Uzbekistan joined the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (CCTS or Turkic Council) Oct. 15 during its seventh summit in Baku, Azerbaijan. The summit also featured the award ceremony to present Kazakhstan’s First President Nursultan Nazarbayev with the newly established Higher Order of the Turkic World.
The joint venture Natural Gas-Stream, established by Uzbekneftegaz and the Gas Project Development Central Asia (a subsidiary of Gazprom International), is implementing an investment project in north-west of Uzbekistan, a representative of the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan told Trend in an interview.
The Syr-Darya Interstate Division Point is opened between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin and his Uzbek counterpart Abdulla Aripov opened Beineu-Akzhigit international highway July 17 in the Mangystau Region on the border with Uzbekistan. The highway will boost freight traffic from 1,000 to 7,000 vehicles per day and their speed from 50 to 100 kilometres per hour.
In recent weeks, Russian media has been actively reporting on Uzbekistan’s various contracts to purchase Russian military equipment—some of it apparently state of the art (see below).
«It is the probability that such a project would add significantly to the already substantial Kyrgyz government debt to China and potentially lead to a ‘debt trap’ scenario that is perhaps the biggest risk» – London-based independent researcher Harry Roberts notes in his article for CABAR.asia.
President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier will visit Khiva and the Aral Sea region during his visit to Uzbekistan, which is scheduled for the end of May.
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev paid the state visit to neighbouring Uzbekistan April 14-15. The visit saw a number of intergovernmental documents signed in the area of economy, investment, defence and migration.
Climate change will have negative implications for water availability in the region of Central Asia, Lilia Burunciuc, World Bank Regional Director for Central Asia, told Trend in an interview on climate change in Central Asia.
Tanzila Narbaeva, the Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, told about her country’s efforts to develop modern agriculture, eliminate child or forced labour and invest in human capital, especially women.