American company Epsilon will increase production of natural gas in Uzbekistan; Kuwaiti Fund will allocate $30 million to Uzbekistan for infrastructure projects; Swiss company becomes owner of InFinBank’s 35% shares; Uzbekistan’s foreign trade turnover makes up $6.39 billion in January-February;…
The Central Asian markets are gaining importance as strategic trade centres and transit corridors, especially as a result of China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative.
These markets are home to vast natural resources, and a young, well-educated workforce. Increasing consumption, a rise in manufacturing and services, expansion of infrastructure, and rising energy demand all contribute to a growing economy and provide unique investment opportunities with high risk-adjusted returns.
The Central Asian markets remain challenging locations for managing risks. Each market presents unique opportunities and risks which depend on its level of economic development, government regulations, and entrepreneurial culture. Local know-how, developed networks, and seasoned experience are required to invest successfully.