Eurasia / Features

Tajik bond potentially a tragic bond?

Kanat Shaku in Almaty September 14, 2017

Tajikistan’s $500mn Eurobond debut is intended to fund construction of the Rogun dam and help Central Asia’s poorest country become a regional energy exporter, yet Dushanbe has a history of being an unreliable financial partner.

Kazakhs question legacy of $5bn Expo 2017

Kanat Shaku in Astana September 14, 2017

The money could have been spent on wind farms instead, says one visitor to space age green energy themed exhibition, as renewable energy potential remains unused in fossil fuel rich Kazakhstan.

Uzbekistan lifts currency controls driving hopes of investment renaissance

Kanat Shaku in Almaty September 5, 2017

The winds of change are blowing in Central Asia. The removal of currency controls in Uzbekistan on September 5 could lead to a flood of investment and a sustained boom in the region's most populous country.

Iran relies on India to develop its only oceanic port

William Conroy in Prague August 22, 2017

But Tehran has been disappointed up to now by New Delhi's sluggishness in developing Chabahar.

Dismantling Karimov’s legacy in Uzbekistan

Kanat Shaku in Almaty August 1, 2017

Uzbekistan’s new President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has announced plans to scrap foreign exchange restrictions that have stifled trade and investment since the 1990s.