Op-Ed. From bureaucracy to business: Reforming licensing system in Uzbekistan
20 May 2024, 08:43

Op-Ed. From bureaucracy to business: Reforming licensing system in Uzbekistan

If the licensing system is not developed properly, it becomes a serious obstacle to doing and developing business in the country. International expert on public services delivery reform, Giorgi Tskhakaia, writes about the right way to reform.

Op-Ed by David Cameron: “There are huge opportunities before us. We must seize them, together”
23 April 2024, 08:30 1

Op-Ed by David Cameron: “There are huge opportunities before us. We must seize them, together”

Lord David Cameron, UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, in an Op-Ed prior to his visit to Uzbekistan, writes about the three priority areas that would take relations to a new level.

“I reevaluated my feelings towards homeland.” Singer Laylo on her new song “Home”
28 January 2024, 18:30

“I reevaluated my feelings towards homeland.” Singer Laylo on her new song “Home”

Tashkent singer Laylo Rikhsiyeva (Laylo) released a music video titled “Home” on environmental issues in Uzbekistan. The video quickly went viral online. In an interview with, Laylo discussed the song’s creation, meaning in the video footage and her relation to the composer Yunus Rajabi.

Interview: Russia’s war against Ukraine — effect on migrants
16 January 2024, 09:17

Interview: Russia’s war against Ukraine — effect on migrants

Despite Russia’s war against Ukraine, no significant exodus of Central Asian migrants from Russia has been noticed. The reasons, risks and strategies for protecting citizens are discussed in an interview with Zeynal Hajiyev, head of the International Organization for Migration in Central Asia.

Exploring musical DNA: “To create something that was not there before.” Video interview with Lola Astanova
4 January 2024, 20:00

Exploring musical DNA: “To create something that was not there before.” Video interview with Lola Astanova

Pianist Lola Astanova shared her thoughts on social media popularity, success of Uzbeks abroad and desire to experiment with Uzbek national rhythms. “No matter how much we love classics, they’ve all been played,” she shared on the decision to create her own music in an interview with

Early years: Uzbekistan’s foundation for human capital
15 August 2023, 11:52

Early years: Uzbekistan’s foundation for human capital

Tsitsi Singizi, chief of communication in UNICEF Uzbekistan, in her column for writes how a preschool centre in a remote village in Namangan region helps ensure equal access to preschool education.

Meeting climate goals with energy efficiency and renewable energy
23 April 2023, 17:05

Meeting climate goals with energy efficiency and renewable energy

Fossil fuels are a dead end for our planet, for humanity, and for economies. In her column for International Mother Earth Day, UNDP Resident Representative Matilda Dimovska writes about UNDP-supported green technology best practices in Uzbekistan.

OSCE ambassadors on strengthening security in Central Asia
14 November 2022, 17:10

OSCE ambassadors on strengthening security in Central Asia

Ambassadors to the OSCE representing France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, who recently visited Uzbekistan and other countries of Central Asia, reflect on promoting the concept of comprehensive security in the region.

A transformative moment amid extraordinary uncertainty in the Caucasus and Central Asia
7 November 2022, 16:33

A transformative moment amid extraordinary uncertainty in the Caucasus and Central Asia

The Caucasus and Central Asia have weathered the pandemic crisis well. The initial spillovers from war in Ukraine have so far been contained. Still, uncertain outlook and challenges ahead call for audacious measures, writes Jihad Azour, IMF’s Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department.

To withstand global shocks, Uzbekistan needs to continue reforms and build an inclusive market economy
2 November 2022, 16:14

To withstand global shocks, Uzbekistan needs to continue reforms and build an inclusive market economy

In her column for, Anna Bjerde, World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, writes about concerted and sustained momentum on reforms that is needed to meet Uzbekistan government’s goals of reducing poverty by half by 2026 and reaching upper-middle-income status by 2030.

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