Shavkat Mirziyoyev

Can rugged Central Asia solve border disputes

At a meeting last week, March 11, the presidents of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, Sadyr Zhaparov and Shavkat Mirziyoyev, respectively, agreed to open land and air communications between Uzbekistan and the Uzbekistani exclave of Sokh inside Kyrgyzstan, The Jamestown Foundation writes. Additionally, they pledged to resolve their disagreement over the disputed Unkur-Too territory, which Tashkent had claimed even though Bishkek has long viewed it as a critical part of Kyrgyzstan because it is the site of a television transmission station that country needs

Mirziyoyev receives letter from Biden

Today, on the eve of the traditional eastern holiday of Novruz, US President Joseph Biden sent a message to Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. In the letter he announced Washington's desire to see Tashkent among participants of the Afghan …

Why Uzbekistan moved election date?

Uzbekistan’s presidential election is to be held earlier than expected, although the most likely outcome – Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s easy reelection – is not going to surprise anybody, Eurasianet writes. Moving the date of the vote, however, required Mirziyoyev to approve on February 8 a change to a passage in the constitution that specifies when elections for a head of state must be held. Whereas the country previously went to the polls on a Sunday in the first third of December in the fifth year of a presidential term, the appointment is now fixed for six weeks before that. The election will accordingly take place on October 24

Japan seeks to help Uzbekistan ahead of China

Uzbekistan will become the latest nation to join the global race to carbon neutrality by 2050. In collaboration with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development or EBRD, the central Asian republic is set to declare its intention to significantly cut its reliance on thermal energy sources. Uzbekistan will be one of the few developing Asian countries to openly pledge a fossil fuel emissions reduction target, Nikkei Asia writes

Uzbekistan’s privatisation plans forge ahead

The government of Uzbekistan has surprised international economists by announcing plans to forge ahead in 2021 with its ambitious privatisation plans, despite the global Covid-19 pandemic, Euronews writes in the article Despite the pandemic, Uzbekistan’s privatisation plans forge ahead. The virus has caused enough economic stress that the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) recently suggested a slow-down of major privatisations might be wise. “Earlier plans for large-scale privatisation of state-owned banks and enterprises may have to be delayed in case of slower-than-expected economic recovery,” the bank’s annual country assessment said

Switzerland to return Uzbekistan funds seized from Karimova

Switzerland and Uzbekistan have reached an agreement on returning more than $130 million to Tashkent that was seized in connection with criminal proceedings against Gulnara Karimova, the oldest daughter of late President Islam Karimov, Radio …