Review on Central Asia
Kazakhstan has become the largest hub of gas transit in the region. In the first half of the year, the volumes of transportation through pipelines amounted to almost 140 million tons. This is 1% higher than a year earlier. In total, the volume was recorded at over 280 million tons, which is 20.6% higher than in 2017. Over the past decade, the length of gas pipelines in the republic has increased by almost twice. Kazakhstan made the most of its gas transportation and transit potential through the construction of new gas pipelines, compressor stations and introduction of latest technologies.
The Asian Development Bank will support a project to build a photoelectric station in Uzbekistan. The project is estimated to worth US$800 million. The planned capacity of the photovoltaic station reaches 1,000 megawatts. The ADB will act as a consultant to organize the preparation of the project’s concept, financial model, and an agreement on the purchase of electricity. The project is expected to be completed in 2021.
The European Commission has announced the launch of a support program worth 59 million euros aimed at rural development in Tajikistan. In addition, the EU will contribute to increasing the competitiveness of businesses, strengthening the management of natural resources and sustainability as well as efficient use of water resources in the country.
A concept of youth tourism will be developed in Uzbekistan. This area is a priority in the country’s bid to diversify its tourism potential. The main goal is to create favorable conditions for attracting young tourists to Uzbekistan, organizing cultural and recreational activities as well as creating a system of benefits for young tourists and the infrastructure.