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Samarkand to buy electric buses with EBRD support
21 May 2023, 19:01

Samarkand to buy electric buses with EBRD support

Samarkand became the first city in Uzbekistan to join the EBRD’s Green Cities programme. The Bank is providing the city with a $49 million loan for the purchase and deployment of up to 100 electric buses.

Masterсard opens its representative office in Uzbekistan
21 May 2023, 18:45

Masterсard opens its representative office in Uzbekistan

Mastercard announced the official opening of its first representative office in Uzbekistan. The company also signed a MoU with the EBRD to increase digital opportunities for small business owners, especially women.

Sergei Guriev: Europe’s crackdown on sanctions evasion pose a major risk to region’s economic growth
19 May 2023, 00:31

Sergei Guriev: Europe’s crackdown on sanctions evasion pose a major risk to region’s economic growth

Sergei Guriyev warned that Central Asian countries could face a major threat to their economic growth as Europe tightens sanctions on Russia and shuts the loopholes that allow it to evade them. He also said that GDP growth based on military production does not improve living standards.

'Investors want predictability and stability' — EBRD chief economist
18 May 2023, 18:11

'Investors want predictability and stability' — EBRD chief economist

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Chief Economist Beata Javorcik and Regional Economist Eric Livny told Gazeta.uz about the new threats to the economy, the successful strategies for attracting investment and the significance of public support for reform.

EBRD forecasts Central Asian economies to grow by 5.2% in 2023
18 May 2023, 13:17

EBRD forecasts Central Asian economies to grow by 5.2% in 2023

Central Asian economies have proven resilient to adverse geopolitical headwinds. The EBRD forecasts that the region’s economies will grow by at least 5.2% on average in 2023 and by around 5.4% in 2024.

'Today's Uzbekistan is not yesterday’s Uzbekistan' — President
18 May 2023, 12:55

'Today's Uzbekistan is not yesterday’s Uzbekistan' — President

The President of Uzbekistan, speaking at an EBRD forum in Samarkand, outlined priority areas of cooperation with the bank, such as reducing poverty, developing a green economy, and increasing PPPs in various sectors, including infrastructure, health, education, transport and ecology.

Economic growth in Central Asia and the Caucasus will slow in 2023 — IMF
16 May 2023, 23:18

Economic growth in Central Asia and the Caucasus will slow in 2023 — IMF

The IMF says that the economies of Central Asia and the Caucasus were resilient and grew in 2022 despite various shocks, but the growth is expected to slow in 2023, and the region’s outlook is strongly influenced by external factors.

Uzbekistan to implement China’s model of poverty reduction in 14 districts
16 May 2023, 21:57

Uzbekistan to implement China’s model of poverty reduction in 14 districts

A poverty reduction programme based on China’s experience (with improved road and other infrastructure) is being implemented in 14 districts of Uzbekistan, including the Chilanzar district of Tashkent. Starting next year, the programme could cover the whole country.

Uzbekistan to launch employment programme with special tax benefits
16 May 2023, 18:21

Uzbekistan to launch employment programme with special tax benefits

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev announced a new $1 billion programme “20,000 entrepreneurs — 500,000 qualified specialists”. The programme will provide entrepreneurs who train and employ poor citizens with loans, tax and customs preferences, infrastructure and land. The programme will start on June 1.

Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan launch construction of a car plant in Chui region
12 May 2023, 22:43

Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan launch construction of a car plant in Chui region

Ulugbek Rozukulov, head of Uzavtosanoat, and Akylbek Japarov, chairman of the Kyrgyz Cabinet of Ministers, launched the construction of the Altyn Tulpar Unaa Kurulush passenger car and commercial vehicle assembly plant in Chui region.

President of Uzbekistan reviews readiness of energy system for summer period
12 May 2023, 22:05

President of Uzbekistan reviews readiness of energy system for summer period

At a meeting on energy supply in Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev discussed the expected rise in electricity consumption during the summer period. He criticised hokims and the Energy Minister for failing to calculate expected load coverage.

President of Uzbekistan instructs to create gasoline and diesel fuel reserves
11 May 2023, 20:36

President of Uzbekistan instructs to create gasoline and diesel fuel reserves

The President ordered the creation of a fuel reserve for gasoline and diesel. He also announced that loans will be provided to fuel importers to supplement their working capital. In addition, he set a target of installing 900 electric car chargers across the country by the end of 2023.

Uzbekistan’s international reserves shrank by $230 million in April
11 May 2023, 10:42

Uzbekistan’s international reserves shrank by $230 million in April

Uzbekistan’s international reserves in April decreased by $230 million to a total of $35.2 billion. The decline was mainly due to a reduction in foreign currency reserves.

President unveils new measures to reduce poverty and increase employment in Uzbekistan
11 May 2023, 10:18

President unveils new measures to reduce poverty and increase employment in Uzbekistan

President unveiled measures to reduce poverty and unemployment, such as signing contracts with businesses to train workers, providing preferential access to infrastructure and credit, implementing a new program based on China’s experience, and revising the procedure for granting loans and subsidies.

EU may sanction Uzbek firms for aiding Russia to circumvent sanctions
10 May 2023, 15:30

EU may sanction Uzbek firms for aiding Russia to circumvent sanctions

The European Union is considering new sanctions over Russia’s war in Ukraine. According to Reuters sources, the sanctions may target companies from China, Iran, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan that help Russia circumvent sanctions already imposed.

KfW Bank allocates €200 million to improve water and sanitation in Uzbekistan’s Surkhandarya and Fergana regions
5 May 2023, 23:57

KfW Bank allocates €200 million to improve water and sanitation in Uzbekistan’s Surkhandarya and Fergana regions

Uzsuvta’minot secured a €200 million loan and grant from Germany’s KfW Bank to improve drinking water and sewerage services in Surkhandarya and Ferghana regions. Aqua Consult Ingenieur also signed a memorandum for a sewerage project in Samarkand’s regional centres.

President of Uzbekistan meets with heads of top German companies and banks
5 May 2023, 23:26

President of Uzbekistan meets with heads of top German companies and banks

“Uzbekistan must be associated with stability, reliability and predictability for foreign investors. We are ready to create all conditions for every German businessman to feel free and confident in our country,” Shavkat Mirziyoyev told German business leaders at a meeting in Berlin.

Germany’s KfW allocates €50.5 million to healthcare digitalization of Uzbekistan
2 May 2023, 22:00

Germany’s KfW allocates €50.5 million to healthcare digitalization of Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan signed a loan agreement worth €45 million and a grant agreement worth €5.5 million with Germany’s KfW Development Bank to support the country’s healthcare system digitalisation.

Uzbekistan’s inflation rate in April was 0.8%
1 May 2023, 16:09

Uzbekistan’s inflation rate in April was 0.8%

Food prices in Uzbekistan increased by 1.2% in April 2023, while non-food prices increased by 0.5% and services increased by 0.5%. The largest increase in food prices was for tomatoes, which rose by 21.3%, followed by rice (14.1%), carrots (13.2%), and sugar (10.5%).

IMRS assesses satisfaction with domestic tourism in Uzbekistan
1 May 2023, 13:01

IMRS assesses satisfaction with domestic tourism in Uzbekistan

Over 50% of Uzbekistan’s domestic tourists prefer to travel with families, a recent survey by the Institute for Macroeconomic and Regional Studies suggests. However, poor road quality, high prices, and limited access to water, Internet, and sanitation facilities were the main concerns reported.

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