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Public Policy & Politics

24.03.2017

Kyrgyzstan will receive 100 million yuan from the Chinese government (at the current rate, it's about $14.5 million) as part of the gratuitous military assistance to the Kyrgyz army. The press service of the General Staff of the Kyrgyz Armed Forces reported the news on March 22. The corresponding agreement was signed following the official visit to China made by Chief of the General Staff of Kyrgyzstan, Major-General Raimberdi Duishenbiev. Within the framework of this visit, he held talks with Minister of Defense of the PRC, Colonel-General Chiang Wanquan.

 

24.03.2017

On March 22, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyev arrived in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, with the first official visit since his election to the post of head of state. He plans to meet with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to discuss the issues related to bilateral cooperation. On behalf of Nursultan Nazarbayev, head of the Kazakh government Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov, mayor of the Kazakh capital Aset Isekeshev, and Kazakh ambassador to Uzbekistan Yerik Utembayev met the Uzbek president at the Astana airport.

 

23.03.2017

In 2016, Kazakhstan took the second place among the CIS countries by the number of Russian passports received by its citizens. In January-December 2016, a total of 37,837 Kazakh citizens changed their citizenship; for comparison, in 2015, this figure was smaller and amounted to 32,070 people. Such figures were provided by the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.

23.03.2017

The southern capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty, is recognized as one of the cheapest cities in the world in terms of the cost of living. This follows from the study titled Worldwide Cost of Living 2017, which was conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). According to its results, Almaty took the last, 133rd place, ahead of such cheap cities as Bangalore (India) and Lagos (Nigeria). In addition, Chennai, Mumbai, Karachi, Algeria, Bucharest, Kiev and New Delhi also rank among the cheapest cities.

 

23.03.2017

For the first time in the history of Turkmenistan, the parliament of this Central Asian republic has elected an ombudsman (human rights commissioner). This position went to deputy Yazdursun Gurbannazarova, as reported by local television channels on March 20. The activities of the new official will be governed by a special law that meets the republic's international obligations in the humanitarian sphere. This law also provides strong guarantees for the protection of human rights and freedoms of a person and citizen of Turkmenistan by the ombudsman.

 

22.03.2017

In Uzbekistan, the national mobile operator Uzmobile has introduced for its subscribers a service envisaging free Internet access to the EPIU, to the Virtual Reception of the President, as well as to the government portal. In addition, free-of-charge access is available to the websites of all government agencies. This news was reported by the company's representatives during the recent briefing in Tashkent.

21.03.2017

During the meeting with representatives of the Kazakh mass media, the President of the Republic Nursultan Nazarbayev answered numerous questions, which touched upon the presidential power itself. According to the head of state, Kazakhstan was able to achieve success precisely due to the advantage in the form of strong presidential power, as well as the absence of political competition in the country. “We have taken full advantage of this. All the successes of our country, which we are now proud of, have been achieved only thanks to this.

19.03.2017

This year, Uzbekistan will allocate UZS62 billion for engineering, technical and other protective measures to combat floods. According to the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic, these measures will be taken in accordance with the decision of the governmental flood control commission.

19.03.2017

In the course of a regular plenary session, the upper chamber of the Kazakh parliament ratified the protocol envisaging the termination of a set of international treaties that regulated the issues related to Russia's lease and use of the Emba test site located in Aktobe Province. Now this draft law will be sent for signature to the president of the country.

 

19.03.2017

On March 15, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov arrived in the capital of Qatar with an official visit at the head of the republic's state delegation. During the two-day visit, the Turkmen-Qatar talks were held at the highest level. Initially, the Turkmen president had an expanded meeting with Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani with the participation of official delegations of the two countries, after which a one-on-one meeting took place.