Eurasia / Opinion

COMMENT: Strengthening the foundation of the Uzbek capital markets infrastructure

Fiezullah Saidov in Tashkent April 18, 2021

After their sitting moribund for two and half decades, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has just launched a major reform of the Uzbek capital markets that could transform financing in the republic.

COMMENT: Media freedom hits a rough patch in Uzbekistan despite presidential support

Fred Harrison in London March 23, 2021

The number of media outlets has expanded after President Shavkat Mirziyoyev called for the press to play a more prominent role in society, but old habits die hard after a prominent blogger was arrested after he exposed a price-fixing scam.

BORDERLEX: EU edging closer to granting Uzbekistan GSP Plus trade status

Iana Dreyer of Borderlex March 19, 2021

The EU says there are few hurdles left to clear but human rights groups say Uzbekistan will need much closer monitoring.

ING: Red hot enthusiasm for copper

Wenyu Yao is the Senior Commodities Strategist with ING in London March 10, 2021

Copper prices are approaching their all-time high as investors flood into the market for the red/green metal.

COMMENT: OPEC+ puts off production cut decision for a month

Guy Burton of Lancaster University March 7, 2021

A decision over oil production levels and prices looks to have been delayed for a month following the OPEC+ meeting, between OPEC’s 13 members and 10 other non-OPEC countries, on March 4.

COMMENT: Uzbek privatisation - this time it seems to be for real

Fiezullah Saidov director of Uzbekistan Equities in Tashkent March 7, 2021

Privatisation efforts in Uzbekistan are moving to a practical level. The newly appointed State Asset Management Agency head has started to implement the presidential decree on privatisation with a new zeal.

ING: Commodity supercycle calls grow

Warren Patterson Head of Commodities Strategy at ING in the Netherlands March 7, 2021

It has been an exceptional month for commodity markets, with growing inflation expectations increasing investor interest in the assets. Meanwhile, fundamental developments, particularly in the oil market, have only provided a further boost.

COMMENT: Democracy is struggling in Georgia

bne IntelliNews March 3, 2021

The current political crisis reveals how detached Georgia's political elites have become from the demands of ordinary people.

COLCHIS: Georgia is in crisis, but it’s far from the end of democracy

Alexander Scrivener of the Eurasia Democratic Security Network February 25, 2021

The news from Georgia over the past few days has been depressing. Headlines like, “Georgian opposition leader arrested” and, “opposition HQ stormed” evoke the sort of post-Soviet authoritarianism Georgia wants to put behind itself

COMMENT: Why critics are asking if Inner Mongolia is the next Tibet or Xinjiang

Antonio Graceffo February 25, 2021

Beijing is forcing China’s Mongolians to become Han Chinese. The Chinese Communist Party is suppressing their language, religion and culture.

OPINION: PM's resignation is a make-or-break moment for Georgia

Ghia Nodia in Tbilisi February 23, 2021

What next in Georgia following the turmoil in recent days that has seen the PM quit, the leader of the opposition grabbed by security forces and Irakli Garibashvili, who is refusing to hold a snap election, made the new head of government?

ING: Oil prices at $60, now what?

Warren Patterson head of commodities strategy at ING in Singapore February 19, 2021

There seems to be no stopping oil prices, with ICE Brent now trading well above $60/bbl. Clearly OPEC+ cuts are doing their job, while global recovery hopes are playing a big part. Will the oil price keep rising?

Tajikistan: Would-be future president’s interview underwhelms

Eurasianet February 12, 2021

Mayor Emomali says city hall spent $1.14mn on bus stops.

Perspectives: Uzbekistan rising as Central Asian integration catalyst

Eurasianet February 8, 2021

China will play a decisive role in anointing Central Asia’s leader.

ING: IMF World Economic Outlook shows diverging growth path for emerging markets

Trieu Pham of ING January 28, 2021

Update marks a shallower contraction and an upward revision for 2021 growth thanks to vaccines and stimulus support.

COMMENT: Mongolia is an island of democracy

Antonio Graceffo January 26, 2021

The Mongolian PM's resignation was a stirring illustration of public accountability and shows why the country is proud of its democracy, according to Antonio Graceffo.