INTERVIEW: IMF sees Kazakhstan benefitting from a newly opened-up Uzbekistan

Naubet Bisenov in Almaty February 14, 2017

Kazakhstan should not count on traditional economic growth drivers to rescue its struggling oil-based economy, but must carry out structural reforms to compete with regional rival Uzbekistan.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Nazarbayev learns lessons from Uzbek succession process

Kanat Shaku in Almaty February 10, 2017

The Kazakh president's constitutional proposals have sparked speculation about the real purpose of such reforms.

Kazakh sovereign bond fails to spark hoped-for corporate issuance

Naubet Bisenov in Almaty January 31, 2017

While the sovereign issue did help Kazakh corporate bonds already in circulation in London and elsewhere, its impact on new corporate bond issuance was limited due to the poor domestic and global economic climate.

Poland dominates a vibrant, growing fintech industry in CEE

Nicholas Watson in Prague January 30, 2017

Fintech start-ups are flourishing across Central and Eastern Europe, from Russia to Turkey, though Poland is probably the furthest ahead in establishing itself as the most important regional hub.

Kazakh President Nazarbayev’s “serious redistribution of powers” goes out for consultation

bne IntelliNews January 26, 2017

Nazarbayev on January 26 unveiled a set of draft constitutional changes that the elderly leader says will deliver “a serious redistribution of powers and democratisation of the political system as a whole”.

Syria peace talks end with ceasefire communique but rebel support is lacking

bne IntelliNews January 24, 2017

The warring parties have agreed to participate in a further round of negotiations to be held in Geneva on February 8.

CENTRAL ASIAN BLOG: Syrian peace talks launch Astana's 2017 PR campaign

Kanat Shaku in Almaty January 22, 2017

Kazakhstan has good relations with all participants but is likely to help sway the talks in Russia's favour.

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