Review on Central Asia

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan plan to increase the mutual trade turnover by up to 1 billion dollars. Last year’s results show that the indicator has comprised 240 million dollars. The parties have agreed to enhance the amount of shipments and expand trade and logistics networks. Moreover, Uzbekistan is interested in developing cooperation among the regions and the leading enterprises of the two states. The countries plan to implement projects on assembling agricultural machinery, production of construction materials, textile, electrical goods and food products. Uzbekistan and Tajikistan also plan to have visa-free entries for the citizens of the two countries for up to 30 days.

Kazakhstan has increased the export volume to Japan. The shipments to the Japanese market have expanded for the last year by 58,6 percent, the Central Asia Monitor reports referring to the Energyprom agency. In 2017 Kazakhstan has delivered ferroalloys for 534 millions of dollars, oil and oil products for 339 millions of dollars to the Japanese market. These two positions comprised almost 99 percent of the total export to the country. However, Kazakhstan plans to develop cooperation in many areas, including healthcare and space research. Moreover, Japan plans to allocate 6 million dollars to the Central Asian countries to fight extremism. The project will be implemented in 2 and half years. UNDP in Kazakhstan will become the main coordinator of this initiative and the organization’s offices in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan will be responsible for the implementation of the activities in each particular country.  

“Uzbekistan’s history via the cities of the Great Silk Road”. A photo exhibition under this title has opened in Cairo at the Center of international cultural cooperation, according to a report by the “Central Asian Culture and Arts Network” news service. The exposition consists of over 100 photographs showing historic monuments in the Central Asian country’s several cities. In a month the visitors will be able to learn about Fergana, Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Qarshi and Khiva that are the witnesses of the rich historic civilization and the traditional ties of Central Asia with the rest of the world.