Archive for the ‘Kazakhstan’ Category

Central Asian Economies Don’t Need Russia

Via East Asia Forum, an article on Central Asian economies: In 1991, the five Central Asian economies were republics of the Soviet Union, with trade and transport oriented towards Russia. Over three decades of independence, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have built railways, roads and pipelines to the east and south and […]

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Bad Business Climate in Russia a Boon for Kazakhstan

Via The Diplomat, a report on how Kazakhstan stands to benefit as Russian companies look to move out of Russia in order to trade globally again: The COVID-19 pandemic broke supply chains and mangled logistics the world over. The war in Ukraine, sanctions on Russia, and rising anti-Russian sentiments have added a new layer of […]

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Mixed Fortunes for Kazakh Grain?

Via The Diplomat, a report on Kazakhstan’s potential to be an influential player in the global grain economy, if it can first overcome domestic and logistic challenges: The Kazakh government has imposed temporary limits on its grain and flour exports to stabilize domestic grain prices in response to Russia’s ban on its own grain exports. Despite the […]

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Kazakhstan Oil Meets a Caspian Chokepoint

Via The Diplomat, a report on how much of the oil produced in Kazakhstan transits through a pipeline across Russia, which now has shrunk output for a variety of reasons: After the Russian government started a war in Ukraine in late February, an oil pipeline came into the spotlight. With sanctions looming, producers, shareholders, and […]

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Obstacles To Energy Security In Central and South Asia

Via East Africa Forum, an article on obstacles to energy security in Central and South Asia: On 25 January 2022, an unprecedented blackout spread across much of southern Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. This is not the first time that Central Asia has experienced power outages, which have increased alarmingly in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. In […]

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Ukraine War Threatens Kazakh Oil Exports

Via, a report on the impact that the Ukraine war will have up on Kazakhstan’s oil exports: Kazakhstan is facing economic crisis as the war in Ukraine threatens crude oil exports, which alone account for around 14 percent of GDP and 57 percent of exports. The bulk of these oil exports pass through a pipeline from […]

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