The female voice of change

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 8, 2021

Emerging Europe has a growing number of female politicians taking a stand against corruption and authoritarianism.

COMMENT: OPEC+ puts off production cut decision for a month

Guy Burton of Lancaster University March 7, 2021

A decision over oil production levels and prices looks to have been delayed for a month following the OPEC+ meeting, between OPEC’s 13 members and 10 other non-OPEC countries, on March 4.

ING: Commodity supercycle calls grow

Warren Patterson Head of Commodities Strategy at ING in the Netherlands March 7, 2021

It has been an exceptional month for commodity markets, with growing inflation expectations increasing investor interest in the assets. Meanwhile, fundamental developments, particularly in the oil market, have only provided a further boost.

Kazakh government aims to attract €7.9bn of investments in agriculture sector

bne IntelliNews March 4, 2021

Kazakh authorities hope to reduce reliance on hydrocarbons exports and become a net food exporter with an eye on the Chinese market.

UNDP in Kazakhstan joins global network of innovative accelerator labs

bne IntelliNews March 4, 2021

Accelerator Lab to focus on helping improve livelihoods through digitalisation, and supporting Kazakhstan's green transition.

Kazakh manufacturing PMI shows continued deterioration in operating conditions in February

bne IntelliNews March 2, 2021

Kazakhstan manufacturing PMI posted 48.5 in February, as the rate of decline eased thanks to an increase in new orders.

Kaspi.kz reports 33.6% jump in net income in 2020

bne IntelliNews March 2, 2021

Kaspi.kz has benefited from the coronavirus pandemic-driven shift to digital services by people who have been forced to largely stay indoors.

Kazakhstan announces discovery of largest reservoir of hydrocarbons since independence

Kanat Shaku in Almaty March 1, 2021

Exploration well in Mangystau region showed substantial gushes of oil.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Unwanted consequences as early access to pension funds for Kazakhs drives up home prices

Kanat Shaku in Almaty February 28, 2021

Populist measure meant to make housing more affordable for the middle class—but the effect might be just the opposite.

Emerging Europe strong on women’s economic opportunities but dragged down by low pensions

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 24, 2021

Different retirement ages for men and women lead to lower pensions for women despite reforms in 2019-2020, says World Bank report.

Copper is the new gold

Ben Aris in Berlin February 24, 2021

Copper prices have been soaring as the post-coronavirus recovery gets under way, pushing up commodity prices, but copper has been supercharged by the digitisation of the global economy and the rise of the electric vehicle (EV) industry.

ING: Oil prices at $60, now what?

Warren Patterson head of commodities strategy at ING in Singapore February 19, 2021

There seems to be no stopping oil prices, with ICE Brent now trading well above $60/bbl. Clearly OPEC+ cuts are doing their job, while global recovery hopes are playing a big part. Will the oil price keep rising?

Kazakhstan: Government allowing shady banking minnows to wither

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet February 18, 2021

The goal is to allow mid-ranking players to compete with the giants.

Perspectives: Uzbekistan rising as Central Asian integration catalyst

Eurasianet February 8, 2021

China will play a decisive role in anointing Central Asia’s leader.