IIF: 2020 the climate super-year

Institute of International Finance November 11, 2019

The growing importance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance to investors (and ultimately to voters) is one of the most important forces shaping the new global economy. CO2 emissions must peak next year or we are in trouble.

Growth of popular unrest in Kazakhstan ‘met by throttling of internet freedom’

bne IntelliNews November 9, 2019

Watchdog Freedom House says country has in past year experienced one of world’s worst deteriorations in online liberties.

IIF: IMF meetings, not as bad as you think

Elina Ribakova Deputy Chief Economist of the Institute of International Finance et al October 27, 2019

Investors and policymakers finished the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank annual general meetings in October on a more positive note than expected.

POWER PLAY IN KAZAKHSTAN: Nazarbayev’s iron rod glimpsed in shadows

bne IntelliNews October 24, 2019

As ex-president grabs back powers from successor Tokayev some partly see move as effort to protect oligarch son-in-law Timur Kulibayev, much disliked by many in elite for his track record of ‘successfully failing’.

Russia accounts for 97% of the trade in the EEU

Sam Bhutia of Eurasianet October 23, 2019

Russia dominates the trade within the Eurasia Economic Union (EEU). In 2018 trade with Russia accounted for 96.9% of all trade within the Eurasian Union; trade among the four smaller countries accounted for the remaining 3.1%.

Central Asia’s electricity network – underpowered and fragmented

Ben Aris in Berlin October 21, 2019

Power planners were left with major headaches when the demise of the Soviet Union caused all Central Asian Power System (CAPS) member states to scramble to remake their grids along national lines. However, pan-region ideas are now back in fashion.