CATBIG is delighted to welcome to their first CATBIG meetings HM Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, Judith Farnworth (the first resident Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan from the UK), and HM Ambassador to Tajikistan, Robin Ord-Smith LVO.
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are the two least-developed countries in Central Asia, without (at present) significant oil and gas reserves, although they do have other mineral deposits which are attracting international investors. They are also major recipients of development aid, particularly in the infrastructure sector, where the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development, EuropeAid and our own Department for International Development all have significant programmes offering a wide range of business opportunities. Continue reading →
Representative office of the World Bank (WB) has been carrying out its activity in Uzbekistan for 18 years. Takuya Kamata, new Head of the World Bank’s Resident Mission in Uzbekistan, who took up his duties in November 2010, spoke on results of cooperation, implemented projects and further plans of WB in Uzbekistan.
A group of Russian experts paid a working trip to the Osh City. Main purpose of the visit was to assess the extent of destruction. During the trip, experts met with local authorities and ordinary residents. According to latest figures, 2.500 buildings, including 1.900 residential ones, were destroyed during the clashes. Continue reading →
The international forum entitled “Central Asia Water Dialogue Meeting: Implementation of the IFAS Summit Conclusions and Outcomes of the UN Secretary-General’s visit to Central Asia” took place in the Turkmen capital. The participants of the forum held at the UN Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia were the high-ranking officials of the Central Asian governments and the authoritative international organizations including the United Nations, the European Union, OSCE, the World Bank and the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS). The representatives of the Afghan Government and UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan took part as observers. Continue reading →
Bazaars in Central Asia play important role of cross-border trade and government policies in promoting trade and raising economic welfare of populations as well as contribute to the goal of supporting and strengthening border trade and wider cooperation in Central Asia and Kazakhstan. Continue reading →
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved a US$ 29.2 million loan for the Technical and Vocational Education Modernization Project for the Republic of Kazakhstan in support of improved workforce productivity in key sectors and enhanced skills development capacity to meet the demands of key industries as well as the needs of small and medium businesses in Kazakhstan. Continue reading →
I International Livestock Forum KazMeat&Milk 2010 will be held in Astana on July 30. Vice Minister for Agriculture of Kazakhstan Arman Yevniyev has said it at a press conference today. Continue reading →
The World Bank co-organized one of the Forum’s plenary sessions jointly with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the JSC “Economic Research Institute”. Motoo Konishi, World Bank Regional Director for Central Asia and Konstantin Huber, World Bank Executive Director for Kazakhstan, attended the session. John Litwack, Lead Economist for Kazakhstan, moderated the session. Continue reading →
The Asian Development Bank (ADB), under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program conducted a public-private partnership workshop in Tashkent on 24 June 2010.
About 50 Uzbekistan government officials from various ministries and agencies attended the workshop. Public‐private partnerships have been gaining recognition in many developing countries as an important means of mobilizing private sector capital and expertise for infrastructure investments and service provision. Continue reading →
The Board of Directors of the World Bank has approved a $2mln grant for the project aimed at modernization of Tajikistan’s education system.
According to WB, the goal of additional funding is to develop the system of evaluation of pupils progress and finally improve the quality of pedagogic techniques used for evaluation of the quality of education.
The funds will be allocated for the construction and purchase of equipment for recently established National Testing Center (NTC).
The overall goal of NTC lies in supervision and provision of reliable form of education, including admission of students to universities, passing exams and evaluation of students’ knowledge level.
The grant will be allocated to Tajik Education Ministry within three years. The funds will be provided by the World Bank’s International Development Association.