Women manage or own almost half of all small and medium businesses in Kazakhstan, according to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Recently opened food processing plants will help promote Kyrgyz produce abroad and increase farmers' profits, officials say.
Residents of Uzbekistan hope a 'new era' in US-Uzbekistani relations will bring in 'high-quality American goods and services'.
Uzbekistan is flinging wide its doors to US businesses.
The first International Expo of Fergana Valley Businesswomen brought together representatives of 70 women's organisations from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Violence in neighbouring Afghanistan is having ripple effects in Tajikistan.
Uzbekistan has a special relationship with S. Korea that continues to pay dividends.
Skills development programmes help keep youth from embracing militancy, authorities say.
The country is concerned with the potential for instability as oil prices remain weak.
The government recognises the threat that terrorists can pose to natural-gas pipelines and other energy infrastructure.