India is looking beyond its immediate neighbourhood. Central Asia is looking beyond the great wall. The two regions have a chance of mingling like never before.
Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar has said India is exploring air corridors between India and five ‘Stans’ of Central Asia to enhance and deepen economic engagement and facilitate trade in perishable goods such as food products and farm produce and position India as a medical tourism destination in the region. Highlights: Central Asia is crucial to India as a source of raw materials such as oil and gas as well as uranium. Bilateral trade, however, remains below potential due to [...]
With one eye on energy and natural resource security and another on checking China’s expansionism in Central Asia, deepening ties with Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan will gain importance in the years ahead.
A strategic location, abundant natural resources, political stability and a proactive government looking to simplify ease of doing business are just some of the factors that make Kazakhstan an attractive investment hotspot.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought about a paradigm shift in India’s quest for oil, gas, uranium by forging close relations with the five ‘Stans’ – Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. The controversial and much delayed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline is finally getting a move on – a full 22 years after it was conceived. Following the groundbreaking ceremony last December, India will host the next meeting of the Steering Committee which has been formed for the $7.6-billion, [...]