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Political Developments - November 2017

Presidential election in Kyrgyzstan was held on 15th October, 2017. Sooronbai Jeenbekov, a protégé of outgoing president Almazbek Atambayev and candidate from Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK), won with 55% - a stronger result than earlier polls had predicted. Omurbek Babanov, multimillionaire leader of Respublika Party conceded defeat but said he would investigate irregularities. Jeenbekov will assume office on 1st December, 2017.

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Minister of State for External Affairs M.J Akbar visited Kyrgyzstan to participate in the International Conference “Islam in a Modern Secular State”. He met Kyrgyz Prime Minister and discussed the state of bilateral ties particularly expansion of people to people contacts. Kyrgyz PM expressed appreciation for gifting equipment Bhabhatron-2 to National Center of Oncology of Kyrgyzstan. 

MOS (Law & Justice) Shri P.P. Chaudhary visited…

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India and Kazakhstan decided during the thirteenth 2-day meeting of Inter-Governmental Commission to strengthen cooperation in hydrocarbons and nuclear energy sectors, and also expand the International North-South Transport Corridor by linking it to the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran rail link. India’s Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Kazakh Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev co-chaired the meeting. The two sides discussed "ideas for stepping up cooperation in…

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Political Developments - October 2017

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s visit to Tashkent on 16th September was termed ‘’historic and ground-breaking’’ by both sides. This was 6th meeting between Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev with his Kazakh counterpart since the former assumed power last year. The leaders have conducted seven telephonic conversations during this period. Since beginning of the year, bilateral trade has grown 35%, communication between the two countries has…

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Economic Developments - October 2017

Uzbekistan devalued its currency (som) by almost half as it floated the currency to end more than two decades of economic and market isolation. US dollar was pegged at 8,100 soms compared with previous rate of 4,210 soms. The new rate was even weaker than som's black-market convertibility of 7,700 to the dollar.

In a meeting with Uzbekistan's President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on sidelines of first Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit…

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Political Developments - September 2017

At the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon paid a bilateral state visit to China from 30th August to 5th September in connection with the summit of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) countries. The two presidents signed a joint statement on establishing a comprehensive strategic partnership and vowed to expand partnerships in finance, agriculture, water resources, energy, mining and other areas.…

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Economic Developments - September 2017

Kazakhstan has identified 36 potential countries seeking investment. 11 out of these have been given top priority viz USA, Russia, UK, Germany, France, Italy, China, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, UAE. The national investment strategy for 2018-2022 seeks to increase foreign investment by 26% in five years. 

Kazakhstan raised its GDP growth forecast this year to 3.4% from 2.5%, citing stronger-than-expected performance to date. In January-July,…

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov led a high-powered delegation to New Delhi on August 13-15. The delegation participated in the 6th Session of India-Turkmenistan Intergovernmental Commission for Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of India and co-chair of the Commission, and Meredov comprehensively reviewed the gamut of bilateral relations particularly in areas of…

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General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Indian Army Staff (COAS) visited Kazakhstan & Turkmenistan from 01-06 Aug 2017 with a high level military delegation.

In Kazakhstan from 01-03 August 2017, General Rawat met Defence Minister, Chairman of the National Security Committee, Vice Minister of Defence and Aerospace Industry along with Commander-in-Chief of Land Forces of Kazakhstan. He also visited the elite Air Assault Brigade and National Defence…

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Political Developments - August 2017

Kazakhstan has stated that Russia, Turkey, and Iran have agreed to restart Syria peace talks in Astana at the end of August. The fifth round of negotiations on 4-5 July,2017 ended without an agreement. In spite of failure of negotiations, Moscow said that the basic framework had been “essentially agreed”. Moscow said that details of proposed zones, such as the territory covered by them and what forces would participate still “need finalising” because Turkish…

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Economic Developments - August 2017

Moody has raised Kazakhstan’s sovereign rating to Baa3 and improved its prognosis from negative to stable. It cited the economy’s increasing adaptiveness to low oil prices as a decisive factor for the decision. Kazakhstan has used funds to help lenders with huge bad debt portfolios address their liabilities before international creditors. The country’s low debt burden and accumulation of financial reserves has permitted the government to apply effective measures to stimulate…

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Political Developments - July 2017

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani visited Turkmenistan on 3rd July and held discussions with his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov on trade and investment, the Turkmenistan-Afghan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, regional safety and bilateral cooperation. Another important project discussed was railway from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan. The leaders agreed to continue cooperation to combat international terrorism, extremism, illegal drug trafficking,…

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Kazakh Embassy in New Delhi organized a Reception dedicated to 25th anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Service of Kazakhstan. Speaking on the occasion, Joint Secretary Srinivas from Ministry of External Affairs noted the current high level of bilateral relations as well as importance of recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Astana to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit. This year also marks the 25th Anniversary of establishment of…

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Economic Developments - July 2017

World Bank approved two loans totaling $294.9 million to Uzbekistan for projects in land reclamation and livestock sector. These funds will be allocated for 20 years, including a five-year grace period. 

Turkmen President invited business community of Uzbekistan to participate in the TAPI gas pipeline project. Uzbekistan was also offered to develop oil and gas fields on the Caspian shelf.

Inflation in…

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Economic Developments - June 2017

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev launched a program to develop hydropower energy in Uzbekistan. The program aims at constructing 18 new hydro-power plants (HPPs) and modernizing 14 existing HPPs by 2021 at a cost of $2.65 billion. Reports also mentioned other hydropower projects to be realized by 2030 that would cost an additional $1.7 billion. This will increase share of hydroelectric power from the current 12.7% to 15.8%.

Kazakhstan was placed at…

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During his visit to Astana on 8th-9th June, 2017 to participate in the SCO Summit, Prime Minister Modi met Presidents of Kazakhstan, China, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.

Prime Minister Modi and Kazakh President Nazarbayev held discussions on a number of issues and reviewed progress of agreements signed between two nations including supply of uranium to India. Kazakhstan has emerged as the number one supplier of uranium to India. Two…

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Political Developments - June 2017

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Astana:

India and Pakistan became full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation at its 17th Summit in Astana on 9th June, 2017. Both countries had become Observers in the Organisation in 2005. This was the first expansion of the 6-member body which was established in 2001. SCO members now include China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan. With this…

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India and Kazakhstan held the fourth Meeting of Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism in New Delhi on 03 May 2017. Both sides assessed and exchanged views on prevailing terrorist threats in their respective regions including state-sponsored, cross-border terrorism in the Af-Pak region. They discussed current challenges posed by various terrorist entities, radicalisation, foreign terrorist fighters, drug trafficking and misuse of cyber-space for terrorist…

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Uzbekistan and China signed around 100 contracts worth a total of US$23 billion during the 5-day visit from 11th-15th May, 2017 of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Beijing at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Sectors encompassing energy to oil refining, electricity to agriculture, chemicals to transport and communications were covered. This was Mirziyaev’s first visit to China since his election in December, 2016 after the death of Islam…

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Economic Developments - May 2017

In his statement at BRF, Mitziyoyev expressed hope that China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway network (including Afghanistan), could be integrated into the Belt and Road, via connections to ports in Pakistan and Iran. 

Speaking at the Summit, Nazarbayev stressed that Central Asia has regained its strategic importance and has become the main bridge between the world’s largest markets.

Xi Jinping said China is…

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Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar belongs to the Indian Foreign Service and has acquitted his responsibilities in the diplomatic service for 34 years. He was Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia and has worked in senior diplomatic positions in Indian Embassies/Missions in Washington DC, Brussels, Moscow, Geneva, Tehran, Dhaka and Bangkok and also at Headquarters in India. He negotiated for India in the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations and in negotiations for India-EU, India-ASEAN and India-Thailand Free Trade Agreements.

He contributed significantly to strengthening strategic ties and promoting cultural cooperation between India and USA, EU, Russia and other countries.Ambassador Sajjanhar worked as head of National Foundation for Communal Harmony to promote amity and understanding between different religions, faiths and beliefs. Ambassador Sajjanhar has been decorated by Governments of Kazakhstan and Latvia with their National Awards and by Universal Peace Federation with Title of ''Ambassador of Peace.'' Currently Ambassador Sajjanhar is President of Institute of Global Studies, New Delhi. He writes, travels and speaks extensively on issues relating to international relations, foreign policy and themes of contemporary relevance and significance. He appears widely on TV panel discussions. Ambassador Sajjanhar is interested in reading, music and travelling. His wife Madhu is an economist and an educationist. They have a son and a daughter both of who are accomplished singers. Their son passed out of Yale University and their daughter is pursuing her PhD at University of Minnesota.