PANNIER: Russia is pushing Turkmenistan out of the natural gas market

Bruce Pannier May 24, 2024

Moscow’s moves to take over Central Asian pipeline capacity for deliveries to China might explain unusual urgency in the Turkmen search for new customers.

Turkey and Uzbekistan friends again

Ben Aris in Berlin May 23, 2024

Turkey and Uzbekistan, the two largest countries in the Turkic world, are fostering a closer relationship, as the Organization of Turkic States (OTS) emerged as a new regional alliance bringing together shared interests.

Turkiye’s Erdogan to fly to Iran’s Mashhad for Raisi burial

bne Tehran bureau May 22, 2024

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to visit Iran on May 22 to attend the funeral of Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi, who was recently killed in a helicopter crash.

Uzbekistan's Saneg begins large-scale methane reduction project

bne IntelliNews May 22, 2024

Uzbek oil and gas company JV Sanoat Energetika Guruhi LLC (Saneg) said on May 20 it had become the first company in Central Asia to register a methane emissions reduction project.

“Silent demise” of world’s vast rangelands threatens food supply of billions, warns UNCCD report

bne IntelliNews May 21, 2024

Sixty-plus experts examine degradation caused by land overuse and misuse, climate change and biodiversity loss.

Uzbekistan has fifth most students studying abroad

Ben Aris in Berlin May 16, 2024

The world's two most populous nations, China and India, have the highest numbers of students studying overseas. But the Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan is in the top five as the government attempts to bootstrap its transition.

Uzbekistan's poverty rate dips to 11%

Mokhi Sultanova in Tashkent May 15, 2024

Country previously lacked internationally comparable estimates on indicator.

EBRD2024: EBRD expects Emerging Europe growth boost in 2024, but slightly lowers forecast

Clare Nuttall in Yerevan May 15, 2024

Development bank makes downward revision in latest forecasts after worse than expected Q1 figures for Central Europe.

Uzbekistan targets 10mn tonnes of coal production by 2025

Mokhi Sultanova in Tashkent May 13, 2024

Announcement comes after state in April dispensed with regulating coal prices.

Transit fee rivals Russia, Kazakhstan “happy” China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway not progressing

bne IntelliNews May 13, 2024

Beijing appears deterred by cost and geopolitical considerations, but if realised “CKU” would open up shortest China-Europe rail route.

Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan join forces to power Europe

Seymur Mammadov in Baku May 9, 2024

The energy component of the Trans-Caspian and Middle Corridors are expanding, not only through oil and gas but also through green energy. Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have joined forces to supply Europe with power.

Relokanty: Is Russia’s loss Central Asia’s gain?

Marsha McGraw Olive May 8, 2024

Maximising the benefits of Russia’s surprising exodus.

Korea turns to Uzbekistan in bid to meet demand for additional 3,000 automotive workers per year

Mokhi Sultanova in Tashkent May 7, 2024

Wider world of work both east and west appears to be opening up to Uzbek labour migrants.

Nothing concrete has yet emerged from nuclear plant talks with Russia, says Uzbekistan

Mokhi Sultanova in Tashkent May 6, 2024

Tashkent has received proposals from other countries, though as things stand there are no talks on alternatives to Russian bid, UzAtom director says.

PANNIER: Kazakhstan helping to get wheels turning on Afghanistan railway projects

Bruce Pannier May 2, 2024

Growing optimism on ambitions to link Central Asia via Afghan territory to Pakistan’s Arabian Sea ports, the Gulf and Iran.

Uzbekistan IT outsourcing is open for business

Ben Aris in Berlin May 2, 2024

Uzbekistan’s outsourcing is open for business and the ICT Ministry together with the country’s IT Park have taken the show on the road with an enticing “zero-risk” offer to bring in customers.

Russia doesn’t like taking a back seat to China in Central Asia trade

Eurasianet May 1, 2024

But domestic economic woes may be slowing Beijing’s exports.

It’s no slip-up, there are almost no bananas in Turkmenistan

bne IntelliNews April 27, 2024

Analysis shows Turkmens consume less than one banana per person per year.

Germany charges seven Central Asians with forming terror group

bne IntelliNews April 25, 2024

Five are Tajik nationals. Headache for Rahmon regime with Tajikistan looking increasingly like a major recruiting ground for international terrorists.

Unstable dams mean Chernobyl-scale nuclear disaster threatens Central Asia’s Fergana valley

bne IntelliNews April 23, 2024

Studies show Soviet-era radioactive waste disposal facilities became unreliable following 2017 landslide.