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Tajik president inaugurates AKF-supported projects in Bartang Valley

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — Tajikistan President Emomali Rakhmon on June 25 inaugurated a drinking water supply project that is expected to benefit 58 households, housing 354 people in disaster affected area of Ghudara village of Bartang valley, Rushan district, in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO). The project that aims at improving access to safe drinking water and sanitation was implemented by Aga Khan Foundation and supported by the government of Finland, the Aga Khan Development Network said.

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Kyrgyzstan hopes to boost exports, investments by restructuring Government

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — Kyrgyzstan's Parliament has approved a new structure of the Government, which will include two new committees while two ministries will be renamed.

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UNDP and Global Fund help defeat drug-resistant TB in Turkmenistan

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund have signed a new grant in Turkmenistan to control tuberculosis (TB) by ensuring timely and universal access to quality diagnosis and treatment of drug-resistant forms of TB, the UNDP Turkmenistan said on June 22.

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India and Pakistan to join SCO in 2017

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TASHKENT (TCA) — Speaking at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Tashkent on June 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that India and Pakistan could join the SCO in 2017.

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EBRD and AIIB team up to co-finance road in Tajikistan

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — A delegation from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is heading to China to participate in the first Annual Meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and to sign a joint project, a reconstruction of a road in Tajikistan, one of the first ever AIIB projects.

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UNDP and Turkmenistan sign action plan through 2020

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — At the ceremony in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Turkmenistan have signed the Country Programme Action Plan for 2016-2020 (CPAP) and the arrangements for cost-sharing over the five year period, the UNDP Turkmenistan said on June 23.  

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Conference focuses on employment, trade, sustainable growth in Central Asia

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ALMATY (TCA) — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), together with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the Government of Finland, on June 23 launched a conference on Employment, Trade, and Sustainable Development in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, the UNDP in Kazakhstan said.

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EDB to help finance Jerooy gold mine development in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) and Alliance Altyn on June 22 signed a letter of intent to cooperate in Jerooy gold mine development in Kyrgyzstan.

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Kyrgyzstan parliament approves bill restricting foreign media ownership

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The parliament of Kyrgyzstan on June 22 gave initial approval to a bill restricting the participation of foreign individuals and organizations in ownership and establishment of media outlets in the country. The legislation also bans activities of media outlets financially supported by foreign countries.

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In Uzbekistan, Chinese and Uzbek leaders open Central Asia's longest railway tunnel

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TASHKENT (TCA) — While on a state visit in Uzbekistan on June 22, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Uzbek President Islam Karimov inaugurated the Qamchiq railway tunnel in Uzbekistan, saying it is a major achievement of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Xinhua reported.

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Bishkek hosts first Internet Governance Forum in Central Asia

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The OSCE Centre in Bishkek supported a two-day Internet Governance Forum in Central Asia, the first of its kind, which concluded on June 22 in the Kyrgyz capital.

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Uzbekistan pledges support to foreign investment

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TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekistan has set an ambitious goal of at least doubling its gross domestic product by 2030. Accomplishing this goal will largely depend on the success of the country’s investment policy in key sectors of the economy, the Jahon information agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan reported.

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US promoting Kyrgyz cultural heritage, tourism through stronger museums

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OSH, Kyrgyzstan (TCA) — On June 20, the United States launched the second module of a training program to strengthen Kyrgyz museums’ exhibitions and services. Experts in museum management from the Republic of Georgia will lead sessions for museum and tourism professionals on organizing museum exhibitions, educational programs, and special events. The training is taking place in Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan between June 20 and 24, the US Embassy in Bishkek said.  

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Tajikistan sets strategic development goals

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — By 2030 Tajikistan will increase its annual electricity generation capacity from today’s 17 billion up to 45 billion kilowatt-hours and change the country’s export structure in favor of finished products instead of raw materials, Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon said at the meeting of the National Development Council under the President of Tajikistan on June 21, the President’s press service reported.

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First ever hypermarket opens in Tajikistan with EBRD support

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — Tajikistan’s first hypermarket opened on June 21 in the country’s capital, Dushanbe, providing its customers with high-quality produce, greater choice and western standards of hygiene and logistics, the EBRD press office said.

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Uzbekistan targets at fivefold increase in home electronics production

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TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekistan’s joint stock company Uzeltekhsanoat (Uzbek Electrotechnical Industry) is planning to use investments worth about US $1 billion until 2030 to increase domestic production of household appliances and home electronics by five times, the Jahon information agency reported.  

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Kazakhstan’s trade with CAREC countries reaches $22 billion

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ASTANA (TCA) — The trade turnover between Kazakhstan and the countries of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) grew from $17.5 billion to $22 billion between 2010 and 2015, Deputy Minister of National Economy of Kazakhstan Timur Zhaksylykov said on June 20 at the first Forum of analytical centers of Central Asia, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.   

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Australian company starts oil production in Tajikistan

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — Skyland Petroleum Limited has commenced oil production from its first well of several on the Kyzyl-Tumshuk oil and gas field in Tajikistan, the company said on June 20.

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Tethys, Total and CNPC in arbitration dispute over Tajik oil and gas field

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — France’s Total and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) on May 19 filed for arbitration proceedings at the International Court of Arbitration against Kulob Petroleum Limited (KPL), Canada-based Tethys Petroleum Limited’s subsidiary in Tajikistan, Tethys said on June 20.

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Centerra comments on renewed probe into Kumtor agreements

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BISHKEK (TCA) — After Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev last week ordered the General Prosecutor’s Office to renew the investigation into the legality of the 2003-2004 and 2009 agreements governing the country’s largest gold project, Kumtor, Canada-based Centerra Gold Inc. has made a statement to make its “position on this matter to be clear so as to avoid any misinformation or misunderstanding”.

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Germany looks to Kyrgyzstan’s agricultural and food sectors

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BISHKEK (TCA) — On 30 September 2016, Bishkek will host, for the second time, the Day of German Economy with the purpose to attract the attention of German companies to Kyrgyzstan and sum up the results of German companies already operating in the country, the German Embassy in Kyrgyzstan said.

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India to seek support for Nuclear Suppliers Group membership at SCO summit in Tashkent

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BISHKEK (TCA) — India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on June 23 and 24, where he would also seek the support of Russia, Kazakhstan, and China for India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

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Combating violent extremism discussed at international conference in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — An-OSCE supported conference attended by some 100 participants from 20 countries on international cooperation in countering terrorist and extremist organizations through the use of modern communication technologies concluded on June 18 in Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan, the OSCE Centre in Bishkek reported.  

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Stratfor’s Global Intelligence: Week of June 20, 2016

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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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For protection from ‘terrorists,’ Moscow offers Central Asians air defense

  • Written by Aleksandr Golts

BISHKEK (TCA) — As Central Asian countries face a growing potential military threat from Islamic terrorism based in Afghanistan, we are republishing the following article by Aleksandr Golts, originally published by The Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily Monitor:

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