Uzbekistan

INTERVIEW: Making privatisation work in Uzbekistan

Clare Nuttall in Tashkent July 23, 2021

Despite the pandemic conditions Uzbekistan accelerated its privatisation drive this spring. The head of the State Assets Management Agency Akmalkhon Ortikov explains how.

American personnel in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan reported as among ‘Havana Syndrome’ victims

bne IntelIiNews July 21, 2021

Following cluster of Vienna incidents, US has stepped up investigation into possible attacks made with directed pulsed microwave energy.

bneGREEN: Global investors turn to green energy and away from fossil fuels

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 21, 2021

The world’s largest global debt and equity investors are continuing to invest in renewable energy despite the pandemic, driven by the wealth of investment opportunities, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said.

Russia shows tentative willingness to let US use Central Asia bases

Eurasianet July 19, 2021

Moscow wants to heavily constrain Washington's scope for action, however.

CONFERENCE CALL: Afghanistan crucial to rebuilding ties between Central and South Asia

Clare Nuttall in Tashkent July 16, 2021

There is strong political will to forge trade, transport and energy links between Central and South Asia, but achieving this depends on restoring peace in Afghanistan.

bneGREEN: Drought causes mass livestock die-offs and irrigation water shortages in Central Asia

bne IntelIiNews July 15, 2021

Studies detect shifts in precipitation patterns in the Tian Shan mountains that supply region with much of its freshwater.

COMMENT: Uzbekistan will have to host Afghan refugees in the near future

independent analyst Abdulla Abdukadirov July 13, 2021

Issue one of many to be addressed by July 15-16 conference, "Central and South Asia: regional dependence. Threats and opportunities", convened on initiative of Uzbek president.

bneGREEN: BlackRock raises $250mn to fund climate transition in emerging markets

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 13, 2021

BlackRock has raised $250mn from a consortium of ten institutional investors, governments and charities for its flagship blended finance fund, which aims to help emerging market economies reduce carbon emissions.

bneGREEN: EU carbon pricing set for radical reforms

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 13, 2021

The European Commission is to publish legislation on July 14 that will detail the EU’s plans, dubbed “Fit for 55,” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% from 1990 levels by 2030 as part of wider reforms to European energy and climate laws.

Villagers in shadow of Kyrgyzstan dam incensed by Uzbekistan deal

Ayzirek Imanaliyeva for Eurasianet July 12, 2021

The land transfer has fuelled anger and rumours about Kyrgyzstan’s new populist leadership.

Artel becomes first private Uzbek manufacturing company to obtain credit rating

Alisher Kalandarov in Tashkent July 12, 2021

Artel Electronics, a home appliance and electronics manufacturer and one of Uzbekistan’s largest companies, has received a first-time Fitch rating of ‘B’ with a stable outlook - the first privately owned company to receive a rating.

Kremlin holds Afghan peace talks with Taliban in Moscow

Ben Aris in Berlin July 12, 2021

The delegation of top fighters turned up saying the Taliban already controls most of Afghanistan.

bneGREEN: CEE surfs the green bond wave

Robert Anderson, and bne IntelliNews reporters July 9, 2021

Issuance has been impressive but in some countries green bonds are still to get off the ground, while in others there is a shortage of high-yield, local currency or 'dark green' issues.

bneGREEN: What is green?

bne IntelliNews July 6, 2021

Defining green energy and indeed green investments is not an exact science, Determining just how green each of the various energy sources are gets complicated once you start digging into the details.

Kremlin talks with Tashkent and Dushanbe as concerns over Afghanistan instability grow

Ben Aris in Berlin July 6, 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin talked with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon by phone on June 5 as the leaders become increasingly concerned with the fighting that has broken out in Afghanistan.

Taliban sweep through northern Afghanistan, forcing government troops to flee across border to Tajikistan

Ben Aris in Berlin July 5, 2021

The Taliban launched an assault on the northern regions of Afghanistan against government troops about a week ago and have rapidly captured most of the northern provinces.

Russia frets about ISIS in Afghanistan, Central Asia looks sanguine

Euurasianet July 5, 2021

Russia says it is worried that the Islamic State is gaining strength apace in northern Afghanistan. The United States looks to be bracing itself for a collapsing Afghanistan. But Central Asian states neighbouring Afghanistan are much more sanguine.

bneGREEN: Hydro’s elderly turbines need fresh investment to contribute to net zero

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 30, 2021

Hydro needs new investment to replace elderly infrastructure and accelerate the road to net zero, the IEA says.

Under half of emerging Europe economies to achieve full recovery in 2021

bne IntelliNews June 29, 2021

EBRD says recovery from the coronacrisis is progressing faster than expected, but many emerging Europe economies won’t return to 2019 levels of GDP until 2022.

Uzbekistan has built up some growth momentum despite a tough year

Ben Aris in Berlin June 28, 2021

The Uzbek economy has three key things going for it: it has growth; it has a young and growing population, and it has money. Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev launched a comprehensive reform programme in 2017 that is now starting to bear fruit.

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