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Speed bumps add to potholes for region's investors

If the Central Asian mining world made up parts of a city street, Kazakhstan would be a green light, Kyrgyzstan an amber light, while Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan would be pot holes best avoided. Azerbaijan might be a pedestrian crossing of which motorists take little notice.

To put this analogy into context, we’re not driving down Park Avenue here, but more finding our way through the back streets of Caracas, taking care not to get car-jacked (read: project-jacked).