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Central Asia


Tajikistan has seen the presentation of the Digital CASA project. It's based on the idea of connecting South and Central Asia with a single fiber-optic line. A number of international financial institutions have already announced their desire to participate in financing the program, including the World Bank. In fact, Digital CASA can be called an analog of the energy project called CASA-1000, since it is of similar significance for the region.



On May 16, the heads of energy departments of the Central Asian countries met in Astana to discuss the issues related to the restoration of the Unified Energy System in the region. According to Mirzo Ismoilzoda, the head of the national energy company of Tajikistan “Barki Tochik,” the Central Asian energy ring can be restored in a couple of years, after the signing of all the necessary documents.


According to the forecast of the International Monetary Fund, in 2017, the GDP of the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus will grow by 3.1 percent. In 2018, the growth will reach 4.1 percent. This is stated in the Fund's bulletin on the prospects for development of the region's economy. According to the document, the growth rates have become higher for both oil-exporting and oil-importing countries. Worth recalling, in 2016, the GDP of the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus increased by 2.4 percent.



Soon the US government will significantly reduce the assistance provided through the USAID (United States Agency for International Development) to the countries of the Central Asian region. According to The Foreign Policy, the downscaling will be done within the framework of the America First program proposed by President Donald Trump.



The Convention on the status of the Caspian Sea is ready for signing; the ceremony may take place at the upcoming Summit of the Caspian states in Kazakhstan. Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made such a statement during his official visit to Astana. Meetings and negotiations of experts have been held for a long time in oder to coordinate the positions of the parties to the Convention. The objective of such meeting was consolidating the efforts aimed at expanding mutually beneficial cooperation in the Caspian region.



The net profit of the national company “Kazatomprom” has for the first time since its existence reached the level of KZT108 billion. Chairman of the Board of Directors Askar Zhumagaliyev reported this information to President Nursultan Nazarbayev on April 5. According to the press service of the head of state, during the meeting the president was provided with a report on the results of activity of Kazatomprom, and the information on development of the nuclear industry in Kazakhstan as a whole.



As of March 15, 2017, 170 billion standard cubic meters of natural gas were pumped through the “Central Asia – China” gas pipeline to the People's Republic of China. The Chinese news agency Xinhua reported this news, citing the data published by the Western Pipeline Company, which is part of the structure of the Chinese National Oil and Gas Corporation.


Kyrgyzstan occupies the 148th place in the ranking “The richest and poorest countries in the world,” which was compiled by experts of the financial publication Global Finance on the basis of data provided by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on GDP per capita in relation to purchasing power. However, Tajikistan demonstrated an even worse result and was put in the 157th place in the rating. Somewhat better was the situation in neighboring Uzbekistan, which ranked 127th in the opinion of the authors of the rating.


In the annual report of the US State Department on the human rights situation in various countries of the world, Turkmenistan is called “a country that is under the control of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and his closest associates, with an authoritarian government.” According to the authors of the document, Turkmenistan regularly witnesses “arbitrary arrests of citizens, neglect of freedom of religion, speech and the press, freedom of movement and assembly.” In addition, it also states that “Turkmen citizens are unable to choose the government through f


In the future, in the Central Asian region, it is planned to build a railway that will connect Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and China. As reported by the press service of the Eurasian Economic Commission, it will open up access to the markets of the Middle East and West Asia. According to head of the ECE Department of Infrastructure and Transport Yerzhan Nurahmetov, as of today, there has been formed a list of priority projects to be implemented by members of the Eurasian Economic Union in order to facilitate the formation of the Silk Road economic belt.