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Paolo Sorbello

Paolo Sorbello

Paolo Sorbello is a journalist and researcher from Italy. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, studying state-business relations in Kazakhstan. He is also the Business News Editor of the weekly newspaper The Conway Bulletin.

Paolo Sorbello is a journalist and researcher from Italy. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, studying state-business relations in Kazakhstan.

Paolo’s work has also been published by The Conway Bulletin, Newsbase’s FSUOGM and Energo, openDemocracyEurasianetMilano Finanza, and L’Indro. While his main focus is energy, his writings span across political and business matters. You can follow Paolo on Twitter or connect via LinkedIn

Posts by Paolo Sorbello
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August 21, 2018

Tajikistan's President Makes Historic Visit to Uzbekistan

By Paolo Sorbello
Seventeen years after his last official visit, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon visited Tashkent and Samarkand.
July 23, 2018

Kazakhstan's Top Bank Prepares a Bid to Enter Uzbekistan

By Paolo Sorbello
After buying out its main competitor, Kazakhstan's largest lender could plan to establish a subsidiary in Uzbekistan.

July 09, 2018

Chinese Investor Disappoints Kazakhstan's National Oil Company

By Paolo Sorbello
China's troubled CEFC will pass on a deal to buy a majority stake in KMGI, a subsidiary of Kazakhstan's Kazmunaigas.

June 22, 2018

Nazarbayev Won't Be Kazakhstan's Next President...Or Will He?

By Paolo Sorbello
Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, head of the Kazakh Senate, suggested Nazarbayev won't run in 2020 -- then walked the comment back.

May 30, 2018

Copied Free Birds: Plagiarism Allegations Hit Kazakhstan's Government Again

By Paolo Sorbello
Complaints about plagiarism and a thirst for free press go hand in hand in Kazakhstan.
May 11, 2018

Kazakhstan's Small Lenders Suffer Financial Crunch

By Paolo Sorbello
Strongly criticized by the president, some small banks in Kazakhstan are asking for help from the state to withstand a liquidity crisis.

April 30, 2018

Kazakhstan's Energy Company Continues to Borrow to Survive

By Paolo Sorbello
A recent Eurobond issue piles up on Kazmunaigas' debt, signaling just how dependent Kazakhstan's oil and gas giant is on borrowed capital.
April 18, 2018

Kazakhstan's Elderly Opposition Tries Something New

By Paolo Sorbello
Behind the mecenatismo of a former prime minister, Kazakhstan’s opposition figures find a new platform in Brussels.

March 22, 2018

Kazakhstan’s Financial Restructuring Continues Despite Failed Mergers

By Paolo Sorbello
After two expected mergers failed, Kazakhstan's banking sector remains profoundly unbalanced, with the Halyk-Qazkom tandem as a hegemon.

March 12, 2018

Uzbekistan Makes Up With Tajikistan Over Electricity

By Paolo Sorbello
For over two decades, the Uzbek-Tajik relationship has been marred by tension, but a recent bilateral visit may mark a true thaw.

February 24, 2018

Uzbekistan Pushes for Bond Debut Before Privatization

By Paolo Sorbello
Uzbekistan is preparing coupons for up to $300 million to reap the benefits of the investors' widespread hunger for high yields.
February 20, 2018

Telia's Exit Consolidates State Ownership in Kazakhstan Telecoms Sector

By Paolo Sorbello
Hit by scandals across Central Asia, Telia to sell its stake in Kcell, the largest mobile operator, to state-owned Kazakhtelecom.

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