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US, Uzbekistan look for new cooperation fields that reflect tomorrow’s needs — ambassador

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TASHKENT (TCA) — The United States and Uzbekistan have taken great strides in building a wide and multi-faceted relationship built upon mutual interests and respect, U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan Pamela Spratlen said in an interview with the Jahon information agency on the occasion of 25 years of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Uzbekistan, the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent said.

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Kyrgyzstan pins hopes on IT sector development

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — Kyrgyzstan can become Central Asia’s IT transit hub if it effectively uses its geographical position and implements ambitious IT projects, the director of the Civil Initiative on Internet Policy public foundation Tattoo Mambetalieva said at the sixth Kyrgyz Information Technology Forum (KIT 2017) held on February 21-23 in Bishkek.

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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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First UK trade mission to visit Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — From February 27 through March 1, the United Kingdom undertakes its first historical Trade Mission to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Sixteen UK companies are going to meet with representatives of Kyrgyz businesses, ministries and international organizations in Kyrgyzstan. The delegation of UK companies is being led by British Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Robin Ord-Smith and Nigel Peters, Director of London based consultancy firm British Expertise, the British Embassy in Bishkek said.

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French company to invest $284 million in Kazakhstan’s Atyrau province

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ATYRAU, Kazakhstan (TCA) — French company Issmat investment & finance is ready to invest US $284 million in projects in Kazakhstan’s western Atyrau province, including projects to raise buffalos and grow lavender, Moy Gorod news portal of Western Kazakhstan reported.

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Turkmenistan reports increase in exports, decrease in imports in 2016

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — In 2016, trade accounted for more than 10 percent of Turkmenistan’s gross domestic product (about 8 percent in 2015), the State News Agency of Turkmenistan reports.

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South Korea investors look to Kazakhstan’s Kyzylorda province

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ASTANA (TCA) — The director of JSC "Kazakhstan-Korean Center for the Promotion of Cooperation" Woo Jeong Hee arrived in Kazakhstan’s Kyzylorda province to visit the regional Chamber of Entrepreneurs and get acquainted with projects included in the Map of Regional Development of the province, the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan reported on February 23.

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Uzbekistan president to visit Kazakhstan in March

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TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev will make his first foreign trip as Uzbekistan’s president to Kazakhstan. The exact date of the visit has not yet been determined but it is planned for March, Podrobno.uz news agency reports.

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Russian president to visit Central Asia

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan on February 27 and 28, the Russian president’s aide Yury Ushakov told reporters on February 22, Russian media reported.

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Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan agree on tariff discounts for railway export transit

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ASTANA (TCA) — On February 22 in Tashkent, in the framework of the upcoming 16th session of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission on cooperation between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the President of Kazakhstan’s national railways company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) Kanat Alpysbayev held talks with the heads of Uzbekistan’s railways company O’zbekiston Temir Yo’llari to discuss further development of cooperation in the railway transport sector, the press service of KTZ said.

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Uzbekistan and Belarus to jointly produce confectionery products

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TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekistan has reached an agreement with the Kommunarka company of Belarus to set up a joint venture for production of confectionery and pasta in Uzbekistan, the Jahon information agency reports.

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OSCE Centre in Bishkek supports victims of Kyrgyzstan plane crash

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The OSCE Centre in Bishkek, with €20,000 donated from the proceeds of the OSCE Charity Ball 2017, has launched a project to provide lasting psycho-social relief and assistance to victims of the January 16 plane crash in Dacha-Suu village near the Manas airport on the outskirts of the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek. The project is being implemented jointly with the Kyrgyzstan-based Child Rights Defenders League and the National Red Crescent Society of the Kyrgyz Republic, the OSCE said on February 22.

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Income of Kazakhstan population 4.5% down in 2016

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ASTANA (TCA) — Real incomes of Kazakhstan’s population fell 4.5 percent last year, the largest decrease in the living standard over the past 16 years, Kazakhstan’s Ranking.kz agency reported.

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Kazakhstan aims to export agricultural and food products to Egypt

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ASTANA (TCA) — The Chamber of Commerce of Kazakhstan and the Industrial Modernization Center of Egypt have signed a memorandum of cooperation which will allow Kazakh companies to open up new export opportunities for agricultural and food products, the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan Atameken reported on February 21.

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Kazakhstan and Vietnam to transport cargoes to EEU, Europe through China

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ASTANA (TCA) — On February 20 in Hanoi, the head of Kazakhstan’s national railways company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) Kanat Alpysbayev held talks with the Minister of Transport of Vietnam Truong Quang Nghia and General Director of Vietnam Railways Vu Ta Tung on bilateral transport cooperation, KTZ’s press service said.

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Tajik air company says Dushanbe-Tashkent flights to resume in the near future

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — The commercial director of Tajikistan's Somon Air company, Alisher Rustamov, has been fired over the cancellation of the long-awaited return of regular passenger service between Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe and the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

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Kazakhstan and Mongolia plan nuclear cooperation

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ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan and Mongolia have pointed out some areas for cooperation in geological exploration, uranium mining and processing, and expressed interest in implementation of joint projects in the nuclear sector, Kazakhstan’s national atomic company Kazatomprom said on February 21.

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Kazakhstan banks need to get rid of ‘bad loans’ to boost lending to economy — expert

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ASTANA (TCA) — Senior partner of the Center for Strategic Initiatives and a member of the Advisory Board for Economic Affairs under the Government of Kazakhstan, Olzhas Khudaibergenov, believes that cleaning of Kazakhstan’s banks from non-performing loans is one of the necessary measures which should no longer be postponed, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reports.

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