The future of the EBRD in Russia and its neighbors

A resumption of lending in Russia by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) remains a distant perspective, even after the restart of the Ukraine peace settlement. Nevertheless, the EBRD is facing a competition from Moscow in the CIS.

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Will Ukraine be able to restart its privatization drive?

Despite lofty rhetoric, the Ukrainian authorities have failed to secure any significant progress in the privatization of the country’s largest state-owned companies during the past five years. The new government promises a fundamental shift in this area.

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Ukraine’s thriving e-commerce sector

The Ukrainian e-commerce sector swiftly recovered from the 2014-2015 financial and economic crises, and has reported up to 30 per cent of annual growth over the past three years. This is one of the highest levels in Eastern Europe.

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Ukraine’s central bank eyes new IMF program of up to USD10bn

The Ukrainian government should seek a new support program with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of up to USD10bn, with a duration of up to four years, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) believes.

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Belarus seeks spot on China’s expansion map

Recently international financial institution have not lend a lot of funds to Belarus. Chine sees it as a possibility and part of the One Belt One Road strategy.

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Belarus bankers feel heat of anti-Russian sanctions

The banking sector of Belarus, already shaken by the US sanctions that affect the local subsidiaries of Russian leading state-owned lenders, will face further problems if the US administration adopts new restrictions against Russia's richest businessmen.

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Ukraine to seek sale of nationalized PrivatBank in three-four years

"It will take no less than three to four years for us to be able to talk about attracting investors to PrivatBank," said Kateryna Rozhkova, the Ukrainian central bank's deputy governor in an exclusive interview for the CE Financial Observer.

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Ukraine’s banking sector is out of the woods, but significant challenges remain

Ukrainian banking landscape has changed dramatically over the past two and a half years. CE Financial Observer talks with Kateryna Rozhkova, the central bank's deputy governor.

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Ukraine’s largest bank: a long way out in deep waters

Privatbank, Ukrainian largest lender by assets, is facing "systematic problems", and the country's central bank has placed it in "a very tough framework".

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Belarus remains on Russian hook amid thaw in relations with EU

The current improvement in relations between Belarus and the European Union provides the country with an opportunity to secure more funding for infrastructure and other projects from European multinational lenders.

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