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Economy

Russian influence wanes in Central Asia amid China's growing economic clout

Russian influence wanes in Central Asia amid China's growing economic clout

China's economic investment in Central Asian threatens Russia's interests and influence in the region, analysts say.

Kazakhstan falls victim to Russia-inspired sugar shortage

Kazakhstan falls victim to Russia-inspired sugar shortage

Russia's coercive economic policies have led to a massive shortage of sugar in Kazakhstan, threatening the livelihoods of local businesses and harming the nation's citizens.

Making toys gives hope to young Kazakhs with disabilities

Making toys gives hope to young Kazakhs with disabilities

Jobs are giving previously unemployed young Kazakhs an outlet for their energies and a source of income.

Turkic Council launches 'Modern Silk Road' multi-country tour

Turkic Council launches 'Modern Silk Road' multi-country tour

The joint project, launched by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Azerbaijan, has set up a multi-country tour for visitors seeking to sightsee along the ancient Silk Road.

Kazakh businesses seeking deals with Afghan partners

Kazakh businesses seeking deals with Afghan partners

Representatives from the Kazakh Chamber of International Commerce, Kazakhstan Railways, Kazakh-Export, Kazakh-Invest, and others attended a trade event to seek out deals with Afghanistan.

Uzbek e-visa attracting tourists from US, elsewhere

Uzbek e-visa attracting tourists from US, elsewhere

Foreign tourists now face less red tape when visiting Samarkand and other historic cities in Uzbekistan.

Shymkent seeks to rival Almaty, Astana as one of Kazakhstan's main cities

Shymkent seeks to rival Almaty, Astana as one of Kazakhstan's main cities

Recently designated a city of 'national significance', Shymkent is looking at ways to develop its economy.

Russia's restrictions on Ukrainian exports draw ire in Central Asia

Russia's restrictions on Ukrainian exports draw ire in Central Asia

The Kremlin's decision to extend a ban on transporting Ukrainian goods through Russia to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan is bad for business and unneighbourly, analysts say.

Central Asian migrants opt to return home as situation worsens in Russia

Central Asian migrants opt to return home as situation worsens in Russia

According to a recent survey, even a third of Russian youth want to leave their country for better opportunities and quality of life.

Thousands of Kazakhs move northward with dreams of a new life

Thousands of Kazakhs move northward with dreams of a new life

Authorities are implementing a voluntary resettlement programme in an attempt to solve two problems -- unemployment in some regions and lack of labour in others.