Central Asia review
Uzbekistan is investing in the economy of Kyrgyzstan. According to Shumkarbek Adilbekuuly, Deputy Director of Kyrgyz Investment Protection Agency, nine enterprises with Uzbek content will be opened in Kyrgyzstan, seven of them will be opened jointly by the Kyrgyz-Uzbek businessmen, and two will be financed by Uzbekistan. These are car repair stations, production of agricultural equipment, and plastic products. The parties signed a memorandum agreeing on completion of the projects by the end of this year. New production facilities will be launched in Bishkek, Osh and Kara-Balta.
Uzbekistan and Tajikistan agreed on the abolition of visa restrictions. The agreement is planned to be signed during the visit of President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Tajikistan. The visa waiver, according to the Uzbek leader, is a very serious step, and both nations are interested in it. The visa-free entry will foster the development of medical and heritage tourism - the number of tourists wishing to visit Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva will increase. The expected flow of tourists will be about 150,000-200,000 per year. In addition, the Tashkent-Dushanbe flights resumed in 2017, after a 25-year break. The possibility of increasing the number flights between Samarkand, Bukhara and Dushanbe is also being discussed.
The oriental bazaar "Tyubeteika" was opened in "Tishinka" exhibition complex in Moscow. Representatives of the regions of Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan gathered at one site. Visitors got acquainted with the culture and traditions of the peoples of Central Asia. The exposition was divided into three sectors: the market, handicrafts exhibition, and an area where visitors could taste national dishes. Famous chefs from Uzbekistan held a master class to show how to cook real Uzbek pilaf. Fashion show was held as part of the event. Designers presented collections and jewelry made in Oriental style.