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World Bank to identify possible interventions to support Tajikistan economy

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — The World Bank has launched a consultation process with key stakeholders in Tajikistan on the Country Partnership Framework for 2019-2022. In this context, the World Bank’s Regional Director for Central Asia, Lilia Burunciuc, and the newly appointed World Bank Country Manager for Tajikistan, Jan-Peter Olters, on May 17 met with the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, to discuss medium-term development opportunities, constraints, and priorities for the country, the World Bank said.

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Uzbekistan president pays second visit to Turkmenistan this year

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TASHKENT (TCA) — President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev will pay a working visit to Turkmenistan on May 19 and 20 at the invitation of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, the press service of the Uzbek president said. It will be Mirziyoyev’s second visit to Turkmenistan since his election as the Uzbek president late last year.

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Kyrgyzstan pro-presidential party chooses PM Jeenbekov as presidential candidate

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The pro-presidential Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK) has recommended Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov as the party’s candidate for the presidential election due to be held this autumn, 24.kg news agency reported.

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EU ambassador speaks for increasing European Union trade with Uzbekistan

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TASHKENT (TCA) — The European Union and Uzbekistan recognize the need to boost bilateral trade and will take efforts to achieve that goal, Eduards Stiprais, Head of the European Union Delegation to Uzbekistan, told a press conference in Tashkent earlier this month, the Jahon information agency reported.

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Switzerland supports the solution of local issues in Kyrgyzstan’s Chuy province

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Certificates for grant support in the amount of over 14.5 million soms were awarded to 15 municipalities of the Chuy province in northern Kyrgyzstan at the ceremony held on May 17 in Bishkek, the Embassy of Switzerland in the Kyrgyz Republic said.

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USAID, Kazakhstan’s KAZAKH INVEST conduct study tour for export promotion officials from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

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ASTANA (TCA) — On May 16-18, the USAID Competitiveness, Trade, and Jobs project and Kazakhstan’s investment and export promotion company JSC NC KAZAKH INVEST are conducting a study tour of Astana and Almaty for export promotion officials from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan in order to observe Kazakhstan’s export promotion expertise in practice.

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Kazakhstan economy searching for new sources of growth, to focus on agriculture

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ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan’s economic growth is projected to accelerate in 2017, owing to higher oil prices and oil production, says the World Bank’s latest Kazakhstan Economic Update. According to the special topic of the report, dedicated to agriculture, better utilization of agricultural land and higher labor productivity in the sector can greatly benefit Kazakhstan’s economy, the World Bank said on May 17.

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Improving governance key to ensuring equitable growth in Kazakhstan — report

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ASTANA (TCA) — A new World Bank policy report was presented in Astana on May 16, urging the country and international development agencies to rethink their approach to governance as a key to overcoming challenges related to security, growth, and equity.

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Kazakhstan opens nuclear security training center

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ALMATY (TCA) — Kazakhstan, in cooperation with the United States Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), opened its Nuclear Security Training Center (NSTC) on May 12 at a site adjacent to Kazakhstan's Institute of Nuclear Physics at Alatau, near Almaty.

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Afghanistan still fails to take advantage of WTO membership

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KABUL (TCA) — Afghanistan obtained World Trade Organization membership one year ago, but no one has so far been appointed to represent the country at the organization, TOLOnews agency reports.

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OSCE promotes advanced water education standards in Kazakhstan

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ASTANA (TCA) — Sustainable water governance with a focus on advanced education standards in the water sector was the focus of an OSCE-supported roundtable discussion on 16 May that took place at Kazakhstan’s Parliament in Astana.

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Uzavtosanoat, France’s Groupe PSA create JV to produce light commercial vehicles in Uzbekistan

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TASHKENT (TCA) — French car manufacturer Groupe PSA and Uzbekistan’s state automobile company Uzavtosanoat have decided to jointly create an equally owned Joint Venture — Uzbekistan PCA, the companies said on May 16. This partnership aims at building a production plant in the Free Industrial Zone of Jizzakh, located 200 km from Tashkent, in Uzbekistan, to produce Peugeot and Citroën LCVs, for passenger and freight carriage. The Charter capital of the new JV will represent around 30 million euro, with equal shareholding. Global investments represent around 130 million euros.

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Kazakhstan increasing production and export of motor vehicles

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ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan’s automobile manufacturer LLP SaryarkaAvtoProm is expanding the line of motor vehicles produced and increasing exports. This was said during the visit of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev to the company’s plant in Kostanay on May 15, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

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Companies of Kazakhstan’s Samruk-Kazyna fund sign contracts with China partners

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ASTANA (TCA) — Portfolio companies of Kazakhstan’s national wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna JSC have signed several agreements with Chinese partners as part of the official visit of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev to China. Nazarbayev was in Beijing to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on May 14-15.

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UNRCCA, based in Turkmenistan, promotes regional cooperation in Central Asia

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — The UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) is marking its tenth anniversary as an entity working on a mandate focused on preventive diplomacy. The Centre, located in Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat, was established at the initiative of five Central Asian states by exchange of letters between the UN Secretary General and the President of the Security Council on 16 May 2007. In a region increasingly confronted with challenges and threats, UNRCCA has deployed preventive efforts to promote regional cooperation and assist Central Asian states to find mutually acceptable and beneficial solutions to these regional challenges, UNRCCA said.

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Will a new National Holding improve management of Kyrgyzstan's state-owned enterprises?

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The State Property Management Fund under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (SPMF) intends to reduce part of the non-operating enterprises with the state share by uniting them into a National Holding open joint-stock company.

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Donors help Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan producers market dried apricots

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — From 16 to 18 May, a meeting of the Regional Working Group including representatives from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan will take place in Khujand, Tajikistan with the goal to develop the Explanatory Brochure in accordance with the UNECE Standard DDP-15 concerning marketing and commercial quality control of dried apricots produced in the Fergana Valley, the Delegation of the European Union to Tajikistan said.

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Tajikistan foreign minister defends Rogun hydro power project

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — Tajikistan's Foreign Minister Sirojidin Aslov has defended his country's huge Rogun hydroelectric power plant project, which has been questioned by neighboring Uzbekistan for years, RFE/RL reported.

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A free economic zone will soon be created at Khorgos on Kazakhstan-China border

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ALMATY (TCA) — A special economic zone with tax privileges will soon be created in the Kazakh part of the Khorgos International Centre of Boundary Cooperation (ICBC) located on the Kazakh-Chinese border in the Almaty province, ICBC Khorgos President Kaharman Jazin said at the Forum of Entrepreneurs held at Khorgos last week, the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan reported.

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China’s new Silk Road initiative needs more certainty

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Since China’s new Silk Road initiative was announced in 2013, the project has been "vague and unclear" in terms of concrete projects and the number of countries involved, Sputnik news agency reported citing a research by the French Institute of International Relations.

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Some 50 countries interested in cooperation with EEU — Russian president

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Around 50 countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America have expressed interest in cooperating with the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), Russian President Vladimir Putin said on May 15, Sputnik news agency reported.

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Europe Day celebrated in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — On May 12, the Delegation of the European Union to the Kyrgyz Republic hosted a reception to celebrate Europe Day.

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Suspected Uzbek Stockholm terrorist linked to network around jihadist leader — Swedish Radio

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Swedish Radio News on May 12 reported it has discovered links in social media between the suspected Stockholm terrorist and a network around a jihadist leader wanted by Interpol for terror financing.

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Uzbekistan holding forum on its cultural heritage

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TASHKENT (TCA) — On May 15 and 16, Tashkent and Samarkand are holding an international scientific and cultural congress "Cultural heritage of Uzbekistan is the way for dialogue between peoples and countries", the Jahon information agency reports.

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1,000th freight train leaves China for Europe

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BEIJING (TCA) — A train loaded with clothing and small commodities departed from east China's Zhejiang Province on May 13, heading for Madrid, Spain. Departing from the manufacturing city of Yiwu, it was the 1,000th freight train linking China and Europe this year, Xinhua reported.

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