Tuesday, 05, March, 2024

Finances

Uzbekistan total external debt as of October 1, 2020 amounted to US$ 29.3 billion, recording 19.7% or US$ 4.8 billion increase to the beginning of 2020, the Central Bank’s Balance of payments, international investment position and external debt of the Republic of Uzbekistan publication said.

As the demand for affordable medical goods fuelled by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has grown immensely in Uzbekistan, the EBRD is stepping up efforts to support local manufacturers in Central Asia’s most populated state.

The Government of Uzbekistan selected Nephroplus, one of Asia’s largest and fastest growing dialysis companies, as the winning bidder today in a competitive international bidding process designed to increase patients’ access to quality dialysis treatment.

Uzbekistan Minister of Energy Alisher Sultanov and VEB.RF Chairman Igor Shuvalov oversaw the signing of a number of oil and gas project deals, as part of the Uzbek Minister’s visit to Russia.

The Japanese H.I.S. Holdings is considering to buy a stake in one of the Uzbekistan banks. This was discussed at the meeting of the Uzbek Deputy PM/Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade, Sardor Umurzakov, with the CEO & Executive President at H.I.S., Hideo Sawada, the ministry said in a statement.

Uzbekistan ups the ceiling for the government external borrowing for 2020 to US$ 5.5 billion. The deputies of Legislative Chamber reviewed amending the State Budget for 2020 Law.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today announced that it has approved a $93 million loan to help enhance competitiveness in Uzbekistan and boost inclusive growth by improving market-relevant skills development for young people and unemployed job seekers.

The Deputy PM/Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade Sardor Umurzakov held online talks with the new President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Odile Renault-Basso, the ministry said.

The Central Bank is holding its board meeting in Tashkent, the press service of the Central Bank. The meeting attendees reportedly decided to keep the interest rate at 14 percent per annum.

A meeting with executives of the European Bank for Development and Reconstruction (EBRD) was held at the Central Bank, together with the Ministry of Finance of Uzbekistan.

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is helping DAVR-BANK expand its financing for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and women-owned businesses across Uzbekistan. While these business groups were already constrained from accessing finance, the COVID-19 pandemic made the situation worse. IFC’s $5 million investment will provide critical working capital to help them continue their operations and stay afloat during the ongoing public health crisis.

The US$ 50 million Uzbek-Kyrgyz Investment Fund is to be set up. The decision was taken at the meeting between Uzbek Deputy PM/Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade Sardor Umurzakov and Kyrgyz Acting PM Artyom Novikov in Fergana, the Kyrgyz government said.

VEB.RF will provide a loan to Olmaliq Mining Metallurgical Complex (OMMC) for purchase of BELAZ mining dump trucks as part of the plant’s modernization project, the VEB.RF said in a statement.

S&P Global Ratings affirmed its long- and short-term foreign and local currency ratings on Uzbekistan at ‘BB-/B’. The outlook remains negative.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Russia’s sovereign fund, proposed to Uzbek partners to set up joint Uzbek-Russian investment fund, the First Deputy Director General of RDIF Anatoly Braverman said Friday at a round table with the participation of businesses of the two countries.

Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of late Uzbek president Islam Karimov, won a court victory in Switzerland that allows her to try to unblock $350 million in frozen assets in the latest chapter of a almost $1 billion corruption scandal.

Uzbekistan’s total public debt at the end of 2021 is projected at US$ 28.4 billion, or 44.9% of GDP, the draft Citizens Budget 2021 said.

UzAuto Motors JSC and the London branch of Credit Suisse AG signed a EUR 150 million syndicated loan agreement, UzAuto Motors said.

Foreign companies have been hiredto help sell the government’s stake in Coca-Cola Bottlers Uzbekistan, Ltd (CCBU) (57.1%). The Assets Management Agency said that the process of selling the government’s stake in CCBU will be organized on the principles of transparency, in accordance with generally accepted international practice, not contrary to the Uzbek legislation.

PromSvyazBank has provided US$ 200 million in a revolving credit line to one of the world’s largest gold producers, the Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Combine of Uzbekistan to finance the company’s investment projects,” the bank said.