Kyrgyz Municipality Embarks on Waste Sorting

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BISHKEK (24.kg) — Balykchy residents hope that the new waste-sorting plant will gradually rid their windy city of the unpleasant sight of plastic bags clinging to bushes and empty cans scattered along the roadside.

The Balykchy Municipality’s “Beautification and Sanitary Cleaning” municipal enterprise has been working towards this goal for two years. A lot of time was spent on developing the project and writing a business plan, which was laid on the table of an investor engaged in gold mining at the Kumtor deposit.

Towards the end of 2019, when the project was approved and the company allocated almost KGS 5.5 mln for its implementation as part of the Local Business Initiative programme, the coronavirus pandemic broke out. As a result, the waste-sorting plant did not start operating in the Windy City until January 2021.

Marat Tarzhiyev, director of the municipal enterprise, says: (...)


Developing Infrastructure in Central Asia

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MANILLA (ADB press service) — Through a diverse collection of studies on seven Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) member countries, this book discusses the impacts of infrastructure investments. Developing Infrastructure in Central Asia: Impacts and Financing Mechanisms (PDF) ADB Institute — March 2021 Edited by Naoyuki Yoshino, Bihong Huang, Dina Azhgaliyeva, and Qaisar Abbas (Click to download)

The authors believe to increase the economic impact of infrastructure investment, financing for small businesses must accompany infrastructure development. Otherwise, the economic impact only reaches large businesses. Restaurants, small shops, and the agricultural sector gain (...)


Balochistan Smugglers’ Protests

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Recent clashes in the Iranian province of Sistan and Balochistan highlight Iran’s vulnerabilities as well as its inability to overcome trauma and control its demons.

The clashes sparked by a crackdown on cross border fuel smuggling to neighbouring Pakistan achieved what past U.S. and Saudi machinations failed to accomplish: ethnic unrest in a strategic, impoverished and long restive majority Sunni province in predominantly Shiite Iran.

The clashes in February erupted after Iranian Revolutionary Guards killed two smugglers, prompting protesters to storm the governor’s office in the city of Saravan and burn police cars. Security forces dispersed crowds with tear gas, closed off roads (...)

CIS Economic Strategy: A View from Uzbekistan

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MINSK (CIS press service) — Over the past few years, Uzbekistan has significantly stepped up its activities within the CIS. In 2020, the Republic of Uzbekistan presided over the Commonwealth for the first time. A landmark event in this period was the adoption of the CIS Economic Development Strategy until 2030 by the Council of Heads of (...)


Regime Change in Iran, 100 Years Ago

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At the last Iranian presidential elections, candidate Ghalibaf declared wanting to be the Reza Khan of the Islamists (of the Hezbollahis). In light of what I recently wrote about him and his privileged position with Putin to become the successor to the Supreme Guide, it is appropriate, in this anniversary period, to recall who Reza Khan was (...)

 


Will Ghalibaf Be the Successor to Khamenei?

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Yesterday, the Speaker of the Iranian parliament, Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf (Qalibaf), had just returned from a three-day trip to Moscow. On his return, he announced with horns that his country will soon join the Eurasian Union (EAEU), which would be a sure way of making Iran a part of the new Russian empire that Putin is reconstituting. By this, the Russians are succeeding in doing what they have not been able to achieve in more than two centuries, namely to integrate Iran into their (...)

Iranians’ Attitudes toward Religion

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A recent online survey by scholars at two Dutch universities of Iranian attitudes towards religion has revealed a stunning rejection of state-imposed adherence to conservative religious mores as well as the role of religion in public life.

Biden’s Policy on Iran

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Given the new American administration under Joe Biden, the big question for us here at the Gazette is what will be the White House’s policy on the Middle East and Iran in particular. Indeed, the past shows that leaders do not necessarily do what they have said and promised.

A New War in the Middle East in Perspective

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With Trump’s chances of staying in the White House melting like snow in the sun, and Joe Biden’s promise to rejoin the nuclear treaty with Iran (JCPOA), the Islamic regime in Tehran is breathing again. The exchange rate of currencies against the Rial shows it well: 273,000 rials for $1 two months ago against 250,100 today. The Iranian currency had even reached an all-time low just before the American elections to reach 330,000 rials for $1.

Whither the Arab and the Muslim World?

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An agreement to establish diplomatic relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel and a Saudi-Pakistani spat over Kashmir coupled with feuds among Gulf states and between Turkey, the Kingdom, and the Emirates drive nails into the notion that the Arab and Islamic world by definition share common geopolitical interests on the basis of (...)

Uranium Market amid COVID-19

NUR-SULTAN / ex ASTANA (Kazatomprom press service) — JSC National Atomic Company “Kazatomprom” (“Kazatomprom”, “KAP” or “the Company”) announces the following operations and trading update for the second quarter and half-year ended 30 June 2020.

Tajikistan’s Integration Development in 2019

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MOSCOW (EDB press service) — Remittances remain strategically important to stimulating consumer and investment demand in the country, as well as to Tajikistan’s balance of payments, as they compensate the significant foreign trade deficit. This finding is presented in the report entitled Main Tendencies in Tajikistan’s Integration Development in (...)

Iran Economic Monitor

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The World Bank has just published its Iran Economic Monitor which examines the main economic developments and policies in a global and long-term context and assesses their implications for the country’s prospects. The study covers macroeconomics, financial markets, indicators of well-being and human development. It is intended for a wide (...)

ADB Assesses Economic Losses in Kazakhstan

The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic hit all the countries worldwide simultaneously. In an interview with Interfax-Kazakhstan, Country Director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) , Kazakhstan Resident Mission Giovanni CAPANNELLI told about how the current crisis differs from the previous ones, as well as the scenarios of further development of the Kazakh economy in the current (...)

Asia Is Lying

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For over two months now, the coronavirus death-counter in China has been stuck at 4,634. Since then, the world’s most populous country, where the pandemic began, has fallen in the world rankings to 21st place in terms of infections (83,430 cases) and 18th in terms of deaths. At this rate, even Greenland will soon overtake China. Impressive, isn’t it? No.

What Erdogan Wants

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While the world lives in the midst of Coronavirus Dooms Day, Erdogan seems to be inhabiting another planet, totally spared by the COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, Turkey reported its first case of infection only this past Tuesday, and at the time of writing, just five cases of infection have been officially recorded.

Iran as Central Asia’s Hub

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Driving the patching up of differences is the fact that landlocked Tajikistan, like its neighbour, Uzbekistan, needs access to ports and Iranian ports, including the Indian-backed one in Chabahar at the top of the Arabian Sea, offer the cheapest and shortest transportation options. Iran’s attractiveness to Central Asian nations increases the Islamic republic’s importance to the Belt and Road, China’s infrastructure, transportation and energy-driven initiative to connect the Eurasian landmass (...)