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Gas market liberalization in Kazakhstan — what to expect?
The Kazakh gas market continues to be organized on the basis of central command and control, and quasi-monopolistic principles, with KazMunayGas (KMG) as the state owned and vertically integrated oil and gas company dominating gas production, supply and transportation through its direct and indirect subsidiaries.
E-wallet. Emission of electronic money in Uzbekistan
The development of FinTech has leapfrogged for the recent two years in Uzbekistan. Concretely, emission and sale of electronic money ("E-money ") was not regulated by the Uzbek legislation in the past. Herewith the very idea of creating a special electronic payment system was not feasible until 2020.
Circulation of electronic money in Belarus
In Belarus, the circulation of electronic money issued either by residents of Belarus or non-residents is allowed.
Kazakhstan: First steps to becoming a regional hub for Islamic finance
Despite the attempts of the government of Kazakhstan to make its Islamic finance market more attractive, Islamic products are still rarely used in Kazakhstan. Currently, according to the National Bank of Kazakhstan, the share of Islamic banking assets in Kazakhstan represents an insignificant part of the total assets of the banking sector: 0.21% (a year earlier the share was 0.16%). According to the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC), the target to achieve by 2025 is 5–7%
Recalibration of public–private partnership policy in Kazakhstan — what to expect?
In 2020, Kazakhstan faces a hurricane in the form of the impact consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the plunge in the price of oil to a 20-year low, including, among others, decreased economic activities, devaluation of the local currency (tenge), reduced foreign direct investments in risky markets and shrinking state budgets.
COVID-19. Who can take advantage of credit vacations and how?
In the third final reading the state Duma adopted amendments to the Federal law "On the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia)" providing holiday loans to citizens, individual entrepreneurs and small businesses caught in a difficult situation due to the pandemic coronavirus (COVID-19).
Kazakhstan: Corporate M&A 2020
M&A market in Kazakhstan remained strong in 2019, as it was in 2018. Activity was largely driven by ongoing consolidation of Kazakh banks because of the increased capitalisation requirements of the financial regulator, consolidation in the telecommunications sector and acquisitions in the IT sector.
Uzbek banking sector COVID-19
In light of the spread of coronavirus infection Covid-19 and in addition to quarantine regime, Uzbekistan has undertaken a number of other measures aimed at mitigating risks and maintaining the normal functioning of business activities, including the banking sector.
VAT refund procedure legal update
Regulation for refund of value added tax (“VAT”) paid by individuals, who are consumers, for goods (except for oil and gas products) purchased from persons engaged in retail trade or public catering in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan (“Regulation”) has been adopted by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated March 21, 2020.
The title to a parking place in case of the developer’s bankruptcy
Since 1 January 2017, a car parking space has been legally recognised as an independent property item, which has special boundaries in the design documentation of a building or structure, and which is subject to both cadastral and state registration.
Provisional measures and decisions of the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic in connection with the spread of COVID-19
COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the associated restrictions and economic consequences of the fight against the virus, set new tasks for the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic (the “NBKR”). In this connection, the regulator took a number of measures aimed at maintaining stability in the banking system of the Kyrgyz Republic and protecting the rights of consumers of banking services.
The Buzz in Belarus
"As is the tradition in Belarus, the closing of a year is also a debriefing of large M&A transactions and real estate transactions,” says Maxim Lashkevich, Partner at Grata International in Belarus.