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Regional Finance: April 2019 (2)

17 September 2019
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Summary of main events

Azerbaijan

Macroeconomics

Russian rating agency predicts economic growth in Azerbaijan
Funds for annual social benefits, pensions to double in Azerbaijan
Monthly inflation remains unchanged in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani Taxes Ministry to launch website for online registration of individuals
Another online service for business to be launched in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan's GDP grows by 3%
When Islamic financing may be introduced in Azerbaijan?
Islamic Development Bank discloses time-frame for big project implementation in Azerbaijan
Another int’l financial institution to start lending in Azerbaijani manats
Growth in Azerbaijan's state budget revenues
Minister: Azerbaijani-Iranian relations developing intensively
Azerbaijan, Swiss Federal Council to hold meeting on trade & economic co-op
Entrepreneurs receive loans in Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan
Women entrepreneurs to get funds in one of Azerbaijani districts
How Azerbaijan protects manat from forgery?
Economy of Azerbaijan's Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic grows by 0.8%
Tax revenues to state budget increase in Azerbaijan
Concessional financing of business in Baku and surrounding villages reaches 600M AZN
Azerbaijani association increases number of business trainings on entrepreneurship development.
CBA proposes to switch to polymer banknotes
CBA: Azerbaijani manat rate to remain stable
What will be inflation rate in Azerbaijan?

Banks

Moody's expects expansion of loan portfolio of Azerbaijan’s Bank Respublika
Remittances from Azerbaijan to Georgia slightly increase
Moody's raises ranking of International Bank of Azerbaijan
Another int’l financial institution to start lending in Azerbaijani manats
Fitch talks main risks in CIS banking markets
Azerbaijan’s Kapital Bank increases total capital by 67%
Moody's expects high profitability for Azerbaijan’s Xalq Bank
Moody’s expects significant reduction in problem loans of Azerbaijan’s Bank of Baku
When Islamic financing may be introduced in Azerbaijan?
Challenges for Azerbaijani banks after dealing with problem loans
Net profit of Azerbaijan’s Pasha Bank increases by more than 5 times
Payment of compensations for problem loans starts in Azerbaijan
Fitch talks main risks in CIS banking markets
Azerbaijani ministry talks value of first tranche for problem loan compensations
Appeals Commission for problem loans of individuals formed in Azerbaijan
Eurasian Development Bank launches new non-SWIFT payment system
Number of requests to Azerbaijan Credit Bureau growing
Azerbaijani NBCO to issue bonds with yield of 10.5%
Azerbaijani postal operator pays compensations on problem loans
Growth rates of bank assets remain low in Azerbaijan
CBA: Azerbaijan won’t limit loan rates
Central Bank of Azerbaijan lowers discount rate

Insurance

New insurance company to start operating in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani insurance company increases net profit by almost 15%
Azerbaijan to take steps to apply insurance system in agriculture sector
New proposals for investment in insurance sector prepared in Azerbaijan
Introduction of uniform insurance damage assessment system in Azerbaijan requires serious work

Iran

Macroeconomics

Iran's Deputy FM: Hormozgan Province has high economic capacity
Iran does not worry about rising inflation
Iran reveals volume of foreign investments in Aras Free Zone
Economist talks pros & cons of Iran's currency revaluation
Iranian MP: Joining FATF cannot lead to decrease in currency rate
Does privatization in Iran serve public interest?
Economist talks pros & cons of Iran's currency revaluation
Economic relations of Iran and Turkey far from targeted level
Iran to commission mining projects worth $3.5 billion
Investments for $3.2M made in Iran’s Chabahar
Iran intends to attract $ 50 billion foreign investment in its infrastructure projects
Should Iranians invest in gold market?
Iran's latest inflation rate hits 30.6%

Banks & insurance

Should Iran lower banks' interest rate?
Iran reveals details of guidelines on Open Market Operation plan
Iranian banker: China's Bank of Kunlun to continue its relations with Iran
Iran foreign exchange reserves sufficient to maintain currency market stability
Iranian official denies media reports on cessation of Iran-China banking cooperation
Iran discloses volume of loans issued to economic sectors

Middle Asia

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

Turkmenistan

Macroeconomics

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

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%

Georgia