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Central Asia Online Correspondent

2008-10-11

TASHKENT — Uzbekistan to deliver $200,000 in aid to Kyrgyzstan: President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan announced that the Emergency Ministry of Uzbekistan will deliver more than $200,000 [USD] worth of aid to Kyrgyz Republic victims of the Oct. 5 earthquake, Asia-Plus reports. The aid will include 120 tonnes of cement, 60 tonnes of flour, blankets, clothing, and other additional goods and foodstuffs.

BISHKEK — Kazakhstan, Hungary to increase exports to Europe: President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan announced on Oct. 8 that the country hopes to increase energy and material exports with Hungary’s help, Xinhua reports. Kazakhstan hopes to partner with Hungary to use the country’s infrastructure to export goods to Europe. Janos Balla, Hungarian Ambassador to Kazakhstan, says Kazakhstan is Hungary’s third largest export destination in Asia.

DUSHANBE — Tajikistan hosts water management conference: An international conference on “Improvement of Water Management for Sustainable Development in Central Asia” opened Oct. 9 in Dushanbe, Asia-Plus reports. More than 80 representatives of the Central Asian region are considering solutions to resolve water problems in the region.

TASHKENT — Uzbekistan, Japanese firm agree on uranium exploration: Uzbekistan and Japan’s Sojitz Corporation seek to form a joint venture to explore uranium in Uzbekistan. Australia and Canada currently supply Japan—the world’s third largest generator of nuclear power—with almost 60 percent of its uranium. The Sojitz-Uzbek deal will allow for the exploration of the 93,000 tonnes of uranium deposits in Uzbekistan, which is home to three percent of the world’s uranium, the International Atomic Energy Agency says.

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