Stories of students from Uzbekistan admitted to top US universities
23 June 2024, 19:54

Stories of students from Uzbekistan admitted to top US universities

A number of students from Uzbekistan got accepted to highly selective US universities, including those in the Ivy League. talked to some of them about their path to success and aspirations. We also reviewed the list of Uzbekistan’s students admitted to US universities in the past years.

“Give time for people to deliver.” Interview with UK ambassador Timothy Smart
13 June 2024, 10:00

“Give time for people to deliver.” Interview with UK ambassador Timothy Smart

UK Ambassador Timothy Smart in interview with talked about his country’s priorities in the region, importance of data for decision-making and why people should be given time to deliver. The ambassador noted that his knowledge of the Uzbek language helps him understand the country better.

Uzra Zeya: “One of challenges with reform agendas is translating aspirations into actions”
29 May 2024, 22:31

Uzra Zeya: “One of challenges with reform agendas is translating aspirations into actions”

In an interview with, US under secretary of state for civilian security, democracy, and human rights Uzra Zeya spoke about priorities in the US-Uzbekistan relations, President Mirziyoyev’s reform agenda, and the importance of media and religious freedom.

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: Ending corporal punishment of children: A collective responsibility for leaders and communities, families and parents
30 April 2024, 14:10

Op-Ed: Ending corporal punishment of children: A collective responsibility for leaders and communities, families and parents

Corporal punishment, intended to cause a child pain or discomfort for disciplinary purposes, remains widespread across the world. Antonia Luedeke, Chief of Child Protection at UNICEF, stresses the need to shift towards non-violent parenting and educational methods that respect children’s dignity.

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.

Culinary virtue. How traditional dish sumalak is prepared in a village in Uzbekistan. Photo story by Kholida Musulmon
30 March 2024, 11:58

Culinary virtue. How traditional dish sumalak is prepared in a village in Uzbekistan. Photo story by Kholida Musulmon

For spring holiday Navruz, families across Uzbekistan gather to prepare sumalak, a traditional dish. Stirring the mixture, they dream of their children’s education, availability of gas at home, and peace in their homeland. Kholida Musulmon captures this tradition in her photo story for

Largest suzani captures spotlight at “Suzani. A Story of an Embroiderer” exhibition in Riga
12 March 2024, 09:47

Largest suzani captures spotlight at “Suzani. A Story of an Embroiderer” exhibition in Riga

The exhibition “Suzani. A Story of an Embroiderer” opened at Art Museum RIGA BOURSE, featuring an 8-meter piece crafted over 3.5 years by Tashkent embroiderer Madina Kasimbaeva and her 15 colleagues, showcasing the meticulous process of suzani creation from sketch to completion.

Statement of Journalism University rector causes reaction from Russian MFA
14 February 2024, 15:14

Statement of Journalism University rector causes reaction from Russian MFA

Journalism University Rector Sherzodkhon Qudratkhoja said Uzbekistan residents who do not know Uzbek language should decide if they are “occupants” or “idiots”. He replied to criticism from Russian politicians. Russian state agency ceased ties with him. Russia’s MFA summoned Uzbekistan’s ambassador.

“My duty as minister of ecology is to advocate for ban on coal and fuel oil,” claims Aziz Abdukhakimov
8 February 2024, 18:15

“My duty as minister of ecology is to advocate for ban on coal and fuel oil,” claims Aziz Abdukhakimov

Minister of Ecology of Uzbekistan Aziz Abdukhakimov asserted in an interview with his responsibility to advocate for the prohibition of coal and fuel oil, despite the forced conversion of greenhouses and social facilities to coal fuel. “People's support empowers us,” he stated.

“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.

Persons with disabilities are more vulnerable to the consequences of climate change in Uzbekistan, says a World Bank study
8 January 2024, 10:00

Persons with disabilities are more vulnerable to the consequences of climate change in Uzbekistan, says a World Bank study

During natural disasters, persons with disabilities are most at risk because emergency alerts and evacuation routes may not be accessible to them. The World Bank conducted a study in Uzbekistan on this topic and shared recommendations on the needs of people with disabilities.

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

Requiem for Amir Temur square. Witness statements.
13 November 2023, 17:49

Requiem for Amir Temur square. Witness statements.

14 years ago, tree felling began in Tashkent’s Amir Temur Square. The loss of the capital’s central square became the most tragic event of the year. talked to eyewitnesses about the felling and studied archival publications in the media about the stance of the authorities.

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.

Uzbekistan forms an Agency of Social Protection. Its Functions.
7 June 2023, 11:13

Uzbekistan forms an Agency of Social Protection. Its Functions.

Agency of Social Protection (unofficial translation) has been established under the President of Uzbekistan. It aims to ensure citizen with rights to social protection and improve the quality of social services. A number of divisions from ministries will go to the agency.

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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