Features

2012

  • 11 December 2012
    CAREC customs officials attend 11th annual meeting
    CAREC customs officials attended the 11th Customs Cooperation Committee annual meeting in Chengdu, People's Republic of China, to review progress in priority areas, discuss how to strengthen links, and agree on a proposed list of trade facilitation projects. Visit the 11th CCC Meeting page.
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  • 11 December 2012
    CAREC trade policy focal points meet in Wuhan
    CAREC trade policy sector focal points met in Wuhan, People's Republic of China, to focus on topics such as borderless bazaars in Central Asia, the Customs Union and Kazakhstan's imports, the World Trade Organization training workshop, and the committee's future work program. Visit the 17th TPCC Meeting page.
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  • 21 November 2012
    Construction begins on a $27.8-million transmission line in Takhar, Afghanistan
    A ceremony in Tarkhar province marked the start of construction of a $27.8-million power transmission line that will link the cities of Kunduz and Taluqan. Read more.
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  • 21 November 2012
    EBRD helps modernize Shardara hydropower plant
    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development provides a €50 million loan to modernize the Shardara hydropower plant in South Kazakhstan. Read more.
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  • 8 November 2012
    11th MC, CAREC Institute discussed by national focal points in Bangkok
    CAREC national focal points discussed the program of events and detailed agenda of the 11th Ministerial Conference, alongside other topics including the CAREC Institute work plan, in Bangkok. For information, visit the consultation meeting event page.
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  • 8 November 2012
    National focal points visit Second Mekong International Bridge Project in Thailand
    CAREC national focal points visited the Thai section of the Greater Mekong Subregion East-West Economic Corridor Project, including the Second Mekong International Bridge. For details, visit the study tour event page.
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  • 25 October 2012
    ADB supports the Kyrgyz Republic's Power Sector Rehabilitation Project
    The Asian Development Bank will provide a loan and a grant to the project, which will improve energy supply and allow the country to continue to be a net exporter of electricity to the Central Asian power system. Read more.
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  • 25 October 2012
    Tajikistan receives ADB grant for CAREC Corridor 6 road
    The Asian Development Bank is providing a $100 million grant to a 113-kilometer road along the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridor 6 in northern Tajikistan. Read more.
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  • 25 October 2012
    Road connecting Shymkent to Uzbekistan border gets EBRD loan
    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will provide a loan to reconstruct and upgrade a 62-kilometer road section connecting Kazakhstan's city of Shymkent to the border with Uzbekistan. Read more.
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  • 11 October 2012
    Kazakhstan receives $1,068 million loan for CAREC Corridor 1b
    Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridor 1b, also called the Western Europe–Western [People's Republic of] China Corridor, will be further improved by the East–West Roads Project. The World Bank will provide a $1,068 million loan for the project and the Government of Kazakhstan will contribute $188 million. Read more.
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  • 11 October 2012
    CAREC Program registers improvements in 2011
    According to the 2011 CAREC Development Effectiveness Review, significant progress was made in 2011 toward achievement of CAREC Program's goals and objectives. Find out how the sectors performed last year, read the Review in English and in Russian.
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  • 24 September 2012
    Regional cooperation to sustain Afghanistan's development, Tokyo Declaration urges
    The Tokyo Declaration—Partnership for Self-Reliance in Afghanistan from Transition to Transformation—endorses regional cooperation to help sustain Afghanistan’s growth and development. More than 70 ministers from Asia–Pacific and around the world attended the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan. Read more.
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  • 24 September 2012
    ADB approves $100 million loan for CAREC Corridor 2 project
    The Asian Development Bank approved a $100 million loan, the last tranche of the multitranche financing facility for CAREC Corridor 2 Road Investment Program. Project 3 is a continuation of the rehabilitation of the A380 highway. Read more.
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  • 24 September 2012
    CAREC Corridor 3 benefits from an EBRD loan
    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved a $35 million loan for the Dushanbe–Uzbekistan Border Road Improvement Project. A 4.6-kilometer road within Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridor 3 will be upgraded. Read more.
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  • 24 September 2012
    Consultations on the CAREC Institute held in the PRC and Kazakhstan
    CAREC national focal points met in Beijing and Almaty to discuss the CAREC Institute assessment and work plan.
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  • 10 September 2012
    Workshop on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
    Bangkok, Thailand: 25–26 July 2012

    The workshop will enhance the capacity of CAREC member countries in sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures. It will also promote regional cooperation as a mechanism to address key SPS measures that hinder the smooth flow of goods and people in the CAREC region. For details, visit the SPS Workshop page.
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  • 10 September 2012
    Managing World Trade Organization Accession Process-Strategies, Challenges, and Practices
    Shanghai, PRC: 24–26 July 2012

    The Third WTO Accession Seminar aims to help trade officials of non-WTO CAREC countries better perform their key functions before, during, and after the accession process. For details, visit the Third WTO Seminar page.
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  • 1 August 2012
    Roundtable Seminar on Ways Forward for Corridor-Based Transport Facilitation Arrangements
    Beijing, People's Republic of China: 2-3 July 2012

    Participants learned from existing transport facilitation arrangements (TFAs) in the CAREC region and from international good practices on TFAs. Recommendations to move forward on corridor-based transport facilitation in the CAREC region were also discussed. For details, visit the Roundtable Seminar page.
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  • 1 August 2012
    International Energy Agency Caspian Energy Policy Dialogue and Training
    Astana, Kazakhstan: 3-5 July 2012

    The Policy Dialogue and Training engaged countries of the wider Caspian region in discussing perspectives on energy technology, delivering energy-training modules, and sharing best practices in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy. For details, visit the Energy Policy Dialogue and Training page.
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  • 1 August 2012
    Mainstreaming of CAREC 2020 in national development plans
    Five CAREC member countries-Azerbaijan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan-have conducted workshops to introduce the CAREC 2020 strategic framework and start mainstreaming its objectives of expanded trade and improved competitiveness into their national development strategies. [More]
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  • 18 July 2012
    CFCFA Business Networking Forum and Working Groups Meeting
    Hohhot, People’s Republic of China: 4–5 June 2012

    Over 100 participants from transport and logistics companies, major shippers, road carriers, and freight forwarders of the 10 CAREC countries attended the event. For details, visit the Business Networking Forum and Working Groups Meeting page.
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  • 18 July 2012
    16th CAREC Trade Policy Coordinating Committee (TPCC) Meeting
    Hohhot, People's Republic of China: 5 June 2012

    Participants discussed research in the area of trade and trade policy, experiences and learning from the WTO Accession Knowledge Sharing Program, and implementation progress of the strategic action plan on trade policy, among others. For details, visit the TPCC Meeting page.
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  • 18 July 2012
    CAREC Senior Officials' Meeting
    Hohhot, People’s Republic of China: 6-7 June 2012

    Senior government officials of the 10 CAREC countries discussed national action plans taken to implement CAREC 2020, the proposed CAREC Institute Strategic Knowledge Framework, progress in priority areas, the 2011 CAREC Development Effectiveness Review, and proposed theme and structure of the 11th Ministerial Conference. For details, visit the CAREC Senior Officials’ Meeting page.
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  • 18 July 2012
    CAREC development partners pledge support to CAREC 2020
    Bilateral and multilateral institutions pledged support to the implementation of CAREC 2020, the strategic framework of the CAREC Program for 2011–2020. For details, read the highlights of the Development Partners Forum.
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  • 3 July 2012
    11th Transport Sector Coordinating Committee Meeting
    Manila, Philippines: 14-15 May 2012

    The meeting reviewed implementation of the CAREC Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy and Action Plan. It also discussed the refined list of medium-term priority projects, and the proposed midterm review of the strategy and action plan. For details, visit the TSCC Meeting event page.
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  • 3 July 2012
    Second Seminar on World Trade Organization Accession
    Almaty, Kazakhstan: 14–16 May 2012

    The seminar on accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) focused on services liberalization. Key features of WTO’s General Agreement on Trade in Services and sectors under the Agreement were discussed. For details, visit the Second Seminar event page.
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  • 3 July 2012
    CAREC Energy Sector Coordinating Committee (ESCC) Meeting
    Manila, Philippines: 21–22 May 2012

    The first CAREC ESCC Meeting for this year reviewed progress of CAREC energy initiatives, including the energy strategy and action plan, and discussed the committee’s work plan for 2013–2015. For details, visit the ESCC Meeting event page.
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  • 18 June 2012
    CAREC senior officials meet in Hohhot, PRC
    Senior government officials of the 10 CAREC countries will meet on 6–7 June 2012 in Hohhot, People's Republic of China to discuss, among others, key developments on CAREC 2020, progress of CAREC priority sectors, and other initiatives. For details, visit the CAREC Senior Officials’ Meeting page.
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  • 15 June 2012
    New railway line for PRC's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
    The People's Republic of China (PRC) will receive a $200 million loan from the World Bank to help finance construction of the ZhangHu Railway in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. [More]
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  • 15 June 2012
    Developing Asia to grow by 6.9% in 2012
    In the 2012 edition of Asian Development Outlook, it forecasts developing Asia to largely maintain its growth momentum in the next couple of years despite weak global demand. Growth will ease to 6.9% this year from a moderate 7.2% in 2011. [More]
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  • 1 June 2012
    Mongolia secures road investment program, driving growth and development
    Mongolia secures a $170 million road investment program loan from the Asian Development Bank for road improvement along CAREC Corridor 4, linking the country to the Russian Federation in the north, and the People’s Republic of China in the south. [More]
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  • 1 June 2012
    Uzbekistan receives $100 million for railway electrification
    The Asian Development Bank provides a $100 million loan to finance electrification of a 140-kilometer stretch of railway between Marakand in Samarkand Province and Karshi in Kashkadarya Province of Uzbekistan. [More]
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  • 18 May 2012
    Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC): Building a Global Future
    As the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program celebrates 10 years of regional economic cooperation in Central Asia and neighboring countries, this video highlights CAREC achievements in the sectors of transport, trade, and energy. [Watch the full video.]
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  • 18 May 2012
    First Afghan railway opens, promotes cooperation
    The new Afghan railway opens with the arrival of its train at the Naibabad Station in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif from Hairatan at the border of Uzbekistan. This will bring great opportunity for increased trade and cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbors in Central Asia. [More]
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  • 24 April 2012
    New Russian-language mirror site of the CAREC Program goes live
    The new Russian-language mirror site of the CAREC Program website is now live on the internet. The redesigned website aims to improve its scope, flexibility, and user-friendliness. [More]
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