Author: Oqil Rahimov

Dubai (27/2) Tajikistan’s existential project to build the colossal 335-meter-high Roghun hydropower dam is proceeding apace, but costs are spiralling, and to a level that is making it hard to see where the government is going to find the funds needed to finish the work. To complicate matters for Dushanbe, this is happening against the backdrop of calls from environmental watchdogs for international development lenders to pause the allocation of any future funds to Tajikistan pending a fresh assessment of the project. The extent of the budget overshoot is striking. In a press conference on February 16, Finance Minister Faiziddin…

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Uzbekistan was the first country which offered us this brotherly support, said President Ilham Aliyev as he addressed the Forum titled “Karabakh: Back Home After 30 Years. Accomplishments and Challenges” co-organized by ADA University and the Center of Analysis of International Relations, Trend reports. “With my brother President Mirziyoyev, we jointly inaugurated the school, which was named after the great son of Uzbek people Mirzo Ulugbek in Fuzuli. And this was a great contribution to reconstruction and also great contribution to our brotherly relations, because people of Azerbaijan, not only those who live in Fuzuli, will never forget that,” the head of…

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Uzbekistan has attracted $7.5bn in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first nine months of 2023, according to its Institute of Macroeconomic and Regional Studies (IMRS). The investment volume in fixed assets between January and September amounted to $18.4bn, 11.8% more than during the same period last year. Experts from the IMRE used as part of the reporting process the Investment Performance Index (IPI), which looks at capital injections into regions and the region’s contribution to the country’s development. Syrdarya took first place both on the IPI and for FDI in Uzbekistan, while the country’s capital Tashkent came fourth. Uzbekistan has been looking…

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Toronto, Alaska (16/11 – 50) Our lives are being maneuvered and we are being manipulated by unelected, insidious forces, toward objectives not necessarily in the people’s interest. Now that the so-called “pandemic”, declared by the mysterious self-appointed World Health Organization, and followed obediently by governments everywhere, has been decreed “finished”, we should devote a moment to introspection, considering who is running the show and for whose benefit, as governments gaily abdicated their vested responsibility to govern. Pandemic is over? I hope they told those killer viruses who destroyed the population of Europe and North America. What? Oh, just 1% mortality?…

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Municipal buses, gifted to the city of Jalal-Abad for the City Day celebration, are currently operational on designated routes. Due to the absence of compressed natural gas refueling stations in Jalal-Abad region, the buses currently refuel in neighboring Uzbekistan. It’s expected that they will to continue to do so until the end of 2023. The buses started operating on December 1 covering five city routes and cross the border through the Bek-Abad checkpoint in Suzak district. The head of the municipal bus depot Avtandil Maksutov assured that this temporary arrangement, refueling with compressed natural gas in Uzbekistan twice a week,…

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Brussels (25/11 – 33.3) Tajikistan Supreme Court has sentenced a widely respected 65-year-old female journalist, Ulfathonim Mamadshoeva, to 21 years in prison on charges of incitement to overthrowing the government. Mamadshoeva was accused by the authorities of being a leading figure behind the political turbulence that rocked her native Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) earlier this year. State propaganda has previously alleged that the veteran reporter and activist hatched the purported plot, for which no credible evidence has been produced, at the behest of an unnamed foreign government. Mamadshoeva’s brother, Khursand, was last week sentenced to 18 years in prison on…

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When a dream team of swindlers runs a rogue UN-affiliated agency in charge of tourism and at the same time manages to appear relevant and progressive in the world of tourism, the fraud committed appears to become a sideline issue for many member countries. Welcome to a modern-day dictatorship in a United Nations Institution eTurboNews has been the only international travel and tourism media reporting about the ongoing irregularities, manipulation, and fraud at the World Tourism Organization since 2017 and initiated by the current Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. In return UNWTO leadership warned anyone in the organization who would talk to eTurboNews –…

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The Statistics Agency has published information on Uzbekistan’s FTT for the past nine months of the year, Azernews reports, citing Kun.uz News Agency. According to the agency, in January-September 2023, the foreign trade turnover of Uzbekistan exceeded $44.7 billion. The FTT volume increased by 22.1% compared to the same period last year. During the reporting period, the country exported $17.7 billion worth of goods and services. The imports, in the meantime, amounted to $27 billion. Source: Azer News

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SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan: The quaint historic town of Samarkand, Uzbekistan, which was founded in the 7th century BC, sprung into life this week when high-level delegates, ministers and distinguished guests from more than 150 countries came together for the 25th session of the General Assembly of the UN World Tourism Organization. Held between Oct. 16-20, the Saudi presence was evident throughout the festivities. On a sunny Samarkand day – after a rainy night – it was announced that Diriyah Co. from Saudi Arabia would officially join the UNWTO as an affiliate member, in a significant move towards fostering global tourism collaboration…

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Shavkat Mirziyoev was overwhelmingly reelected on July 9 for a third term as president of the repressive Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan in a snap poll that an international monitoring mission said was “lacking genuine competition.” Uzbekistan’s Central Election Commission said on July 10 that Mirziyoev was reelected with 87 percent of the vote. The turnout was almost 80 percent of Uzbekistan’s 19.6 million registered voters. Throughout the campaign, the three token opponents formally running against Mirziyoev had been largely silent. Earlier this year, Mirziyoev oversaw a constitutional referendum that increased the presidential term from five years to seven and…

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