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Laura Hamilton

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Laura Hamilton MA, is the former Director of the Collins Gallery at the University of Strathclyde. She first visited Kyrgyzstan in 2011 to research and curate a major exhibition of contemporary textiles and fashion. Since 2012, she has worked as an editor on over thirty translations of Central Asian novels and collections of short stories. In more recent years, her work has focused on editing translations of Kyrgyzstan's great epics -'Ak Moor', Saiykal', Janysh Baiysh', 'Oljobai and Kishimjan', 'Dariyka', 'Semetey' and 'Er Toshtuk' for The Institute of Kyrgyz Language and Literature, and the Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University.

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One-Stop Service Center for Victims of Violence Opens in Kyrgyzstan

The first-ever One-Stop Service Center for Victims of Violence opened in Kyrgyzstan on May 28. Created through collaboration between the U.S. and Kyrgyz governments and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the new center will provide critical support for survivors by integrating medical care, counselling, legal aid, and police investigation services under one roof, according to the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan. As victims of violence often have difficulties accessing essential services and sometimes face negative societal attitudes, the One-Stop Service Center aims to empower survivors, improve access to justice, and create a safer environment. During the opening ceremony, U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Lesslie Viguerie said: “A thriving democratic and civil society is like a vibrant tapestry, woven together by the threads of strong relationships and communities. Gender-based violence, however, threatens to unravel this tapestry, weakening the bonds that hold our society together.”    

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Kazakhstan to Increase Production of High Added-Value Products

The government of Kazakhstan has identified a list of key projects concerning the manufacture of non-resource products with high added value. The list numbers 17 projects in the metallurgical and chemical industries, oil and gas chemistry, and automobile manufacturing. Each involves advanced processing of raw materials and will contribute to the development of related industries and the economy. At a government meeting on May 28, Kazakhstan's prime minister Olzhas Bektenov commented that "We must produce non-resource goods of high processing, whereby most of the profits will remain in the country and the level of economic diversification will increase.” Commenting on preferences afforded to producers under the proposed new Tax Code, Bektenov stated: “In the draft of the new Tax Code, tax rates will be determined by the complexity of production. If an enterprise produces high value-added products, the tax rates will be lower, and if they produce raw materials, the tax rate will be higher.” This year, as part of the Industrialization Map, Kazakhstan plans to launch 180 projects at a cost of 1.5 trillion tenge, and to create over 18,000 new jobs. The total volume of production will amount to 1.6 trillion tenge, including 600 billion tenge of exports and 1 trillion tenge of import substitution.  

13 hours ago

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Almaty Hosts Conference on Tackling Climate Change in Central Asia

On 27 May, delegations from Central Asian countries and international experts convened in Almaty, Kazakhstan to discuss pressing issues of sustainable water and land management, energy, food security, and environmental sustainability in the context of climate change in the region. Held annually, the Central Asia Climate Change Conference provides a platform to advance regional cooperation in addressing the impact of climate change and transboundary climate risks. This year’s event, CACCC-2024, attracted over 400 participants, including policy and decision makers from Central Asian countries, international development partners, and representatives from civil societies, the private sector, and academia. Addressing the delegates, Zafar Makhmudov, Executive Director of the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) announced: “Central Asia is vulnerable to the adverse effects of a rapidly changing climate, given its agricultural economy, aging infrastructure, and rapid population growth. The need to improve regional cooperation in energy and water resources management alongside approaches to adaptation to climate change is obvious. The conference aims to strengthen this cooperation to increase the region's resilience.” Regarding funding, Tatiana Proskuryakova, World Bank Regional Director for Central Asia, stated, “Climate change is an urgent challenge, and the countries of Central Asia can only address it if they work together. This means tackling a broad set of issues simultaneously, from adopting and implementing green policies to deploying green financing and investing in renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. We will continue working hand in hand with our government counterparts, sharing our analysis and advice, but also providing finance for priority investment projects for the benefit of people in Central Asia.” On an encouraging note, Dr. Caroline Milow, Programme Manager for the Green Central Asia Initiative, GIZ added: “With the adoption of the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, Central Asia is one step ahead of many other regions in the world. It helps further cooperation and coordination to strengthen adaptation and mitigation to climate change, which is ever more felt in the region. I am positive that these joint efforts among the countries will bear fruit for the entire population of the Aral Sea Basin.”

19 hours ago

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Kazakhstan’s Nomadiq Innovation Hub Opens in Singapore

The Nomadiq Innovation Hub has now officially opened in Singapore. A private initiative, the aim of the hub is to promote Central Asia as a single region in Singapore and advance cooperation in IT entrepreneurship. At the opening ceremony, Minister of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan, Zhaslan Madiev remarked that the new hub was designed to attract new start-up projects and unite Turkic countries’ efforts to expand digital solutions. “We have high hopes for the Nomadiq Innovation Hub in achieving goals that represent the interests of Kazakhstan and in particular, increasing the export of Kazakh IT products and attracting investment to our country,” the minister said. “Kazakhstan already has significant experience in developing and supporting start-ups and innovative projects. For example, the Astana Hub International Technology Park for IT Start-ups, launched five years ago, has now become one of the leading technology parks in Central Asia with 1,403 participants, including 388 foreign companies.” Outlining the project’s objectives, Olzhas Zhienkul, Chairman of the Board of Nomadiq Innovation Hub, announced, “Our main goals include the provision of in-depth and personalized support to selected projects, helping build sustainable business models and developing customized growth strategies. We are also focused on overcoming barriers to entry into international markets and will strive to position our region as a promising platform for venture investors.” Nomadiq is Kazakhstan’s third overseas innovation hub, joining the Silkroad Innovation Hub in the USA, and that in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, named after the great philosopher al-Farabi.    

19 hours ago

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Korean Company to Build Solar Panel Production Plant in Tajikistan

On 24 May, Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon laid the foundation stone for the construction of the first solar panel production plant in the country’s Danghara Free Economic Zone. According to the Tajik president’s press service, the facility will be built in four phases with government support and investment by the Global Solar Wafer company of the Republic of Korea totalling $2 billion. Construction on 22 hectares of land in the western part of Danghara Free Economic Zone is scheduled to begin in July this year. The first phase, comprising a facility to manufacture solar panels with a capacity of 5 thousand megawatts, will be completed in March 2025. Once fully operational, the plant will provide 8,000 jobs, 95 percent will be allocated to Tajik citizens. The launch of the domestic production of solar panels will contribute to the realization of goals set by Tajikistan’s green economy development strategy which aims to generate at least 1000 megawatts of green energy by 2030.    

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