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Central Asia Economic Outlook: May 2019 (2)

18 September 2019
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Kazakhstan

Macroeconomic

Kazakhstan decreases volume of goods turnover with other EAEU members
Export costs increase in Kazakhstan
Incomes of Kazakh National Fund increase
Volume of trade increases in Kazakhstan
Taxes are main source of Kazakhstan state budget income
Tenge weakening, Kazakh government's debt rising
Special economic zones of Kazakhstan to realize new projects
Nur-Sultan leading by increase of individual entrepreneurs in Kazakhstan
Investments into Kazakhstan's food industry decrease
More investment projects to be realized in Kazakhstan's Atyrau
Kazakh service provider pays over $406K in dividends
Kazakhstan's Kyzylorda region aims at further entrepreneurship support
Money supply decreases in Kazakhstan
North Huajin Chemical Industries to invest in carbide plant construction in Kazakhstan

Finance & insurance

Kazakh National Bank talks about increase of gold in its international reserves
Profits of Kazakhstan's Halyk Bank increase
Kazakh national transmission grid operator directs over 87% of profit to dividend payments
Corporate deposits to banks of Kazakhstan decrease
Kazakhstan sanctions over $6.8 billion on State programs
Kazakh insurance companies earn over $350M in 1Q2019
Kazakh service provider pays over $406K in dividends
Central Bank of Uzbekistan issues license to Kazakh bank
Pension assets of Kazakhstan’s Unified Accumulative Pension Fund exceed $25 billion
Russia - leader by money transfers from and to Kazakhstan
Remittances on Kazakhstan territory more than halved
National Bank of Kazakhstan talks retail deposits
National currency denominated deposits account for majority of deposits in Kazakh banks
Almaty leads by foreign currency sale among Kazakhstan regions
In Kazakhstan, conditional deposits mainly preferred by legal persons

Industry

Kazakhstan increases salt export
Manufacturing of some metals drops in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan increases meat and milk production
What industries account for major part of Kazakhstan's fixed capital?
Kazakhstan's industrial park to go through changes
Construction of new meat plant launched in Kazakhstan's Kyzylorda region
Turkish company to invest in factory construction in Kazakhstan
Natural rubber manufacturing plant planned in Kazakhstan's Almaty
Districts of Kazakhstan to increase vegetable manufacture
Sugar manufacturing to launch in Kazakhstan's Pavlodar
Kazakhstan's Aktobe to manufacture ceramic granite
Kazakhstan, Belarus to manufacture elevators
Kazakhstan expands gold reserves
Kazakhstan to manufacture gypsum in Atyrau region
How much gold ore exploration in Kazakhstan's Jambyl region cost?
Kazakhstan Mangystau region's project on manufacturing of transformers postponed
Kazakhstan to expand manufacturing of ceramics
Another Kazakhstan region to recycle tires
Mining exploration continues in Kazakhstan's Karaganda region
Paper and paper products manufacturing in Kazakhstan exceeds 50,000 tons since January 2019

Foreign economic relations

Georgia, Kazakhstan triple mutual trade turnover
Kazakhs sent over $310M to foreign countries since January 2019
Kazakh ambassador talks new level of co-op with Germany
Kazakhstan accounts for major part of exports from Central Asia to Germany
Turkey's trade with Kazakhstan drops by more than $50M
China, Kazakhstan discuss future of economic cooperation
Kazakhstan to expand flour export to China
Kazakh citizens often buy real estate properties in Turkey
Prime Minister of Kazakhstan holds talks with Turkmen delegation
Chinese company to finance construction of valves manufacturing workshop in Kazakhstan
Polish company to build greenhouses in Kazakhstan
Chinese company to participate in Kazakhstan's solar wind plant construction
Uzbekistan exports 140,000 tons of fruit, vegetables to Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan to export nuclear fuel to China
Russian holding to build greenhouses in Kazakhstan's Turkestan region
Number of Kazakh companies slightly down in Turkey
Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan learn from European smuggling prevention experience
FM: Turkey, Kazakhstan to increase trade turnover
Kazakhstan, Brazil to expand co-op
Kazakhstan, Poland to expand bilateral trade
EAEU counties, China to expand mutual trade

Energy

OPEC reports on oil extraction in Kazakhstan
Kazakh drilling rig to be towed to Baku in coming weeks
Volume of gas consumption in Kazakhstan can exceed 34 billion cubic meters
Energy manufacturing decreases in Kazakhstan
Eurasian Development Bank to invest into renewable energy of Kazakhstan
How Kashagan's oil field overhaul affect Kazakhstan's oil industry?
Kashagan field restarts oil production
KazMunayGas talks environmental protection
Petrol prices drop in Kazakhstan
Water and gas ingress detected at Kazakhstan’s Kalamkas oil field
Organizational-technical measures taken at Kazakhstan's Kalamkas field
Kazakhstan decreases flour export
State Dept.: US would like to modernize existing power generation in Central Asia
'Green' energy projects are particularly relevant to Kazakhstan
Russia can resume export of petroleum products to Kazakhstan
Organizational-technical measures taken at Kazakhstan's Kalamkas field
Kazakhstan to manufacture solar panels with help of foreign investors
New solar plant to start operating in Kazakhstan
Total's shares of Kashagan, Kazakhstan not for sale
Kazakhstan eyes to extract over 12M tons of oil from Kashagan field
Caspian region to increase its gas production by 54%: GECF

Agriculture

International corporation to fund dev't Kazakhstan's fruit gardens
Kazakhstan to start supplying wheat to Georgian market
Volume of animal husbandry production prevails in Kazakhstan agriculture
EGISTIC platform to help Kazakh farmers step into digital age
MFA of Netherlands talks future agriculture projects in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan to export new types of milk products to China
What agriculture projects are implemented in Kazakhstan's Arys?
Kazakhstan to use robots to manufacture feedstuff
Agrarian Credit Corporation plays an important role in agriculture sector of Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan decreases flour export
Kazakhstan reduces rice export
Kazakhstan's Pavlodar region plans to increase meat export
Kazakhstan's KazAgro Holding closes all external debts
New big territory allocated for poultry farm in Kazakhstan

Transport

Kazakhs prefer to purchase locally made cars
Kazakhstan to get access to Georgian ports on Black Sea
Amount of passengers in Kazakhstan increases
"Business Roadmap 2020" continues to support business of Kazakhstan
Four regions of Kazakhstan increase vehicle manufacturing
Kazakhstan: necessary to utilize historical transport routes of Central Asia
Kazakh port of Aktau in center of foreign shippers' attention
Kazakhstan to increase cargo turnover five times
Kazakh car industry aims at electric and hybrid vehicles
Kazakhstan provides for increase of cargo turnover between China and Europe

Turkmenistan

Macroeconomic

Turkmenistan, Hungary eye to hold joint business forum
Turkmenistan, OECD mull issues to stimulate investments
Turkmenistan participates in WCO forum on free economic zones
Turkmenistan takes steps to improve insurance activities

Industry

Italy’s Danieli company studies metallurgy development project in Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan aims at exporting household chemical products
Turkmenistan increases tomato production
LG to help Turkmenistan push its gas chemical products to world market
Ashgabat, Seoul develop project to produce synthetic textile fibers
Modern poultry farm commissioned in Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan masters production of filler for emulsion paints
Turkmenistan aims to cooperate with Bahrain in chemical industry

Foreign economic relations

Turkmenistan, Vietnam aim at joint economic projects
Turkmenistan, Georgia aim at enhancing mutual trade
Iran, Turkmenistan trade turnover surpasses $1.7 billion
Italian business circles explore Turkmen market
Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan learn from European smuggling prevention experience
Turkmenistan remains key gas supplier to China
Turkmenistan, Belarus intensify joint economic projects
Turkmenistan approves members of intergovernmental economic committee with Austria
Turkmenistan’s Turkmenhimiya State Concern plans deal with Russian company
Turkmenistan aims to intensify co-op with India
Japanese companies conclude several contracts with Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan, Afghanistan launch border trade zone
Austrian business explores possibility of implementing joint projects in Turkmenistan
Germany implements environmental project in Turkmenistan
Russia’s Tatneft to expand activities in Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan, Germany mull energy security issues
Presidents of Uzbekistan, Germany discuss trade, economic issues
Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan hold political consultations

Energy

Russia’s Gazprom Export stops arbitration procedure with Turkmenistan’s Turkmengas
Negotiations with Russia’s Gazprom to be held in Ashgabat
Russia, Turkmenistan negotiating five-year gas contract
Turkmenistan explores Tajibay gas field
Japan exploring new major oil & gas projects of Turkmenistan
Gas supply project through Caspian Sea regains relevance to Turkmenistan
Dragon Oil discloses indicators of oil and gas project in Turkmenistan
Reports on TAPI project delivered at gas congress in Turkmenistan’s Avaza
President of Turkmenistan: construction of TAPI swiftly underway
Three reasons to push for Trans-Caspian Pipeline now
International gas congress opens in Turkmenistan
FM: Hungary hopes Turkmen gas to be sent to general energy flow of Central Europe
Malaysian Petronas makes big investments in development of Turkmen sector of Caspian Sea
S. Korean companies to modernize refineries in Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan eyes to greatly increase gas exports to China by 2021
Dragon Oil discloses indicators of oil and gas project in Turkmenistan
Reports on TAPI project delivered at gas congress in Turkmenistan’s Avaza
China actively develops Turkmenistan’s Bagtyyarlyk field
Turkmenistan reveals deadline for completing work on its section of TAPI
Estimates of gas reserves of Galkynysh field may be set higher
Japan negotiates with Turkmenistan on cooperation in fuel and energy sectors
Malaysian Petronas makes big investments in development of Turkmen sector of Caspian Sea
US calls on Turkmenistan to join Southern Gas Corridor
Turkish company to sign new contract with Turkmen state corporation
Russia’s Tatneft to expand activities in Turkmenistan
Russia, UK buy oil products in Turkmenistan
Caspian region to increase its gas production by 54%: GECF

Agriculture

Belarus discussing prospects for co-op with Turkmen agriculture sector
Turkmenistan buying agriculture equipment in Uzbekistan
Cotton sowing underway in Turkmenistan
Reps of CIS countries mulling partnership prospects in agricultural sector in Ashgabat
Turkmenistan becomes a wheat exporting country
Turkmenistan buying agriculture equipment in Uzbekistan
Turkmenistan preparing to harvest wheat

Transport

Italy co-financing Turkmen port’s expansion project
Balkan shipyard successfully operates in Turkmenistan’s Turkmenbashi port
Italy co-financing Turkmen port’s expansion project
FM: Turkmenistan, Hungary to ink two agreements in civil aviation, road transportation
Turkmenistan participates in International Transport Forum Summit
Uzbekistan launches new railway station at border with Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan attends WCO regional meeting on control of container shipping

Uzbekistan

Macroeconomic

Uzbekistan develops strategy to increase FDI
Navoi region of Uzbekistan gains FEZ status
Uzbekistan to become new driver for attracting FDI in Central Asia
World Bank: Uzbekistan's state budget is reliable, well executed
S&P assign 'BB-' rating to Tashkent region of Uzbekistan
Uzbek city of Khiva to become capital of Turkic world
Uzbekistan to cancel customs privileges for cement importers
Uzbek Andijan region to implement 908 projects worth almost $3B
Inflation rate in Uzbekistan is below forecast
Uzbekistan, UAE establish investment company
Uzbek capital implements 19 projects worth over $600 M
Uzbekistan to attract $500M for construction-related projects
Central Bank of Uzbekistan publishes factors influencing inflation in 1Q2019
Retail trade turnover in Uzbekistan reaches almost $5.5 B
Uzbekistan's foreign trade grows almost by 25%
Volume of wholesale trade in Uzbekistan amounts to over $ 2 billion
Uzbek Ministry of Finance names reasons for GDP growth

Finance & insurance

Uzbekneftegaz may issue first Eurobonds in mid-2020
US Eximbank to allocate loan to US companies in Uzbekistan
Netherlands’ Investment Company allocates subordinated loan to Uzbek bank
Central Bank of Uzbekistan talks on innovations in payment system
S&P affirms Uzbek bank's rating at B+/B
Value of done deals on Uzbek stock exchange up by over 70%
Uzbekistan publishes results of electronic trading of government securities
Belarus, Uzbekistan plan to increase turnover through trading on stock exchange
Interest rates on loans in national currency hits record level in Uzbekistan
Uzbek company, EBRD sign loan agreement
Central Bank of Uzbekistan issues license to Kazakh bank
WB allocates loan of $33M to Uzbekistan

Industry

Share of enterprises with foreign capital decreases in industrial production of Uzbekistan
Chinese company begins construction of cement plant in Uzbek Jizzakh region
Swiss company intends to open lift-escalator factory in Uzbekistan
Chinese company to build cement plant in Uzbek Samarkand
Uzbekistan increases cement imports
German company to help building new chemical plant in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan implements almost 1000 projects for manufacturing of finished products
Uzbek government to transfer cement, brick producers to coal
Uzbekistan, China may create JV for production of educational toys

Foreign economic relations

Uzbekistan signs 10 agreements with US, Canada
Turkey-Uzbekistan trade turnover decreases
Dutch companies to complete construction of greenhouses in Uzbekistan this fall
Uzbekistan, Turkey to launch joint cluster for production of shoes, leather
Trade turnover of Uzbekistan, China amounts to $2.55B in 2019
US company to start supplying its equipment to Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan, Switzerland to open additional export credit lines
Uzbekistan, Belgian Keestrack may create joint venture
German company implements project in Uzbekistan worth 2.6 M euros
Russian company talks on possibility of establishing regional hub in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan plans to attract loans for $2.2 B from Arab financial institutions
Uzbekistan, Afghanistan sign agreements for $82M

Energy

Uzbekneftegaz, Russian Tatneft sign agreement on exploration work in Uzbekistan
Head of Russian Lukoil discusses new projects in oil, gas field with Uzbek President
Russian Gazprom to start gas production at Uzbek Dzhel field in 2021
International exhibitions OGU 2019, Power Uzbekistan-2019 begin in Uzbekistan
SOCAR, BP talk on details of geological exploration agreement in Uzbekistan
Uzbekneftegaz, Gazprom JV plans to attract loan of 176.5 M euros
US, Uzbek companies to develop project on new gas, chemical complex
Russian Tatneft may develop oil fields in Uzbekistan
Second stage of NPP construction kicks off in Uzbekistan
Lukoil increases gas production in Uzbekistan by 33%
Uzbekneftegaz, US Air Products to create JV for production of industrial gases
Uzbekistan, French company establish JV in energy field
Uzbekistan signs another contract with Rosatom for construction of NPP
Uzbekneftegaz implements projects for $33 B until 2025
SOCAR, BP talk on details of geological exploration agreement in Uzbekistan
SOCAR to increase oil output in Uzbekistan’s Kashkadarya
Uzbekistan intends to increase exports of electrical products
German company to help building new chemical plant in Uzbekistan
Uzbek government encourages producers of RES by tax benefits
Uzbekistan implements 43 projects in chemical industry
Chinese bank may participate in Uzbekistan’s energy projects
Total capital of Uzbek companies in Turkey more than quadrupled
Finnish company to help modernize energy system of Uzbekistan
Russian VEB.RF corporation to finance supply of energy equipment to Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan to transfer state share of Fergana refinery to Indonesian company

Agriculture

Companies from Belgium, Netherlands, Israel to co-op with Uzbekistan in agriculture
Turkmenistan buying agriculture equipment in Uzbekistan
Belgian fund finances creation of agro-industrial complex in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan, Russia establish joint agrocluster
Uzbekistan starts exporting fruits, vegetables to India
Uzbekistan supplies first batch of sweet cherries to London
Uzbekistan starts to supply potatoes to Ukraine for first time

Transport

Turkey introduces visa-free regime for Uzbek truck drivers
French Vinci Energies eyes to take part in building bridges, hotels in Uzbekistan
WBG supports Uzbekistan's efforts to become leader in regional air transport market
Uzbekistan doubles production of cars
Belarus, Uzbekistan to permit trucking of cars without authorizations
Uzbekistan refuses Russian airlines in free choice of frequencies for flights
ADB allocates loan to Uzbekistan to modernize railway fleet
GM Uzbekistan resumes car exports to Ukraine
Uzbek government to cover cost of export by railways
Uzbekistan to be transit state for flights from London, Frankfurt to Afghanistan
Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan to resume charter flights this summer
Uzbekistan opens new direct flight to Egypt
Uzbekistan to produce commercial vehicles with Volkswagen
Russian company upgrades three airports in Uzbekistan
GM Uzbekistan to export cars to Azerbaijan