Trending Headlines from the Caspian, November 15, 2021
Author:Caspian Policy Center
Nov 15, 2021
Energy and Economy
EU-Uzbekistan Cooperation Council Set to Meet November 16
The Uzbek delegation headed by Foreign Minister Adbulaziz Kamilov will meet with European Union counterparts in Brussels on November 16 for the meeting of the EU-Uzbekistan Cooperation Council. The meeting will focus on regional and international issues with a focus on political matters, negotiations, justice and rule of law. There will be a specific discussion focused on the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. Economics and trade will also be discussed, along with WTO involvement, and energy issues.
Women’s Entrepreneurship Week Begins in Uzbekistan
Women’s Entrepreneurship Week is set to take place in Uzbekistan from November 16-21. This week will focus on promoting women in business, assisting aspiring young entrepreneurs in realizing their business goals, and host conferences, roundtables, and seminars. Uzbekistan has significant economic potential in the region, and the promotion of women in business is an excellent way to boost the economy and get women more involved in the workforce.
Kazakhstan Launches Fuel Production for Chinese Nuclear Reactors
The Ulba-TVS plant in Kazakhstan is set to produce fuel for thermal energy for the nuclear power plant located in Ust- Kamenogorsk. This is in the vicinity of the Ulba Metallurgical Plant in Kazakhstan, which produces the most uranium in the Commonwealth of Independent States. This project is intended to not only provide energy, but to demonstrate multilateral economic and energy cooperation.
Tajikistan and Iran Express Interest in Preparing a Long-term Economic Partnership Program
Iranian Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Seyyed Khandouzi and the Ambassador of Tajikistan Nizomiddin Zohidi met in order to discuss the developments in economic cooperation and terms of agreements made in prior meetings in September between the two countries. The meeting was focused on creating economic cooperation set to end in 2030. Bilateral trade and investment were deemed to be the best utilization of existing options in order to facilitate economic growth between Iran and Tajikistan.
Turkic Council Countries are Set to Create an Electronic Platform to Facilitate Trade
Countries of the Turkic Council have come together to create a new electronic platform in order to facilitate trade between the member states. This was determined at the latest summit of the Turkic Council, and was focused on making a cooperative strategy for the region focused on attracting investment, increasing exports, enhancing trade capabilities and integrating new technology in Central Asian commerce.
Security and Politics
Kazakhstan Pledges Military Aid to Central Asian Allies Amidst Threats from Afghanistan
Following a plenary session on November 10, the Majilis ratified agreements on military-technical assistance to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan amidst security threats emanating from Afghanistan. According to Deputy Defense Minister Ruslan Shpekbayev, Kazakhstan has vowed to deliver ammunition and special equipment to Kyrgyzstan at its own expense. When addressing the parliament, he further added that Bishkek could not transfer the received military equipment. Kazakhstan will also provide military aid to Tajikistan.
Source: Caspian News
Georgia's Saakashvili Once More Prevented From Attending Trial
Georgia's Special Penitentiary Service once more barred former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili from attending his trial for embezzlement, stating security risks as the reason. In a statement issued before a hearing on November 15, the service added that Saakashvili cannot be present in the courtroom due to his poor health resulting from his hunger strike. Saakashvili's trial on November 15 on embezzlement charges comes a week after a hearing in a court case against him over his role in the violent opposition protests in November 2007, which he was not allowed to attend either.
Skirmishes Reported At Armenian-Azerbaijani Border After Bombing Incident
Following an explosion at a Nagorno-Karabakh checkpoint on November 13, which left three Azerbaijani soldiers wounded, Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of cease-fire violations. Armenia's Defense Ministry claimed that Azerbaijani forces opened fire at Armenian positions in the eastern Gegharkunik Province shortly after midday. Azerbaijan claimed that Armenian forces of fired sniper rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers at its military posts on the afternoon of November 13 in the Kalbacar district that borders Armenia. Military authorities in Baku said skirmishes were continuing there in the late afternoon, but did not report any casualties.
Riot Police and Water Cannons Ready as Georgia’s Opposition Plans to Block Roads
Activists of the United National Movement (UNM) are getting ready to march, demanding an ‘immediate transfer’ of former president Mikheil Saakashvili to a civil clinic from a prison hospital, after a 46-day hunger strike. Riot police and water cannons have gathered at Baratashvili bridge in central Tbilisi in anticipation of the march, which is anticipated to block both banks of the Mtkvari River. UNM head Nika Melia said that the presence of riot police and law enforcement vehicles at the opposition rally ‘point to the weakness of the Georgian Dream government, and that the regime is deteriorating.’
Turkic Council Summit Focuses on Increasing Cooperation
The meeting of the Turkic Council was held this past week with a focus on strengthening cooperation in the areas of trade, commerce, energy production, green technologies. There was also a special focus on the creation of a regional electronic commerce platform. Additionally, renewable energy and technology development were thoroughly discussed as well as the potential transition to a “green economy.” The name of the organization has been changed to the Organization of Turkic States.
Sources: Agenda.ge, Akipress, Caspian News, Fergana, RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, UzDaily,