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Public Policy & Politics


The Kazakhstan Mortgage Company (KMC), which is the financial operator of the national housing construction program “Nurly Zher,” has launched the program to subsidize mortgage loans to Kazakh citizens. Within the framework of this program, KZT10 billion will be allocated annually to subsidize the rate of compensation for bank-issued mortgage loans. This will allow to fully or partially compensate for about 8,000 primary housing loans with a total cost of about KZT120 billion.



On May 30-31, Dushanbe hosted a regular meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission, which was aimed at solving the border and territorial issues between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. During the meeting, representatives of the two neighboring countries discussed the current problems relevant to the disputed border areas. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan Mahmadsharif Khakdod represented the Tajik side, and Ambassador at Large Ilkh Negmatov represented the Uzbek side.



Starting from July 1, 2017, Uzbekistan will introduce a new procedure of payment for the consumption of natural gas and electricity. According to local media, this will be done in accordance with the new decree of the republic's president. From now on, individual consumers of these services will have to pay in full for natural gas and electric energy consumed during the previous 30 days before the 10th day of each month. In cases of debt, individuals will inevitably be disconnected from gas distribution and electricity networks.



Turkmenistan is set to begin to recognize the documents on secondary vocational and higher education issued by foreign educational institutions. As reported by a number of local media, the procedure for recognizing such documents was approved by Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov's presidential decree. In accordance with this document, the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan is required to ensure the recognition of such documents in the prescribed manner.



The 201st Russian military base in Tajikistan will be strengthened with a large-capacity MLRS battalion, which will include Hurricane reactive systems. The commander of the troops of the Central Military District, Colonel-General Vladimir Zarudnitsky reported this news on May 25. “The combat capabilities of the 201st Russian military base will be strengthened with the already formed large-capacity MLRS battalion.


On May 24, the lower house of Kazakhstan's parliament approved the first draft of a new law providing for the introduction of a number of changes and additions to certain legislative acts of the country related to bringing them into line with the norms of the current constitution. In particular, this document provides for depriving of the Kazakh citizenship for terrorist and other types of especially serious crimes. The purpose of adopting this draft law is to bring a number of legislative acts in line with the recently approved amendments to the Constitution of Kazakhstan.


On May 23, there began the first stage of the joint anti-terrorist exercises of the CIS special services under the title “Dushanbe Antiterror 2017.” The press service of the CIS Anti-Terrorist Center reported the news on May 24. During the exercises, their participants will work out the cooperation mechanisms in the territory of the six member countries of the Commonwealth. In general, the anti-terrorist exercises will be conducted in two stages during six days.



The Ministry of Labor of Uzbekistan will be transformed into the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations. This will be done in accordance with the decree of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev “On measures aimed at further improvement of the state policy in the field of employment and a radical increase in the effectiveness of the activities of bodies related to labor activities.” According to the press service of the Uzbek president, the text of the decree also defines the area of activity and tasks of the new ministry, as well as its territorial divisions.



On May 24, an international conference on the issues of combating illegal migration was held in the capital of Tajikistan. According to Igor Lyakin-Frolov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the republic, the topic of migration is currently one of the main topics on the agenda of both bilateral cooperation between Russia and Tajikistan, and multilateral cooperation of the CIS states.



On May 23, Russian Interior Minister and General of Police Vladimir Kolokoltsev paid a working visit to Uzbekistan to meet the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic, Major-General Abdusalom Azizov. During the meeting, the 2017-2018 Protocol on Cooperation between the Ministries of Internal Affairs of the two states was signed. “This Protocol is a program that will determine the further development of cooperation between Russia and Uzbekistan in the law enforcement sphere.