Archive for the ‘Kyrgyzstan’ Category

Kyrgyzstan and Longhai: Chasing the Dragon

Via Eurasianet, an interesting look at the complexities of doing business in Central Asia with Chinese firms: One afternoon in late July 2012, Christopher Kliner and a colleague stepped out of an elevator into a penthouse apartment in the Chinese city of Qingdao expecting to talk business. What greeted them was a most peculiar sight.  […]

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China’s Plan For Railway To Uzbekistan Is Transforming Central Asian Geopolitics

Via The Times of Central Asia, an interesting look at the impact that China’s planned railway to Uzbekistan is having upon Central Asia: China is competing with Russia for greater influence on Central Asia countries, using infrastructure and transport investment and projects to achieve that goal. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by […]

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Why Central Asia Is Betting on China’s Belt and Road

Via The Diplomat, commentary on why Central Asian countries are betting on the BRI for long-term benefits, despite the apparent risks: The transfer of Hambantota deep-water port in Sri Lanka to China through 2116 set off alarm bells across Asia. Those already warning that China’s ambitious infrastructure development project, the Belt Road Initiative (BRI), was […]

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China’s Belt and Road Sparks Battle Of The Breadbaskets

Via Asian Review, an interesting look at the impact of the BRI’s new infrastructure on ex-Soviet grain exporters: China’s regionwide infrastructure drive is quickly proving to be a game changer in the grain trade. The shift in the landscape was apparent when the Kazakh agriculture minister visited Beijing earlier this month. ”Kazakhstan is willing to work […]

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Afghanistan and Central Asia Republics

Courtesy of the Times of Central Asia, interesting analysis of Afghanistan and its relations with Central Asian Republics: On September 17 Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani emphasized the significance of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, lauding the contribution that such large-scale projects could make to the peaceful settlement of the situation in Afghanistan and the sustainable social and […]

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Kyrgyzstan: An Emerging Market Still Stuck In The Past?

Via Value Walk, some commentary on Kyrgyzstan’s investment potential: Kyrgyzstan is a country in Central Asia lodged between Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and China, as the map below shows. Back then, just 4.5 million people lived in the country. And its gross domestic product (GDP) was around US$1.5 billion. The country had no stock market (that’s why […]

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Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.