Tajik President’s Son Will Tackle Customs Crime

Translation of TajikVoice’s post (RUS) In late February, the Tajik President’s son Rustam Emomali was appointed to a newly created government post within the Customs Agency to tackle contraband and customs violations. The public found out about this fact in early March. The appointment caused widespread debate on the Internet and in Tajik media. The people were clearly against the decision. Not only was the son of the president appointed to a kind post that takes years of service to earn, he was also instantly promoted to the rank of major.

Big Brother is Watching Kyrgyz Politicians

Translation of Mirbek’s post (RUS) Bishkek Business Club is announcing the start of its Big Brother campaign! The government influences business using numerous monitoring bodies and does not allow entrepreneurs to act without its supervision. HOWEVER… The government lives on taxes paid by entrepreneurs; thus, the business community is a kind of “Big Brother” for politicians and has the full right to monitor and evaluate their activity. Over the course of the coming year, the Bishkek Business Club will be vigilantly observing the activity of officials and deputies and selecting winners in six categories:

Turkish Business Unwanted in Uzbekistan

Translation of Avicenna’s post (RUS) Another Turkish shopping and entertainment giant has fallen in Uzbekistan. The victim this time is Turkuaz, which had occupied the former GUM building near Chorsu market and the metro station bearing the same name. “Yesterday morning there were lots of policemen here, including the “masquerade” [special services wearing facemasks]. Several dozen people were escorted out and loaded into police vans,” a local taxi driver told Uznews. When asked what had happened and why the supermarket was being closed, a police sergeant cut off, “That’s it, no more supermarket.”

World Bank funds another “global” project in Uzbekistan

More than 340 000 people in Uzbekistan will benefit from a US$88 million IDA Credit, approved by the World Bank’s Board of Directors today, to improve water supply operations in the Syrdarya region of Uzbekistan. The credit forms the basis of the Syrdarya Water Supply Project which aims to improve the availability, quality and sustainability of public water supply services in selected six districts of the region, World Bank news service reported. The Government of Uzbekistan has assigned high priority to improving environmental and public health conditions associated with seriously deficient water supply services in the province of Syrdarya. The…

Tough times for the largest market of Central Asia

Dordoi is the largest market of Central Asia, but with the establishment of the new Customs Union between Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia, it’s experience a fall in sales, reports neweurasia’s Rahat. “While the debate goes on among Kyrgyz politicians and private sector, Dordoi businessmen ponder on their future,” he writes. “Once a certain and profitable trade now seems doomed, and sadly, may be headed in the direction of legends.”

Be rich, be cool. And get dethroned

Under a strong people’s pressure Ben Ali of Tunisia and Mobarak of Egypt had to leave their beloved palaces and run away from those who just wanted to tear them up to small pieces. Unfortunately, new authorities will not be able to get all their money back they stored in advance outside of the countries. Kyrgyzstan still tries to find the Bakievs’ treasures. Another unfortunate is that we still have this kind of rulers in many countries around the globe. They keep enriching day after day and enjoying the power. Handelsblatt, leading German language business newspaper, has counted former and…

Uzbekistan-2010 leads in GDP growth in CIS

According to Ukraine’s State Statistics Service, the largest GDP growth in 2010 in the CIS was reported in Uzbekistan (8.5%), Belarus (7.6%), Kazakhstan (7.5%), Moldova (6.5%), and Azerbaijan (5%). Talking about inflation in Central Asia Kyrgyzstan has a lead in this not a positive improvement, 8%. Kazakhstan’s inflation growth is 7.1% and Tajikistan with 6.5%. According to the statistics, in 2010 the total gross domestic product (at constant prices) in the CIS countries fell by 6.9%. The worst country result in this particular indicator belongs to Kyrgyzstan with -1.4% fell, Ukrinform, main state information agency of Ukraine, reports.

Berdimuhammedov’s suspicious plan for telecommunication privatization

The Turkmen government has announced plans to replace MTS with three supposedly private, independent telecoms, but both opponents of the regime and simple logic make the project seem highly dubious, reports neweurasia’s Annasoltan. “We might be seeing Evgeny Morozov’s thesis in ‘The Net Delusion’ confirmed,” she writes.

The National Interest: How the Government Manages State-Owned Companies

Translation of Mirbek’s post (ENG) The management of state-owned property has become especially topical now that the country’s budget is going through a difficult period. As we look for potential sources of income for the state, we often overlook the colossal potential of the government’s assets, particularly revenue from companies that are predominantly state-owned. Given the low quality of corporate management in these companies, the level of theft and corruption, which was recently highlighted by opposition MPs, is unsurprising.

TAPOiCh Employees Receive April 2010 Salaries

Translation of Abulfazal’s post (RUS) Neweurasia’s sources report that employees of the Tashkent Aviation Production Association (TAPOiCh) have just received their salaries for April 2010. Initially, I was surprised, because it’s been nearly a year since last April, but then I remembered this was a state-owned company, where such delays are not just common – they have become a chronic condition. For months, people don’t get to see the money they have earned – and the money they do earn doesn’t go a long way in our country, whatever the government might say.

Financial Aid for AUCA and KIMEP Students

Translation of Abulfazal’s post (RUS) Editor’s note: In a move that has met with strong opposition from students, the American University in Central Asia recently decided to increase tuition fees to nearly double the current amount. While negotiations continue, neweurasia’s Abulfazal offers some advice on how to obtain alternative funding. The cost of studying at AUCA is a common topic of discussion, especially now, in light of the imminent fees hike. I would like to inform our readers of an opportunity to receive financial aid from foreign organizations whose aim it is to support talented young people from the region.

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