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Regional Finance: January 2019 (2)

17 October 2019
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Summary of main events



Azerbaijan's GDP grows by almost 1.5%
Inflation in Azerbaijan at 2.3%
What will Azerbaijan's real estate prices be like in 2019?
Over half of investment in fixed capital of Azerbaijan allocated to non-oil sector in 2018
EU supports development of micro-entrepreneurship in Azerbaijan
What benefits can Azerbaijan get from Free Economic Zone?
Azerbaijan considers using blockchain in customs field
EBRD ready to invest in climate finance projects in Azerbaijan
ADB is recommended to carry out analytical work in Azerbaijan
From tourism to urea production: What will support Azerbaijan’s economy growth?
S&P expects significant increase in currency reserves of Azerbaijan’s Central Bank
S&P expects Azerbaijan’s economy to grow
Azerbaijan modernizing state support for entrepreneurs
Number of tax audits greatly down in Azerbaijan
Almost 90% of investment promotion docs issued for projects in Azerbaijani regions up
ECO Bank announces investment priorities in Azerbaijan
Central Bank talks implementation of first blockchain project in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Russia’s Karachay-Cherkessia to mull expanding economic co-op
Reforms in Azerbaijan to be aimed at improving transit corridors' efficiency
Azerbaijan has conditions to further develop non-oil sector: deputy PM
President Ilham Aliyev: Successful policy led to major investments in Azerbaijan


Results of 2018: Azerbaijani banks set course for growth
Problem loans down in Azerbaijan’s leasing market
ADIF to pay compensations to remaining uninsured depositors of Royalbank
Azerbaijan’s AG Bank finishes 2018 with profit
President Aliyev meets head of VTB Bank in Davos
Azerbaijani NBC Bank’s profit decreases
Azerbaijan’s Premium Bank increases profit 10 times
EBRD can further allocate manat loans to Azerbaijani companies
Capitalization of Azerbaijan's banking sector increases in 2018
Int’l Bank of Azerbaijan completes 2018 with net profit of almost 500M manats
Azerbaijan’s Muganbank increases assets
FINCA Azerbaijan announces major expansion plan


Azerbaijan to use new agricultural insurance mechanisms
New chairman of Azerbaijan Insurers Association appointed
Issuance of loans to women entrepreneurs to start in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan's insurance market hits new record in 2018
Life insurance payments down in Azerbaijan in 2018
Azerbaijan's non-life insurance market grows
10 insurance companies provide over 90% of payments in Azerbaijan
Leadership of Compulsory Insurance Bureau of Azerbaijan changes
Azerbaijan not to expand pilot project on mandatory health insurance in 2019



Iran’s Fars among five provinces getting foreign investments
Iran's parliament bans sale of country's soil abroad
Iran completes preparing docs for barter of government debts
Iran’s East Azerbaijan province ranks first in allocating land to investors
Iran’s SAIPA reveals who will help to pay debts of component makers
Iran eyes to create effective economic zones
Iran’s blockchain-related investigations nearing completion
Iran "lost" $3.5 billion worth of local currency
Iran foreign currency allocation policy downs inflation pressure

Banks & insurance

D-8 countries planning to create joint payment card
Iran's Qazvin province gets over $32M of loans for production dev't
Official says Iran found two solutions to evade banking sanctions
How will newly-founded organized foreign exchange market help Iran?
Iran to place oil money into Swiss bank
Blockchain to solve lack of transparency in Iran’s banking system
Banker calls for supporting Iran’s production units
CBI governor warns over abuses in foreign currency market

Middle Asia



Kazakh Food Contract Corp. announces 2018 grain export volume
Kazakhstan announces volume of housing construction planned for 2019
Investments in fixed capital in Kazakhstan grow by 17%
Lending to small businesses in Kazakhstan continues to fall
Kazakhstan's Karaganda region increases external trade turnover
Kazakhstan increases funding for microcredit program
Astana first in Kazakhstan by small, medium-sized business share
Chinese company to invest $200M in building light bulb plant in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan intends to increase taxes income to 25% of GDP
Kazakhstan to open 10 trade missions this year

Finance & insurance

Kazakhstan discloses volume of incoming, outgoing bank transfers
Kazakhstan's Kyzylorda region significantly increases export certificate issuance
Money transfers from Kazakhstan abroad up by over 23%
Kazakh bank looking for access control system maintenance services
Banks in Kazakhstan increase assets by over 4%
Microlending increases in Kazakhstan’s Kostanay
Cash in circulation in Kazakhstan goes up by 16%
Kazakhstan's National Bank opens tender on developing design, estimate documentation
Kazakh banks receive highest profit in 2018



Turkmenistan interested in exploring WCO experience in border control
Turkmenistan, Japan discuss joint investment projects
EBRD to hold seminar on export & trade in Turkmenistan

Finance & insurance

Turkmen president orders to finalize financial and banking system development program
Turkmenistan names new director general of Insurance Organization
Private Turkmen bank intends to join MasterCard system



Uzbekistan discloses volume of provided market services for 2018
Uzbekistan obtains over 107B soums of investments in fixed capital
Uzbek-Emirates Investment Company to appear in Uzbekistan
President of Uzbekistan approves state program for 2019
EBRD announces 2018 investments in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan's GDP increases by more than 5%
Uzbekistan, S. Korea cooperate in introducing ICT in tax administration
EU: Uzbekistan can become economic leader of Central Asia
Uzbek capital expects $2.7B from foreign investors in 2019
EU gives Uzbekistan 5M euros to support country's accession to WTO
Uzbekistan's retail trade turnover increases by 5.5%
Uzbekistan establishes new ministry

Finance & insurance

Uzbekistan signs framework agreement with Exim Bank of India
Fitch upgrades four Uzbek state-owned banks
Uzbek Agrobank, Hungarian Exim Bank agree to work on joint projects
Uzbekistan: Weighted average interest rate on foreign currency loans rises
Uzbek banks acquire over $1B worth of foreign loans