World-known brands to shame Gulnara Karimova for child labor in Uzbekistan

Wal-Mart, Macy’s, Eileen Fisher, Nautica, Gear for Sports, The Jones Group, Liz Claiborne and Nike are among the first companies to sign a pledge boycotting the use of Uzbekistan-sourced cotton until the International Labor Organization determines that forced child labor is no longer an issue in the country, reports Women’s Wear Daily (WWD). The nonprofit Responsible Sourcing Network expects to have lined up 70 companies representing hundreds of brands by New York Fashion Week in September. To remind, in August, 2008 a coalition of the four trade associations representing the U.S. apparel and retail industries hand-delivered a letter addressed to…

Announcement: Central Asia and Afghanistan Women’s Economic Symposium

The US Department of State is sponsoring the Central Asia and Afghanistan Women’s Economic Symposium, called “Strategies for Success”, on 18-20 July, 2011 in Bishkek. The symposium will bring together female policy makers and leaders from private enterprise, education, and civil society to share strategies in support of women’s entrepreneurship. Kyrgyzstan’s President Roza Otunbayeva, a long-time champion of women’s enterprise, will provide the opening address. US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne S. Verveer and Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, Robert O. Blake, Jr. will also participate in the symposium.

WikiLeaks: Ahmet Çalik says Turkmen president tool of Russians

An American diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks reveals that in 2007, Turkish businessman Ahmet Çalık believed that, vis-à-vis, Turkmenistan was “on the surface” the most independent of the post-Soviet Central Asian republics, “but not behind the scenes” — to the point that he insinuates Berdimuhamedov was put in power by Moscow. neweurasia’s Magtymguly reports. “This cable like scripture for me,” he writes.

Gymboree gets rid of Uzbek cotton picked by kids. Who’s next?

While middle and high school students in Jizzak province of Uzbekistan enjoyed their return from cotton fields to attend graduation ceremonies in their schools after more than a month absence, campaign to end the use of forced child labor in Uzbek cotton fields enlarges more and more by supporters from the civil society representatives from around the world, as well as by retailers. Group of retailers, international civic activists had been bombarding the Uzbek government to stop what they call “a patriotic act by little Uzbeks.” In August, 2008 a coalition of the four trade associations representing the U.S. apparel…

“Turkiya va Ataturk ketsin!?”**

Ataturk Street in downtown Tashkent is about to be renamed, and in the view of neweurasia’s Avicenna, it’s the latest signal of Turkey and Uzbekistan’s rather bipolar relationship. “It’s obvious that this crisis is probably more serious than anyone thought,” he writes, “but it’s also consistent with the back and forth that’s taken place several times during the first 20 years of independence of Uzbekistan.”

President Karimov is hurt by knowing that Uzbek migrants become slaves in afar

In the light of the possible solution to the propiska (registration) issue, which became a headache for thousands of Uzbekistanis while attempting to register in the capital city of Tashkent, covered by Uznews, I wanted to remind President Karimov’s speech of January 21 at the Cabinet of Ministers dedicated to the results of the socio-economical evaluation of 2010. Islom Karimov brought the issue of creating new job opportunities several times in his speech, emphasizing that “not only governors but everyone living in Uzbekistan starting from the president to officials should contribute to this.” “When someone in need goes to places…

Berdi’s “Eastern Dubai” is a dangerous mirage for Turkish businessmen

Foreign businesses are facing an unusual “investment” crisis in Turkmenistan: three major Turkish companies have lodged a legal inquiry with the ICSID, and according to an anonymous source, 22 more may soon follow, reports neweurasia’s Annasoltan. She interviews Turkish businessmen who know the country well and have nothing nice to say about its policies. “Most Turkish construction companies have already left the country,” says one.

Kyrgyzstan 2011: Nothing to Offer?

Recently, Bishkek hosted an “international” exhibition titled “Kyrgyzstan 2011”. As far as I understood, the exhibition was supposed to display goods produced by 75 Kyrgyzstani companies.  However, it turned into a temporary market in downtown Bishkek with lots of goods that have almost nothing to do with our country (except that it’s sold here). Anyways, see it for yourself below:

Dordoi Bazaar in Pictures

Starting from a small market in the outskirts of Bishkek, Dordoi has grown into a huge distribution center for chinese goods (mainly textile) almost for entire Central Asia and partially Russia.  Some estimate that around 100, 000 people are employed directly or indirectly in the market.  Today, it is surrounded by residential areas with its own mosque, cafes, shopping areas (food), parking lots etc.   (here is a google map link, if want to see the scale) But in this post, I will not discuss anything global.  We will take a walk through a small portion of the market, but…

“MegaCom” to be confiscated?

Translator’s note: It appears that Kyrgyzstan’s leading mobile operator MegaCom is about to be confiscated by the government, amidst an ongoing political and law enforcement scandal related to the company. Original post by neweurasia’s Malika (RUS). As Kyrgyz parliamentarians propose to confiscate state’s leading mobile operator “MegaCom”, the scandal around its shares is still far from being resolved. The proposal to confiscate was made by the working group, which had earlier been established to investigate the situation around the company. The initial plan was to nationalize it. However, nationalization would require repayment of lost profits and return of the shares…

Turkey’s new financial district brings it a step closer to being a regional business hub

Turkey has been trying to establish Istanbul as a global financial center, but first things first, it is trying to corner the market in, among other places, Central Asia. “The Turks have been trying to up their business in Central Asia,” reports neweurasia’s newest blogger, Julist Vela. “Due to the bureaucratic nature of Central Asia, it’s been slow going, but the Turks won’t be deterred.”

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