Archive for the ‘Tajikistan’ Category

Tajikistan: All That Glitters Is Not Gold…

Via OCCRP, a detailed look at an opaque gold deal in Tajikistan: Sitting in rows upon rows of plastic blue chairs, hundreds of men and women in colorful traditional dress listened attentively to their president. Known in his country’s press universally as the “Founder of Peace and National Unity” (the use of the title is […]

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Central Asia: Refocusing Economic Links Towards China Instead of Russia

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a look at how Central Asia has restructured its economic links over the past decade, as China has outpaced Russia in the region on trade, investment and infrastructure development: Central Asia has undergone a significant economic transformation in recent years as trade and investment in the region have shifted away from […]

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Tajikistan Resumes Building Turkmenistan-China Pipeline

Via Eurasianet, a report on the 400km route which will become the fourth strand of the Chinese-Turkmen pipeline network: Work has resumed in Tajikistan on construction work on a natural gas pipeline running from Turkmenistan to China. Deputy Energy and Water Resources Minister Jamshed Shoimzoda said at a press conference on January 30 that funding […]

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The Wakhan Corridor: A Bridge to Connect Asia?

Via the Fair Observer, an interesting look at the Wakhan corridor:  If built, the Wakhan corridor would strengthen trade between China, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, bringing stability to the region. China, an economic giant, has started the move to revitalize the ancient Silk Road. Its ambitious Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, which includes plans for […]

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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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Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan: Facing Reality of Central Asia’s Economic Development

Via the Times of Central Asia, an article on Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan’s economic performance over the last couple of years: Increasing discrepancies between a growing avalanche of economic forecasts by more and more institutional lenders and sideliners for the wider Central Asian region have revived the debate on criteria used in macroeconomic assessments. Sharing a […]

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