Archive for the ‘Tajikistan’ Category

Tajikistan: Urgent Privatization of State-Owned Enterprises Needed

Via Central Asian Bureau for Analytical Reporting, a report on Tajikistan’s urgent need to privatize its state-owned enterprises? State-owned enterprises are unprofitable, do not pay taxes, constantly demand incentives, suppress competition and poorly serve consumers, said Marat Mamadshoev, editor-in-chief of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) in Tajikistan. In his opinion, Tajikistan should accelerate […]

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Uzbekistan, Tajikistan Do $1 Billion In Deals, Eye Trade Bonanza

Via EurasiaNet, a report on recent deals between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan: Uzbekistan’s president was met this week with pomp and ceremony in Tajikistan at the start of a three-day visit that produced pledges for more than $1 billion in commercial deals and joint projects. It is a stark turnaround in affairs from only a few years […]

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Pakistan Looking For Huge Increases In Central Asian Trade

Via Silk Road Briefing, a report on Pakistan’s ambition of significant increases in Central Asian trade: Pakistan is looking to increase trade with neighboring Afghanistan and other countries in Central Asia, as it looks to diversify commerce beyond the top global players, the nation’s trade adviser has stated. Abdul Razak Dawood, the commerce adviser to Prime Minister […]

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Iran’s Pivot To Central Asia

Via the Jamestown Foundation, an article on Iran’s renewed focus on Central Asia: High-ranking officials from Iran and Tajikistan made a total of three visits to Dushanbe and Tehran, respectively, in less than two months, a significant sign that after years of frosty relations, diplomatic ties are finally improving (Khovar, February 23, March 29, April 5). Even more […]

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Central Asia’s Afghan Route to Prosperity

Via Project Syndicate, an article on how two new mega-projects connecting Central and South Asia could transform Eurasian security, significantly increase regional economic activity, and potentially bring peace at last to Afghanistan: For the first time in centuries, there is an opportunity to connect Central and South Asia via modern transport and energy corridors through […]

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China Diversifies in Central Asia

Via Eurasianet.com, a look at how Beijing has adopted a new economic model for Central Asia, investing less in major infrastructure and spreading its risk: Roads, pipelines, coal-fired power plants: not so much anymore. Beijing has changed course. It now rarely funds major infrastructure projects in Central Asia. Instead the People’s Republic has shifted to manufacturing: […]

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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.