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August 2013

ADB launches new partnership with Kyrgyzstan

Source: The Times of Central Asia, 30.08.2013

Kyrgyzstan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have agreed on a new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for 2013-2017 to reduce poverty and advance inclusive economic growth.

The CPS defines ADB's strategic approach to the country and is closely aligned with the national development strategy, ADB said in a news release yesterday.

“The CPS will allow ADB to help the government prioritize inclusivity by addressing key constraints to economic growth, improving the investment climate, and promoting access to economic opportunities,” said Rie Hiraoka, Country Director of ADB’s Kyrgyz Resident Mission.

The main provisions of the CPS include helping reform legal and regulatory frameworks to improve the business environment; expanding access to affordable finance across the country; and improving the reliability of electricity services. Other CPS priorities are promoting employability, enhancing connectivity; and reducing regional disparities in infrastructure and services.

ADB will also continue to support the government’s push to strengthen regional ties through the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program, under which transport connectivity will continue to be important.

To enhance regional connectivity, ADB may support trade facilitation; improve customs and logistics along the regional corridors; and upgrade quality control, especially of agriculture and livestock products.

ADB will also support essential regional energy sector projects, as the energy sectors of the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan are heavily interdependent.

In 2013-2017 ADB will provide its support to the Kyrgyz Republic through the existing portfolio of projects and through new grants and loans averaging $472 million.

ADB began its operations in the Kyrgyz Republic in 1994 and has invested $1.2 billion, including $820.4 million for loans, $331.8 million for grant projects, and $47.5 million in technical assistance.

Uzbekistan to buy Belarusian trucks for 27 million euro

Source: The Times of Central Asia, 30.08.2013

Uzbekistan’s Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Plant (NMMP) has signed a contract with Belarus’s BelAZ automobile plant for the delivery of 13 BelAZ heavy trucks worth 27.5 million euro.

The new trucks with a load capacity of 220 tons are intended for the Muruntau mine in Central Kyzylkum Desert, the main resource base for NMMP’s gold production. The trucks will be delivered by the end of this year. The contract is financed through a loan from Uzbekistan’s Khalk Bank.

According to the Belarusian plant, in 2012 BelAZ increased its sales in Uzbekistan three-fold, to 93 trucks.

Besides NMMP, BelAZ trucks are used in Uzbekistan by the Almalyk Mining and Metallurgical Plant and national coal monopoly Uzbekugol. Uzbekistan now exploits about 700 BelAZ trucks of different models.

Between 1991 and 2005, Uzbekistan purchased western machinery for its mining industry, particularly US Caterpillar heavy trucks. NMMP currently uses 60 Caterpillar trucks with a load capacity of 190 tons. Most of such machinery was purchased through loans from western companies against Uzbek government guarantees.

NMMP is the largest gold producer and the only uranium producer in Uzbekistan. In recent years NMMP has annually produced around 60 tons of gold, while the country’s total gold production was 90 tons a year.