While the pandemic hit Uzbekistan’s economy especially hard in the first half of 2020 and inflicted considerable hardship, the recession was moderated by strong and timely containment and support measures. These included a forceful public health response and the deployment of a set of fiscal, monetary, and financial measures, made possible by substantial buffers owing to prudent macro-economic policies in preceding years, and thanks also to sizable international support.
On April 22, Uzauto Motors, with the support of the Ministry of Finance, announced the upcoming issue of US$ 300 million worth of maiden international bonds and holding teleconferences with potential investors, the Ministry of Finance said in a statment.
On April 22, the Board of the Central Bank decided to keep the interest rate at 14% per annum, the Bank said. “This decision was aimed at balancing the decline in inflation and supporting economic activity in the context of economic recovery, as well as to maintain the slowing inflation and inflation expectations against the backdrop of risks of rising food prices in foreign markets,” the Central Bank said in a release.
On April 16, Deputy Finance Minister Odilbek Isoqov and the Japanese Ambassador Yoshinori Fujiyama signed US$ 195 million worth of exchange notes to implement a development policy support program, the Embassy said.
The President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree on measures to further develop the capital market. The Decree approved the program for development of the capital market for 2021–2023, the target figures to be achieved as a result of the implementation of the program, the roadmap for the implementation of the development program, as well as the list of enterprises whose shares are subject to public offering through the stock exchange in 2021–2023.
The Chairman of the Roseximbank Azer Talibov offered Uzbekistan to develop settlements in national currencies. “We all have different trading modes, we understand what trends are taking place and who dominates in this segment. If we want to build a serious platform for the development of our bilateral and multilateral relations, it is important for us to develop a system of settlements in national currencies,” Talibov said.
The Ministry of Finance, Uztransgaz, VEB.RF, the Russian Agency for Insurance of Export Credits and Investments and Gazprombank have agreed to cooperate on the implementation of the Uzbekistan’s gas transportation system modernization project, VEB.RF’s press service said.
On March 31, Otabek Nazirov was appointed adviser to the Minister of Investment and Foreign Trade/Director General of Direct Investment Fund of Uzbekistan, the MIFT reported.
Zsuzsanna Hargitai has been appointed new Managing Director, Central Asia for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). In this role she will oversee the Bank’s operations in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, a vast and diverse region where the EBRD has invested US$ 16.5 billion (€13.7 billion) through almost 890 projects to date.