An exclusive interview with Ilter Turan, emeritus professor of International Politics and Istanbul Bilgi University
EU CENTRAL ASIA STRATEGY
The curtain is set to rise on a major international event that will showcase the best of Kazakhstan.Well over one million tickets have been sold for EXPO 2017 that will take place in Astana, the country’s capital, from 10 June to 10 September.
Last year, Astana's revenues exceeded the level of 400 billion tenge. In the year before 2015, this figure was less than almost 50 billion. The opposite situation is developing in Almaty - where the growth rate of cash receipts in the city treasury is declining for the second year in a row.
Former deputy chairman of BTA Bank Zhaksylyk Zharimbetov asks eurodeputies to stop publishing misinformation in Western media. He said that his return to the RK and participation in the trial of BTA in the European media is interpreted incorrectly
Ashgabat hosted a meeting of authorized representatives of the Caspian states for discussions on the draft Agreement on cooperation in the field of transportation in the Caspian Sea, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said in a message.
Asian countries have voiced interest in boosting trade links with Poland, Prime Minister Beata Szydło said on Monday in China, where she has held a string of meetings with international leaders.
The "One belt and one way" initiative focuses on transport and logistics. China has the world's largest network of high-speed and high-speed railways with a length of more than 19,000 km (this is more than the length of the railways of Japan and Europe combined). One of the announced projects is the construction of a single high-speed passenger railroad Beijing-Kazakhstan- Moscow with the expansion to the south and east (Beijing and the Pacific) and to the west (Rotterdam and the Atlantic Ocean). It is also planned to reconstruct the old railway lines, including in the CIS.
It takes three separate diplomatic efforts for three countries to sign three bilateral strategic partnership agreements. That is exactly what happened over the past four years in Central Asia: first Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan signed a strategic partnership in June 2013; then Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan concluded one during Uzbekistani President Shavkat Mirziyaev’s first foreign trip to Turkmenistan on March 6, 2017; and a little over a month later, the latest agreement was signed between Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. Cumulatively, these two-way agreements have led to the emergence of a Central Asian strategic triangle—a first for the region (Kun.uz, April 22). What exactly does it mean for these countries to have elevated their cooperation to the strategic level, and why did they take such a step at this time?
Uzbekistan will build an oil pipeline to the border with Kazakhstan in order to supply imported oil to a new refinery, the construction of which began in April 2017 in Uzbekistan’s Jizzakh region, Uzbekneftegaz, the country’s national oil and gas holding company.
The largest employer federation in France, MEDEF will invest in Iran’s mega-projects, including the projects in rail and shipbuilding sector.