A power plant upgrade will help serve fast-growing southwestern Uzbekistan.
Kazakhstan will install anti-ram vehicle barriers and a facial recognition system to guard the Astana event, say officials.
Citizens of both countries are enjoying easier border crossings, while businesses plan ambitious joint ventures.
Public organisations and state agencies are intensifying anti-terrorism efforts in Almaty.
The death toll is mounting among the Uzbekistanis and ethnic Uzbeks who have joined the ongoing wars in the Middle East.
As Iraqi forces advance in west Mosul, IS fighters are using civilians to block their fire and as bait to draw them into the open.
Clerics should pay attention to their congregations' moods and help solve personal problems that unaddressed can lead to radicalisation, observers say.
Thousands of Kazakhstani high school students in Pavlodar Province participated in an online conference on countering extremism and terrorism.
President Nazarbayev and society are calling on Islamic authorities to provide continuing education for imams and scholars.