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IMF's Lagarde lauds Uzbekistan's reforms to strengthen economy.

IMF's Lagarde lauds Uzbekistan's reforms to strengthen economy...


President: Kazakhstan has all conditions for effective co-op with Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan.

- Today.Az - AZ

Prosecution of man in custody wants court to seek help from Uzbekistan.

The prosecution has asked the court to send a formal request to the authorities in Uzbekistan – a 'letter rogatory' – which might shed further light upon the identity of Kristjan Zekic alias Adhamjon Niyasov, who has spent the past eight months in jail. The man, currently facing proceedings for procuring and making use ...

- - MT

President: Kazakhstan has all conditions for effective co-op with Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan.

Today, Kazakhstan has all conditions for effective cooperation with Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

- AzerNews - AZ

Veon lowers FY profit forecast on strong devaluation of Uzbek currency.

Veon expects annualised decreases in revenues of USD 300-350 million and in underlying EBITDA of USD 175-225 million. Based on 2016 total annual revenues of USD 9 billion and underlying EBITDA of USD 3.6 billion, the impact represents 3.5 percent of revenues and 5.5 percent of underlying EBITDA. The group's net ...

- Telecompaper - NL

Kazakh, Uzbek Leaders Hail Improving Ties At Tashkent Meeting.

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has arrived in neighboring Uzbekistan for a working visit, a trip that comes amid what his Uzbek counterpart, Shavkat Mirziyoev, hailed as a "historic" year of improving relations between the two major players in Central Asia.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Uzbekistan sets new requirements for local banks.

Uzbekistan sets new requirements for local banks...


Uzbekistan: Official Currency Trading Hints at Size of Black Market.

In the first week following the government's decision to make the national currency officially convertible, households and businesses in Uzbekistan bought around $300 million worth of Uzbek sum, a leading financial regulator has said, offering some hint of what has been happening on the black market. Timur Ishmetov, ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Video: Dried-up Aral Sea springs back to life.

Straddling the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the Aral Sea was once the fourth-largest saline lake in the world, an inland sea of 66,000 square kilometres. But in 1950, the Soviets diverted the two rivers that fed it in order to irrigate fields and grow cotton. Little by little, the Aral Sea dried up, ruining ...

- France24 - FR

Deportation To Uzbekistan: One Migrant Worker's Kafkaesque Journey Through Russia's Justice System.

Ravshan Rakhimov faces the prospect of deportation from Russia to his oppressive Central Asian homeland of Uzbekistan. The story of how he found himself in this situation is nothing short of surreal.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Germany remains Uzbekistan's main trade partner.

Germany remains one of the main trade and economic partners of Uzbekistan in Europe. The mutual trade turnover between Germany and Uzbekistan for 2016 amounted to $520.1 million.

- AzerNews - AZ

Kazakh President Nazarbaev To Visit Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev will pay a working visit to Uzbekistan and attend the opening of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan's capital, Ashgabat.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Uzbekistan lets contract for refinery in Jizzakh region

Uzbekistan has let a contract to Enter Engineering Pte. Ltd. of Russia to build its previously announced 5 million-tonne/year grassroots refinery in the former Soviet state’s eastern Jizzakh region.

- OGJ - US

Uzbek banks buy over $300M as free currency conversion is introduced

The amount of currency purchased by Uzbekistan's banks since introduction of free currency conversion on Sept. 5 exceeded $300 million, according to the country's Central Bank.

- AzerNews - AZ

Korea Slips Two Notches in FIFA World Rankings

Korea dropped two spots to No. 51 in the FIFA world rankings released on Thursday.Korea's last two matches in the final round of Asian qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, against Iran on Aug. 31 and Uzbekistan on Sept. 6, ended in scoreless draws.Iran is the highest-ranked Asian country at ...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

Uzbek Official Caught Beating School Principals

A video shot in secret and posted online shows a district official in Uzbekistan beating and humiliating several principals of local schools. The district chief was reportedly punishing the principals for their failure to send teachers to an Independence Day celebration in late August.

- Radio Free Europe - US

'It Changes Lives': Families Welcome Reopening Of Kyrgyz, Uzbek Border Posts

Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are expected to reopen all overland border posts and simplify border-crossing procedures. In a region where family ties are strong, ordinary people welcome the move, which affects hundreds of thousands of people with relatives on both sides of the border.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Uzbekistan reveals energy import volumes from Kyrgyzstan

Uzbekistan will import 1.2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2017, a source in the management of Uzbekenergo JSC, the entity unifying the country's power and coal industry enterprises, told Trend.

- AzerNews - AZ

Kazakh President set to visit Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan

- Today.Az - AZ

Uzbekistan: Prosecutors Go After Sadist Local Official

Prosecutors in Uzbekistan have reacted swiftly to the indignation generated by footage that surfaced online showing a local official assaulting heads of schools for failing to organize sufficiently elaborate celebrations for Independence Day. In the footage, a man identified as the mayor of Saikhunabad district, in the ...

- EurasiaNet - US

In Uzbekistan, Signs of a Thaw After Decades of Repression

Step after tentative step, Uzbekistan,one of the world's most closed societies,is beginning to open up. The most-populous post-Soviet nation in Central Asia has freed high-profile political prisoners and is seeking to improve ties with the U.S.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Kazakh president set to visit Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev is set to pay a state visit to Uzbekistan on September 16, Akorda's press service reported. In Tashkent, Nazarbayev will meet with his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirziyoyev to discuss ways of further development of bilateral relations. Participation in the Kazakh-Uzbek Business ...

- AzerNews - AZ

Uzbekistan Reducing Cotton Fields But Forced Labor Remains

Uzbekistan is cutting back on its cotton cultivation to make way for fruit and vegetable fields. While that happens, however, the custom of forcing state workers to pick cotton is proving hard to abandon. The area of cotton fields is being cut by 400 square kilometers this year, and another even more drastic cut of 1,000 ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan: Once Deadly Foes, Now BFF?

"The sensation is in the goodwill of the Uzbek leader. Mirziyoyev is so open, friendly, and well-wishing. It can only bring us delight."

- Global Voices - US

Healing Uzbek-Kyrgyz ties bring hopes for new level of relations

Healing Uzbek-Kyrgyz ties bring hopes for new level of relations...


Uzbekistan: Turkish Business Returning, Cautiously

Turkish businessmen in Uzbekistan have repeatedly been stung over the years, but they may gradually returning to this promising market. One high-profile investor, however, still remains deeply embittered at his experiences in the country and is seeking hefty damages in the courts. On September 16, the head of Demir ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Joy Greets Reopening of Key Kyrgyz-Uzbek Border Crossing

Editors' Picks: No 090817-1.jpg On September 6, the Dostuk border crossing between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan fully reopened to the public for the first time since 2010. Positioned right between two populous Ferghana Valley cities — Osh and Andijan — the reopened crossing will not just help reunite once-divided families, ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Uzbekistan: HRW Speaks of Hope for Human Rights

A delegation with New York-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch has, during its first visit to Uzbekistan since the organization was banned there in 2010, called on the government to embark on an overhaul of its human rights agenda. The trip to Uzbekistan by a HRW delegation marks another sign of the changing political ...

- EurasiaNet - US

106-Year-Old Afghan Woman Carried Through Mountains to Sweden Is Now Facing Deportation

Bibihal Uzbeki is severely disabled and can barely speak. She was carried by her son and grandson through mountains, deserts and forests

- TIME Magazine - US

Uzbekistan: President Heads Up Security Bodies With Loyalists

The president of Uzbekistan has reshuffled senior security officials, appointing loyalists as head of the police and army in a move that will be seen as an effort to bolster his grip over power. Shavkat Mirziyoyev on September 4 named Pulat Bobojonov as Interior Minister, replacing an official who will head up the Defense ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Uzbekistan: HRW Speaks of Hope for Human Rights

A delegation with New York-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch has rounded off its first visit to Uzbekistan since the organization was banned there in 2010 with a call for the government to embark on an overhaul of its human rights agenda. The trip to Uzbekistan by a HRW delegation marks another sign of the changing ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Uzbekistan: New Political Era Should Focus on Rights

Expand Uzbekistan's president-elect Shavkat Mirziyoyev casting a ballot at a polling station during the presidential election on December 4, 2016. © 2016 Reuters – The Uzbek government should take advantage of the country's new political era to act on its international human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Uzbekistan Moves to Rehabilitate Blacklisted Muslims

State television in Uzbekistan has reported that some 16,000 people formerly featured on blacklists over their alleged extremist religious convictions have been officially rehabilitated. The figure was given by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in a speech aired on Uzbekistan 24 news channel on September 1. That date marked Eid ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Uzbekistan: Currency Rules Change Marks Momentous Turning Point

Starting from this month, regular Dilshods or Madinas in Uzbekistan will no longer have to skulk around sketchy spots in the bazaar to buy and sell foreign currency. On August 31, Reuters news agency cited two sources in the banking sector as saying that people will soon be able to convert their cash in banks and exchange ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Kyrgyzstan: Revamped Transnational Gas Pipeline Unveiled

In a ceremony in Bishkek, top government officials in Kyrgyzstan and the head of Russian energy giant Gazprom, Alexei Miller, this week oversaw the launch of an overhauled gas pipeline in Kyrgyzstan that carries gas from Uzbekistan's Bukhara region to Kazakhstan. The renovation has doubled a section of the 111-kilometer ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Uzbekistan: UN Staffer Free After 11 Years

Expand Erkin Musaev, year unknown © Association for Human Rights in Central Asia Erkin Musaev was a former Uzbek government official and UN staffer who arrested and imprisoned in 2006 on politically-motivated charges of espionage, among others.  – Erkin Musaev, a United Nations employee and former government official, ...

- Human Rights Watch - US