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Banks in Kazakhstan Give Mergers a Go, Again
May 07, 2019

Banks in Kazakhstan Give Mergers a Go, Again

By Paolo Sorbello
Three smaller banks in Kazakhstan will decide about a merger this month; meanwhile, large players are poised for changes too.

Uzbek and Kazakh Leaders Seek Greater Investment
January 22, 2019

Uzbek and Kazakh Leaders Seek Greater Investment

By Umida Hashimova
Leaders of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan both order their officials to attract foreign investments.
Kazakhstan Prepares Roadshows as Privatization Lags Behind
October 29, 2018

Kazakhstan Prepares Roadshows as Privatization Lags Behind

By Paolo Sorbello
Both the schedule and prospects for selling state assets in Kazakhstan seem as unstable as ever.

A Tough September for Kazakhstan's Banks
October 15, 2018

A Tough September for Kazakhstan's Banks

By Paolo Sorbello
Kazakhstan's Central Bank stripped Astana Banki's license, while Tsesnabank benefited from a government reshuffle.

Seizing Economic Opportunities in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
May 24, 2018

Seizing Economic Opportunities in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

By Eric Wheeler and Alexey Yugai
If Astana and Tashkent can tackle long-term obstacles to growth, there’s great potential in the region.

Kazakhstan's Small Lenders Suffer Financial Crunch
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.

Central Asian Central Banks Play with Rates to Boost Growth
August 29, 2017

Central Asian Central Banks Play with Rates to Boost Growth

By Paolo Sorbello
Sliding out of crisis, how are regional central banks handling their monetary realities?
EXPO Astana: Behind the Glitz
August 01, 2017

EXPO Astana: Behind the Glitz

By Paolo Sorbello
An expensive billboard for Kazakhstan's slow transition to clean energy.

Copper and the Making of Kazakhstan's New Metal Moguls
July 10, 2017

Copper and the Making of Kazakhstan's New Metal Moguls

By Paolo Sorbello
Commodity prices have found a “new normal” but copper is doing much better.

Kazakhstan’s Labor Union Crackdown Draws International Criticism
June 16, 2017

Kazakhstan’s Labor Union Crackdown Draws International Criticism

By Casey Michel
The International Labor Organization notes “serious obstacles” to establishment of unions.

Pension Fund Problems in Kazakhstan
June 14, 2017

Pension Fund Problems in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
After centralizing privately-held pensions into an agency run by the Central Bank, Astana made a few questionable investments.
Kazakhstan Set for Economic Recovery, But What Next?
May 12, 2017

Kazakhstan Set for Economic Recovery, But What Next?

By Catherine Putz
As Astana enters an upturn, sustaining reform momentum will be vital as will confronting corruption.

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