Iran, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan among countries ranked most vulnerable by inaugural edition of Ecological Threat Register.
Major step for officials attempting to move cotton and textile industries away from raw material exports and into processing and value-added product making.
Facility will produce cleaner-burning Euro 5 standard petrol and diesel. Mirziyoyev administration would like to see an end to fuel imports.
Moscow wary of growing Beijing-backed connectivity in region as routes through Russia stand to lose out.
Precious metal narrows current account deficit by one third. If it so wished, nation could sell enough gold today to move into a trade surplus. Investing in Uzbekistan thus doubles as a synthetic play on gold.