Kazakhstan

COVID-19 and Trump’s indifference helped human rights abusers in 2020

bne IntelliNews January 15, 2021

2020 was a bad year for human rights around the world, but the US’ upcoming Biden presidency is an opportunity for change, says Human Rights Watch.

Central Asia vaccination plans underwhelm, but governments look unruffled

Eurasianet January 15, 2021

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan are taking triumphalist stances on coronavirus.

EBRD investments reach record €11bn in pandemic-struck 2020

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 14, 2021

The development bank's focus has been helping existing clients by providing short-term liquidity and working capital.

COMMENT: Record high debt levels will slow post-coronavirus recovery, threaten some countries' financial stability, says IIF

Ben Aris in Berlin January 12, 2021

The global economy starts 2021 with record amounts of debt that will slow the recovery and could destabilise some countries, the Institute of International Finance warned.

Handfuls of protesters fight on amid Kazakh parliamentary poll that’s little more than a ritual confirming regime’s power

Nizom Khodjayev in Almaty January 11, 2021

No surprise as ruling party Nur Otan wins landslide. All parties on ballot paper were pro-government. Despite the modest resistance, security forces take no chances.

Russia, Kazakhstan pushing for oil production increases on the back of coronavirus vaccine-fuelled oil price optimism

Ben Aris in Berlin January 8, 2021

Russia and Kazakhstan won a concession from OPEC to increase production in the coming months at the expense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which remains concerned that the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic will depress demand in 2021.

OUTLOOK 2021 Kazakhstan

Kanat Shaku in Almaty January 6, 2021

Central Asia’s largest economy probably saw from two to three points knocked off GDP last year but should bounce back by around the same amount this year. Officials, meanwhile, are struggling to diversify output away from oil exports over-reliance.

World Bank expects modest recovery for Europe and Central Asia in 2021

bne IntelliNews January 6, 2021

Recovery hinges on an effective rollout of coronavirus vaccines, averting further surges in cases that would threaten a rise in social and geopolitical tensions.

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