COMMENT: The Uzbek government reaches out to business ahead of its privatisation campaign

Fiezullah Saidov in Tashkent March 20, 2020

In the spirit of openness and transparency, the Uzbek government, represented by State Asset Management Agency (SAMA), has called on a large meeting of stakeholders such as development financial institutions (DFIs), news agencies including popular bloggers and Big Four consulting and audit firms and other interested parties to discuss the large privatization efforts it is undertaking.

Uzbekistan's Karimova imprisoned for 13 years in new extortion and embezzlement case

bne IntelIiNews March 19, 2020

Ex-president's daughter illegally purchased state shares in two cement plants and sold them to foreign business people prosecutors say.

EBRD makes €1bn available as emergency measure to fight coronavirus impact

bne IntelIiNews March 15, 2020

The EBRD has unveiled an emergency €1bn “Solidarity Package” to help companies deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Uzbekistan ending cotton crop quotas and lifting cultivation obligations on farmers

Kanat Shaku in Almaty March 10, 2020

Move seen as possibly squeezing out remaining forced labour. In bid for private investment, country also ceasing practice in which government takes charge of cotton exports. Expansion of textiles production a priority.

Uzbekistan's banking sector: calm before the boom

Fiezullah Saidov in Tashkent March 9, 2020

Since President Shavkat Mirziyoyev launched the Uzbekistan 2.0 reforms, the banking landscape is starting to change drastically.

CEE/CIS populations believe in gender equality in education but not in business or politics

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 8, 2020

More than 100 years since International Women’s Day was declared a national holiday in post-revolutionary Russia, a new survey from the UNDP reveals gender bias is still widespread across the region.

AFC Capital: Uzbekistan’s golden hedge in a time of coronavirus

Scott Osheroff in Singapore March 3, 2020

The Uzbek government has been proactive in avoiding having any Covid-19 cases in the country thus far and the silver lining to its early stage financial development has made its equity market a golden hedge.

Uzbekistan: Karimova makes fresh bid to buy freedom

Eurasianet March 2, 2020

This is not her first attempt at exchanging money for her release.

COMMENT: Uzbek government preparing to privatise some of its industrial crown jewels

Fiezullah Saidov in Tashkent February 29, 2020

Uzbek reform rhetoric is moving to a practical phase withlarge-scale privatization strategy prepared by the State Asset Management Agency (SAMA).