Economy

US and Kazakhstan: enhanced strategic partnership for the 21st Century
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US and Kazakhstan: enhanced strategic partnership for the 21st Century

President Trump noted Kazakhstan’s global leadership as an elected member of the United Nations Security Council in 2017-2018.  He praised Kazakhstan’s legacy as a leader in international non-proliferation efforts, beginning with the voluntary renunciation of its nuclear arsenal in 1992, and reinforced by ongoing commitments to nuclear security and recent support for preventing the spread and use of chemical weapons.  Both leaders condemned the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including North Korea’s unlawful nuclear and missile programs.  The leaders welcomed the recent opening of the International Atomic Energy Agency Low Enriched Uranium Bank in Kazakhstan, which seeks to decrease the risk of nuclear enrichment technology proliferation.

Op-Ed: Nearly 200,000 Kyrgyz have no sources of income
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Op-Ed: Nearly 200,000 Kyrgyz have no sources of income

Kginfo.ru: Kyrgyz officials will mark a mournful date soon enough -- the date of the Boeing cargo plane crash near Bishkek. The incident took the lives of 39 passengers, among them 17 children. But so far neither the relatives of the deceased nor the people of Kyrgyzstan have heard a single word of apology from the main culprit of that terrible incident -- former president of the country Almazbek Atambayev.

Ex-president Atambayev’s “right hand” PM Isakov complicit in numerous corruption deals
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Ex-president Atambayev’s “right hand” PM Isakov complicit in numerous corruption deals

According to Isakov’s tax declarations up to 2015, he hadn’t even had a tent not to mention having any real estate. Yet, his close relatives were in a completely different situation. Despite Isakov’s modest income, his relatives own impressive assets such as luxurious apartments in the center of Bishkek, high-end expensive vehicles, as well as prestigious plots in the capital. Here’s a quote from an article published by the Kyrgyz online news outlet Kactus: "... at the same time, Isakov’s close relative purchases a car, Lexus RX 450h, which was worth around 80,000 dollars.”

Uzbekistan boasts export increase in 2017
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Uzbekistan boasts export increase in 2017

TASHKENT (TCA) — In 2017, the government of Uzbekistan took a number of measures to liberalize foreign trade and increase the country’s export potential. Customs duties for all exported goods and services were abolished and the licensing and export system was simplified. A zero rate of customs duties has been established for more than 60 percent of goods. This was said at a press conference on the results of activities of the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan in 2017, the Jahon information agency reported.

Op-ed: Who is backing the idea of instability in Central Asia
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Op-ed: Who is backing the idea of instability in Central Asia

With Edwards relocating to Central Asia experts warn of inevitable instability in Kyrgyzstan. This would benefit the US and hinder China's economic expansion to the east. What’s more, this move infuriates Russia, which does not need a hotbed of instability at its southern borders. After all, there is no guarantee that the flames of unrest would not spread from Kyrgyzstan to the neighboring countries.