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  • UZS/USD = 0.00008 0%
  • KGS/USD = 0.01181 0%
  • KZT/USD = 0.00210 0%
  • TJS/USD = 0.09404 0.11%
  • UZS/USD = 0.00008 0%
  • KGS/USD = 0.01181 0%
  • KZT/USD = 0.00210 0%
  • TJS/USD = 0.09404 0.11%
  • UZS/USD = 0.00008 0%
  • KGS/USD = 0.01181 0%
  • KZT/USD = 0.00210 0%
  • TJS/USD = 0.09404 0.11%
  • UZS/USD = 0.00008 0%
  • KGS/USD = 0.01181 0%
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Russia Ups Ban on Migrant Employment

Heads of  Russia's Chelyabinsk and Krasnodar regions have announced that this year, migrants are to be  banned from working in over a dozen sectors. In the Chelyabinsk region migrant workers have already been banned from driving cabs and buses. Restrictions will now extend to an additional 19 sectors, including the sale and repair of cars and motorcycles, providing financial services and in particular insurance and pensions, engaging in recruitment, organizing gambling and lotteries, and repairing computers and household appliances. Migrants will also be  prohibited from working in trade, hospitality, catering, and agriculture. They will be unable to work as lawyers, translators, accountants, veterinarians, and fitness trainers, nor conduct creative activities or organize entertainment events. From September 22, citizens of other countries will be prohibited from working as household assistants and employment in agriculture, manufacturing, culture, and the hospitality sector in the Krasnodar region.  Earlier bans in the region applied to trade, catering, education, health care, sports, medical services, courier services, and passenger transportation, including cabs. Employers violating the rules will either be fined up to 1 million roubles for each illegally employed migrant or have their business suspended for up to 90 days. In the Tomsk region, immigrants were previously banned from working in six areas: cabs, hotels, catering, security, education, and sports. In July, it was proposed at the federal level to introduce a ban on migrants working in cab and delivery services across Russia.

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Kazakhstan to Export Meat and Live Cattle to China

On July 17, Kazakhstan's minister for agriculture Aidarbek Saparov met with the heads of the Chinese companies CITIC Construction and Beijing Capital Agro. Following this meeting, Kazakh agro-industrial companies have signed three contracts with their Chinese counterparts to export meat and live cattle to China for $75 million. Beijing Capital Agro intends to invest more than $600 million in Kazakhstan’s beef production by 2030. As part of the project, cattle feedlots will be created in Kazakhstan. Emphasizing the importance of the Kazakh-Chinese partnership in agriculture, Saparov said: “China is one of our three largest agricultural trading partners. In 2023, the trade turnover of agricultural products between Kazakhstan and China amounted to $1.3 billion, 67% more than in 2022. Exports of Kazakh agricultural products to China have doubled and reached $1 billion. Grain and oilseeds account for most of the export volume to China, but we see a big potential for increasing export volumes with livestock products.” Kazakhstan has all the conditions for the production of environmentally friendly meat products. This year, the area under fodder crops has been expanded by 314,000 hectares. This contributes to the development of livestock farming, including poultry farming and dairy and beef cattle breeding. In February 2024, China's government lifted restrictions on importing meat products from Kazakhstan. This allowed for the resumption of the export of meat from Kazakhstan, with the first batch of beef exported to China in June.

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Ashgabat Hosts Seminar on Artificial Intelligence

The capital of Turkmenistan is hosting a two-day seminar , organized by the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat, on "Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on Freedom of Speech." During the event, international participants, including specialists from Austria and Bulgaria, will analyse the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies on freedom of speech and the role of the media in today's world through various workshops focusing on: the role of artificial intelligence in shaping public opinion and disseminating information;  the risks and opportunities associated with the application of AI in the media;  how to ensure freedom of speech in the context of AI development; and how to combat misinformation and manipulation in the age of artificial intelligence. Opening the seminar, William Leaf, Representative of the OSCE Centre in Turkmenistan, emphasized the importance of freedom of speech and media as integral elements of a democratic society. Noting Turkmenistan's growing interest in developing artificial intelligence, he welcomed the seminar as an important step in understanding its potential and possible challenges. Within the context of an exchange of views and the development of recommendations on the use of artificial intelligence in the media, the event provides a platform for discussions on how such issues affect the principles of freedom of speech and human rights and as such, relates to the OSCE Centre's ongoing assistance in implementing the National Human Rights Action Plan 2021-2025 (NHRAP) provisions on media freedom and freedom of expression.

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Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan Launch Joint Projects, Seek to Increase Trade

On July 18, Kyrgyzstan's president Sadyr Japarov arrived on a state visit to Uzbekistan and held talks with his compatriot Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Tashkent. Mirziyoyev immediately emphasized that the state visit of the Kyrgyz president opens a new chapter in multifaceted Uzbek-Kyrgyz cooperation. The negotiations centered on measures to increase bilateral trade turnover, primarily through import substitution programs and industrial cooperation projects. The parties agreed to establish trading houses in Bishkek and Tashkent, form a portfolio of export-import contracts aiming to increase bilateral trade to $2 billion in the coming years, and launch a “green-light corridor” for the accelerated transportation of agricultural produce and livestock products. As the portfolio of ongoing industrial cooperation projects has already reached $300 million, the parties agreed to increase the authorized capital of the Uzbek-Kyrgyz Fund to $200 million to boost the financing of such projects. Identifying cooperation in the energy sector as strategically important, the two leaders spoke about an earlier signing of an agreement on joint construction of the Kambarata HPP-1 in Kyrgyzstan. This will allow for the construction of the hydropower plant to begin. Mirziyoyev commented: “We will take measures to speed up the signing of a trilateral [also with the participation of Kazakhstan] agreement on constructing the Kambarata-1 hydroelectric power plant. This megaproject will undoubtedly serve the sustainable development of our entire region.” Japarov emphasized that the key outcome of the negotiations was the signing of a Joint Statement on further deepening and expanding a comprehensive strategic partnership between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Japarov also stressed the importance of an earlier start to the construction of the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway, which will be strategically important for strengthening the transport connectivity between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, as well as for the entire Central Asia region. Japarov and Mirziyoyev also participated in a video conference ceremony to launch joint Kyrgyz-Uzbek projects. The leaders officially launched the work of a plant for the assembly of cars, trucks, and buses in the Chui region of northern Kyrgyzstan. Construction of the joint Kyrgyz-Uzbek automobile plant to manufacture Chevrolet and Isuzu vehicles began in May 2023, and the first car rolled off its assembly line in May 2024. During the first year of operation, Uzbekistan’s UzAuto Motors will invest $50 million to assemble 10,000 cars. These cars will be the Chevrolet Cobalt, Onix, and Tracker. The presidents also launched a joint factory in Kara-Balta, northern Kyrgyzstan, to produce linen and knitwear products. The factory will produce 17 thousand tons of knitted fabric annually and 7 million pieces of knitted products. Finally, the presidents launched the construction of two photovoltaic power plants, each with a capacity of 200 MW, in Uzbekistan’s Fergana and Namangan regions. The electricity generated by the plants will be supplied to Kyrgyzstan.

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Construction begins on Kazakhstan’s First Hybrid Power Plant

On July 16, Kazakhstan celebrated the launch of construction on a hybrid power plant in Zhanaozen, funded by national oil and gas company KazMunayGas (KMG) and Italian energy company Eni S.p.A., in its western region of Mangystau. According to KMG, the 247 MW hybrid project developed by Eni Plenitude will combine renewable energy sources -wind and solar - and a gas power plant to generate, balance and stabilize electricity production. The solar power plant will have a capacity of 50 MW; the wind power component, 77 MW, and the gas power plant,120 MW. By combing all three, the hybrid power plant will ensure a stable and reliable supply of electricity to KMG's regional subsidiary companies, including Ozenmunaygas and the Kazakh gas processing plant, and eliminate risks of shutdowns resulting from frequent interruptions to power supplies. Since approximately 40% of all electricity produced by the hybrid plant will be "green," the project will make a significant contribution to the implementation of  KMG's decarbonization strategy by reducing its carbon footprint. Askhat Khassenov,  Chairman of the Management Board of KazMunayGas, welcomed the initiative to provide Kazakhstan with its first hybrid plant and stated, "The project leverages Eni's international industrial experience and represents an innovative combination of various technologies. It also aims to diversify and decarbonize the energy supply in the Mangystau region. Additionally, the project will create new employment opportunities for highly skilled professionals in the region.” Present in Kazakhstan since 1992,  Eni is a joint operator of the Karachaganak field, an equity partner in various projects in the Northern Caspian Sea, including the Kashagan offshore field, and KMG's partner in the exploration block Abay.

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