ECA50 releases its debut regional frontier equity index of the 50 largest publicly traded companies

ECA50 February 20, 2024

ECA50 Plc developed its debut regional equity index of the 50 largest public companies in the frontier Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region.

Perspectives | Clock is ticking as Central Asia confronts water calamity

Sanat Kushkumbayev for Eurasianet February 19, 2024

Stakeholders need to collaborate, tackle waste and address the elephant in the room: Afghanistan.

PANNIER: Response to Bishkek thermal power plant explosion lifts lid on Central Asia relations

Bruce Pannier February 6, 2024

And what’s seen is quite encouraging.

The EU joins the global transport competition, proposes a Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor

Ben Aris in Berlin February 6, 2024

The global pandemic, the war in Ukraine, rising tensions between China and the West and the increasingly fractured world has forced the global economy to remake its major transport routes. Now the EU is getting in on the game.

Corruption Perception Index “paints troubling picture” of Central Asia

bne IntelliNews January 30, 2024

Though Uzbekistan is hailed as a “significant improver”, Transparency International says region as a whole struggling with “dysfunctional rule of law, rising authoritarianism and systemic corruption”.

China shaping Central Asia into auto export hub

Eurasianet January 30, 2024

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev hopes that a new BYD plant in his country will before long be able to produce 300,000 cars per year.

Kyrgyzstan: Once all-powerful Matraimov wanted for arrest

Ayzirek Imanaliyeva for Eurasianet January 29, 2024

The news opens a new chapter in the ruling regime’s campaign to wrest all the levers of control in the country from shadowy, behind-the-scenes operators.

Report urges US to step up push for big share of Central Asia’s rare earths prize

bne IntelliNews January 28, 2024

Americans should make their move before China looks to corner sector, experts say. The soft heavy metals are important to the green energy revolution and some latest weapons systems.

OUTLOOK 2024 Small Stans

bne IntelliNews January 24, 2024

A third year beckons in which, with Russia distracted by its war in Ukraine, the other major powers will compete to build up influence and economic opportunities in Central Asia.

Almaty shaken by shockwaves of 7-magnitude earthquake

bne IntelIiNews January 22, 2024

Residents flee houses, gather outside in cold weather in pyjamas. Quake centred on Kyrgyzstan-Xinjiang, China border region.

Kyrgyz security agents raid news agency, detain editor as Japarov media crackdown tightens

bne IntelIiNews January 15, 2024

Strongman seen as dismantling Kyrgyzstan’s celebrated independent news providers piece by piece.

PANNIER: Rising prominence of Tajiks in terrorist attacks abroad may reflect loss of hope back home

Bruce Pannier January 12, 2024

Just as many Uzbeks were drawn to extremism during dark days of Karimov, growing numbers of Tajik nationals fed up with Rahmon regime are joining Islamic terror groups.

Kyrgyzstan’s new flag raised to a chorus of anger, confusion, threats

Ayzirek Imanaliyeva for Eurasianet January 8, 2024

Officials have said that anybody spreading what they deem to be false information about the flag will be thrown behind bars.

China building up electric auto infrastructure in Central Asia

Eurasianet January 5, 2024

An update on infrastructure development and investment in Central Asia.

Washington Post says Kyrgyzstan “worrisome example of democracy’s global retreat”

bne IntelIiNews January 5, 2024

Editorial board joins international response to Japarov regime’s “smothering of press freedom”.

Perspectives | Central Asian states walking fine line on Russian sanctions

Nurbek Bekmurzaev for Eurasianet January 4, 2024

Kazakhstan proving more adept at dodging blame than Kyrgyzstan.

PANNIER: “New Russian empire” remarks draw blunt response from Uzbekistan

Bruce Pannier January 2, 2024

For Central Asia, tough retorts from Tashkent to Russian nationalists are something new. Kremlin argues comments do not reflect Moscow’s position, but has done little to stop talk of “annexations”.

EBRD shareholders back €4bn increase in bank’s paid-in capital for third time ever

Ben Aris in Berlin December 19, 2023

The governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development have approved a resolution to increase the bank’s paid-in capital by €4bn, raising its capital base to €34bn – the third increase in the bank's history.

MACRO-ADVISORY: Most useful Eurasia region books published in 2023

Ben Aris in Berlin Ben Aris in Berlin December 18, 2023

Throughout each year, Macro-Advisory tracks and records all books published which are relevant for investors and business managers/planners covering the broad Eurasia region and lists the best ones.

PANNIER: Central Asia’s population is growing, but its water resources are rapidly shrinking

Bruce Pannier December 8, 2023

The data can no longer be ignored. Demand and supply no longer add up. Severity of situation needs treating with some urgency.