On 23 April, the World Bank Uzbekistan Country Office hosted a ceremony for recipients of the 2007 Small Grants Award. The World Bank allocated US$35,000 to seven Uzbek projects within its Small Grants Programme.
National Bank of Uzbekistan for Foreign Economic Activities (NBU) held negotiations and signed agreement on trade finance with largest banks of Egypt - Egypt Bank, Cairo Bank and National Bank.
Pakhta Bank, the fourth largest Uzbek bank on volume of assets, will pay dividends on the result of 2006. The bank’s shareholders adopted decision to pay 150 soums per ordinary share and 400 soums on preferential share with par value of 1,000 soums each.
Uzbekistan will sell its shares in three largest Uzbek insurance companies by 2010, a special programme on reforms and development of insurance market said.
Volume of deposits of population at commercial banks increased by 7.4 times in last five years, a roundtable in Tashkent said.
Aloqa Bank joint stock commercial bank issued 1,526 plastic cards in the first quarter of 2006 and their total number reached 21,940.
Uzbek president Islam Karimov signed a decree “On further reforming and development of the insurance services market” on 10 April 2007.
In the first quarter of the current year, Uzbek insurance companies wrote over 19.7 billion soums in premiums, up by 70.9% compared to Q1 2006. Claims paid did not see considerable changes in comparison with the previous year and amounted to over 1.5 billion soums, the State Inspection for Insurance Supervision of the Uzbekistan Ministry of Finance reported early in April.