Uzbekistan was ranked 48th – which made it the strongest among the Central Asian states, Kazakhstan 53rd, Turkmenistan 84th, Kyrgyzstan 109th and Tajikistan 112t.
Almost two dozen agreements worth over $35 million USD were signed following the Uzbekistan-Tajikistan business forum in Dushanbe on 19 April, The Tashkent Times reports.
Is the Central Asian integration possible or is it just a pipe dream? What kind of a player would Central Asia be as a union? And finally, what is holding the five Central Asian countries up from uniting?
Travelers bound for Tajikistan should be aware that they now need written permission to bring any book into the country – or out of it. However, you’re probably safe bringing in the latest bestseller, as long as it’s not a Farsi translation.
International environmental experts encourage Central Asian states to resolve the looming water crisis together
Some 1.5 million people die every year because of the deteriorating environment in Europe and Central Asia, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) official data. People are dying from the air pollution and difficult access to drinking water. Fourteen people die every day, the organization said, due to water shortage.
Central Asia is a critical crossroads: Trump administration must keep the U.S. a player in the region
Developing a new strategic approach to Central Asia is probably at the bottom of the Trump administration's foreign policy inbox. Not so in Moscow, Beijing, Tehran, Kabul, Tokyo, Ankara and Brussels. This region, made up of the five "stans," is rapidly becoming an area of economic cooperation and strategic competition among America's friends and foes alike in what some have called a modern version of the 19th Century Great Game. The region sits squarely in the middle of the Eurasia heartland. It is time for the United States to pay attention.
Despite many challenges, it seems some measure of progress is being made across Central Asia. In numerous international metrics systems, the states of Central Asia often trend together toward the lower rungs of the rankings. Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, for instance, sees all five Central Asian states come in among the bottom third globally. Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index, meanwhile, sees only Kyrgyzstan land within the top 100 nations, and only North Korea and Eritrea scoring worse than Turkmenistan.
On Monday, both Russia and the United States began separate military training drills with Tajik forces.
AKIPRESS.COM - Tajik authorities say a blast near a military court in the country’s south has left one person dead, reports the RFE/RL.
Some 34 percent of Tajik, 31 percent of Kazakhstani and 30 percent of Kyrgyz citizens said they see The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as a threat, according to the results of the last survey conducted by American research-based consulting company Gallup, Kyrgyz local press AkiPress.com reported recently.