Central Asia Geopolitical Watch – From 28 January to 03 February 2023

Central Asia Watch Team : Sophie Marc, Audrey Colin, Julie Eifler–Bolander, Alexiane Pradier, Lucien Moreels, Maxime Delaye, Alexandre Brière.

This week : End of the Winter Schools in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan for Afghan women students, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan discuss the delimitation of their common borders, Roundtables in Germany on investment in Kazakhstan, Interview of the President Sadyr Zhaparov on the OSAGO question in Kyrgyzstan, First summit of the year in Almaty for the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council, Meeting between the President of Uzbekistan and national business leaders as part of a new economic roadmap, End of the Indian training program for Mongol women in solar energy technologies…


29/01/2023: End of the Winter Schools in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan for Afghan women students – Lucien Moreels.

On 29 January, the Winter Schools for Afghan women students, that took place in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, ended. These sessions, that started on 24 January, and which aim to develop the knowledge of female students on human rights, gender equality and sustainable development, are part of the broader program of hosting Afghan women in the higher education cycle in central Asia. This plan, launched in October 2019, before the arrival of the Taliban in power, and initially conceived by Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, has received the joint support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the European Union, which is funding the project. The arrival of the Taliban in 2021 and their decision to prohibit access to higher education for women on 20 December 2022, seems to have dissuaded female students from returning to Afghanistan, contrary to the recommendations of the UNDP, which however declares to the American media Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty that this is in no way required. As such, this program seems to be a way to turn this initiative into a brain gain for the host countries, as in Kazakhstan, which has implemented a strict selection process where only 30 women out of a group of 535 applicants could integrate the first part of the program in 2019, reports the Kazakh media Astana Times. Although the European Union has invested 5 million euros so far in the project, its renewal and the reception of new students is still under discussion, assures the UNDP to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty.

30/01/2023 : Tajikistan and Uzbekistan discuss the delimitation of their common borders – Sophie Marc. 

The meeting of the working group of the Tajik-Uzbek Demarcation Commission took place from 23 to 30 January 2023 in Dushanbe, reports the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan. The two government delegations discussed, among other things, the possibility of creating maps of the demarcation of their borders using technology, the UZ Daily media reported. Several field studies of the border between the two countries were carried out. At the end of the week of negotiations, a protocol was signed by both parties.

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