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Economics, Policy & Regulation


Getting rid of the “stan” on the end of his country’s name is just one of the many ambitions Kazakhstan’s leader has for his increasingly prosperous country.
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Kyrgyz Republic

Browse additional economic indicators and data sets, selected by Global Finance editors, to learn more about Kyrgyzstan economic outlook, debt to GDP ratio, international trade performance and population trends. Rankings of Kyrgyzstan best banks and safest banks are also available.


Regional Report: Central Asia

DESPERATE TO DIVERSIFY By Kim Iskyan The countries of central Asia are working hard to become more than one-trick ponies, as each struggles in its own way to reduce economic reliance on a single growth driver. The five ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Hopes For Era Of Stability In Kyrgyzstan

MILESTONES: KYRGYZSTAN By Kim Iskyan Late October’s landslide victory of incumbent prime minister Almazbek Atambayev as the new president of Kyrgyzstan may bring a modicum of stability to the country’s tumultuous domestic political environment. Atambayev may favor ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Where East Meets West

FOCUS: CEE KAZAKHSTAN By Jonathan Gregson Kazakhstan’s bold recovery plan and its efforts to stabilize its financial sector are paying off as the country establishes itself as a regional hub. If any country fits the broad concept ...

Capital Raising & Corporate Finance

Take Cover

INSURANCE: POLITICAL RISK COVER By Anita Hawser Recent events in the Middle East and North Africa have brought political risk into sharp focus for multinationals in the region and beyond. It was the morning after the Japanese ...

Award Winners

Features: Awards Best Emerging Market Banks 2010 Asia

ASIA By Anita Hawser REGIONAL WINNER : HSBC As regional and foreign banks look to Asia to grow their business beyond their domestic markets, competition is heating up in the region. Traditionally a strong provider across 20 or ...


Global Economic Indicators: Key Sources and Links

Global Finance’s selection of the best links to authoritative sources of global economic statistics, indicators and data. INTERNATIONAL SOURCES FOR GLOBAL ECONOMIC STATISTICS IMF – International Monetary Fund: Homepage Data and Statistics World Economic Outlook database on selected macroeconomic ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Features: A Region in Transition

Economic Update Central Asia The former Soviet republics of Central Asia are undergoing dramatic and sometimes painful change as they attempt to modernize their economies and to exploit their vast reserves of natural resources. By Paula L. Green ...