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Kazakhstan’s credit rating downgraded

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ALMATY (TCA) — Kazakhstan's credit rating has been downgraded by Fitch Ratings with the agency citing the detrimental effect of lower oil prices on the country's economy, RFE/RL reported on May 1.

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EBRD becomes shareholder of Globaltruck Kazakhstan

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ASTANA (TCA) — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting better regional integration — one of its core strategic priorities — by strengthening trade and transportation along the ancient Silk Road trade routes.

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World Bank helps improve health service delivery in Kazakhstan

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ASTANA (TCA) — The World Bank Board of Directors has approved a US $80 million loan for the Social Health Insurance Project aimed at improving accessibility, quality, and efficiency of health service delivery in Kazakhstan as well as at reducing financial risks to the population caused by serious health problems.

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U.S. helps promote awareness of importance of traffic safety in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Urban Initiatives’ Road Triangle outreach campaign, supported by the United States through USAID, emphasized the critical roles that traffic police, drivers, and pedestrians play in ensuring road safety in Kyrgyzstan. As part of this campaign, the Bishkek-based civil society organization Urban Initiatives developed an online test to help drivers improve their knowledge of traffic safety rules, the organization said. To date, more than 26,700 people have taken the test.

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Stratfor’s Global Intelligence: Week of May 2

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The Times of Central Asia presents to its readers Stratfor’s Global Intelligence, a weekly review of the most important events that happened in the world — from Europe to Middle East to Russia to Central Asia to Afghanistan to China and the Americas.

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Kyrgyzstan in the EEU: persisting problems, vague prospects

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — The Kyrgyz Government should pursue a tougher policy to defend the country's interests in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). Kyrgyzstan has 10 months of the transition period only and should use its advantage.

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Switzerland provides assistance to local authorities in Kyrgyzstan’s regions

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The Government of Switzerland has allocated 1.75 million Kyrgyz soms to six municipalities of Jalal-Abad and Issyk-Kul provinces and the city of Balykchy in Kyrgyzstan.

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Centerra reports search of Kumtor Gold Company’s Bishkek office

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Canadian based gold mining company Centerra Gold Inc. says that the Kyrgyz Republic General Prosecutor’s Office (GPO) and other state law enforcement agencies conducted a search at the Bishkek offices of Kumtor Gold Company (KGC), Centerra’s wholly-owned subsidiary, in the afternoon of April 28.

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Astana hosts OIC Ministerial Conference on Food Security

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ASTANA (TCA) — On April 28, Kazakhstan’s capital Astana hosted the 7th Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ministerial Conference on Food Security and Agricultural Development and the inaugural session of the General Assembly of the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS), the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

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IDB provides $300 million for water projects in Kazakhstan

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ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan has attracted more than $300 million from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to implement projects to provide drinking water supply to rural areas and restore irrigation systems, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

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UNDP assists in developing Turkmen civil society

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the EU–Central Asia Rule of Law Platform on Tuesday held the seminar on development of the regulation of the public associations and civil society in Turkmenistan, the UNDP Turkmenistan reported.

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World Bank supports quality improvement for labor force in Uzbekistan

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TASHKENT (TCA) — The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on April 27 approved International Development Association credit in the amount of US $42.2 million for the Modernizing Higher Education Project in Uzbekistan.

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World Bank and Turkmenistan hold conference on increasing competitiveness

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — On April 26 and 27, the World Bank Group, jointly with the Government of Turkmenistan, organized a high-level conference on Increasing Competitiveness.

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Kyrgyzstan hosting Central Asia border security conference

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek is hosting the 12th Central Asia Border Security Initiative (CABSI) Conference on April 27 and 28. The meeting results from the cooperation between the EU, the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior Border Management in Central Asia Programme (BOMCA) with the support of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the European Union's Delegation to the Kyrgyz Republic said.

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New parliamentary speaker elected in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The parliament in Kyrgyzstan elected Chynybai Tursunbekov of the pro-presidential Social Democratic Party as the parliament's new speaker in the second round of a secret vote on April 27.

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Kyrgyzstan’s new Prime Minister announces new standards of governing

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The new Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov announced new standards of his Cabinet’s work at the first meeting of his Government on April 25.

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Uzbek president speaks on Afghan peace talks, Uzbek export to Russia

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TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov believes that instability in Afghanistan may gradually spread to other countries of the Central Asia region and that Russia should be involved in peace talks in Afghanistan.

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Kazakhstan and Spain set up business council

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ASTANA (TCA) — A Kazakh-Spanish business forum was organized in Astana as part of the official visit of Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Jose Manuel Garcia-Margalit to Kazakhstan, the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan reported on April 26.

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Taiwanese business developing cooperation with Kazakhstan

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ALMATY (TCA) — A delegation of the Taiwanese Council of External Trade Development has visited Almaty to establish business relations with partners in Kazakhstan, to set up joint ventures, consider investments, and develop distribution of Taiwanese goods in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan reported.

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US helps Kyrgyz tourism companies to promote destinations in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — In partnership with the United States through the USAID Business Growth Initiative, Kyrgyz tourism companies in March promoted tourist destinations in Kyrgyzstan and signed several contracts for the 2016 season at two leading international travel exhibitions: Internationale Tourismus Börse Berlin (ITB Berlin) and the Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition (MITT), the US Embassy in Bishkek said on April 26.

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No sale of Kazakh land to foreigners — Nazarbayev

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ASTANA (TCA) — At the meeting with Kazakhstan’s top prosecutors on April 25, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized the importance of clarification to citizens of new laws passed in the country, including the Land Code, the president’s press service reported.  

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U.S. government donates books for Tajik school children

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan Elisabeth Millard on April 25 joined Tajik First Deputy Minister of Education and Science Rahmatullo Mirboboev, local education officials, and teachers in kicking off a massive book donation campaign to commemorate World Book Day.

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CASA-1000 power transmission project to be inaugurated in May

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The $1 billion-plus Central Asia-South Asia electricity transmission project (CASA-1000) will be inaugurated on May 12 by top officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The project is supported by the World Bank Group, Islamic Development Bank, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), and Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

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Kyrgyz court ready to revise ruling against jailed rights activist

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court on April 25 said it is ready to revise its ruling against jailed human rights defender Azimjan Askarov.

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