Tajikistan to receive US$ 137 million from Asian Development bank for ‘innovative growth’; US Secretary of State Clinton accuses Russia of trying to re-Sovietize Central Asia; Uzbekistan allows UK’s Royal Air Force access to its air space in order to move
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  • According to reports, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide upto US$137 million in aid to Tajikistan for the next two years to facilitate ‘innovative growth’ in the country. 1

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has accused Russia of attempting to re-Sovietize Central Asia and former Soviet countries in Eastern Europe. 2

    The Uzbek senate has approved a deal allowing the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force (RAF) to use Uzbek airspace to move troops and equipment out of Afghanistan. 3

    Afghan and Tajik anti-drug authorities have completed a six-day operation that resulted in the seizure of 420 kilograms of drugs. 4

    Kyrgyzstan has unveiled a US$ 7 billion investment plan in order to provide a boost its struggling economy. It includes a US$ 5.5 billion energy project, as well as programs to improve communication, transportation, and agriculture. 5

    Several agreements have been signed during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to Kyrgyzstan. These include Kyrgyzstan’s participation in a China-Central Asian pipeline network, a US$ 136 million Chinese loan for the improvement of Kyrgyz road and transport infrastructure and on mineral resources. 6

    The PM’s meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries has taken place in Bishkek with the signing of a series of joint documents including agreements on the budget for 2013, statement on SCO development fund and a joint communiqué. 7

    The Arab Coordination Group (ACG) – a group of Arab financial institutions which include the Islamic Bank of Development and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development – will provide Uzbekistan with a US$ 480 million loan for development projects. 8

    In other developments, Iran has begun drilling at the Afshar-1 gas field which it shares with Turkmenistan. 9

    Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev has discussed with the Vice President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Kiyoshi Kodera ways to strengthen their bilateral projects cooperation. 10

    Leaders from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) have concluded their summit meeting Ashgabat with the gathered Presidents agreeing on joint antiterrorism training efforts and on cooperation to counter illegal drug trafficking, terrorism, separatism, and organized crime. 11

    According to reports, the former Soviet republics of Central Asia remained in the bottom third of the global league table of perceived official corruption in the past year as per the Transparency International report. Uzbekistan was ranked 170th out of 176 countries, Turkmenistan also at 170th, Tajikistan at 157th Kyrgyzstan at 164th and Kazakhstan at 133. 12