Central Asia Geopolitical Watch – from 4 March to 10 March 2023

Central Asia Watch Team : Alexiane PradierMaxime DelayeLucien MoreelsSophie MarcAlexandre BrièreAudrey ColinMarion Bretton et Julie Eifler-Bolander.

The files we follow : Multi-vector policies in Central Asia; Mongolia and Central Asia/South-East Asia relations; Kyrgyz, Tajik and Turkmen internal policy; Security, Defence and Border Conflicts; New Silk Roads; Other forms of international cooperation in the area; Resources, energy, raw materials and environment; Humanitarian and development aid; Culture and religions in Central Asia…

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– Multi-vector policy in Central Asia: situation update in Uzbekistan – Alexandre Brière – 

On 9 March, in Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev received a World Bank delegation led by Anna Bjerde, the institution’s Vice President for Europe and Central Asia. This event takes place in a context of increasing World Bank participation in the implementation of strategic regional projects, ensuring economic and financial stability, as well as sustainable development in Central Asia. As reported by the press service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, special attention was paid to issues related to the pursuit of large-scale budget projects in Uzbekistan, ensuring land reform, improving the efficiency of financing of agriculture and water management, as well as the acceleration of the program of privatisation of state banks and enterprises. In addition, as reported by the Uzbek news agency, the World Bank intends to actively promote ambitious plans to fight poverty, develop a strategy for financing local businesses, modernise rural infrastructure and medium-sized towns, as well as contribute to the country’s development in education and health care. Finally, according to the Uzbek news agency, it is also a question of meeting the environmental challenges linked to the decarbonisation of the economy, the development of alternative energies, the drawing up of master plans for the production and transmission of electricity, to programs ensuring energy efficiency, to the attraction of foreign experts specialised in the green economy, as well as to the financing of major hydroelectric infrastructures.

– Mongolia and Central Asia/South-East Asia relations – Julie Eifler-Bolander –

This week was marked by the official visit of the Mongol Minister of Foreign Affairs, Batmunkh Battsetseg, to Uzbekistan, on 8 and 9 March, as reported by Mongol media Montsame.

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