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Most of Afghanistan’s water is flowing into neighboring countries

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KABUL (TCA) — The Ministry of Energy and Water of Afghanistan on March 7 said that it has considered a number of programs for better management of the country’s water resources as they have major implications for the national development and economic prosperity, Afghanistan’s TOLOnews agency reported.

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Urban population in Kazakhstan to grow to 70 percent by 2030

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ASTANA (TCA) — Urbanization will increase Kazakhstan’s competitiveness in the global arena, Zhaksybek Kulekeyev, an advisor to the director general of the Kazakh Institute of Oil and Gas and a member of the Expert Council under the Government of Kazakhstan, said to the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan (Primeminister.kz).

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Turkmenistan’s tourism woes

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has expressed his discontent with the performance of the country’s State Tourism Committee, Chronicles of Turkmenistan independent website reports.

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Uzbekistan to invest $690 million in coal industry

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TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekistan plans to increase coal production more than threefold in the next five years, the official Jahon information agency reported.

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OSCE-supported Association of Women in Security Sector established in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The Kyrgyz Association of Women in the Security Sector (KAWSS) was established on March 2 in Bishkek at a founding conference organized by the OSCE Centre in cooperation with the Kyrgyz Association of Women Police (KAWP), the Presidential Administration, the Parliament, the Defence Council, the Supreme Court, the Government, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Interior Ministry and all state security-providing structures. The aim of the Association is to increase the role of women in the security sector governance field.

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Council of Europe supports project to help combat corruption in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The project “Strengthen Prevention and Combating of Corruption in the Kyrgyz Republic” will be officially launched in Bishkek on March 9 with the participation of the Council of Europe and prominent representatives of the main beneficiary institutions in Kyrgyzstan. On this occasion, the project will be introduced to the stakeholders, including government institutions and civil society, the Delegation of the European Union to the Kyrgyz Republic said.

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EEU prime ministers discuss expansion of mutual trade

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BISHKEK (TCA) — On March 7, Bishkek hosted a regular meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council, during which prime ministers of Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) member states — Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia — discussed expansion of mutual trade between the EEU member countries.

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Turkmen and Uzbek presidents open bridge across Amu Darya River

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — On the second day of his two-day visit to Turkmenistan on March 7, Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov opened a new motor and railway bridge across the Amu Darya River at Turkmenabat.

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Kazakhstan and China agree to increase freight traffic

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ALMATY (TCA) — The volume of transit and import/export freight traffic through the Kazakh-Chinese railway crossings Dostyk-Alashankou and Altynkol-Khorgos will be increased by 33 percent in 2017, Kazakhstan’s national railways company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) said.

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IFC supports transformation of cotton sector in Uzbekistan

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TASHKENT (TCA) — The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is launching a new program in Uzbekistan in order to help cotton farmers improve their production efficiency, safeguard the environment, and improve labor practices. This program is part of an effort by IFC to accelerate Uzbekistan’s economic growth by modernizing one of the country's most important industries, IFC said on March 3.

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Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to cooperate in energy and transport

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — On the first day of his two-day official visit to Turkmenistan on March 6, Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev held talks with Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov. The presidents agreed on closer cooperation on energy and transportation projects, and signed a treaty on strategic cooperation between their countries.  

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Approved by parliament, Kazakh constitutional amendments submitted to president for signing

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ASTANA (TCA) — On March 6, Kazakhstan’s Parliament approved the law "On Amendments and Additions to the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan" and submitted the bill to the Head of State for signature, the Kazakh presidential press service said.  

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Kazakhstan to become a transit hub for trade between Southeast Asia, Europe

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ASTANA (TCA) — A delegation of Vietnam Railways company last week visited the infrastructure facilities of Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Khorgos–Eastern Gateway and the Altynkol rail station on the Kazakh-Chinese border, the press service of Kazakhstan’s national railways company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) said.

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ADB president visits Uzbekistan, signs 4 new loan agreements

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TASHKENT (TCA) — Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao on March 3 met with the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and signed loan agreements totaling $573 million. Mr. Nakao expressed confidence in the country’s economic prospects and reiterated ADB’s support for the government’s development agenda, the Bank said.

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Uzbekistan president visits Turkmenistan

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TASHKENT (TCA) — President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev will pay an official visit to Turkmenistan on March 6 and 7 at the invitation of Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, the press service of the Uzbek president said.

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Detained opposition leader named as presidential candidate in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Kyrgyzstan's opposition Ata-Meken (Fatherland) party has named its detained leader Omurbek Tekebaev as the party’s candidate for the November 19 presidential election in the country. The decision was made at an extraordinary Ata-Meken congress held in the capital Bishkek on March 5, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reported.

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UK seeking to build sustainable business partnership with Kyrgyzstan

  • Written by Lidia Savina

BISHKEK (TCA) — From February 27 through March 1, the United Kingdom undertook its first, historical Trade Mission to Bishkek. The delegation of sixteen UK companies, led by British Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Robin Ord-Smith and Nigel Peters, the director of London based consultancy firm British Expertise, took part in the Kyrgyz-British Forum, "A World of Opportunities," on February 28 and met with representatives of Kyrgyz businesses, ministries and international organizations in Kyrgyzstan.

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Central Asian countries erecting new cities to cope with population explosion

  • Written by Paul Goble

BISHKEK (TCA) — As internal migration from the villages to cities remains a social and economic problem in Central Asian countries, we are republishing this article by Paul Goble, originally published by The Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily Monitor:

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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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Kyrgyzstan to boost textile industry

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — To develop its textile industry, Kyrgyzstan plans to create a full cycle of industrial production. Local sewing enterprises are now importing accessories and fabrics, Kyrgyz Deputy Economy Minister Daniyar Imanaliev said on March 2 at the opening of the 9th International Trade Fair in Bishkek dedicated to products and equipment in the fashion industry.

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Central Asia-China gas pipeline expansion delayed again

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BISHKEK (TCA) — As Central Asia’s natural-gas producing countries need to increase and, most importantly, diversify their gas export routes, we are republishing this article originally published by EurasiaNet.org:

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Uzbekistan to repair over 5 thousand km of roads in two years

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TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekistan plans to repair more than 5,400 kilometers of motor roads by the end of 2018. The target is defined in the Regional Roads Development Program for the period 2017-2018, approved by the President of the country, the Jahon information agency reports.

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Japanese company plans to open plant producing steel wire in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — On March 2, Kyrgyzstan’s Economy Minister Arzybek Kojoshev met in Bishkek with Shigeru Tanaka, the chairman of the board of Japan’s Tokyo Rope MFG Co. Ltd, the press service of the Economy Ministry said.  

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Kazakhstan to fully provide itself with domestic fuel in 2019

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ASTANA (TCA) — After the ongoing modernization of Kazakhstan’s three oil refineries is complete, domestic crude oil processing will increase from today’s 14.5 million to 17.5 million tons and the country would not be dependent on motor fuel imports, Kazakh Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev said at a press conference on March 2, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

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World Bank supports primary and secondary education system in Kazakhstan

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ASTANA (TCA) — The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on March 1 approved US $67 million in financing to improve quality and equity in the primary and secondary education system in Kazakhstan. It is expected that over 2.6 million schoolchildren will benefit from a better learning curriculum and improved quality of teaching, especially in rural and disadvantaged schools in the country, the Bank said.

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