china silk roadOn a windswept steppe in southwestern Kazakhstan, the new Chinese-backed cement plant on the outskirts of the village of Shieli stands as a gleaming symbol to some of the Central Asian country's industrialisation.

too dp ortalykNo firm date has been set for the IPO, however

shellRoyal Dutch Shell Plc dropped plans to purchase a stake in KazMunayGas National Co. after a due diligence process that included discussions about the risk of corruption at the Kazakh state oil company, people with knowledge of the matter said.

kazportWith the outlines of its six idle cranes obscured by thick fog and pouring rain, Kazakhstan's Caspian seaport Aktau seems an unlikely stop on China's much-hyped new silk road.

Beijings BeltSeeking to attract more foreign investment from its prime position in China's huge Belt and Road trade project, Kazakhstan launched a new financial hub on Thursday which has already secured the backing of its giant neighbour.

Kashagan oil field KazakhstanPolitical uncertainty and over-reliance on external borrowing make the country more vulnerable than lower-rated sovereigns.

uzbekistanAfter decades in the economic wilderness, Uzbekistan wants to reintegrate itself into the global value chain. A Eurobond is on the way and regional integration has become a key priority

horgosKhorgos, a new state-of-the-art port in the middle of the Kazakh desert, sums up the grand ambitions of the Belt and Road Initiative. But it is as much driven and funded by Kazakhstan as it is by China. Rather than being a white elephant, it has real implications for trade.

silkroadHow might the states of Central Asia and the Caucasus benefit from China’s grand new investment initiative?

5a54d050200000140057d25bIt’s been more than 1,000 days since oil prices first started to drop from a high of more than $100 a barrel in 2014.


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