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Kazakhstan aims to export agricultural and food products to Egypt

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ASTANA (TCA) — The Chamber of Commerce of Kazakhstan and the Industrial Modernization Center of Egypt have signed a memorandum of cooperation which will allow Kazakh companies to open up new export opportunities for agricultural and food products, the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan Atameken reported on February 21.

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Kazakhstan and Vietnam to transport cargoes to EEU, Europe through China

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ASTANA (TCA) — On February 20 in Hanoi, the head of Kazakhstan’s national railways company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) Kanat Alpysbayev held talks with the Minister of Transport of Vietnam Truong Quang Nghia and General Director of Vietnam Railways Vu Ta Tung on bilateral transport cooperation, KTZ’s press service said.

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Tajik air company says Dushanbe-Tashkent flights to resume in the near future

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — The commercial director of Tajikistan's Somon Air company, Alisher Rustamov, has been fired over the cancellation of the long-awaited return of regular passenger service between Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe and the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

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Kazakhstan banks need to get rid of ‘bad loans’ to boost lending to economy — expert

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ASTANA (TCA) — Senior partner of the Center for Strategic Initiatives and a member of the Advisory Board for Economic Affairs under the Government of Kazakhstan, Olzhas Khudaibergenov, believes that cleaning of Kazakhstan’s banks from non-performing loans is one of the necessary measures which should no longer be postponed, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reports.

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Chinese companies to work at Khorgos free trade zone in Kazakhstan

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ASTANA (TCA) — On February 17 in Shanghai (China), a delegation of Kazakhstan’s national railways company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) held talks with representatives of Chinese companies China Cosco Shipping and LLC GK Lianyungang Port on joint implementation of projects at special economic zone (SEZ) Khorgos - Eastern Gateway on the Kazakh-Chinese border, the KTZ press service said.

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EU and Afghanistan sign cooperation agreement

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KABUL (TCA) — The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign and Security Policy and Vice–President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, and the Minister of Finance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Eklil Hakimi, on February 18 in Munich signed a Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development (CAPD), in the presence of Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, the European External Action Service said.

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US government opens commercial greenhouse in Tajikistan

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — US Ambassador to Tajikistan Elisabeth Millard last week attended an opening ceremony for a new commercial greenhouse in Ghayrat village near Qurghonteppa. Several key stakeholders also attended the event, including Hidirzoda Makhfirat Umar, Deputy Governor of Tajikistan’s Khatlon Province, the US Embassy in Dushanbe reported.

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Kyrgyzstan MPs blame Government for poor work on EEU integration

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The Onuguu-Progress party faction in the Kyrgyz Parliament will seek the Government’s resignation due to its poor work on Kyrgyzstan’s integration into the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), the faction leader Bakyt Torobaev said on February 16. Earlier this month, the Ata Meken opposition parliamentary faction suggested expressing a vote of no confidence in the Government.

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Weekly Digest of Central Asia

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The Publisher’s note: Central Asia is an important geopolitical area between Europe, Russia and China. It is in Central Asia that world powers have confronted each other for centuries; it is here that China needs to succeed with its new Silk Road Belt for direct access to the Western markets; and it is here that a large wealth of raw materials has its origin. Every week thousands of news appears all over the world in printed and online media and it is quite understandable that many of them may escape the attention of busy readers. At The Times of Central Asia, we strongly believe that more information can better contribute to peaceful development and better knowledge of the region, and for this reason we are presenting this Weekly Digest of Central Asia which compiles what other media have reported during the past week.

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Tajikistan: Russia’s Rusal offloads Tajik assets and flees

  • Written by Kamila Ibragimova

DUSHANBE (TCA) — As Russian President Vladimir Putin is to visit Tajikistan late in February amid troubles Russian companies experiencing in this country, we are republishing this article by Kamila Ibragimova, originally published by EurasiaNet.org:

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Uzbekistan among world’s top 20 countries for cold storage of horticulture products

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TASHKENT (TCA) — The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) program, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan, on February 16 convened a workshop on “Cold Storage in Horticulture: Current State and Perspectives in Uzbekistan.” U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan Pamela Spratlen provided opening remarks at the event, which brought together seventy cold store business representatives and over thirty representatives from government, the private sector, and international organizations to showcase the successful development of the Uzbekistan cold storage industry, the US Embassy in Tashkent said.

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EU supports rule of law and rural development in Kyrgyzstan with €23 million

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The European Commission has signed new support to the Kyrgyz Republic with the focus on strengthening the rule of law (€13 million) and rural development (€10 million) in the country.

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Kazakhstan ranks among the world’s top 50 economically free countries

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ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan has improved its ranking in the updated Index of Economic Freedom of US research center The Heritage Foundation. Kazakhstan now ranks 42nd, leaving behind Russia and Belarus, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reports.   

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Kazakhstan to increase transit revenues up to $4 billion by 2020

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ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan’s revenues from transit by all types of transport should reach 1.3 trillion tenge (a little more than US $4 billion) by 2020, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported citing Deputy Minister for Investment and Development Roman Sklyar.

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EU supports development of transport and logistics in Central Asia

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TASHKENT (TCA) — A new project “Strengthening Transport and Logistics Business Intermediary Organisations (BIOs) in Central Asia” was launched in Tashkent on February 15. The project is funded by the European Union (750,000 EUR) and will be implemented in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan in 2017-2019, the Delegation of the European Union to Uzbekistan said.

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Uzbekistan and Russia to boost trade and economic cooperation

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TASHKENT (TCA) — A regular meeting of the Uzbekistan-Russia intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation was held in Tashkent on February 15.

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Uzbekistan doubles fruit and vegetable exports in January

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TASHKENT (TCA) — In January 2017, Uzbekistan exported fresh and processed fruit and vegetable products for almost $42.6 million, twice as much as in the same period in 2016, the country’s official Jahon information agency reports.

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Kyrgyzstan to amend legislation to introduce Islamic banking

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Kyrgyzstan is considering changes to the legislation to introduce banking principles consistent with the Islamic law, Sputnik news agency reported citing Jyldyz Sulaimanbekova, head of the Supervision Methodology and Licensing Department of the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic.

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Six-nation consultations on Afghanistan may further include Central Asia countries

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BISHKEK (TCA) — On February 15 Moscow hosted consultations on Afghanistan with the participation of senior officials from six nations — Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Iran, and India. The meeting participants agreed to increase efforts to assist in the promotion of intra-Afghan reconciliation with official Kabul playing the leading role and integration of the armed opposition into peaceful life, the Russian Foreign Ministry said after the meeting.      

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Kyrgyzstan to hold presidential election on November 19

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Kyrgyzstan is to hold the next presidential election on November 19, 2017. The date was indicated during President Almazbek Atambayev's meeting with the head of the country’s Central Election Commission on February 15, Atambayev’s press service said.

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