Articles by Lilia Burunciuc

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

One Region, One Health: Preparing Central Asia for Future Pandemics

It is nothing new to suggest that regional cooperation in Central Asia holds significant potential for the region. Nor is it novel to recall the shared heritage and history, including the famous Silk Road, that links Central Asian countries. And yet there is one largely overlooked area of cooperation, which has ever-growing importance and urgency……

Modernising sanitary, phytosanitary standards offers opportunity to expand food trade

Agriculture and livestock exports present huge opportunities for countries in Central Asia. Kazakhstan, already one of the world’s largest wheat exporters, selling over nine million tons annually, has the potential to become a global beef and mutton exporting powerhouse. Uzbekistan also has a large crop production base and has steadily grown its agricultural exports since…

Investing Today for a Brighter Future Tomorrow

A young man sitting next to me on a recent flight from Almaty to Dushanbe told me, “I regret that I did not get a better education. I could have had a better job.” He is one of many Central Asian labour migrants doing low-skilled work in neighbouring countries. He continued, “I’m telling my brothers…