Could Uzbekistan be Iran’s bastion of influence in Central Asia?

Kanat Shaku in Almaty November 14, 2017

Post-nuclear sanctions Iran and post-Karimov Uzbekistan may have a strong mutual interest in building a substantial trade relationship. For Tehran, the move might open the way to repairing relations with Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

Higher exports and investment push first-half growth in all EBRD countries bar two

bne IntelliNews November 7, 2017

EBRD markedly hikes its forecasts for economic growth in Emerging Europe after assessing the arrival of expansion that is so strong that it is already running up against structural constraints.

Uzbekistan makes top 10 in World Bank’s Doing Business global improvers

bne IntelliNews November 1, 2017

New president’s drive for reform in Central Asia’s most populous country gets boost from climb of 13 places in ranking.

Top Tajik investment official “caught red-handed” taking half-million-dollar bribe

bne IntelliNews October 4, 2017

Illicit cash payment for opening up profitable channels for poultry producers was accepted in a restaurant, Anti-corruption Agency alleges.

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.