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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 improve water and sanitation services with World Bank support

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BISHKEK (TCA) — More than 100,000 people living in 52 villages across Kyrgyzstan are expected to benefit from improved access to quality water and sanitation services, thanks to US$ 36 million in additional financing for the Sustainable Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Development Project, approved on June 22 by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors. Out of this financing, US$ 19.8 million is a concessional credit, while US$ 16.2 million is a grant.

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Astana International Financial Center in Kazakhstan to start working next January

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ASTANA (TCA) — During the 30th plenary meeting of the Foreign Investors’ Council in Astana on June 22, chaired by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakh Minister for Investment and Development Zhenis Kassymbek reported on the implementation of the instructions for the establishment of the Astana International Financial Center, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

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EBRD supports inclusion in Kazakhstan through Kyzyl gold deposit development

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ASTANA (TCA) — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on June 22 said it is deepening its efforts to promote economic inclusion in the energy sector and the extractive industries of Kazakhstan with a US$ 140 million loan to Bakyrchik Mining Venture LLP for the development of the Kyzyl gold deposit.

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GE showcases future of energy and industry at Expo-2017 in Kazakhstan

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ASTANA (TCA) — Following the opening last week of Expo-2017 in Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana, over 100 top officials, senior business executives, and global thought leaders came together on June 21 for an interactive discussion at Moving Forward, Fueling the Future, the General Electric-hosted forum focused on emerging trends and technologies in the energy and transportation industries, including the digital revolution that is radically reshaping the industrial world, GE said.

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Consortium to implement Eurasia hydrocarbon project in Kazakhstan’s Caspian shelf

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ASTANA (TCA) — Transnational companies have established a consortium to implement the Eurasia project to develop super-deep hydrocarbon deposits in Kazakhstan’s section of the Caspian Sea, Kazakh Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev said after the signing of cooperation agreements between the Government of Kazakhstan and international companies on June 21, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

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Russia aims to return to Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan amid Vostochny problems

  • Written by George Voloshin

ASTANA (TCA) — The relationships between Moscow and Astana over Russia’s use of Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome have never been smooth since the Soviet Union’s collapse, but Moscow has always been consistent in its desire to remain at Baikonur. We are republishing this article by George Voloshin on the issue, originally published by The Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily Monitor:

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China’s Jiangsu Province Week held at EXPO-2017 in Kazakhstan

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ASTANA (TCA) — Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, took part in the Kazakhstan-Chinese business forum as part of the opening ceremony of China’s Jiangsu Province Week at the international exhibition EXPO-2017 in Astana, the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan reported on June 21.

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Tajikistan to issue government securities for $1 billion to raise funds for Rogun power plant

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — Tajikistan plans to issue government securities for a total of $1 billion for placing in international financial markets, Avesta news agency reported.

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EBRD financing of Baikonur solar plant in Kazakhstan moving closer

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ASTANA (TCA) — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has signed a mandate letter for the co-financing of a new solar power plant in Kazakhstan near the world-famous space centre in Baikonur, the Bank said on June 21.

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Tajikistan bans citizens under 40 to perform hajj to Mecca

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — Authorities in Tajikistan have barred citizens under the age of 40 from performing this year's annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reported.

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Airport in Kazakhstan capital Astana renamed after president Nazarbayev

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ASTANA (TCA) — The airport in Kazakhstan's capital city, Astana, has been renamed after President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakh state media have reported.

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CSTO to hold operation targeting extremist recruiters

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) — a security alliance of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan — will for the first time hold a large-scale operation targeting recruiters affiliated with a number of terrorist organizations, a CSTO deputy secretary general said, TASS news agency reported on June 21.

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Kazakhstan: EXPO draws critics, and EXPOs misfires back

  • Written by Aktan Rysaliev

ASTANA (TCA) — The EXPO-2017 that is going on in Astana has caused some discontent from local residents and foreign visitors due to unreasonably hiked prices in the city. We are republishing this article by Aktan Rysaliev on the issue, originally published by EurasiaNet.org:

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Uzbekistan to inject $500 million into commercial banks

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TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekistan’s president has approved additional measures to improve financial stability and increase the capitalization of the country’s commercial banks, the Jahon information agency reported.

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Role of women and youth in conflict prevention in Central Asia discussed in Kazakhstan

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ALMATY (TCA) — A two-day regional seminar entitled “The role of women and youth in conflict prevention in Central Asia” concluded on June 20 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The event was organized by the Ashgabat-based UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) in cooperation with the UN-Women Multi-country Office in Central Asia (UN-Women) and the Regional Office of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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Afghanistan government forces recapture Tora Bora hideout from Islamic State

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KABUL (TCA) — Afghanistan’s security forces have recaptured Tora Bora, a former fortress of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, from Islamic State militants, officials confirmed on June 20, RFE/RL reported.

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Kyrgyzstan and Russia sign declaration on strengthening of strategic partnership

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev and Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 20 in Moscow signed a declaration on strengthening the cooperation and strategic partnership between the two countries, Sputnik news agency reported.

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Uzbekistan to invest $50 million in growing walnut plantations

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TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has recently signed a Decree "On creation and organization of activities of the Association of producers and exporters of walnuts", the Jahon information agency reported.

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