Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan: New Energy Ties Power Better Relations
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Uzbekistan, Tajikistan: New Energy Ties Power Better Relations

worldview.stratfor.com: Uzbekistan is taking another small step away from its isolationist past. On Nov. 7, Uzbekistan and neighboring Tajikistan reached a preliminary agreement to rejoin their power supply networks. According to the head of the department for strategic development of Uzbek state energy company Uzbekenergo, the country is ready to activate the 500-kilovolt line as well as the four 200-kilovolt lines built between the Uzbek and Tajik power grids. The announcement indicates relations are warming between Uzbekistan and its neighbors under Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

2018 Doing Business Report shows Central Asian economic reforms improve business opportunities
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2018 Doing Business Report shows Central Asian economic reforms improve business opportunities

The Central Asian countries are continuing improving their economic situation to facilitate foreign business partners to do their business in the region, recent World Bank Group’s annual Doing Business 2018 said. According to the report, Uzbekistan, of all the Central Asian states, boasts the most improved economy and made the top ten list of "most improved economies in the world in 2016-17".

Op-Ed: Dream Bigger: Building the Middle-Class in Central Asia
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Op-Ed: Dream Bigger: Building the Middle-Class in Central Asia

In Kazakhstan, extreme poverty has been virtually eradicated, while the middle-class has grown to around 20% of the population. The Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan have managed to halve their rates of poverty over the past decade and are continuing to make progress. In Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, poverty is now mostly a rural phenomenon. These hard-earned success stories are a testament to what can be accomplished when the benefits of economic growth are shared more broadly across society.