmenistan

Foreign economic relations

French company to implement major projects in Ashgabat City
Turkmenistan, France sign labor agreement
Germany implementing environmental project in Turkmenistan
Ashgabat, Seoul ink economic co-op agreements
Turkey considering prospects of partnership with private business of Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan, France sign labor agreement
French IT companies explore Turkmen market
Ashgabat, Kabul agree on diversification of trade and economic relations
Turkmenistan, Qatar mull prospects for trade & economic partnership
Turkmenistan exploring prospects for co-op with Azerbaijan, Turkey
Ashgabat, Tokyo mull prospects for trade & economic co-op
Turkmenistan, Hungary eye to intensify business partnership
Turkey’s trade with Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan exceeds $420M
Hungary exploring private investment projects in Turkmenistan
Austrian business circles interested in creating JVs in Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan exports natural preservative-free juices to Russia
Ashgabat, Tokyo mull prospects for trade & economic co-op

Energy

Gazprom confirms restart of gas supplies from Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan resumes gas supplies to Russia
Russia’s Gazprom resumes purchases of Turkmen gas until July
Turkmenistan offers S. Korea joint energy projects
EU companies need guarantees from Turkmenistan to be engaged in Trans-Caspian Pipeline
Turkey, Azerbaijan & Turkmenistan to mull co-op in energy sector
Turkmenistan develops new investment projects in gas industry
Turkmenistan to modernize gas processing plant
Turkmenistan developing oil & gas field in shallow waters of Caspian Sea
Wood Mackenzie: Gazprom, Turkmenistan may ink further short or medium-term deals
Turkmenistan promotes Trans-Caspian gas pipeline project passing through Azerbaijan
OSCE consults Turkmenistan on renewable energy
Testing held at new gas chemical complex in Turkmenistan
UK, Russia buy oil & gas processing products in Turkmenistan
Ashgabat, Riyadh mull prospects for co-op in gas industry

Agriculture

Turkmenistan, Mongolia mull opportunities for co-op in energy & agriculture sector
Banana harvest to grow up in Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan preparing to harvest wheat
John Deere aims at expanding range of agriculture equipment supplied to Turkmenistan
Banana harvest to grow up in Turkmenistan
Saudi minister to visit Turkmenistan

Transport

Turkmenistan ready to cooperate with Korean companies in shipbuilding
Turkmenistan eyes to join CAREC regional trade project
Georgia discusses transit project in Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan may join CAREC railway project
Turkmenistan modernizing highway at border with Kazakhstan

Uzbekistan

Macroeconomic

Uzbekistan to acquire over $110 M foreign investment
Foreign trade turnover in Uzbekistan grows by almost 30%
Uzbekistan reveals total income of population for 1Q2019
Dutch construction company may implement infrastructure projects in Uzbek region
Islamic Development Bank mission visits Uzbekistan
Foreign investments in Uzbekistan increase by over 90%
Uzbekistan reveals its GDP deflator
Dutch construction company may implement infrastructure projects in Uzbek region
Uzbekistan names four types of construction materials import of which increases several times
Uzbekistan launches project funded by EU, World Bank
Trade turnover of large Uzbek enterprises increases by nearly 30%
Uzbekistan absorbs over $3.5B of investments

Finance & insurance

Uzbeks cash nearly $700M through ATMs in 1Q2019
Private Uzbek companies to receive soft loans of up to $200M
Uzbek, Korean companies sign contract on insurance protection to exporters of two countries
Uzbek bank signs agreement on trade finance with S.Korean bank
Chinese bank to lend money to Uzbekistan to buy buses
Uzbek Navoi region overtakes Tashkent in terms of average nominal accrued wages
Uzbekistan increases use of foreign loans by quarter
Uzbek Commodity Exchange increases volume of transactions by 61%

Industry

Bangladesh company may launch project in Uzbekistan on textile fabrics production
Uzbekistan reduces coal production by quarter
Uzbekistan to bring recycling up to 60% in decade
Uzbekistan to introduce Turkish technology in textile industry
Uzbek Mining and Metallurgical Complex to more than double copper production
Chinese corporation to create cotton-textile clusters in Uzbek regions

Foreign economic relations

Israeli company may create high-tech dairy complex in Uzbekistan
Wall Street reps to visit Uzbekistan to study investment potential
Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan agree to create International Trade Center at border
German company to start fiberglass production in Uzbekistan
Belarus enters TOP-5 exporters of cars to Uzbekistan, displace India
Uzbekistan, South Korea sign agreements for over $12B
Russian company plans to establish new production in Jizzakh region of Uzbekistan
Kazakh Ministry of National Economy talks on benefits of Trade & Economic Center on border with Uzbekistan
China, Uzbekistan may bring volume of trade to $10B
China, Uzbekistan JV announces tender for supply of wielding equipment
Uzbekistan, Dutch company may create JV

Energy

Uzbekistan produces over 15 million cubic meters of gas
Hungarian company to build vegetable oil plant in Uzbek region
Lukoil to invest $2B in projects in Uzbekistan
Uzbek Ministry of Energy talks on implementation of new gas production project
Turkish company to build first thermal power plant in Uzbekistan's region
British Petroleum intends to participate in deep processing of hydrocarbons in Uzbekistan

Agriculture

Norwegian company to supply modern agricultural equipment to Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan's agriculture, forestry, fishery sectors produce goods for nearly $2.4B
Uzbekistan intends to grow 3.5 M tons of vegetables in 2019
Italy may assist in creation of vineyards in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan launches project funded by EU, World Bank
Export of agricultural equipment from Russia to Uzbekistan increases
German company plans to import agricultural products from Uzbekistan

Transport

GM Uzbekistan's car production up by over 50%
GM Uzbekistan to release two new Chevrolet models
Uzbek region may build new air harbor on basis of military airport
French Airbus to provide Uzbekistan with 34 new helicopters
Belarus enters TOP-5 exporters of cars to Uzbekistan, displace India
Uzbeks spent over $100M on foreign cars for Q1 2019
GM Uzbekistan resumes car exports to Kyrgyzstan
Russian AvtoVAZ intends to almost double car sales in Uzbekistan