Saturday, 20, October, 2018

Finances

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev yesterday hosted the World Bank delegation led by the Chief Executive Officer Kristalina Georgieva, the President’s press service reported.

The Central Bank of Uzbekistan on its website announced the main tasks for 2018:  The procedure of purchase and sale of foreign currency by legal entities and individuals is expected to be simplified, In particular, it is planned to allow the withdrawal of foreign currency cash from local cards, with the network of ATMs to be expanded to this end.

Delegation of Credit Suisse bank led by Managing Director Stefan Gerig arrived yesterday in Tashkent. The program of the visit includes meetings and talks in the Government of Uzbekistan, a number of ministries and agencies, banks, state companies to discuss promising cooperation projects.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed Approving the International Treaty Decree Thursday approving the Framework Agreement between Uzbekistan and the European Investment Bank (EIB) on the activities of the bank in Uzbekistan.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, by his December 29 decree, has approved the forecasts of main macroeconomic figures and parameters of the state budget for 2018. Earlier, Mirziyoyev rejected the draft budget approved by the Senate and said that he would personally draft it "focusing on people's welfare".

Bank sector outlooks for the CIS and Georgia in 2018 are mostly stable, helped by a more supportive economic backdrop and steps to reduce asset quality pressure stemming from recessions and currency devaluations in recent years, Fitch Ratings says.

The EBRD provided US $ 30 million to the fourth largest financial institution in Uzbekistan, Joint-Stock Commercial Mortgage Bank Ipoteka-Bank (the "Ipoteka-Bank"). The financing package consists of US $ 25 million credit to support micro, small and medium-sized businesses (MSMEs) and a trade finance limit of up to US $ 5 million under the EBRD's Trade Facilitation Program (TFP) was signed in Tashkent.

At least 50 officials were sacked from the Uzbek finance ministry Saturday. Among the sacked are Irina Golysheva (head of Department of taxes and customs tariff), Sh.Haydarov (head of accounting and audit methods) and A. Abdullaev (head of Financing development of industrial, fuel-energy sector and geology and tariff regulation management), and at least two deputy heads of departments, KUN said.

On December 20, 2017, Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed Measures to Further Enhance Effectiveness of Cooperation with International and Foreign Financial Institutions Decree.

The EBRD is stepping up its reengagement in Uzbekistan with the provision of a financial package of up to US$ 30 million to JSCB Hamkorbank, the country’s largest privately-owned commercial bank.