First impressions back at home

by Anonymous on 9/21/2004 · 4 comments

I am finally at home. Bazaars, streets, people, and Tashkent fall are all the same. I dont know, maybe it is just my first impressions, but it seemed to me that the police has become a little bit more polite. By the way, before I thought that there are too many policemen in Tashkent, but now, after Istanbul, everything seems to be very relative.
Although when in Tashkent or in the Fergana valley, I didnt get the impression that economic life is very active, but I was surprised to hear that my parents’ neighbour in Namangan spent 1000 USD just for an outside door in his house, some other relative paid 400 USD for a talking perrot, so, at least some people, have discretionary income to spend on other things than their basic needs.
To understand the economic life in Uzbekistan at the present, I guess, it is very important to take into account the distribution of revenues and the size of the black market. To be continued…

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Education 2003–2004 Master Degree in Developmental Studies (DESS “Gestion et dynamisation du développement”), The University of Pierre Mendès France of Grenoble, France 1998-2003 Bachelor Degree in International Economics, The University of World Economy and Diplomacy of Tashkent, Uzbekistan Work Experience 05/2004-08/2004 Researcher, The Economic Mission of France in Istanbul, Turkey 04/2003-09/2003 Research assistant and Translator in the UNDP project UZB 01/04 on institutional reinforcement of the Higher School of Business under the President of Uzbekistan 01/2003-04/2003 Interpreter, International Department, The Higher School of Business, Tashkent, Uzbekistan 09/2002-01/2003 English Language Junior Editor at the Journal “International Relations, Law and Economy” of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan 06/2002-09/2002 Intern, CIS countries Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan

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Asror September 21, 2004 at 6:27 pm

“…maybe it is just my first impressions”. I think you are right:-)

Alisher September 22, 2004 at 2:35 am

Hmm…in fact, i have the impression that although the economic situation in Uzbekistan is indeed very difficult, it has also a lot to do with mental and pschycological perceptions of people. I guess the biggest thing people in Uzbekistan need now is hope in the future and optimism.

Nathan September 22, 2004 at 9:58 am

Alisher, I think there is a lot of wisdom to what you are saying.

I never found the Uzbek economy to be nearly as bad as people told me. Everyone I knew seemed to have enough money even if their “official” pay level wasn’t enough. Not that one necessarily wants an economy set up that way, but the point remains.

Asror September 23, 2004 at 11:21 pm

Hi Alisher,
Are you still in Tashkent now? How is there? By the way are you from Tashkent or Ferghana actually?
And keep on posting your further impressions about Tashkent, while I post at about my first impressions about the United States. Unfortunately it’s in Uzbek:(

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