MK writes that one of the main events of 2016 in the space of the former USSR was the death of President Islam Karimov and the election of Shavkat Mirziyoyev in his post.
Then everyone thought that the new leader would strengthen the regime of personal power, but instead he announced the beginning of large-scale liberal reforms.
Where the Uzbek leader succeeded in 2017, Stanislav Pritchin, an expert at the Center for the Study of Central Asia and the Caucasus of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences told in this article:
- The main supplier of good news in Central Asia can rightfully be called Uzbekistan. The Republic is implementing a plan to enter the markets of neighboring countries-though, it is not going to join the EAEU, since Tashkent believes that it is quite sufficient for those agreements that operate within the framework of the CIS.
Instead, he attracts investors from China and Western countries. Whatever it was, according to official statistics, the total trade of Uzbekistan with its neighbors in the first nine months of 2017 increased by an average of 20%, and with Kyrgyzstan - in general by 70%. During the year, Shavkat Mirziyoyev made seven important visits abroad, including the US, China, the Republic of Korea and Russia. The success of Tashkent is a good sign for Central Asia, because Uzbekistan is a pivotal state for the entire region.
(Based on the materials of the newspaper Narodnoye Slovo)