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Regional Finance: February 2019 (1)

17 October 2019
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Summary of main events

Azerbaijan

Macroeconomics

Azerbaijan may improve positions in world rankings
Azerbaijan implementing regional project to support female entrepreneurs
Azerbaijan needs to accelerate legal regulation of creating venture funds
Bitcoin Association may be established in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan's ISMA Bikes reveals number of bicycles produced in 2018
EBRD can further allocate manat loans to Azerbaijani companies
Project aimed at developing entrepreneurship, self-employment extended in Azerbaijan
Inflation growth rate in Azerbaijan decreases
Azerbaijan Central Bank sees growth in currency reserves
Blockchain Azerbaijan Center prepares action plan for 2019
Public-private partnership - a catalyst for development of economy
Customs contributions to Azerbaijan's state budget up
Issuance of loans to women entrepreneurs to start in Azerbaijan
Issuance of loans to women entrepreneurs to start in Azerbaijan
Thousands of people may launch small business in Azerbaijan till late 2019
Minister: Necessary to simplify tax reporting system for small businesses in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan to have tax ombudsman
Residents of Azerbaijani tech park may be granted new tax & customs privileges

Banks

Lending to Azerbaijani regions up by over 17% in 2018
Moody’s: Azerbaijan’s banking system leading in capital adequacy in CIS
Visa preparing to launch contactless payments in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani banks uniting POS terminal networks
International Bank of Azerbaijan now offers UnionPay cards
Personnel change in management of Azerbaijani bank
Profitability of Azerbaijan’s Gunay Bank decreases
Capitalization of Azerbaijani insurance company increases
China takes aim at new target in black market banking on fears of capital flight
Visa talks Azerbaijan's possibility to fully shift to digital payments
Loans may decrease in price in Azerbaijan
Financial regulator: business crediting grows in Azerbaijan
Access to borrowers’ credit history expanded for banks in Azerbaijan

Insurance

New appointment in Azerbaijani insurance company
Compulsory insurance to be implemented in Azerbaijan from 2020
AzInsurance sets up operational headquarters in Azerbaijan’s Shamakhi due to quake
AzInsurance to start paying compensations to quake victims soon
Azerbaijan's AXA MBASK talks its possible termination
Digitalization to drive insurance market development in Azerbaijan
Capitalization of Azerbaijani insurance company increases

Iran

Macroeconomics

Iran minister: Controlling currency fluctuations better than cutting rates
Iran to open special economic zone in North Khorasan Province
Iran official talks main reason for meat price hike
Iranian economist warns against 40-percent inflation
Inflation in Iran: mutton prices up by 70%
Iranian official: rise in meat prices not linked to local nomads
Ban on trout eggs leads to rise in price of trout fish in Iran
Iran’s foreign debt drops
Iranian Central Bank provides stability of economic activities
Minister: Iranian government creating structure to control rise in prices
Iran's Namin Special Economic Zone open for investments
Iran working to join Eurasia Economic Union
High meat prices affecting Iran's low-income class, markets
Central Bank: agreement reached on payment mechanism for Iraq's debt to Iran
Iranian Central Bank to encourage exporters

Banks & insurance

Iranian Central Bank has plan to stabilize US dollar rate
Additional property of Iranian banks sold in crypto-currencies
INSTEX may lead to negotiations with US, says Iranian MP
INSTEX creates opportunity for Iran – MP
INSTEX works, as Iran sends good message to foreign investors
Australia to expand economic ties with Iran apart from INSTEX
Banking ties between Iran-Iraq strengthen
Iran's Central Bank reacts to MPs call for foreign currency interest payment

Middle Asia

Kazakhstan

Macroeconomic

Kazakhstan to attract investments from 40 countries
Kazakhstan breaks record for investments in environmental protection
Kazakhstan's external debt down
Kazakhstan reveals inflation rate
Tax revenues from Kazakh automakers increase
Share of non-cash online payments in Kazakhstan increases
Inflow of foreign direct investment in Kazakhstan up
Kazakh enterprises look to increase export volumes
Kazakhstan to launch 100 investment projects in Turkistan Region
Kazakhstan exports goods for $55B
Kazakh National Bank explains reasons for strengthening of tenge
Kyzylorda region leads in Kazakhstan for investment attractions
Kazakhstan discloses GDP growth rate in January
Retail trade in Kazakhstan up 4.4%
Investments in manufacturing industry of Kazakhstan’s Kyzylorda region soar
Investments in fixed assets in Kazakhstan decrease
Gross output of Kazakhstan’s Keles district exceeds $125M
Kazakhstan exceeds target on state budget revenues

Finance & insurance

Weighted average rate on loans to individuals down in Kazakhstan
Kaspi bank leaves Kazakhstan Stock Exchange
Kazakh Halyk Bank gets permission to open branch in Uzbekistan
Kazakhstan’s Pavlodar to issue 370 microloans
Kazakhstan to create centralized accounting of public finances
Halyk Bank recognized again as Kazakhstan’s best in trade finance
Kazakhstan raises loan issuance by quarter
Kazakh banks' liabilities increase 5%
Kazakh banks' total equity capital decreases first time in past 7 years
Money transfers from abroad to Kazakhstan increase significantly
Kazakh National Bank to purchase maintenance work

Turkmenistan

Macroeconomics

Turkmenistan eyes to increase GDP
Turkmenistan reveals foreign trade forecasts
Turkmenistan adopts program of country’s socio-economic development until 2025
Turkmenistan announces revenues from exports in 2018
Turkmenistan's GDP up significantly in 2018
Turkmenistan is preparing to hold First Caspian Economic Forum
Turkmenistan reveals foreign trade forecasts
Private sector’s share in Turkmen GDP growing
Turkmenistan reveals data on execution of state budget
Significant growth in Turkmenistan's GDP by late January
Turkmenistan developing construction materials sector
Turkmenistan prepares for Caspian Economic Forum

Uzbekistan

Macroeconomic

Inflation in Uzbekistan for January 2019 revealed
Uzbekistan wants to enter TOP 20 in "Doing Business" by 2025
Uzbekistan, EBRD discuss further development of co-op
Fitch assigns new rating to Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan to demolish about 240 houses for construction of Yunusabad Business City
ADB to support Uzbekistan's transition to dynamic market economy
Central Bank talks inflation in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan eyes to increase textile exports
Uzbekistan intends to rise in leading int'l rankings by year end
Inflation in Uzbekistan for January 2019 revealed
Fitch assigns new rating to Uzbekistan

Finance & insurance

Uzbek Central Bank says banks earn $2.7B from population
Uzbekistan intends to rise in leading int'l rankings by year end
Uzbekistan simplifies bankruptcy procedure
S&P raises forecast for credit rating of Uzbek Orient Finance Bank
Uzbek bank Asaka gets new chairman
Assets of Uzbek commercial banks amount to over $25B
Uzbekistan’s Aloqabank, Asia Alliance Bank to hold IPO
Uzbekistan to ease way for tourists to make purchases via Visa, Mastercard
Uzbek banks issue over 17.68 million plastic cards
Number of remote banking services users in Uzbekistan near 8 mln
Uzbekistan to establish Development Bank
Uzbekistan gets first Moody's credit rating
IMF to provide technical support to Uzbek Central Bank
Uzbek Ministry of Finance and Central Bank to place securities worth over $7M

Georgia