Monochrome: headlines from Central Asia

Date: May 2018

This week, Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Iranian deal, whilst also declaring that the US Army should have access to Iranian military bases. Oil prices are slowly rising.

The EBRD will allocate $106 million for the reconstruction of 67 kilometres of highway between Astana and Almaty.

Kazakh banker Zhomart Yertayev has been detained in Moscow on suspicion of fraud. Experts believe that he knows enough to bury some of the banks in Kazakhstan.

Uzbekistan is ready to privatise state-owned airline Havo Yullari, but will continue to have full control over gold and oil producing enterprises.

The General Motors plant in Uzbekistan has been granted a very important certificate enabling the assembly of almost an entire line of vehicles on global GM platforms.

UK Export Finance (UKEF) is rumoured to be financing the construction of a new modern oil refinery in the Jizzakh region.

At the invitation of President Trump, Uzbekistan’s President Mirziyoyev will visit the White House next week. Bilateral meetings will be held with the US Congress, the Department of Defenseand the State Department, as well as with DC-based World Bank.

The Kyrgyz government intends to take control of the growth of the national debt and the amount of the country's budget deficit.

The commander of US Central Command, General Joseph Votel, is on an official visit to Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

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