February 2016

Economies of Central Asia see GDP growth fall to 3%, expected to improve to 3.4% in 2016 – ESCAP Executive Secretary

As the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus celebrate the 25th anniversary of their independence, structural reform has become critical. The key to meeting many of the challenges, and seizing the opportunities of the changing global environment is closer regional economic integration with the rest of Asia and the Pacific, according to the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Tsipras in Iran with a full agenda


By Spiros Sideris

Greek Prime Minister’s Alexis Tsipras visit to Iran is confirmation of the multidimensional and active foreign policy of the Greek Government. At the head of a numerous delegation A. Tsipras departs Saturday for Tehran, where Sunday and Monday he will hold important talks on bilateral and regional issues. The Greek prime minister is the first western country leader to visit Tehran after the achievement of the Agreement for Iran’s nuclear programme.

Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States : "Russia will not succeed in shifting U.S. focus away from Ukraine"


By Yaroslav Dovgopol

If we consider the progress of bilateral relations between Ukraine and the U.S., the year of 2015 can be undoubtedly called the year when they reached their greatest intensity and depth. This fact is confirmed not only by the sheer number of visits and high-level talks, but also by the very scope of support for Ukraine demonstrated by the United States of America. What was the U.S. policy towards Ukraine during the year, what types of the most difficult challenges had to be overcome in order to achieve objectives, what Americans expect from Ukraine in combating corruption, and more you can read below in an interview given to the Ukrinform’s own correspondent in Washington, D.C., by Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine to the USA Valery Chaly. 

Kazakhstan and the EU – Towards an Even Stronger Partnership

By Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner

My country of Austria has always sought to cultivate strong links with Central Asia, and I have taken a great personal interest in the region since my first visit in 1999 ahead of Austria’s chairmanship of the OSCE. Since then, Austria has considered Central Asia to be a region of the utmost importance. I was struck, then and now, by its industry and ambition – qualities that have seen Kazakhstan in particular overcome a very challenging start to become the confident player on the world stage that we see today.