Saturday, 01, October, 2022

Finances

The ADB Vice-President Shixin Chen and Uzbekistan Deputy Prime Minister and ADB Governor, Mr. Elyor Ganiyev, signed loan agreements for the Horticulture Value Chain Infrastructure Project and the Second Tashkent Province Water Supply Development Project on 4 May during their bilateral meeting at ADB Annual Meeting in Fiji.

A meeting with the UAE delegation headed by the Minister of Energy and Industry Suhail al-Mazroui was held at the Ministry of Finance.

Uzbekistan currently has a unique demographic window of opportunity as 500,000 youths will annually add to the labor supply over the next years. Successfully integrating these job seekers to the labor market could transform Uzbekistan into the rapidly growing and diversifying economy. However, the country still needs to push on-going reforms forward, according to ADB’s country diagnostic study on Uzbekistan.

The Board of the Central Bank of Uzbekistan on April 20 decided to keep the interest rate at 16% per annum, the Central Bank said. The decision was based on the need to keep the current monetary policies and preserve the downward inflationary expectations trend.

Uzbekistan intends to place its statistical data on the Bloomberg terminal, it was decided during talks between the delegation of the Bloomberg and the senior executives of of the Uzbek Statistics Committee.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$105.3 million loan to help rehabilitate and expand the provinceal water supply system in the Yangiyul and Chinaz districts of Tashkent Province in Uzbekistan, delivering safe potable water to over 220,000 people.

Uzbekistan Deputy PM/Finance Minister Jamshid Kuchkarov held talks with World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, Cyril Muller on the margins of the Spring Meetings of the Board of Governors of the World Bank and the IMF in Washington on Saturday.

The Executive Directors of the World Bank today unanimously selected David R. Malpass as President of the World Bank Group for a five-year term beginning on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. The Board expressed its deep gratitude to Interim President Kristalina Georgieva for her dedication and leadership in recent months.

High infrastructure spending, an improved investment climate, increased exports, and expected agriculture pickup are helping Uzbekistan sustain its growth, but the economy remains challenged by persistent credit expansion, accelerated inflation, and a widening current account deficit, according to a new report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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.

Uzbek Capital Market Development Agency has compiled a list of state-owned companies that in 2019 may conduct initial public offering (IPO), the agency first deputy director Askar Obidov announced yesterday at a briefing.

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 Uzbek Ambassador to Kuwait, Bahromjon Aloev met with the Regional Manager for Central Asia and Europe of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED), Fawaz Al-Adsani on Thursday, the Uzbek Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

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.

Rating-Agentur Expert RA has upgraded Uzbekistan's sovereign government credit rating (SGC) from ‘B+’ (Moderately low level) to ‘BB-’ (Sufficient level) in national currency and from ‘B+’ (Moderately low level) to ‘BB-’ (Sufficient level) in foreign currency. The rating outlook is stable which means that in the mid-term perspective there is a high probability of maintaining the rating score.