Foreign tourists now face less red tape when visiting Samarkand and other historic cities in Uzbekistan.
Recently designated a city of 'national significance', Shymkent is looking at ways to develop its economy.
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.
According to a recent survey, even a third of Russian youth want to leave their country for better opportunities and quality of 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.
The US has offered political support and planning consultations on extending the Hairatan-to-Mazar-e-Sharif railway, an Uzbek project that observers say could improve stability in Afghanistan.
Kazakhstan is dealing with high inflation and growing social discontent, while in Kyrgyzstan, 1 in 5 companies in the re-export business have gone bankrupt since the EEU began in 2015.
To increase efficiency and share costs, farmers are forming co-ops.
Enbek.kz, an electronic job placement centre launched in January, has already helped 19,000 Kazakhstanis find employment across the country.