Review on Central Asia

Uzbek and Kyrgyz officials are discussing opening interstate bus routes. The Sputnik Uzbekistan news agency reports that the following routes: Tashkent-Bishkek, Fergana-Osh and Andijan-Osh are planned to be opened in the upcoming months. They also consider opening a seasonal route from Tashkent to Issyk-Kul. Experts note that bus links between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan are very popular. According to the data provided by the State Border Service of Kyrgyzstan, about 12 thousand people cross the border daily when the normal capacity is seven thousand people.


Voluntary labeling and certification of products and services to meet the Halal standards were discussed at a meeting held in Kyrgyz Ministry of Economy. According to Knews agency, Kyrgyzstan has a great potential in expanding export of healthy, high quality halal products to the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union countries, the European Union and the Arab countries. Halal labeling will provide the population with healthy meat products, promote export potential of the local food producers, diversify the domestic market and reveal counterfeit products. Twelve enterprises are currently certified and there is a contract to export 500 tons of mutton to Iran.


A unique exhibition of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio paintings’ digital reproductions opened in Tashkent. The famous Italian artist’s exposition has become a symbol of the Great Silk Road as not only goods passed through the Silk Road but also technologies, ideas, discoveries in arts, website reports. There are paintings that are well known for many people, such as  – ‘Young sick Bacchus”, “The Fortune Teller”, “Love Conquers All”, “The Lute Player”, “Cardsharps” and many others. Previously, the works of Michelangelo were presented to the citizens of Tbilisi, Baku and Ashgabat.