Recovered gold output to keep GDP growth at 4%. Russia's economic fate, anaemic job creation, stagnating poverty reduction and climate change are worries. No sign of political war between camps of president and on-trial predecessor flaring up again.
Despite posting solid real GDP growth rates over the past decade, poverty reduction has stagnated in Central Asia’s most vulnerable economies.
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%.
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.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian managed a delicate balancing act while hosting his authoritarian allies in Yerevan.