The global “medical tourism” market is estimated to now be worth $38.5-$55 billion annually, based on approximately eleven million patients worldwide spending an average of $3,500-5,000 per visit. But will they come to Kazakhstan?
Following Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan, Tajikistan is about to shut down Turkish lyceums across the country. While the authorities claim that the closures are merely due to licensing issues, analysts point to increasing government concerns that the schools may be serving to expand the influence of the U.S.-based Turkish philanthropist Fethullah Gulen.
On January 1 Uzbekistan’s citizens were surprised when they discovered that they could no longer receive any goods that they purchased on Amazon, EBay or other popular international online retailers.
Turkey and Israel aren’t getting along as well as they used to, and Azerbaijan seems more than happy to fill their spot. With growing trade and diplomatic ties, this is a relationship to watch.