By Sabina Mammadli
Central Asia Weekly Review: 3-9 Aug
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan agree on a draft treaty on the
demarcation of state border
Supporters of Kyrgyz ex-president stage demo
Tajik servicemen to take part in 'Marine Landing-2022' army
Turkmenistan prepares for monkeypox
Uzbek President adopts law on civil service
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan agree on draft treaty on
demarcation of state border
A regular meeting of the government delegations of Uzbekistan
and Kazakhstan at the joint Uzbek-Kazakhstan demarcation commission
was held in Almaty from 25 July to 5 August.
During the negotiations, the parties completed the coordination
of the text of the draft bilateral treaty on the demarcation of the
Uzbek-Kazakh state border and the formation of a package of draft
final documents for the border demarcation.
The next meeting will be held in Uzbekistan on the dates agreed
through diplomatic channels.
Kazakhstan to increase student bursaries
The number of grants and financial support has increased in
Kazakhstan, Kazakh media reports.
Science and Higher Education Minister Sayasat Nurbek noted that
pursuant to the presidential task, the number of grants grew from
65,000 in 2020 to 88,000 in 2022.
Besides, the bursaries for students will also rise.
Undergraduate students are set to receive KZT36,000 (75,46$), while
PhD students will get KZT150,000 (314,41$).
The minister stressed that the student bursaries will double by
2025. The minister noted the main emphasis is made on the training
of Master's Degree students (5.8%) and only 0.94% of Ph.D.
Supporters of Kyrgyz ex-president stage
Supporters of former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev took to
the streets to rally on the anniversary of the Koi-Tash events in
Bishkek on August 8.
About 100 people gathered near the building of the Pervomaisky
The wife of the accused, Raisa Atambayeva, and ex-deputy of the
Jogorku Kenesh, Irina Karamushkina, intervened in the dispute.
After a short argument, the police gave in.
The protesters chanted:“Freedom to Atambayev!”
To recap, several criminal cases have been initiated against
Almazbek Atambayev, including riots in the village of Koi-Tash on
August 7-8, 2019, corruption, and money laundering. Last summer, he
was charged with illegally issuing passports to Turkish citizens,
as well as organizing mass riots in October 2020.
Kyrgyzstan starts testing 5G technology
Kyrgyz mobile operators were issued permission to test 5G
It is expected that the introduction of 5G will give a new
impetus to the development of modern technologies and communication
infrastructure in general. This will speed up the pace of data
transfer and the amount of traffic provided to consumers.
“In order to establish the conditions for the introduction of
5G, work has been carried out to release promising frequency bands
from existing radio-electronic equipment, and pilot zones have been
identified for testing 5G. To date, mobile operators that have
received permission to test it have conducted the first test drive
of the technology in Bishkek. Soon the citizens of Kyrgyzstan will
be able to take advantage of 5G and appreciate all the benefits of
new fifth-generation technologies,” the information said.
Tajik servicemen to take part in 'Marine Landing-2022'
A group of Tajik servicemen arrived in the Kaliningrad region of
Russia to participate in the International Contest 'Marine
The contest will take place from August 13 to 27.
Teams from Venezuela, Iran, and Guinea also arrived in
After receiving weapons and military equipment, the personnel of
foreign teams will study the sections of the competition route, as
well as get acquainted with the target positions at the stage of
preparation for participation in the international competition.
In the near future, the members of the teams will also have
training sessions on combat training and on compliance with safety
requirements upon meeting the standards of the competition at the
training ground and track.
Tajikistan to pay for imported Russian oil products in
Tajik companies import oil products (by 88.2%) from Russia for
the Russian ruble, the country's Ministry of Energy and Water
Resources has reported.
According to the ministry, for the five-month of 2022, the
import of fuels from different countries has been recorded in a
total volume of 480,162 tons, which is 65,500 tons more compared to
the same period last year.
In addition, in January-June, more than 183,000 tons of
liquefied gas were imported, and about 87% of the total volume was
purchased in Kazakhstan for US dollars. Russia's share in the
liquefied natural gas market is only 0.4%.
Turkmenistan preparing for monkeypox
Turkmenistan is taking countermeasures against the spread of
The country's Ministry of Health and Medical Industry ordered to
set up quarantine departments in dermatovenerological dispensaries
to isolate patients with symptoms of an infectious disease.
Furthermore, separate zones for people arriving from abroad will
be allocated in quarantine camps.
At the end of July, Russia sent monkeypox tests to Turkmenistan.
The parties agreed to hand over the tests during President Serdar
Berdimuhamedov's visit to Moscow on June 10-11.
Due to the lack of medical staff, the possibility of sending
graduates of the medical university to practice in the infectious
diseases departments of hospitals and skin care dispensaries is
Turkmen President launches construction of motor bridge
across Garabogaz Bay
Turkmen President Serdar Berdimuhamedov took part in the
ceremony of laying the foundation of a new automobile bridge across
the Garabogaz Bay, which will become part of the transport route
connecting Turkmenistan with neighboring Kazakhstan.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the president stressed that
the new bridge, which will become an important part of the
North-South route, will be of great importance not only for
Turkmenistan but for the entire region.
“The new bridge will significantly increase the volume of trade,
cargo, and passenger transportation between the eastern and
northern regions of the country, as well as between neighboring
states. It is designed to effectively serve the cargo carriers of
Turkmenistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran, and India, which will allow
them to reach the countries of Northern and Eastern Europe in the
shortest way, using sea, rail, and road transport,” Berdimuhamedov
A bridge with two-way two-lane traffic will be built on the
highway running from Turkmenbashi through Garabogaz Bay to the
border of Kazakhstan. Its total length will be 354 meters, width -
Uzbek president endorses law on civil
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed the law 'On
the State Civil Service'. The document consists of 10 chapters and
This was reported in the press service of the Civil Service
As reported by local media, the senators discussed and approved
the law 'On the State Civil Service” at the twenty-sixth plenary
The norms of the law apply only to civil servants performing
activities in positions subject to inclusion in the state register.
The main powers of state bodies in the regulation of the state
civil service are determined. In particular, the powers of the
president, the Cabinet of Ministers, and other authorized state
bodies in the field of civil service are specifically
In addition, the law creates a legal basis for the prevention of
corruption offenses in the civil service, that is, it is clearly
established that the activities of civil servants are evaluated on
the basis of the key performance indicators (KPIs). Individuals who
have committed corruption crimes are not admitted to the state
At the same time, the law stipulates that serving the people is
one of the basic principles of state civil service.
Uzbekistan eyes new projects for expanding economic
co-op with Central Asian states
The president of Uzbekistan held a meeting on expanding
cooperation with the countries of Central Asia on August 8.
As reported in the press service of the president, partnership
with the states of Central Asia is developing dynamically.
“Over the past five years, the volume of Uzbekistan's trade with
them has increased 2.5 times and exceeded $6 billion. In our
country, 1,700 enterprises have been opened with the participation
of the capital of neighboring countries,” the message says.
During the meeting, new projects and proposals for expanding
economic cooperation with the countries of Central Asia were
In addition, the issue of developing and maintaining a national
rating of investment attractiveness of regions was considered in
order to further develop small and medium-sized businesses in the
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