The April 2 presidential decree outlined the list of beneficiaries of funds received from the placement in February of US$ 1 billion total worth of 5-year and 10-year eurobonds.
Uzbekistan’s total gross external debt volume stands at US$ 17.3 billion of January 1, 2019, an increase by 9.5% or US$ 1.5 billion compared to the last year, the Central Bank said in a report.
Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the national entity for international development aid, has signed three agreements with the Government of Uzbekistan.
At the Central Bank was today held a meeting with officials of MasterCard Europe. The sides discussed the cooperation for the development of Uzbekistan card payments, as well as enhancing the capacity of the HUMO national card system in terms of maintaining the functionality of using international cards, the Central Bank said in a statement.
The sector outlook for Uzbek banks remains stable after 2018 results confirmed solid asset quality and profitability Fitch Ratings says. However, capitalization and liquidity are modest, and there are risks from rapid loan growth (51% in 2018) and foreign-currency (FC) lending.
Uzbekistan’s Ferghana ValleyMicro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) across Uzbekistan’s Ferghana Valley will benefit from a new rural enterprise development project approved on March 21 by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors. The project will be supported by a US$ 200 million loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the World Bank Group’s member).
The agency classifies Uzbekistan’s banking sector in group ‘8’ under its Banking Industry Country Risk Assessment (BICRA). The sector’s peers are in Russia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kenya, Tunisia and Argentina.
On March 12, a meeting of the Uzbek-Russian Sub-Commission on Interbank Cooperation was held in Moscow, which was attended by representatives of central banks, ministries of finance and economic development, banks of the two countries, as well as representatives of the Uzbek Foreign Currency Exchange and the Moscow Exchange. The meeting was co-chaired by the First Deputy Chairman of the Uzbek Central Bank T. Ishmetov and the First Deputy Chairman of the Bank of Russia K. Yudayeva.