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Central Asia Economic Outlook: September 2019 (1)

5 December 2019
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Kazakhstan

Macroeconomic

Foreign companies participate in Kazakhstan's economy digitalization
Micro, small business in Kazakhstan to be exempt from taxes
Kazakhstan launches unique project using modern advanced technology
Iranian investors help launch meat processing complex in Kazakhstan
Measures to be taken in Kazakhstan to implement address of president
Nearly $60M worth of investment projects to be launched in Kazakhstan
Food products prices increase in Kazakhstan
Activities plan for development of non-commodity export approved in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan’s Kazmortransflot to reconsider its investment projects
Annual inflation rate exceeds 5% in Kazakhstan
Dubai investor to participate in orchards development in Kazakhstan
In-depth look at Kazakhstan freeing businesses from paying taxes for 3 years
Kazakh exchange offers its infrastructure to attract investment in Uzbekistan

Finance & insurance

Consolidation of two major banks successfully wraps up in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan sees increase in companies backed by foreign capital
S&P forecasts external balance sheets of Kazakhstan to remain robust
Single Kazakh region paying over 50% to National Fund account
Nordic Investment Bank to start projects' funding in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan Deposit Insurance Fund increases margin rates on deposits

Industry

Prices on precious metals up by nearly 20% in Kazakhstan
Leading EAEU member-state by increase of industrial production prices named
New industrial park to be established in Kazakh capital
Unique export-oriented manufacturing to be launched in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan to manufacture its first fractionating column for industrial distillation
Plan for halal food products manufacturing approved in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan's major city shows over 90% drop in investments in processing industry
Kazakh flour manufacturers take business to Uzbekistan due to better conditions
Major Kazakh companies sign agreements with local manufacturers
Construction of dairy plant worth nearly $10M launched in Kazakhstan
NAALE of China to create plant in Kazakhstan's Pavlodar
Pre-packaged foods manufacturing launched in Kazakhstan's Atyrau
Over 140 industrial projects to be implemented in Kazakhstan's Turkestan
Mechanical engineering manufacturing up by over 8 times in Kazakhstan
Construction of dairy plant worth nearly $10M launched in Kazakhstan

Foreign economic relations

Kazakhstan, Tajikistan progressively develop mutual trade
Iranian investors help launch meat processing complex in Kazakhstan
Japan interested in joint infrastructure projects with Kazakhstan
Turkish investors to establish production of leather products in Kazakhstan
Turkey sees increase in incoming tourists from Kazakhstan
Mechanism for subsidizing wheat supply from Kazakhstan to Georgia to be launched soon
Turkey-Kazakhstan trade increases
Kazakhstan to develop its trade policy in co-op with Dubai
Kazakhstan to establish trade offices in 8 more countries
Uzbek companies to be able to sell shares on Kazakh Stock Exchange
Slovakia interested in increasing number of JVs with Kazakhstan
China to contribute to implementation of Digital Kazakhstan program
Kazakhstan and Jordan may introduce visa-free regime

Energy

Over 500 MW of renewable energy sources to be put into operation in Kazakhstan
Kazakh-Chinese 'green' energy project launched in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan's Karachaganak expansion project development underway
Value of investments into oil fields exploration to exceed $5B in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan extracts nearly 60 million tons of oil
Actual gas extraction in Kazakhstan exceeds planned volume
Kazakhstan to double export of electricity to Uzbekistan by year end
Oil extraction volume in Kazakhstan to exceed 100M tons
Caspian Pipeline Consortium's crude oil handling down
Oil waste recycling issues to be addressed in Kazakhstan
Turkmenistan to prepare new legal acts in electric power industry
Kazakhstan's Shymkent to decrease energy consumption by 60%
Kazakhstan to increase oil output in 2020
EIA decreases previously forecast oil output in Kazakhstan

Agriculture

Kazakhstan takes measures to increase agricultural goods production
Area of ​​agricultural crops expands in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan increases agricultural goods export to some European countries
Kazakhstan starts harvesting of sugar beet samples
Investments in Kazakhstan's agriculture increase by over 60%
Agriculture goods prices up by nearly 17% in Kazakhstan
ADB allocates nearly $250M for rehabilitation of irrigation networks in Kazakhstan
Over 70% percent of grapes production in Kazakhstan accounts for single region

Transport

Container transit via territory of Kazakhstan up by over 40%
Demand for electric cars significantly down in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan's Kostanay airport to start receiving cargo aircrafts
Over 160 B tons of cargo transported in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan’s Kazmortransflot to reconsider its investment projects
Volume of cargo transshipment from Kazakhstan via Turkish ports disclosed
International airport in Kazakh capital to suspend receiving aircrafts

Turkmenistan

Macroeconomic

Amount of deals on Turkmen commodity exchange hits over $32M
Turkmenistan continues preparations to showcase its economic achievements
Turkmenistan attends meeting within UN Convention to Combat Desertification
Turkmenistan ratifies ILO convention
Turkmenistan has low external debt indicator
Private business actively developing in eastern region of Turkmenistan

Finance & insurance

Turkmenistan joins Islamic Corporation for Insurance of Investment and Export Credit
Turkmenistan expands services of payment systems

Industry

Turkmenistan names new Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman
Russian companies to modernize chemical plant in Turkmenistan
Textile enterprises in Turkmenistan getting privatized

Foreign economic relations

Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan building up mutual trade
Turkmenistan interested in establishing JVs with Israel
Turkmenistan collaborates with John Deere in digitalization
Turkey-Turkmenistan trade up
Turkmenistan approves its members in economic committee with Azerbaijan
Strategic areas of co-op between Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan are energy & transport
Turkmenistan among TOP 10 trade partners of Afghanistan
King of Saudi Arabia invited to Turkmenistan

Energy

Turkmen President instructs to keep eye on issues regarding development of Galkynysh field
Turkmenistan takes measures to increase productivity of fuel, energy complex
Turkmenistan to host International Energy Forum
Turkey reveals volume of crude oil imports from Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan expands range of oil products
Turkmenistan eyes to upgrade equipment of state telecom company
Turkmenistan supplying aerated concrete blocks to Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan
Singapore company studying prospects of co-op with Turkmen oil & gas state concerns
Saudi Arabia notes Turkmenistan's role in regional energy security
Turkmenistan sells diesel fuel to Ukraine
EIA reveals forecasts for oil output in Turkmenistan

Agriculture

Turkmenistan to launch cotton picking campaign in September
Private fishing developing in Turkmenistan’s northern region
Winter wheat sowing starts in Turkmenistan
Cotton harvest begins in Turkmenistan

Transport

Top managers of Turkmenbashi Seaport agree with Singapore on joint activity
Turkmenistan starts accepting foreign applications on cargo transportation by road
Ukrainian company offers Turkmenistan to build metro in Ashgabat
Turkmenistan's transport and logistics company enters European market

Uzbekistan

Macroeconomic

Uzbekistan's WTO accession to increase only imports, exports to lag
Uzbek Ministry of Finance prepares new tax code in co-op with WB, IMF
Uzbekistan plans to implement infrastructure projects with World Bank
Tariff prices in Uzbekistan up by over 5%
Devaluation of Uzbek national currency increases price of imported goods
Rise in food prices in Uzbekistan
Growth of consumer prices in Uzbekistan reaches its maximum
EBRD provides boost to domestic importers, exporters in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan establishes FEZ Nukus
Cashback to not be taxed in Uzbekistan
US Whirlpool company interested in investing in Uzbekistan
One of Big Four to enter securities market of Uzbekistan
Amount of transactions on Uzbek Commodity Exchange decreases by 33%
Absence of cashback tax to develop bonus business of Uzbekistan
European Commission: Uzbekistan to become one of most attractive investment destinations in Central Asia
ITFC is providing Uzbekistan with $500M of trade financing
ITFC supports SMEs in Uzbekistan
RAEX-Europe confirms Uzbekistan’s ratings at BB-
VAT rate’s decrease in Uzbekistan to reduce state budget revenues by $1B
World Bank to help turn Uzbek capital into city that differs from others
Kazakh exchange offers its infrastructure to attract investment in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan to replenish state budget by $1.7 B due to customs duties
Uzavtosanoat JSC to direct over 50% of revenues for dev't
Uzbekistan to have new business category

Finance & insurance

Uzbek region signs memorandum with Ernst & Young
S&P Global Ratings publishes new analytical review Bank Ratings of Uzbekistan
Uzbek population converts savings into dollars due to situation with national currency
AIIB implements 2 multi-million dollar projects in Uzbekistan
Uzbek bank signs loan agreement with Dutch FMO
Why Uzbek entrepreneurs can no more cash money in foreign currency?
National Bank of Uzbekistan receives loan from Polish bank
Central Bank plans to control distribution of Uzbek banks’ profits
Dutch FMO discloses details of loan to Uzbek Ipak Yuli bank
Uzbekistan to reduce VAT rate

Industry

Swiss company plans to revive Uzbek homebuilding industry
German company supplies its products to Uzbek gold processing plant
Uzbekistan to sell government shares in 140 alcohol companies
International Lighting Corporation plans to open design bureau in Uzbekistan
Russian BOOS Lightning Group plans to build plant in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan to launch mining and metallurgical complex in Karakalpakstan

Foreign economic relations

What prevents emergence of new companies from Europe, USA in Uzbekistan?
Uzbek company to enter US market
Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan open new checkpoints
Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan open new checkpoints
How Uzbekistan will benefit from Russian version of goods labeling?
Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan building up mutual trade
Almost all of Uzbekistan’s coal imports come from Kyrgyzstan
Uzbekistan does not plan to buy US treasury bonds
Russian corporation plans to invest $100 M in Uzbekistan
CIS countries to discuss declaration on strategic economic cooperation in Ashgabat
Turkey, Uzbekistan increase trade turnover
Better Cotton Initiative names main conditions to enter Uzbekistan
Japanese companies intend to attract investment in undeveloped sectors of Uzbekistan
Trade turnover of Uzbekistan, Georgia up by 80%
Land exchange between Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan confirmed
Uzbekistan introduces visa-free regime for China citizens

Energy

Wind farms to be built in two Uzbek cities
Russia plans to begin construction of NPP in Uzbekistan next year
Uzbek Commodity Exchange publishes dynamics in prices quotes for gas, gasoline
Kazakhstan to double export of electricity to Uzbekistan by year end
Uzbekistan, French Orano to set up JV in uranium mining
Uztransgaz to finish reconstruction of 93 km of gas pipelines in 2 months
Belgian company intends to co-op with Uzbekistan in energy sector
Uzbek NPP to be completely rid of 14 adverse factors of IAEA
EBRD provides loan to Uzbek bank for investments in RES

Agriculture

Uzbekistan to export agriculture products to Malaysia
Uzbekistan signs agreements with China for agricultural exports
Uzbek entrepreneurs, farmers ban from cashing out in foreign currency
Uzbekistan to bring export of agricultural sector to $20B by 2030
Uzbekistan buys 130 cotton picking machines
Uzbekistan to introduce EU standards in agricultural products
Agro-industrial clusters created in Uzbekistan's Namangan
Uzbekistan to begin exporting agricultural products to India

Transport

Freight flow of Uzbekistan-Afghanistan-Iran railway corridor to have annual increase of 20%
Russian Railways extends discount on import of fruits, vegetables from Uzbekistan
Uzbek airline to purchase three planes from Russia
Russia, Uzbekistan to increase co-op in mechanical engineering
Russian airline to open direct flight from St. Petersburg to Uzbek city of Karshi
First container train from Afghanistan to China launches through Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan may purchase 10 electric buses from Belarus
Uzbekistan Railways allocates most of profits to pay off loans
Uzbek freight trains to be able to move around Turkey
Ministry of Transport: Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-China corridor to increase export of Uzbek goods to China