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ADB to help improve infrastructure, investment climate, food security in Tajikistan

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) updated 2017 to 2019 country program for Tajikistan focuses on supporting energy and road development, improving food security, strengthening investment climate, inclusive health, and sustainable urban infrastructure, ADB’s country office in Tajikistan said on January 18.

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World Bank confirms enhanced support to Tajikistan

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — The World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, Mr. Cyril Muller, met with Tajik government counterparts and partners from the development community and private sector during his brief visit to Dushanbe on January 17-18. In his discussions, Mr. Muller reconfirmed the World Bank’s commitment to support further economic development in Tajikistan through providing more resources for investments as well as advice on sectoral reforms needed to ensure sustainable economic growth and the wellbeing of the population, the World Bank said.

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Kazakhstan and UAE to establish joint investment platform

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ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan’s First Deputy Prime Minister Askar Mamin held talks with H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs of the United Arab Emirates on January 17 to discuss implementation of bilateral agreements reached at the highest level during Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s visit to the UAE on January 15-16, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

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US, Germany help improve transport and transit connections in Central Asia

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ALMATY (TCA) — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Germany’s GIZ international cooperation agency on January 17 co-hosted a forum in Almaty, Kazakhstan to help facilitate better regional cooperation on transport and transit. USAID’s recently launched ‘Competitiveness, Trade, and Jobs in Central Asia’ activity and the GIZ ‘Support to Regional Trade in Central Asia Program’ are seeking to improve regional connectivity and increase economic growth in Central Asia.

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World Bank supports Youth Entrepreneurship Forum in Tajikistan

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — The second Youth Entrepreneurship Forum was held on January 17 in Dushanbe and brought together over 200 participants – young people, private sector companies, civil society, government representatives, higher education institutions, and development partners. The event, supported by the World Bank Group, celebrated youth entrepreneurship successes to date and raised awareness on the relevance of youth empowerment and capacity development for job creation and economic growth in Tajikistan, the World Bank said.

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Turkish nightclub attack suspect said to be Uzbek-born, trained in Afghanistan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on January 17 that Turkish authorities have captured the man they believe gunned down 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day, and expressed hope that the suspect’s interrogation would unveil "powers" behind the attack, RFE/RL reported.

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EBRD and AIFC launch study for ‘green’ financial system in Kazakhstan

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ASTANA (TCA) — In a new step to support Kazakhstan’s path towards a greener economy, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is launching a study that will assess the potential of developing a green financial system for the country. A system of this kind would boost financing for “green” projects in Kazakhstan and beyond and would be based within the forthcoming Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), the EBRD said.

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World Bank vice president discusses partnership with Kazakhstan

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ASTANA (TCA) — The World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, Cyril Muller, and the new Executive Director for Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan Mr. Werner Gruber, visited Astana on January 16 to discuss with the Kazakh Government the progress made during the 25-year partnership, as well as new avenues for continued cooperation for the benefit of the people of Kazakhstan, the World Bank said.

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Tajikistan fully cancels electricity rationing

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — Tajikistan has fully cancelled electricity rationing. Starting from January 14, Tajik consumers will be provided with electricity 24 hours a day.

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President sets goals for Turkmenistan for 2017

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — At an extended meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on January 13, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov summed up the country’s results in 2016 and outlined development prospects for 2017.

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Nazarbayev invites UAE companies to invest in Kazakhstan

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ASTANA (TCA) — During his official visit to the United Arab Emirates on January 15, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev met with the business community of the UAE in Abu Dhabi, the President’s press service reported.

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Cargo plane crashes near Bishkek’s Manas airport in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — A Turkish cargo plane crashed at about 7.31 am today near Bishkek’s Manas airport in Kyrgyzstan.

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Freedom of expression under threat in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan (SCNS) and General Prosecutor's Office are detecting social-media users who speak negatively about the President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev. This issue was discussed in the Kyrgyz parliament this week.

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Weekly Digest of Central Asia

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The Publisher’s note: Central Asia is an important geopolitical area between Europe, Russia and China. It is in Central Asia that world powers have confronted each other for centuries; it is here that China needs to succeed with its new Silk Road Belt for direct access to the Western markets; and it is here that a large wealth of raw materials has its origin. Every week thousands of news appears all over the world in printed and online media and it is quite understandable that 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 the region, and for this reason we are presenting this Weekly Digest of Central Asia which compiles what other media have reported during the past week.

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Report: Turkmenistan's falcon airport sinking

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — As a large-scale construction project has reportedly got problems in Turkmenistan, we are republishing this article originally published by EurasiaNet.org:

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WFP and Japan partner to support rural women in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The Government of Japan has contributed US $500,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to empower rural women and benefit more than 2,500 households in Kyrgyzstan, the UN WFP in the Kyrgyz Republic said on January 13.

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Turkmenistan to launch large fertilizer plant in end of March

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — A processing plant for production of potassium fertilizers at the Garlyk potassium salt deposit in the Lebap province of Turkmenistan is to be put into operation in the end of March, Turkmenistan: the Golden Age online newspaper reports.

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Uzbekistan plans to create small industrial zone in Syrdarya province

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TASHKENT (TCA) — A new small industrial zone will soon be created in the town of Yangiyer in Uzbekistan’s Syrdarya province, the Jahon information agency reported.

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Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan to enhance economic cooperation

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BISHKEK (TCA) — On January 12 in Islamabad, Kyrgyzstan’s Economy Minister Arzybek Kojoshev met with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. A Kyrgyz governmental delegation headed by Kojoshev arrived in Islamabad to take part in the 3rd meeting of the Kyrgyz-Pakistani Intergovernmental Commission for trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation, the press service of the Kyrgyz Economy Ministry said.     

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Tajikistan president’s son becomes Dushanbe mayor

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — Tajikistan President Emomali Rakhmon on January 12 appointed his 29-year-old son Rustam Emomali as mayor of the country's capital, Dushanbe.

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Uzbekistan lifts ban on 12 export items

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TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekistan has lifted a ban on the export of 12 types of products starting from January 1, 2017.

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