8. August 2019 22:26
😎story from @justinedoody in @Diplomat_APAC on #Uzbekistan's changes. Reflects a more balanced assessment than the @CNBC story I tweeted about, and helps the reader appreciate that while transitions take time, there's a lot to be optimistic about in 🇺🇿
7. August 2019 18:58
This post on norms from one of my heroes @gopikabashi reminded me of a chat I had yesterday on #Tashkent gender stereotypes. I mentioned that as an avid Lada-watcher, I'd never once seen a woman driving an old Lada in #Tashkent during my time here...
6. August 2019 22:16
1/ And now, a spotlight on the more challenging side of #Uzbekistan's reforms. It's University exam week in #Tashkent; the roads near the office are chokka with terribly nervous students waiting to sit their entrance exams. It brings back memories of my #CBSE final exams India
6. August 2019 18:45
1/ This @CNBC article feels a bit half-baked. Sure, the reforms aren't complete, and sure, some people are (rightly) cautious. But what's missing from the article and @AgatheDemarais's comments is any comment on how long transitions take.
5. August 2019 21:30
Sure, we don’t really know much about productivity in 🇺🇿 given data issues, but in the meanwhile, a picture is sometimes worth a thousand data points trying to estimate the residual of an equation. Additional but unseen data: the guy can maneuver that #Lada like a *boss*.
5. August 2019 19:14
In case you missed it live, the @WorldBankECA segment of the #Econothon features #Uzbekistan's incredible transformation told by people at the heart of the changes. TLDR; lots done, lots still to do, immense hope and excitement, please visit, thanks.
5. August 2019 05:58
A few weeks ago I interviewed #Nikitamakarenko, who wrote a great @gazeta_uz story on how #Tashkent’s Broadway used to be dead, with no people and lots of 👮 Fast fwd: I’m tweeting this from #muzzaday (the ice cream festival) on Broadway - “Elbow room only” is an understatement!
2. August 2019 23:16
We arrived a year ago; the 📷 ban in the #Tashkentmetro had just been lifted but everyone was worried about whether it was *really* ok to #metroclick. This morning: we hung out with some 😎 👮♀️ officers, talking change while listening to the #Alishernavai 🚇 concert. #allchange
2. August 2019 18:33
About a year after getting a wet welcome to Uzbekistan by an absolutely evil Tashkent public sprinkler, I am now in a taxi singing Ziyoda’s “Mazza-mazza” as a duet with the driver. I’m ready to meet that sprinkler again. #nativeuzbek
31. July 2019 23:59
In case you missed it, here's the Europe/Central Asia segment of the @worldbank #econothon; most of the 1st hour is about #Uzbekistan, but don't miss the bit where one of my prized finds from #Yangiobod flea market joins the chat about a changing region!
25. July 2019 17:26
TONIGHT: the @worldbankeca segment of our 24-hour #econothon @ 6pm in #Tashkent, w/ a focus on #Uzbekistan. We're awake for 24 hrs, but that's nothing compared to the 2.5 yrs of sleepless nights for #Uzbekistan as the incredible transformation continues!
16. July 2019 16:57
15. February 2019 02:56
Uzbekistan's Silk Road trading prowess showed with full force today: Eurobond issuance was a big success, and market reaction is a strong signal in support of Uzbekistan's transition efforts. #Notetoself: Get the UzMinFin debt team to help me shop for silk carpets in Samarkand.
8. February 2019 19:57
This... is just wrong.
3. February 2019 18:41
@thegridkid I still don't understand how your word list works, and it feels a bit too manual/arbitrary. How is "olio" - a spicy dish from Spain and Portugal on the list, and "arrack" - an alcoholic drink from S/SE Asia not? (More people in the world drink arrack than eat olio!)
6. January 2019 07:43
Visa-free for 45 more countries! No more excuses not to visit.
7. December 2018 03:46
4. December 2018 18:04
Fun fact: #Uzbekistan’s 🌶 are bloody amazing. Full of flavor, just the right heat. And now with liberalized horticulture exports, here’s hoping the rest of the world gets a bite.
3. December 2018 22:20
Exciting to see the next wave of #Uzbekistan's reforms being discussed.
1. Lots done; lots still to do
2. Smart people: "Many challenges ahead"
3. Summary response: "Bring it"
As @Liliabur said in her speech, everyone is hungry for change.
18. November 2018 21:21
Apps for the @ODIdev Fellowship Scheme open until the 2nd of December. A life-changing career opportunity, and by far the best years of my life (stealing @ebrdsuma's quote here). Don't think twice. Apply!
13. November 2018 23:50
Today in #Tashkent, an internet ad from a large global airline proudly showcases that food served on its planes is grown from farms owned by the airline. Bad internet... there's a reform program under way here for heaven's sake! Shoo. #sellthefootballclubs #saynotononcoreassets
13. November 2018 19:50
9. November 2018 04:05
1/ @IMFNews Mission Chief Albert Jaeger w/ DPM Kuchkarov and CBU Governor to take stock of reforms. Albert did a fantastic job of highlighting the immense achievements of @GOVuz while pointing to the need for firm resolve to tackle hard issues and patience for reforms to bear 🍒
8. November 2018 21:39
1999 Me: "But mom, ETS guidance says retaking the test won't make a big difference."
2018 Me (whispering to myself): "Never question the superpowers of a #tambram mom. It just takes a few decades for the empirics to catch up with her."
7. November 2018 20:19
Happy #Deepavali from your resident #WBdesi - it’s going to be a firecracker of a year ahead for @Liliabur, @HidekiMoriWBG and the @WorldBankECA team in Tashkent! Hopefully with some guest appearances from @IvailoIzvorski and @ApurvaSanghi at some point soon! 🎇
2. November 2018 05:23
Yes. ❤️ 🤴 👸
31. October 2018 22:41
Where do I begin with this #uzbekistan @GOVuz reform update? 👋 to licenses for wholesale shops, export permits, vendor pre-payment requirements, mandatory commodity exchange trading requirements and daily cash surrender rules for smaller businesses. #PHEW
30. October 2018 19:47
1/ Dear SCI: I, and a few hundred million others who have endured #diwali hostage situations ("Kanna, if you wake up at 4:30 and take an oil bath, *then* I'll give you the pattas") have no objections to an 8-10PM firecracker slot. Also #colours. Thanks.
26. October 2018 18:37
For #uzbekistan more/better jobs should = early reform focus on #EmpoweringWomen. At home 👩💻 In school 👩🎓 In business👩💼 In public administration 👩⚖️ In politics 👩🔬
@Liliabur there's no emoji for #womanWBCD but here are a few for you:👮♀️👩🚒👷♀️👩🏭👩🔧👩🌾👩🏫👩🚀👩⚕️👩✈️
24. October 2018 01:33
Harry got it easy: 1 shell + no one told him it was for an election fund-raising where 6 or 7 shells of strong Kava would make a big difference to the campaign. General kava guidance in emoji: 🥥=😌🤟
21. October 2018 21:51
It’s autumn in #Tashkent and the leaves at the botanic gardens are just amazing 🍁
16. October 2018 20:24
I'm feeling a bit homesick today.
15. October 2018 22:26
Just before a bilateral mtg w/@paulmromer last yr, I remembered I'd done an animation in 2004 of his growth model using a 1st-gen @microsoft #TabletPC. I wanted to show it to him, but couldn't find it! Nobel=2nd wind, and voila (courtesy @internetarchive)!
14. October 2018 04:19
Every cellphone in Uzbekistan just received this once in a lifetime opportunity text message. But I felt it was vital that every global citizen also had a chance to get in on this potentially life changing business opportunity.
9. October 2018 23:26
Reforms in #uzbekistan move at a breakneck pace, and we sometimes miss the small but potent stuff, like this *excellent* @GOVuz reform to dispose of #uzbeneftegas non-core assets, e.g. fish farms, a horse training/breeding centre, and a sausage shop!
4. October 2018 21:12
Plov party at the @WorldBankECA #Tashkent office! Plov parties are when the WB family comes together for a meal, some laughs, and a break from the hard work and long hours. Also, there will be none left by the time you read this. Blame @HidekiMoriWBG! #sorrynotsorry
28. September 2018 20:58
An epic fortnight of #reforms in #Uzbekistan... today's @GOVuz cherry on the cake (literally): ending #horticulture export prepayment rules - one of the biggest things standing between the tastiest fruits I've ever eaten and the rest of the world #yum
27. September 2018 21:52
#Tashkent was once known as the "City of Bread" - no wonder bread prices are the talk of the town! This awesome @gazeta_uz explainer covers the economics and policy challenges of price controls, and why recent @GOVuz reforms are a right step forward
27. September 2018 16:55
26. September 2018 16:14
What a basket case for @nzpolice to have to handle.
24. September 2018 23:08
A fantastic step from @GOVuz I vividly remember the day #VSNL lost its gateway monopoly in India - it was a huge break for my company, and contributed to the incredbile #ITES revolution that changed the lives of so many millions of Indians
17. September 2018 05:24
More responses to the most frequent question I get asked: “Are #Uzbekistan's reforms for real?” Me: “Uzbekistan just harvested its first *quinoa* crop. That's as real as it gets.”
15. September 2018 06:37
🇳🇿 (+ 🇼🇸🇹🇴🇻🇺🇰🇮🇹🇻🇫🇯🇵🇬🇸🇧🇫🇲🇲🇭🇵🇼🇳🇷)
15. September 2018 05:58
Visitors to #Uzbekistan: “Are the reforms for real?” My new response: “The Navoi Theatre’s Fall 2018 season just opened with Star Wars, the Gypsy Kings, Led Zep, GNR, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Michael Jackson, and the Lion King. Two days after @kfc opened. Please stop the doubting.” 🤗
14. September 2018 00:33
"Carrie, Carrie (trade), maybe we'll meet again"
14. September 2018 00:26
This made my day! We are immensely lucky to have someone as capable and #pacificpassionate as Tessa serving in the #Pacific. She's bursting with love for the region. Woohoo! @mfatgovtnz @winstonpeters @CookIslandsGov
11. September 2018 20:37
10. September 2018 03:18
10. September 2018 00:12
This photo of the Ala-Too Cinema is the perfect finale to our amazing #Kyrgyz experience: where the hammer and sickle meets the 3D cinema.
7. September 2018 01:45
A breathtakingly poignant memorial in Karakol to the #urkun of 1916. The details make it almost frighteningly easy to imagine the journey and it’s immense cost.
6. September 2018 18:40
At the races, dutifully betting on a 🐴 with the same name as my m-i-l. Also competing: Shahrukhkhan. #WorldNomadGames
6. September 2018 00:19
Kyrgyzstan takes on Uzbekistan in the first prelim Er-Enish (wrestling on horseback) game. Omad yor bo’lsin Ozbekistan!!! (The horse on the right obviously!!) #WorldNomadGames
5. September 2018 19:14
Just another day at the #WorldNomadGames
5. September 2018 18:34
Don’t screw this up referee. No pressure, but you’re on Twitter. #WorldNomadGames2018
5. September 2018 18:03
Team scenic declares completion. The referee has been called to have a look. #WorldNomadGames2018
5. September 2018 17:50
I’m going to need a nap after all this excitement. Middle-age viewings of felt carpet competitions should come with a medical warning. #WorldNomadGames2018
5. September 2018 17:47
Also, my team should win points for elegance. What a pretty watering can. Where’s the referee when you need her? #WorldNomadGames2018
5. September 2018 17:42
Meanwhile, on floor #3: #WorldNomadGames2018
5. September 2018 17:40
Squeezing the last bits of water out while chanting the Hadith. That’s one amazingly strong group of women. 💪 #WorldNomadGames2018
5. September 2018 17:38
Out it comes. #WorldNomadGames2018
5. September 2018 17:34
Not trying to trash talk the hard work that team scenic is doing, but my team’s colors and design are way nicer. #WorldNomadGames2018
5. September 2018 17:30
The drones are here. This must be momentous. #WorldNomadGames2018
5. September 2018 17:26
These guys are killing it! My money is likely lost. #WorldNomadGames2018
5. September 2018 17:23
Team scenic is pulling ahead as they start to pour hot water and begin rolling the carpet. This is riveting stuff. People beginning to get excited. The press camera is here. #WorldNomadGames2018
5. September 2018 17:06
And maybe this team for the most scenic locational choice for making a carpet.
5. September 2018 17:04
And a felt carpet making competition. My money is on this team for the fabulous colors and for being the only gender neutral team where men and women are helping make the mat. #WorldNomadGames2018
5. September 2018 16:47
It’s blanket folding time! #WorldNomadGames2018
4. September 2018 23:43
A MASSIVE chong rahmat to the most wonderful Kyrgyz police for reuniting me with my Uzbekistan accreditation card, which was lost in a jailoo (meadow) of about a few square km. Needle in a haystack, found in less than half a day. Big smiles all around. #WorldNomadGames2018
4. September 2018 22:33
All’s quiet on the Eastern Front. I think they’re on a tea break. #WorldNomadGames2018
4. September 2018 20:16
Just another day at the #WorldNomadGames2018
3. September 2018 17:29
29. August 2018 20:42
Shut up and take my money!
21. August 2018 00:37
I ❤️ Tapchans. Eat, drink, sleep under the stars. This lovely scene is from a wall mural at Cinara’s restaurant in Charvak, about 85km from Tashkent.
17. August 2018 19:31
Talking about financial inclusion and global integration, I found out this morning that my @KiwibankNZ credit card account was *closed* without my knowledge. Even more fun: the 30 min (and counting) wait time on an overseas line to find out what happened. Thanks @KiwibankNZ!
17. August 2018 02:58
I figured the only way to understand #Uzbekistan’s financial system was to join it. With my patchy Uzbek and dollops of help from the wonderful team at #NBU, the Axmok Hindustani opened a deposit and an #uzcard account. The slick #Milly app is on my phone. And away we go!
16. August 2018 00:15
Flights to Mumbai! Home just got a little bit closer. Happy independence day!
15. August 2018 19:53
#VandeMataram from Tashkent! Many thanks to @amb_tashkent who hosted a fantastic ceremony and cultural show this morning! Here’s to India’s 72nd, and to the great hospitality (and yummy treats). @MEAIndia @SushmaSwaraj
15. August 2018 19:23
Sorry @marcus - apology not accepted. This is 2018: People travel. A lot. They may want to check their savings account sometimes when overseas. They shouldn't have to VPN (three times until a server that you haven't blocked works) to get there. So long and thanks for the 1.8%APY.
12. August 2018 18:22
Desperately looking for my ski jacket while wondering what’s taking my car seat warmer so long.
7. August 2018 16:43
6. August 2018 15:54
#India holds a mystical charm in #Uzbeskiztan - from Andijan’s famous son Babur, to @TheAlishaChinai’s “Made In India” - to which three taxi drivers were bopping to in eerily synchronous rhythm this morning. 🇺🇿 🇮🇳 ❤️
5. August 2018 16:36
3. August 2018 02:49
If you ask me, they just don’t make the @allnewlada like they used to!
30. July 2018 00:34
Celebrating the end of Chilla - the 40 most intense days of heat (and cold in the winter) - with Chillafest!
24. July 2018 06:32
@projectfi just completed an epic effort to get my Fi Phone working in Tashkent, involving three weeks of customer support, engineering, and liaising with local telcos. Finally, my phone works like a charm! THANKS team!
22. July 2018 01:17
Day 4 of having an Indian set-top box. The hard sells to convince me that I need a 3D bedsheet with pandas hugging whales makes me want to rethink everything I've learned about economic models.
15. July 2018 20:45
41 degrees = dead city.
11. July 2018 04:01
Just another #tashkent evening ride home...
4. July 2018 21:37
My mind set on you...
4. July 2018 15:46
Nothing like getting a head start to your day with Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” blaring on the street. @AstrupILO, 🇩🇰’s finest export indeed!
2. July 2018 19:51
To get a sense of the exciting times we’re living in here in 🇺🇿, see this fantastic video put together by my amazing country team colleagues @WorldBank 🇺🇿 office on the impact of reforms @HidekiMoriWBG @Liliabur @WorldBankECA
2. July 2018 16:18
If you’re a fleeting visitor to Tashkent, you’d be hard pressed to find signs of a closed economy - you can @yandexcom a 🚕 to your @Airbnb 🏠, #express24 deliver your delicious Uzbek 🥘, all on your 4g phone. The gig economy is alive and kicking in 🇺🇿!
29. June 2018 23:24
Bottom: what #bigdata said Tashkent would be like in June. All day. Everyday. Top: what it was. Moral: pack your raincoat in your suitcase, not the container that gets here in time for the “rainy season”. But the Olliy Majlis sure looks fantastic!
29. June 2018 00:32
The differnce between a foreigner and a Tashkent local: the former stops to stare at the beautiful greenery. The latter invokes a secret Tashkent-spidey sense to avoid getting drenched by the sprinklers, and stops to stare at the wet foreigner in a suit.
26. June 2018 04:14
Great to catch up with Ian Hill, 🇳🇿 ambassador to 🇺🇿 over traditional Uzbek breads and delicacies. The restaurant ran out of pilaf (the horror!) but we managed to get by. Missing home and @MFATgovtNZ just a little bit more today.
20. June 2018 04:53
The coolest little job managing the coolest little team in the coolest little aid programme and foreign service of the coolest little country in the world. My former role @MFATgovtNZ has been advertised!
28. May 2018 13:59
Two more weeks until the Silk Road adventure begins!