Turkmenistan is offering public-sector office employees street-sweeping work as an alternative to complete dismissal as part of an ongoing downsizing of its government. Among those asked to consider this occupation are state accountants, economists and engineering staff. Reports throughout last year indicated that stretched government finances had prompted public sector agencies in Turkmenistan to cut their workforce.
ADB has commended Uzbekistan on its reform agenda and management of country’s transformation to a market-based economy. ADB confirmed its strong support for government’s development and reform agenda and expressed confidence in the country’s economic prospects. ADB is preparing a new 5-year Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Uzbekistan to establish a stronger foundation for inclusive, diversified, and sustainable economic growth, improving governance and institutional capacity, and promoting regional cooperation and connectivity.
Russian Ambassador to China has said that Russia wants more integration between ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ and Central Asian economic and security groups. Ambassador denied there was a growing anti-Chinese sentiment among the Russian public and said the two countries should combine their resources instead of competing with each other. He said that China’s engagement in Central Asia is mainly economic. Rather than a threat, Russia regarded Beijing as a force to boost regional economies. He added that Chinese engagement in Central Asia does not hurt Russian interests.
April 30, 2019