TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekistan aims to become a regional transport hub, and for this purpose, Tashkent has suggested several trans-Afghanistan railway projects. We are republishing this article on the issue, written by Fozil Mashrab:
BISHKEK (TCA) — The ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China could create a huge opportunity for Central Asia countries which could increase trade and economic cooperation with Beijing. We are republishing this article on the issue, written by Tristan Kenderdine:
BISHKEK (TCA) — Corruption hinders economic development and the attraction of foreign investment in Kyrgyzstan. Anti-corruption measures taken by the State are fragmented and uncoordinated, and staff replacement does not make anti-corruption measures more effective.
BISHKEK (TCA) — With the signing of the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea, Turkmenistan now has an opportunity to diversify its natural gas exports to Europe through the proposed Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline project. We are republishing this article on the issue, written by Ilgar Gurbanov*:
DUSHANBE (TCA) — The International Entrepreneurship Forum held earlier this month in Tajikistan has demonstrated a widespread recognition of the potential effectiveness of a reform program that would provide the private sector with sufficient space and security for more dynamic business activities, states Jan-Peter Olters, World Bank Country Manager for Tajikistan, in the following opinion article, originally published on the World Bank website:
BISHKEK (TCA) — Kyrgyzstan can no longer afford even preferential loans to repair highways, said Azimkan Jusubaliev, Deputy Minister of Transport and Roads at a Parliament meeting this week. The MPs asked him why and when toll motor roads will be introduced in the country.
ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan’s Astana International Financial Center (AIFC) has the potential to become an essential pillar on the new Silk Road and a financial bridge between China and Europe. We are republishing this article on the issue, written by Rafis Abazov*:
BISHKEK (TCA) — The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague will consider Russia’s RusHydro Public JSC claim against Kyrgyzstan’s Government to return $37 million spent for the construction of the Upper Naryn hydropower plants cascade in the Central Asian country.
BISHKEK (TCA) — Russia's relationship to Central Asia has always been distinctive and ambiguous. Only in the 20th century did it develop a deep sense of mission in this region. Today, Central Asia is fast recovering its traditional regional spirit, which increasingly impacts its former imperial ruler. As this happens, Russia, while remaining a force to be reckoned with in Central Asia, is also becoming an object of Central Asian geopolitical and cultural influence. Hence the notion of Russia as Central Asia's "near abroad". We are publishing excerpts from an address at Kennan Institute, Washington, D.C. on 2 October 2018 by S. Frederick Starr, Founding Chairman and Distinguished Fellow, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, American Foreign Policy Council, and Founding Director, Kennan Institute:
ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan has been consistent in pursuing a balanced policy in its relations with the world’s big powers — which is particularly illustrated by Astana’s maneuvering between Russia and the US. We are republishing this article on the issue, written by Nurlan Aliyev*:
BISHKEK (TCA) — Kyrgyzstan should create a competitive economy applying innovative technologies and open to attract investments, Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov said at a meeting with representatives of the business community on September 17.
BISHKEK (TCA) — Even after the signing of the Caspian Sea’s Legal Status Convention, prospects of Turkmenistan being someday able to export its natural gas via the proposed Trans-Caspian gas pipeline remain vague and problematic. We are republishing this article on the issue, written by Ilgar Gurbanov, originally published by The Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily Monitor:
BISHKEK (TCA) — Uzbekistan under the new President Mirziyoyev has pursued a new regional policy in Central Asia which has received support of all the other Central Asian countries, as it is aimed at ensuring stability and prosperity in this important region. We are republishing this article on the issue, written by Batir Tursunov*, originally published by the CACI Analyst:
BISHKEK (TCA) — Many Kyrgyzstanis are not happy with the current economic situation in their country, and the latest statistical data prove that. According to the National Statistical Committee, the country’s GDP lowered 0.2% over the first seven months of 2018. The state budget deficit is growing, as the state spends more than it earns.
BISHKEK (TCA) — Education is a vitally important asset for young people in Central Asian countries, given that hundreds of thousands of labor migrants from these countries have to earn their living abroad — often doing low-skilled work. We are publishing this article written by Lilia Burunciuc, World Bank Regional Director for Central Asia:
BISHKEK (TCA) — The long-term development strategy of Kyrgyzstan until 2040 was approved earlier this month at the meeting of the National Sustainable Development Council of Kyrgyzstan chaired by President Sooronbai Jeenbekov.
BISHKEK (TCA) — China is increasing its economic presence in Central Asia, with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan being particularly dependent on Chinese loans and infrastructure investment. We are republishing this article on the issue, written by Danny Anderson, originally published by The Jamestown Foundation’s China Brief:
DUSHANBE (TCA) — Tajikistan has experienced the first attack claimed by the Islamic State in the Central Asia region, and with its young and impoverished population, the country may see increasing radicalization, especially among the youth. We are republishing this article on the issue, written by Scott Stewart, originally published by Stratfor:
BISHKEK (TCA) — Afghanistan’s economy, agriculture and growing exports are set to benefit from China’s transport infrastructure and trade expansion projects in Central and South Asia. We are republishing this article on the issue, written by Tristan Kenderdine, originally published by the CACI Analyst:
BISHKEK (TCA) — Labor migrants gradually turn into real investors of Kyrgyzstan's new economy, President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov said at his meeting with compatriots who work outside the country earlier this month.
ASTANA (TCA) — The rapid growth and development of Kazakhstan’s capital Astana has been achieved largely at the expense of other regions of Kazakhstan and due to internal migration. We are republishing this article on the issue, written by Rafis Abazov*, originally published by the CACI Analyst:
BISHKEK (TCA) — The Russian ruble should be made the currency of settlements in the Eurasian Economic Union, Board Chairman of the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) Andrey Belyaninov recently said at a conference of the Russian TV business channel RBC "Window of opportunities: Investments and new projects in Eurasia".
BISHKEK (TCA) — Landlocked countries in Asia, including in Central Asia, face similar economic challenges such as the need of better transport connectivity and diversification, and therefore need sustained support from international donors and development partners. We are republishing this article on the issue, written by Hong Wei, Deputy Director General, Central and West Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB):