Armenia’s agriculture sector goes high tech

Clare Nuttall in Samarkand June 6, 2023

Climate change and impact of currency appreciation on export competitiveness drive investments into smart agriculture, Armenia's deputy economy minister tells bne IntelliNews.

Leaders from Russia and Central Asia focus on energy and North-South trade at EAEU summit

Ben Aris in London May 25, 2023

Leaders of the Eurasian Economic Union gathered in the Kremlin for a summit on May 25, as Russia takes over the chairmanship pursues a strategic break with Europe.

Freedom House says Ukraine war threatens democracy across Emerging Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow May 25, 2023

Democratic governance deteriorates in Emerging Europe and Central Asia, with worst declines in already authoritarian regions.

Pashinyan recognises Nagorno-Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan

bne IntelliNews May 22, 2023

Pashinyan’s statement was his clearest public pronouncement on his policy in the peace negotiations.

Pashinyan plays delicate balancing act with Moscow ahead of EU peace talks

bne IntelliNews May 11, 2023

The Armenian president cannot afford to alienate Moscow when his country remains so dependent on its big neighbour and at a time when the outcome of the peace talks remains so uncertain.

Eurasia Development Bank hoping to attract investment into Central Asia with Almaty conference

Ben Aris in Berlin May 11, 2023

The Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) will host a conference for major investors in infrastructure and ESG project in Almaty, Kazakhstan on May 15-17 to promote inter-regional and sustainable investments as well as climate issues.

Leaders of all five 'Stans plus Armenia in Moscow for May 9 victory parade

Ben Aris in Berlin May 9, 2023

The leaders of Central Asia's five republics plus Armenia's PM arrived in Moscow to stand by Putin for the annual May 9 Victory Day parade, despite strong US pressure to downgrade and even break ties with Russia where possible.

Pashinyan says critical differences remain on peace process with Azerbaijan

bne IntelliNews May 8, 2023

Armenian premier says progress in US-held talks was minimal.

CENUSA: The European Political Community in Russia’s closeness: strengthening the "circle of friends" in the EU's neighbourhood

Denis Cenusa in Germany May 2, 2023

The EU should leverage the diplomatic aspect of the Community to amplify the pro-European message in its eastern neighbourhood. While keeping Georgia close is crucial, so is integrating Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Yerevan will not hold talks on new regulations for the Lachin Corridor

bne IntelliNews May 1, 2023

After Azerbaijan establishes checkpoint on the only road between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijani protesters stop their own blockade of the road.

Moscow investment bankers access Bloomberg terminals via Armenia

Jason Corcoran in London April 26, 2023

Investment bankers and brokers in Moscow are accessing Bloomberg terminals remotely via subscriptions in Armenia a year after the US media giant cut access for all its Russian clients, bne IntelliNews can reveal.

Azerbaijan sets up checkpoint on Karabakh-Armenia corridor

bne IntelliNews April 24, 2023

Azerbaijan's State Border Service cited "continuing military supplies from Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh" as the excuse for the checkpoint.

Kyrgyzstan, Russia ties tested by differences on trade, language

Eurasianet April 23, 2023

Russia is hurting close allies, fuelling frustration with the Eurasian Economic Union, or EEU trade bloc.

ING: World trade to see big shifts and weaker growth in 2023

ING April 21, 2023

World trade has been falling, but we still expect growth to return this year. We do notice large shifts in world trade as advanced economies – especially the US – are diversifying input sourcing.

Data indicate Korea exporters dodge sanctions by shipping to Russia via Central Asia, South Caucasus

bne IntelIiNews April 17, 2023

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Georgia among countries that appear to be conduits for sanctioned goods from East Asia nation.

ING: IMF remains cautious on world economic outlook

ING April 15, 2023

Amid a downgrade to the IMF’s global growth forecast, EM sovereigns should remain resilient with areas of relative growth outperformance, easing pressure on commodity importers and fiscal reform momentum.

Is war between Iran and Azerbaijan out of the question?

Fuad Shahbazov April 11, 2023

Baku’s opening of an embassy in Israel has added to a multitude of tensions.

Russia’s parallel imports hindered by Central Asia bottleneck

Eurasianet April 11, 2023

E-commerce companies are actively exploring options for building logistics sites in Kazakhstan.

Armenia's vice-speaker says Yerevan won't try to arrest Putin once it ratifies ICC statute

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2023

The Kremlin had responded with threats of "serious consequences" if Yerevan ratifies the Rome Statute on the International Criminal Court.

IMF: Volatile commodity prices reduce growth and amplify swings in inflation

Jeff Kearns of the IMF March 29, 2023

Food and energy prices surged to near historic highs in recent years amid the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, which prompted major supply disruptions. This was accompanied by a sharp rise in the volatility of commodity prices as well.