Category Archives: development

China’s Western Horizon

Working with my Chinese tutor here in Bishkek has given me some new perspectives on the way that trade functions on the other side of the border. Although my tutor is working primarily as a language instructor, he is also … Continue reading

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Exporting Technologies of Management In Order to Import Goods

Just before leaving for India in December, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend a conference in Bishkek on efforts to standardize customs procedures across Central Asia. The project, called the Tulpar System, is a program spearheaded by … Continue reading

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Slouching Towards China

Well, after too much time between posts, I am finally back to the blog. Since the last update I spent several weeks on vacation in India, where I saw the same Chinese goods in open air markets that are sold … Continue reading

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Will Kazakhstan Be Ready at Half Past Eight?

In 1997, the Kazakh government announced its long term development strategy entitled “Kazakhstan 2030.” Suddenly, in Almaty there appeared light displays emblazoned with the numbers 2030 on buildings across the city. If you are so inspired, you can read the … Continue reading

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