CAREC e-Alert

Keeping Updated on CAREC

CAREC e-Alert, the Program’s electronic newsletter, provides updates on recently approved projects in the region, on the latest and upcoming institutional and sector-related events, and on regional cooperation–themed and sector-specific studies and research on regional cooperation.

CAREC e-Alert / Issue No. 31 / 18 Feb - 15 Mar 2013

 
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Issue No. 31 • 18 February - 15 March 2013

FEATURES
Afghanistan receives transport and energy grants
Afghanistan's Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal signed three grant agreements on 7 March 2013 that will ensure financing of transport and energy projects. Country Director Joji Tokeshi of the Afghanistan Resident Mission represented the Asian Development Bank. Read more.
CAREC members shared their CPMM experience
CAREC member countries reviewed and shared their experience in implementing corridors performance measurement and monitoring (CPMM) in a workshop on 1 March 2013. The workshop was organized by the CAREC Institute and the Asian Development Bank. Read more.
Kazakhstan officials attended transport workshop
Government officials of Kazakhstan attended the Efficient Cross-Border Transport Workshop on 28 February 2013 in Astana. UNESCAP transport models were introduced to participants. Read more.
CAREC member countries joined the Revised Kyoto Convention workshop
Representatives of CAREC member countries attended the Revised Kyoto Convention workshop in Astana on 27-28 February 2013. The workshop was coorganized by the Asian Development Bank and the World Customs Organization. Read more.

RECENT FEATURES

Turkmenistan prepares to join the World Trade Organization
The Republic of Turkmenistan has expressed its intention to join the World Trade Organization, and the government has set up a commission to study issues associated with entry to the global body. Read more.

CAREC Corridor 3 to receive $125 million ADB loan
The Asian Development Bank approved a $125 million loan to fund rehabilitation of a 37-kilometer road section of CAREC Corridor 3 in Kazakhstan. The road will connect Shymkent, a major industrial city in Kazakhstan, and Tashkent, Uzbekistan's capital city. Read more.

Kazakhstan, World Bank sign CAREC 1b road loan agreement
The Republic of Kazakhstan and the World Bank signed a $1.06 billion loan agreement on the East-West Roads Project in October 2012. An upgraded road will accelerate trade flows between Kazakhstan and the People's Republic of China. Read more.


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UPCOMING EVENTS

Integrated Trade Facilitation "At the Border" and "Behind the Border": Reforms and Implementation
10-13 April 2013 • Tbilisi, Batumi, and Sarpi, Georgia
The seminar will serve as an opportunity for CAREC decision makers to learn from Georgia's reforms in facilitating trade and from procedures it is developing with Turkey that are intended to expedite shipments along Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridor 2. For information, email Mr. Jeff Procak, jtprocak@adb.org; and Mr. Lan Wu, lanwu@adb.org.

DATE EVENT VENUE
May 2013 CAREC Energy Sector Coordinating Committee (ESCC) Meeting To be confirmed
May 2013 Trade Logistics Training To be confirmed
Jun 2013 Third CAREC Federation of Carrier and Forwarder Associations (CFCFA) Business Networking Forum To be confirmed
5-7 Jun 2013 12th CAREC Transport Sector Coordinating Committee (TSCC) Meeting Astana, Kazakhstan
Jun 2013 18th CAREC Trade Policy Coordinating Committee (TPCC) Meeting Astana, Kazakhstan
27-28 Jun 2013 CAREC Senior Officials' Meeting Astana, Kazakhstan
Jun 2013 Customs Trainers' Training for CAREC Countries Shanghai, PRC
Jun 2013 Sanitary-Phytosanitary Regulatory Review Workshop To be confirmed
View list of upcoming events here.


RECENT EVENTS

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CAREC-RELATED PROJECTS

ENERGY: Energy Sector Development Investment Program - Tranche 4 (Afghanistan / ADB)
The project will contribute to an improved power supply in northern and eastern Afghanistan, Kabul and areas south of Kabul, as well as greater institutional capacity within Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat.

TRANSPORT: Transport Network Development Investment Program - Tranche 2 (Afghanistan / ADB)
The subprojects under the second tranche will create increased capacity for cross-border links with Pakistan. They will help improve the economy of southern Afghanistan and regional trade with the completion of CAREC Corridors 5 and 6, and of key national road network radian links between Afghanistan’s Ring Road and provincial capitals.


PROJECTS BY SECTOR

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PUBLICATIONS

World Economic Outlook Update: Gradual Upturn in Global Growth during 2013

Uncertainty and Trade Agreements

How Much Do Tariffs Matter? Evidence from the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia

Globalizing Central Asia: Geopolitics and the Challenges of Economic Development

Economic Impact of Eurozone Sovereign Debt Crisis on Developing Asia

CAREC WEBSITE

The CAREC Program websites are comprehensive hubs focusing on the full spectrum of CAREC’s work and activities in Central Asia and neighboring subregions.

English: www.carecprogram.org
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CAREC is a partnership of 10 countries working together to create economic growth and improve the quality of life for all people of the CAREC region. Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, the People’s Republic of China, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan are supported in the regional cooperation process by 6 multilateral institutions: Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Monetary Fund, Islamic Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, and World Bank.

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