Owing to the profits from the oil and gas sectors, Kazakhstan is achieving high economic growth rates. The lack of diversification and the concentration of lucrative business sectors in the hands of a few persons make such growth unsustainable. The political system is stable as long as the balance between a strong president and influential interest groups is upheld. In the mid- and long-term, increasing social tensions between winners and losers of the economic growth as well as a shifting in the balance between different interest groups challenge the officially propagated stability of the country.
The paper presents a comparative analysis of the resource-rich transition economies of Mongolia and the southern republics of the former Soviet Union.
Central Asia: Increasing Gains from Trade through Regional Cooperation in Trade Policy, Transport, and Customs Transit
This report seeks to show how Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan—five member countries of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program referred to in the report as the Central Asian republics (CARs)—can increase the gains from participation in international trade through regional cooperation in trade policy, transport, and customs transit.
Natural Disasters and Remittances Exploring the Linkages between Poverty, Gender, and Disaster Vulnerability in Caribbean SIDS
This UNU-WIDER report examines the value of remittances and their effects in natural disaster stricken Caribbean countries.