SHYMKENT, Kazakhstan (TCA) — The Kazakhstan-Czech Business Forum was held in Shymkent, south Kazakhstan as part of the official visit of Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic Radek Vondracek to Kazakhstan last week, Kazakh Invest national investment promotion company reported.
TASHKENT (TCA) — A cement plant was commissioned this year in Jarkurgan district of Uzbekistan’s Surkhandarya region by the foreign enterprise Surkhoncementinvest. Modern equipment from Germany, Austria, Russia and China has been installed there, the press service of the president of Uzbekistan reported.
NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — The first high-level meeting on economic cooperation between Kazakhstan and the United States took place on October 18 in Washington. Co-chair of the commission from the Kazakh side was Minister of Trade and Integration of Kazakhstan Bakhyt Sultanov, from the American side - US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry reported.
ALMATY, Kazakhstan (TCA) — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will locate a new regional technical assistance center (RTAC) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Ms. Carla Grasso, Deputy Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer of the IMF, said on October 18. The center will provide capacity development services to nine member countries in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Mongolia (CCAM) region. Work is expected to cover fiscal policy, central bank operations, financial sector supervision, and macroeconomic statistics. CCAM RTAC is expected to begin operations in about one year, the IMF said.
BISHKEK (TCA) — The Publisher’s note: Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Central Asia was the scene of intense geopolitical struggle and the Great Game between the British and Russian Empires, and later between the Soviet Union and the West, over Afghanistan and neighboring territories. Into the 21st century, Central Asia has become the area of a renewed geopolitical interest, dubbed the New Great Game, largely based on the region’s hydrocarbon and mineral wealth. On top of that, the region now is perhaps the most important node in the implementation of China’s One Belt, One Road initiative through which Beijing aims to get direct access to Western markets. Every week thousands of news appears in the world’s printed and online media and 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 this unique region. So we are presenting this Weekly Digest which compiles what other media have reported on Central Asia over the past week.
Analysis: Official Trickery? Pro-Government Atajurt Gets Registered In Kazakhstan
The organization was founded in 2017 and recorded and publicly reported about the detentions, incarcerations, and abuse of ethnic Kazakhs in Xinjiang
Oct 12 — “The Kazakhstan-based group Atajurt Eriktileri (Volunteers of the Fatherland) was finally registered after attempting to do so for some two years. The organization was founded by ethnic Kazakhs originally from what is now the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in western China. They moved across the border to Kazakhstan as part of the Kazakh government's program to "repatriate" ethnic Kazakhs from around the world after Kazakhstan gained independence in late 1991.” READ MORE: https://www.rferl.org/a/qishloq-ovozi-kazakhstan-atajurtregistered-pro-government/30213406.html
Kazakhstan: Chinese Kazakhs arrested, face trial in remote location
The two men are bracing to cause embarrassment by undermining the face-saving narrative of the Kazakh government which has insisted that it has received assurances from Beijing that no Kazakhs are being held in Xinjiang camps
Oct 15 — “Two ethnic Kazakh citizens of China who unlawfully smuggled their way into Kazakhstan to flee what they say was systematic repression have been arrested and will likely soon face trial in a remote region of the country. The men, Kaster Musakhan and Murager Alimuly, were arrested on October 14, following a press conference in Almaty in which they stated their intent to apply for asylum in Kazakhstan. Before they were able to file their petition with the migration police, however, they were detained by border service personnel from the National Security Committee, or KNB.” READ MORE: https://eurasianet.org/kazakhstan-chinese-kazakhs-arrested-face-trial-in-remote-location
The Complexities of Kazakhstan’s Cybersecurity Landscape: Facing the Challenges
Kazakhstan remains vulnerable to cyberattacks that affect businesses’ growth and national security
Oct 16 — “Resilience is one of those words that best describes the people of Kazakhstan. Since their relatively recent independence in 1991, the nation had to face diverse challenges that threatened its national security. Nevertheless, in this country’s short history, the social, economic and political adversities have shown that Kazakhstanis are more than ready to work as hard as they can to develop their homeland in the best way possible. Today challenges still endure and Kazakhstan now has to face a major one: cybercrime.” READ MORE: https://www.cpomagazine.com/cyber-security/the-complexities-of-kazakhstans-cybersecurity-landscape-facing-the-challenges/
Kazakhstan embraces facial recognition, civil society recoils
The company introducing the technology says it will be used on public transport
Oct 17 — “In a sign that Kazakhstan is fastening its embrace of smart camera systems, a local company has announced plans to use facial recognition technology on public transportation in the capital. Almas Aimenov, director of IPay, said at a conference on October 15 that his company’s FacePay system would be used in lieu of presenting a ticket on the bus. The technology can recognize faces to within a 5 percent margin of error, he said.” READ MORE: https://eurasianet.org/kazakhstan-embraces-facial-recognition-civil-society-recoils
“Parents Wanted a Son.” Why Kyrgyz Women Have Superstitious Names?
Kyrgyzstan gradually gets rid of the tradition to give superstitious names to girls in order to have a son. However, it does not mean that girls become as wanted children as boys
Oct 11 — “Today, October 11, is the International Day of the Girl Child, which was declared by the UN General Assembly in December 2011 (resolution 66/170) to recognise girls’ rights. This day was declared to attract attention to social challenges and inequality of girls all around the world related directly to the attitude towards females. It also focuses on the opportunities to get education, healthy food, medical services, social rights, protection against discrimination, violence and forced marriage in childhood.” READ MORE: https://cabar.asia/en/parents-wanted-a-son-why-kyrgyz-women-have-superstitious-names/
Kyrgyzstan: Two US nationals facing drug charges
The pair were found holding a bag with 36 ounces of marijuana
Oct 16 — “Two U.S. nationals volunteering in Kyrgyzstan with the Peace Corps program are set to remain in a pre-trial detention facility until November 19 pending investigations into drug possession. The October 16 ruling by the regional court in Jalal-Abad, a town in the south of the country, upheld an earlier decision adopted by a lower court.” READ MORE: https://eurasianet.org/kyrgyzstan-two-us-nationals-facing-drug-charges
Two Kyrgyz universities enter list of best universities in Eastern Europe, Central Asia
There are more higher educational institutions in Kyrgyzstan than the small country really needs
Oct 16 — “Two Kyrgyz universities are now on a list of the best universities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia compiled by British education marketing company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the Kyrgyz Ministry of Education and Science said Wednesday. Two universities of Kyrgyzstan, namely American University of Central Asia and Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University, were among the best 200 universities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, ranking 163rd and 190th respectively, the ministry's press service said.” READ MORE: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-10/16/c_138476697.htm
Tajiks Abroad Tricked Into Returning Home, End Up In Prison
Tajik authorities actively encourage their citizens, including opposition members in exile, to return and offer them assurances that they won’t face persecution at home
Oct 13 — “The recent arrests of several Tajiks who returned to Tajikistan from abroad under an amnesty for those suspected of being involved in religious extremism has cast severe suspicion on Dushanbe's intentions and the sincerity of its offer. Sadriddin Mulloev, a 34-year-old Kulob resident, returned from Turkey in February after authorities assured him that a criminal charge against him would be dropped, Mulloev’s family says.” READ MORE: https://www.rferl.org/a/tajiks-abroad-tricked-into-returning-home-end-up-in-prison/30214202.html
Tajikistan’s prison system claims victims and makes monsters
This past year has seen a spate of largely unexplained mass deaths among convicts in Tajik prisons
Oct 16 — “Prisoners in Tajikistan die with alarming frequency, and they do so in painful and violent ways. The ones who live endure a miserable existence, exposed to starvation, disease and physical torment. And an untold number should not even be behind bars in the first place, rights activists say. This past year has seen a spate of largely unexplained mass deaths among convicts.” READ MORE: https://eurasianet.org/tajikistans-prison-system-claims-victims-and-makes-monsters
Tajik Authorities Drag Heels Over Child Returnees
Concerns remain over whether such children present a more long-term public danger when returned to Tajikistan
Oct 16 — “The children of Tajik citizens who travelled to join Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq have yet to be returned to their relatives back home, despite government assurances that they would be handed over once repatriated. A total of 84 children were brought back to Tajikistan in late April this year. Their parents are mostly either dead or serving long prison sentences in Iraq for terror-related activities. According to media reports, around 35 families have applied for custody of these children.” READ MORE: https://iwpr.net/global-voices/tajik-authorities-drag-heels-over-child
Unemployment and loans place residents of Garlyk in a desperate situation
Chronicles of Turkmenistan interviewed residents of the Turkmen city of Garlyk
Oct 14 — “The town of Garlyk in Lebap velayat was founded in 2011 with quite bright prospects – the construction and development of the potassium fertilizer ore mining and refining facility and the cement plant. None of the major employees, described as powerhouses of domestic manufacturing, managed to operate at full capacity. The Garlyk mining and refining facility is operating at only 2.3 % of its estimated capacity.” READ MORE: https://en.hronikatm.com/2019/10/unemployment-and-loans-place-residents-of-garlyk-in-a-desperate-situation/
Turkmenistan: Not OK Computer
In its ‘Akhal-Teke: A Turkmenistan Bulletin’, Eurasianet reviews the main news and events in the Central Asian country for the previous week
Oct 15 — “Turkmenistan does not have its head in the clouds. Or in the cloud, to be exact. As Amsterdam-based website Turkmen.news reported on October 13, citing research by Swedish nongovernmental group Qurium Media Foundation, telecommunications authorities in Ashgabat have since July been blocking access to Google Cloud Storage services. The evident reason for this is that Turkmen.news is hosted on Google.” READ MORE: https://eurasianet.org/turkmenistan-not-ok-computer
Turkmenistan Airlines permitted to operate flights to the EU destinations
Turkmenistan’s civil aviation has made a breakthrough in its development
Oct 16 — “The state information agency TDH reports that on 14 October Chairperson of Turkmenistan Airlines Dovran Saburov briefed President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov that the airline has successfully completed the inspection to comply with the relevant EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) requirements.” READ MORE: https://en.hronikatm.com/2019/10/turkmenistan-airlines-permitted-to-operate-flights-to-the-eu-destinations/
Does the Construction of a Nuclear Power Plant in Uzbekistan Meet the Country’s Interests?
In economic terms, alternative energy sources and especially renewable ones, will give Uzbekistan a much greater and faster economic effect than a nuclear power plant
Oct 11 — “The construction plans of a nuclear power plant in Uzbekistan were first announced in December 2017, when Moscow and Tashkent agreed to work together on this issue. A corresponding agreement was signed between the two countries in September 2018. In line with the agreement, it was planned to build two power-generating units based on a pressurized water reactor conforming to the “Rosatom” project with a capacity of up to 1.2 GW of each power unit.” READ MORE: https://cabar.asia/en/does-the-construction-of-a-nuclear-power-plant-in-uzbekistan-meet-the-country-s-interests/
Russia Claims Uzbekistan Will Soon Join Eurasian Union
Although Tashkent has not reached a final decision on Uzbekistan’s membership in the EEU, there is no doubt of Tashkent’s seriousness on this intention
Oct 14 — “On October 2, while on an official visit to Tashkent, the chairperson of Russia’s Federation Council (upper chamber of parliament), Valentina Matviyenko, unexpectedly announced Uzbekistan’s supposed intention to join the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) (RIA News, October 2). Days later, another Russian politician, Farid Mukhamedshin, a deputy chair of the Federation Council Committee on International Relations, made an equally significant pronouncement, asserting that Uzbekistan will likely acquire observer status at the EEU in early 2020, to coincide with Uzbekistani President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s planned trip to Moscow” READ MORE: https://jamestown.org/program/russia-claims-uzbekistan-will-soon-join-eurasian-union/
Stihia: An Electronic Dawn In Uzbekistan
The site of one of the modern history's worst environmental catastrophes is now home to a bold new music festival
Oct 15 — “Otabek Suleimanov was making the final adjustments to his soundsystem. Above him the sun beat down, high in a hard blue sky. All around there was only scrubland, beige and khaki, perfectly flat, rolling to the horizon on all sides. This spot, in a remote corner of Uzbekistan, had once been at the shore of one of the world's biggest lakes. Now, following one of modern history's worst environmental catastrophes, the water had receded more than 150 kilometres. It left behind a forsaken town, Moynaq, and its largely forgotten population. Their lighthouse looked out onto endless sand. Their boats rusted on the desert floor.” READ MORE: https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/3546
EU sees spike in Afghan migrants as many leave sanctions-stricken Iran
Since the beginning of the year, nearly 17,000 Afghans crossed the Aegean Sea to reach EU shores
Oct 15 — “More Afghans than Syrians have migrated to the European Union so far this year, official data shows, making them the largest nationality illegally entering the bloc, with many relocating from Iran partly due to the hardship caused by U.S. sanctions. While the EU fears a new wave of asylum seekers from Syria following Turkey’s attack this week on the Kurdish-controlled northeastern region of the country, EU officials warned that the increasing number of Afghans posed a more immediate problem, especially in the Greek islands where many of them first arrive.” READ MORE: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-afghanistan-iran/eu-sees-spike-in-afghan-migrants-as-many-leave-sanctions-stricken-iran-idUSKBN1WU14C
Record-Low Afghan Vote Turnout Could Plummet Further
The election commission used computerized voter lists and biometric voter verification in an effort to prevent large-scale ballot stuffing
Oct 16 — “Turnout in Afghanistan's presidential election was already a record low, at around 26 percent. But it could sink more as election authorities sift through the votes cast in the September 28 poll. The election commission could discard more than 700,000 of the 2.7 million votes cast in the poll because they fail to meet new rules aimed at combating fraud.” READ MORE: https://www.rferl.org/a/record-low-afghan-vote-turnout-could-plummet-biometric/30220012.html
Afghanistan peace process: 2020 presidential hopefuls owe Afghan women their support
Afghan women will always fight to better their home. Given Washington's long involvement in Afghanistan, the next president has a duty to help them
Oct 17 — “It’s unlikely that anyone now running for president has ever met Nilofar Sayar. But if the candidates are serious about wanting one of the world’s most powerful jobs, every one of them owes her an explanation. Nilofar is a women’s rights activist from Afghanistan’s northern Balkh provincewho promotes women’s inclusion in the decision-making processes and in peace negotiations. Her courage has come with a cost: Last year, she started receiving threatening messages and calls on her phone warning her that if she continues to speak out against warlords and armed groups in her province, her family would face grave consequences.” READ MORE: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/10/17/afghanistan-taliban-women-rights-peace-negotiations-column/3997835002/
Central Asian Perspectives of the Tsentr 2019 Military Exercises
As China increases economic and security influence in Central Asia, Russia is strengthening its military cooperation with Central Asian countries, warning its regional partners of possible security threats from neighboring Afghanistan
Oct 15 — “Tsentr 2019, this year’s largest Russian strategic-operational exercise, involving both Russian troops and seven regional allies and partners, was a highly promoted event by Russia’s state-owned news outlets. According to Sputnik News, the maneuvers (September 16–21) “demonstrated to the world the unprecedented defensive capabilities of Russia on a scale completely inaccessible to the Pentagon and NATO [the North Atlantic Treaty Organization]” READ MORE: https://jamestown.org/program/central-asian-perspectives-of-the-tsentr-2019-military-exercises/
Why are there anti-China protests in Central Asia?
The Central Asia region is important to Beijing’s security strategy
Oct 16 — “In Kazakhstan, the construction of Chinese factories has prompted a string of anti-China protests, part of a growing global backlash against China’s investments. Central Asian countries like Kazakhstan are on the frontier of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) — the rebranded “One Belt One Road” infrastructure and development plan Chinese President Xi Jinping announced in the Kazakhstan capital in 2013.” READ MORE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/10/16/why-are-there-anti-china-protests-central-asia/
Kazakhstan: Leader of the Nation Nazarbayev sets tasks for his ruling party
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NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Askar Mamin on October 18 reported to Elbasy (Leader of the Nation) Nursultan Nazarbayev and the deputies of the parliamentary faction of the ruling Nur Otan party about the interim implementation results of the Nur Otan Party’s Election Program “Kazakhstan–2021: Unity. Stability. Creation” and the Plan of the Nation “100 Concrete Steps to Implement the Five Institutional Reforms,” the prime minister’s press service reported.
Nazarbayev, who ruled Kazakhstan from 1989 until he abruptly resigned in March this year, holds the titles of the First President of Kazakhstan and Leader of the Nation, presides over the powerful Security Council and chairs the ruling Nur Otan party.
Prime Minister Mamin said that Kazakhstan has become a transcontinental bridge between Europe and Asia, a large-scale modernization of transport infrastructure is underway.
“The optimal railway network has been fully formed. A logistics infrastructure is being formed. Next year, passage through the main transit automobile corridors will be provided,” said Mamin.
By the end of 2018, the volume of exports of the manufacturing industry, compared with 2016, increased by 21.7% and amounted to $15.7 billion. The export of services increased by 15.8% to $7.3 billion. In general, since 2016, the volume of industry in the country grew by 15.7%, and manufacturing – by 16.3%. Alternative energy is actively developing; since 2016, renewable energy capacity has increased 3.7-fold and by the end of this year will amount to 1041 MW at 87 facilities, and by 2024 – 3 thousand MW, the prime minister said.
“Particular attention is paid to providing Kazakhstanis with quality and affordable housing. In 2016-2018, over 34 million square meters were built. By the end of the year, it is planned to introduce 13 million square meters [of housing],” said Mamin.
The prime minister spoke about the efforts of the Government and the Nur Otan faction to saturate the domestic market with domestic food products – on average, the supply of basic types of food products reached 80%, and for some items – 100%.
The government plans to bring the rate of investment in fixed assets to 30% of GDP by 2025. Today, a pool of investment projects has been formed that will attract 41 trillion tenge of investments in 2020-2024. The solution to this problem will ensure the inflow of foreign direct investment up to $34 billion, which is the basic condition for ensuring 5% growth of the national economy by 2024, Mamin said.
After listening to reports, Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized the special role of his party in the development of the country and improving the welfare of the people.
“Today, our party faces the task of consolidating society, rallying the elites around the country's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The party, as the country's leading political force, must ensure the continuity of the strategic course of development of our state. Therefore, the Government and the Faction must solve specific problems of people together,” Nazarbayev said.
Noting the results of the implementation of the election program and the Plan of the Nation, he pointed out the risks associated with the implementation of the remaining obligations of the party.
“We have achieved positive results. For three and a half years, more than 430 thousand jobs have been created, 2.7 thousand kilometers of roads have been built. Eurasian Transcontinental Corridor has been launched. The share of small and medium-sized businesses in the country's GDP reached 28 percent. In just one year, we improved Kazakhstan’s Doing Business rating by 8 positions, taking 28th place,” said the First President of Kazakhstan.
Nazarbayev emphasized that the election program of the winning party should form the basis of the five-year activity of the Government, and members of the Party Faction in the Majilis should constantly monitor the implementation of the program, timely responding to possible risks.
In conclusion, Nazarbayev emphasized the importance of maintaining the party’s political leadership.
“Our main task is stability, prosperity of Kazakhstan and improving the well-being of all citizens. Therefore, it is important to make every effort to fulfill our promises,” he concluded.
First group of Afghan women arrived in Kazakhstan as part of EU-funded educational project
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ALMATY, Kazakhstan (TCA) — Almaty Management University (Alma U) on October 18 hosted an official reception on the occasion of the arrival of the first cohort of Afghan women in Kazakhstan that will start their studies as part of a project funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kazakhstan.
Central Asia: Poverty continues to decline, but pace of poverty reduction is slowing — WB
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BISHKEK (TCA) — Although poverty rates in Central Asia continue to decline overall, the pace of poverty reduction is slowing, according to new data released by the World Bank. High levels of poverty remain in pockets of rural and remote areas, which also suffer from lack of employment opportunities, say new Poverty Outlooks for Central Asian countries, released ahead of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17.
IAEA LEU Bank in Kazakhstan becomes operational with delivery of low enriched uranium
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NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it took delivery of a shipment of low enriched uranium (LEU) at a purpose-built facility in Kazakhstan on October 17, officially establishing the IAEA LEU Bank aimed at providing assurance to countries about the availability of nuclear fuel.
Turkmenistan: US delegation builds bridges of inclusion through adaptive sports
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ASHGABAT (TCA) — A delegation of adaptive sports athletes, coaches, and administrators from the United States concluded its 10-day visit to Turkmenistan with a conference in Ashgabat on October 15. During the program, delegation members shared their experience promoting sports inclusive of individuals with disabilities and engaged with their counterparts from Turkmenistan through workshops, master-classes, and friendly competitions in Ashgabat, Mary, Turkmenabat, Dashoguz, Balkanabat, and Turkmenbashy, the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat said on October 17.
Turkmenistan Airlines reauthorized to resume EU operations
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ASHGABAT (TCA) — As a result of the joint project with Lufthansa Consulting since February this year, Turkmenistan Airlines, Turkmenistan's flag carrier, has confirmed compliance with technical requirements related to air operations of Third Country Operators in the European Union (EU). After the on-site audit by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in Ashgabat at the end of September, the Agency reauthorized the airline as Third Country Operator on 11 October 2019, Lufthansa Consulting GmbH said in a press release on October 16.
The Turkmen carrier has been committed to raising its performance and took immediate action following the difficulties in satisfying relevant requirements in context with the EU Safety Authorizations for foreign air operators at the beginning of this year. The project started with an assessment of the situation and the development of the recovery plan. In the course of the assignment experts of Lufthansa Consulting and a dedicated team from Turkmenistan Airlines specialized in quality, safety, flight operations and maintenance worked together on both the management system changes and the practical implementation. The team from Turkmenistan Airlines, supported by the management, demonstrated high flexibility during the implementation and commitment to change, Lufthansa Consulting said.
Turkmenistan Airlines is the flag carrier of Turkmenistan with headquarters in the country's capital Ashgabat. The airline operates domestic and international passenger and cargo services mainly from its hub at Ashgabat International Airport. The airline transports more than 5,000 passengers daily within the country and nearly three million passengers annually on the international and domestic routes. The fleet consists of modern Western aircraft (such as Boeing 737, 757, 777) and a cargo fleet of IL 76.
Uzbekistan aims to increase fruit and vegetable export to $5 billion a year
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TASHKENT (TCA) — During the first nine months of this year, Uzbekistan exported fruits and vegetables for almost 1 billion USD, and the government’s goal is to bring the volume of export of fruits and vegetables to 5 billion USD a year. This was said at a government meeting President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev chaired on October 16 to discuss priority tasks for developing livestock and horticultural sectors, according to the president’s official website.
Air Liquide to build a nitrogen unit in Kazakhstan
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NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — France’s Air Liquide on October 16 said it had signed a new long term agreement with Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries (KPI) in accordance with which Air Liquide Munay Tech Gases will build, own and operate a new nitrogen unit in the growing chemical basin of Karabatan, close to the Atyrau refinery in Kazakhstan.
China, Turkmenistan should enhance synergy of development strategies — Chinese top legislator
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ASHGABAT (TCA) — Top Chinese legislator Li Zhanshu on October 16 called on China and Turkmenistan to strengthen the synergy of their development strategies for mutually beneficial cooperation, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.
Uzbekistan to give 10-year residence permit to foreigners for $3 million investment
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TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekistan has amended some government regulations to allow foreign citizens who invest US $3 million in the country’s economy to get a 10-year residence permit, Xinhua news agency reported with reference to the Uzbek Justice Ministry.
Tajikistan: President proposes amnesty to mark constitution anniversary
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DUSHANBE (TCA) — Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon has proposed that parliament adopt a law on a mass amnesty affecting some 20,000 people, including foreign nationals, to mark the 25th anniversary of the country’s constitution, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reported.
US ambassador urges Kazakhstan to improve rights situation
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NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — United States Ambassador to Kazakhstan William Moser in an interview to RFE/RL said Washington is "strongly encouraging" Kazakhstan's government to improve the human rights situation in the Central Asian country.
BISHKEK (TCA) — At the 7th Summit of the Turkic Council in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku on October 15, Uzbekistan was officially accepted as the group’s fifth full member.
The Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States, also known as the Turkic Council, was established in 2009 with Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkey as the group's founding members. Uzbekistan applied for membership in the group in September 2019.
At the Turkic Council's summit in Kyrgyzstan in September 2018, Hungary joined the group as an observer state.
The 7th Summit of the Turkic Council in Baku was attended by Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev as the host, Nursultan Nazarbayev, First President of Kazakhstan, Sooronbai Jeenbekov, President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of Uzbekistan, Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary, Purli Agamyradov, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, and the Turkic Council Secretary General Baghdad Amreyev.
Also on October 15, Kazakhstan’s former President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who represented his country at the summit, was elected as lifetime honorable chairman of the Turkic Council, RFE/RL reported.
Although Nazarbayev resigned in March, he still enjoys his bespoke "leader of the nation" title and its comforts, including immunity from prosecution. He also presides over Kazakhstan's powerful Security Council and chairs Kazakhstan's long-ruling Nur Otan party.
Tajikistan: Vloggers go on trial over secret filming of sex workers
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DUSHANBE (TCA) — The trial of four Tajik vloggers over secretly filming talks with prostitutes in Dushanbe started in the Tajik capital on October 15.
Kazakhstan: Sinologist jailed for treason, stripped of citizenship
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NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — A leading Kazakh sinologist, Konstantin Syroyezhkin, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on high-treason charges and stripped of his citizenship, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reported.
TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekkino National Agency together with the Delegation of the European Union to Uzbekistan with the support of the National Association of Electronic Mass Media of Uzbekistan are holding the 7th annual European Film Festival in Uzbekistan from October 11 to November 10.
Afghanistan-UK trade and investment conference held in London
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KABUL (TCA) — The second Afghanistan-UK trade and investment conference was held on October 14 in London. The conference, organized as a partnership between the Afghan and British Chambers of Commerce, aimed to develop business relations between Afghanistan and the United Kingdom and to encourage British investments in Afghanistan, Afghan broadcaster TOLOnews reported.
Tajikistan labels EU-based opposition alliance as terrorist organization
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DUSHANBE (TCA) — Tajikistan's Supreme Court has labeled the National Alliance of Tajikistan (PMT) — a group uniting several opposition movements and parties based in the European Union — as a terrorist and extremist organization, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reported.
Eurasian Culture Week in London highlighted Central Asia creativity
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LONDON (TCA) — From October 1 to October 6, the capital of Great Britain gathered artists, artisans, writers, filmmakers and art-lovers for the Third Eurasian Culture Week where they were acquainted with the creativity and culture of the Eurasian region through exhibitions, films, and creative meetings. The event was organised by the Eurasian Creative Guild (London), with the support of Premiere Cinemas Romford, The Mercury Shopping Centre, Rossotrudnichestvo London, The Center of Contemporary Art of Tajikistan, The British-Kazakh Society and the Orzu Arts Theater.
Kazakhstan: Economic growth reaches 4.3% in Jan-Sept
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NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — The Kazakh Government’s session on October 14, chaired by Prime Minister Askar Mamin, reviewed the results of the country’s economic development for January-September 2019, the prime minister’s press service reported.