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Weekly Digest of Central Asia

  • Written by TCA

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 sell or liquidate unprofitable state-owned enterprises

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — According to official data, 1,130 state-owned enterprises are registered in Kyrgyzstan and 900 of them are idle, 166 regularly receive subsidies from the state, and only 33 enterprises are operating efficiently.

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Russia hosts Afghanistan talks boycotted by the US

  • Written by TCA

BISHKEK (TCA) — Russia opened meetings with top diplomats from Afghanistan, China, and several Central Asian countries in talks that are aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan but are being boycotted by the United States, RFE/RL reports.

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American film experts present documentaries in Ashgabat

  • Written by TCA

ASHGABAT (TCA) — The U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan is sponsoring a screening of independent documentary films on Sunday, April 16, at Ashgabat Cinema, featuring three critically-acclaimed movies, and followed by a Q&A with American film experts.

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EEU member states reiterate commitment to further integration at Bishkek summit

  • Written by TCA

BISHKEK (TCA) — We need to focus on eliminating the existing barriers inside the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev said at the summit meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, the EEU’s governing body, in Bishkek on April 14.

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Moldova to get observer status in Eurasian Economic Union

  • Written by TCA

BISHKEK (TCA) — The Supreme Council of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) has made a decision to welcome and support Moldova’s intention to get the EEU observer status, Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev said at a summit of the EEU Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Bishkek on April 14.

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Uzbekistan to create free tourist zone in Bukhara

  • Written by TCA

TASHKENT (TCA) — The State Committee for Tourism of Uzbekistan, municipality of Bukhara region and the National Bank for Foreign Economic Relations have developed proposals for the establishment of a free tourist zone, the Jahon information agency reported.

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GE Transportation buys 50% stake in Kazakhstan’s locomotive manufacturer

  • Written by TCA

ASTANA (TCA) — GE Transportation on April 12 said it has completed the purchase of a 50 percent interest in locomotive manufacturer Lokomotiv Kurastyru Zauyty (LKZ) from Kazakhstan’s national railway company, KTZ.

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US drops largest nonnuclear bomb on Islamic State target in Afghanistan

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KABUL (TCA) — The United States military has used the army's largest nonnuclear bomb on an Islamic State (IS) target in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, RFE/RL reports.

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World Bank helps improve higher education in Uzbekistan

  • Written by TCA

TASHKENT (TCA) — On April 11, the World Bank and the Government of Uzbekistan signed a US$50 million Credit Agreement for the Modernizing Higher Education Project that will support the country in strengthening the management of its higher education system and improving its quality and relevance to the labor market, the World Bank said.

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Uzbekistan plans to produce cosmetics with South Korean company

  • Written by TCA

TASHKENT (TCA) — Uzbekistan is set to establish the first-ever domestic manufacturing of innovation-based cosmetic products in line with international standards, the Jahon information agency reports.

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State Committee for Investments established in Uzbekistan

  • Written by TCA

TASHKENT (TCA) — President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has signed a decree on the establishment of the State Committee for Investments, a new government body responsible for implementation of a unified state investment policy and attraction of foreign investments, the Jahon official information agency reports.

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Kazakhstan to switch from Cyrillic to Latin alphabet

  • Written by TCA

ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has ordered the government to introduce a Latin-based alphabet for the Kazakh language by the end of 2017, marking a major shift after nearly 80 years of using a Cyrillic-based alphabet, RFE/RL reported.

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OSCE helps engage parents in preventing violent extremism amongst youth in Tajikistan

  • Written by TCA

DUSHANBE (TCA) — A two-day train-the-trainer course focused on the role of parents in the prevention of terrorism, organized by the OSCE Office in Tajikistan, concluded on 12 April in Dushanbe.

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U.S. government helps protect the rights of Kyrgyzstan migrant workers abroad

  • Written by TCA

BISHKEK (TCA) — On April 10, the U.S. Government through USAID launched two information terminals at Manas International Airport in Bishkek to prevent human trafficking and protect the rights of Kyrgyzstani migrants traveling abroad, the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan said. Ten additional kiosks will be installed across the country. The kiosks will inform travelers about their rights and steps they can take to avoid becoming victims of human trafficking. The estimated 700,000 Kyrgyzstani migrants living and working abroad face frequent discrimination and a high risk of falling prey to human traffickers.

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Poland and Uzbekistan have great untapped potential in trade and economic spheres

  • Written by TCA

TASHKENT (TCA) — A growing number of Polish firms show interest and desire to enter the Uzbek market for projects in such areas as oil and gas, energy, mining, road construction, transport and logistics, as well as in the free economic zones set up and being created in various regions of Uzbekistan, Ambassador of Poland to Uzbekistan Piotr Iwaszkiewicz told the Jahon information agency.

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CAREC aviation officials discuss regional air cooperation in Central Asia

  • Written by TCA

DUSHANBE (TCA) — Aviation officials and airline representatives from 11 member countries of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program met in Singapore last week to discuss potential for enhanced regional air transport connectivity and cooperation, said Tajikistan’s country office of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which has served as the CAREC Secretariat since 2001.

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Uzbekistan resumes Tashkent-Dushanbe flights

  • Written by TCA

DUSHANBE (TCA) — Uzbekistan's national airlines company Ozbekiston Havo Yollari (Uzbekistan Airways) has resumed flights from Tashkent to Tajikistan's capital, Dushanbe, some 25 years after such flights were halted, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reported.

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Uzbekistan ups exports of textile and light-industry products

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TASHKENT (TCA) — A new foreign trade organization, Uztuqimachilikexport, is being established in Uzbekistan for expansion of exports of Uzbek light-industry products and technological upgrade of domestic textile enterprises, the Jahon information agency reported.

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First rail freight service to China leaves UK along ‘New Silk Route’

  • Written by TCA

BISHKEK (TCA) — The first rail freight service from the UK to China departed on April 10, carrying 30 containers of British-produced goods along a 7,500-mile journey to Yiwu, China, Sputnik news agency reported.

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AREVA and KAZATOMROM sign strategic uranium mining agreement

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ASTANA (TCA) — On April 10, France’s AREVA and Kazakhstan’s national atomic company KAZATOMPROM signed a major agreement to strengthen their long-standing cooperation in the uranium mining sector in Kazakhstan.

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Iran is Afghanistan’s largest trade partner

  • Written by TCA

KABUL (TCA) — Statistics shows that Iran’s trade with Afghanistan in 2016 amounted to $1.8 billion USD and that trade between Afghanistan and Pakistan dropped, Afghanistan’s TOLOnews agency reported.

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Kazakhstan exporters to deliver fortified flour to Afghanistan

  • Written by TCA

KABUL (TCA) — Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on April 8 said that Kazakhstan’s business owners have agreed to ensure at least 50 percent of their wheat flour, salt and cooking oil exports to Afghanistan will be fortified, Afghanistan’s TOLOnews agency reported.

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