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Central Asia countries aim to make tourism sustainable and profitable business

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — Tourist facilities should be created in every Kyrgyz village where residents can participate in tourism promotion. The tourism sector should be profitable, consistently providing revenues to the state budget and creating additional jobs in the regions, Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Mukhammedkaly Abylgaziyev said on June 7 at a meeting to discuss the development concept of the newly created Kyrgyz Tourism State Enterprise.

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The EU’s new Central Asia strategy: What does it mean for trade?

  • Written by Sam Bhutia

BISHKEK (TCA) — Although there has been some progress in recent years, the economic and trade relations between the European Union and Central Asia countries have a big, unused potential that needs to be fully used for the benefit of both parties. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Sam Bhutia*, originally published by Eurasianet:

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Central Asia: Finding a balance between economy needs and higher education objectives

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — How to stop produce a huge number of unclaimed specialists and move to state planning in their training? This issue is acute in all Central Asia countries. It is vital to find a balance between the interests of the business and universities and economy needs.

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From Samarkand to Seoul: Central Asian migrants in South Korea

  • Written by Yan Matusevich

BISHKEK (TCA) — As Russia has become less attractive for labor migrants from Central Asia, many of them now head for South Korea where they find a better pay and a safer living environment. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Yan Matusevich, originally published by Eurasianet:

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Central Asia: modern public transport to solve traffic challenges, benefit environment

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — The number of private vehicles is growing in Central Asia countries. For instance, the number of cars registered in Bishkek has increased from 240 thousand to 420 thousand over the past five years. This indicates a weak urban infrastructure development, experts say. Transport is also among the main sources of air pollution.

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China's military base in Tajikistan: What does it mean?

  • Written by Stephen Blank

DUSHANBE (TCA) — China is the largest foreign investor in Tajikistan — and all of Central Asia — and Beijing’s growing economic expansion in the region is being complemented by the growing military and security influence in this strategic area. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Stephen Blank:

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In ‘Great Game Lite,’ Russia and China compete for influence in Kyrgyzstan

  • Written by John C. K. Daly

BISHKEK (TCA) — Geopolitically, Kyrgyzstan is in between Russia and China, and the Central Asian nation has been maneuvering to take a maximum advantage of its two great neighbors’ interest in this small but strategically located country. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by John C. K. Daly:

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Kazakhstan's president resigns at a moment of political tension and uncertainty

  • Written by Natalia Konarzewska

ASTANA (TCA) — President Nazarbayev’s resignation last week has triggered a smooth transition of power in Kazakhstan, but the country’s core economic and social problems can be solved only through carefully implemented reforms. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Natalia Konarzewska:

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Islamic countries engage with China against the background of repression in Xinjiang

  • Written by Roie Yellinek

BISHKEK (TCA) — For the majority of Islamic countries — including in Central Asia — their relations with China are far more important than any concern for Muslim minorities in China’s Xinjiang. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Roie Yellinek*:

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New wave of Kazakh nationalism changing Astana’s domestic and foreign policies

  • Written by Paul Goble

ASTANA (TCA) — The recent developments show that Kazakhstan is looking away from Russia and toward its own national future, which would make Astana to change its foreign relations and look more to the other Central Asian countries and China. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Paul Goble:

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Kyrgyzstan: President holds national dialogue on regional development

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — Conflicts between investors and the local population are the result of poor interaction between the relevant state bodies and local authorities, as well as the lack of outreach with the population. “This significantly reduces the opportunities for attracting foreign investors,” President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov said at the conference “National Dialogue on Regional Development” held on February 27-28 in Bishkek.

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Kyrgyzstan: Subsoil users concerned about possible tax burden increase

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — The International Business Council based in Bishkek, mining enterprises and associations of the mining industry of Kyrgyzstan appealed to President Sooronbai Jeenbekov with a request to assist in solving problems in the subsoil use sector. The appeal is related to the recent decision of the Security Council on measures in the subsoil use.

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Central Asia countries focused on attracting foreign investment

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — The Central Asia countries have a great potential for attracting foreign investors due to rich natural resources, low labor cost and growing population. According to the estimates of the Boston Consulting Group, the Central Asia countries, primarily Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, will be able to attract about $40 billion–$70 billion of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the non-primary sector in the future.

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