Central Asia is a significant strategic region for the United States
Central Asia is a significant strategic region for the United States. American investors are interested in the high potential and favorable business climate of the Central Asian states, political scientists say. Foreign business is interested in expanding trade and economic cooperation. According to experts, the recent liberalization of the economy in Uzbekistan has opened great opportunities for launching new joint projects. In addition, the countries of Central Asia and the United States have a common position on security issues. The U.S. is interested in the prosperity of Central Asia, which will depend on the settlement of the situation in Afghanistan in many respects, analysts say.
GAZIZAT IMAKOVA, POLITICAL SCIENTIST:
- It was Trump administration that decided to harbor Washington's purely pragmatic resource interests in the Central Asian countries. This position is very interesting for us. Central Asian countries have their own interests in increasing investment attractiveness. It is against extremism, terrorism, against the drug trade and against riots, to put it simpler - it's for stability and development.
According to experts, at present, Kazakhstan is one of the key partners of the USA in Central Asia. This is due to a number of factors. The Republic is a recognized leader in the region. Kazakhstan also managed to gain prestige in the international arena, first of all, with its well thought out foreign policy, peacekeeping activity and global anti-nuclear initiatives.
ZHUMABEK SARABEKOV, EXPERT, INSTITUTE OF WORLD ECONOMICS AND POLITICS:
- Firstly, Kazakhstan is the most developed country in Central Asia, the most modernized in terms of economic potential, and openness of the political system. Secondly, the lion's share of American investments is concentrated in Kazakhstan. Thirdly, for Washington it is very important that Kazakhstan remains a neutral country pursuing a multi-vector foreign policy.
As noted by political scientists, the recent meeting of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev with head of the White House, Donald Trump, gave a new impetus to the relations between Central Asia and the United States. The heads of the two states declared their readiness to respond to common challenges by using the regional platform "5 + 1". This project is focused on discussing pressing topics of Central Asia and cooperation of the five countries with the United States.