Features

2013

  • 29 November 2013
    12th CAREC Ministerial Conference

    Ministers of the 10 CAREC member countries expressed support for the refined CAREC Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy 2020, which outlines investments in corridor projects worth $38.8 billion. View the event page.

    · Read the Joint Ministerial Statement
    · Read the Keynote Address by
    ADB President Takehiko Nakao

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  • 25 November 2013
    Senior CAREC officials discuss priority sector updates

    Senior CAREC officials met to prepare for the meeting that would consider refinements in transport, trade facilitation, and trade policy strategies. Read more.

    · Read the Report of the Senior Officials' Meeting to the CAREC Ministers

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  • 23 November 2013
    ADB power project to boost Afghanistan North-South Link
    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $159 million grant for a power transmission project to help Afghanistan overcome shortages in key areas and become an exporter of surplus electricity to neighboring countries. Read more.
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  • 22 November 2013
    ADB President participates in 12th CAREC Ministerial Conference
    Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao gave a keynote address on the theme "Integrated Transport and Trade" at the 12th CAREC Ministerial Conference in Astana. Read more.
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  • 20 November 2013
    Trade policy coordinating committee tackles revised action plan
    Sector representatives and other participants from CAREC member countries gathered to discuss the Trade Policy Strategic Action Plan 2013-2017. Read more.
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  • 15 November 2013
    CAREC workshop promotes global supply chains
    CAREC officials attended a workshop that examined the growth of global supply chains and their implications for policy development and strategies in the Central Asian economies.Read more.
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  • 30 October 2013
    $70 million grant improves road connectivity in Tajikistan
    The Asian Development Bank has approved a $70 million grant to improve the road safety and maintenance of Corridors 3 and 5. Read more.
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  • 25 October 2013
    CAREC national focal points discuss sector updates
    CAREC national focal points met in Bangkok to review deliverables and preparations for the 12th Ministerial Conference. Read more.
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  • 25 October 2013
    Kazakhstan hosts 12th CAREC Ministerial Conference
    Ministers will discuss the latest developments in the CAREC Program, including the implementation of the revised Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy. Read more.
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  • 24 October 2013
    CAREC to support key new routes to boost regional trade
    CAREC member countries will develop key new road and rail routes linking Central Asia to People's Republic of China (PRC) and South Asia to realize the huge trade potential between the three regions. Read more.
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  • 21 October 2013
    Upgrading and stabilizing power supply in Tajikistan
    ADB upgrades the obsolete Nurek hydroelectric plant which supplies electricity to most of the country's population. Watch video.
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  • 21 October 2013
    CFCFA discuss 2014 work plans
    CAREC Federation of Carrier and Forwarder Associations held its annual meeting in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Read more.
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  • 21 October 2013
    ESCC meets in Almaty
    CAREC officials review the progress of the Energy Work Plan 2013-2015. Read more.
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  • 21 October 2013
    Looking to a vibrant future in Kazakhstan
    Since 2001, a total of $7.9 billion has been invested in transport, trade, and energy in Kazakhstan through the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program. Watch video.
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  • 30 September 2013
    Building prosperity through trade in Azerbaijan
    Since 2003, a total of $3.9 billion has been invested in transport, trade, and energy in Azerbaijan through the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program. Watch video.
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  • 30 September 2013
    Linking Afghanistan to the world
    Since 2005, a total of $2.6 billion has been invested in transport, trade, and energy in Afghanistan through the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program. Watch video.
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  • 30 September 2013
    Helsinki Commission holds briefing on CAREC progress in Afghanistan
    The Helsinki Commission held a briefing on the rehabilitation of the Silk Road in Central Asia and CAREC's priority projects in Afghanistan. Read more.
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  • 13 September 2013
    A global future for Eurasia
    CAREC is a committed partnership of 10 countries, supported by six multilateral institution partners. Its priority sectors are transport, energy, trade facilitation, and trade policy. Watch the video.
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  • 13 September 2013
    Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic firms undergo CAREC logistics training
    The training aimed to raise professionalism, efficiency, and management skills among transport and logistics companies in the region. Read more.
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  • 13 September 2013
    Master plan aims to boost gas sector in Afghanistan
    Afghanistan will receive technical assistance from the Asian Development Bank in developing a master plan to support the country's emerging natural gas sector. Read more.
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  • 23 August 2013
    Kazakhstan hosts midyear CAREC Senior Officials' Meeting
    Senior government officials and national focal points gathered to review the progress and key issues in transport, trade facilitation, trade policy, and energy. Read more.
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  • 8 August 2013
    Improved road to boost trade, tourism in Central Asia
    The rehabilitation of the Dushanbe-Kyrgyz Republic border road is expected to boost trade and tourism between Central Asian countries. Watch video.
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  • 8 August 2013
    ADB grant to strengthen Tajikistan's power supply
    An Asian Development Bank grant aims to improve the Nurek power plant's infrastructure. Read more.
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  • 8 August 2013
    Turkmenistan hosts CAREC sector meeting for the first time
    The Ministry of Economy and Development hosted the 15th CAREC ESCC meeting. Read more.
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  • 15 July 2013
    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.
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  • 15 July 2013
    CAREC countries observe trade reforms in Georgia
    Officials from CAREC member countries joined site visits to Tbilisi, Batumi and Sarpi to observe the impact of Georgia's reforms in customs automation and border management strategy. Read more.
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  • 15 July 2013
    Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan government and private sector representatives attend CAREC workshops
    Participants discussed transport, energy, trade policy, and trade facilitation. Read more.
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  • 15 July 2013
    Officials from CAREC countries attend customs training
    Customs officials learned about customs modernization and management. Read more.
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  • 26 June 2013
    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.
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  • 26 June 2013
    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.
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  • 26 June 2013
    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.
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  • 26 June 2013
    CAREC in the spotlight at high-level roundtable discussion
    At the meeting on Regional Cooperation in a Changing Global Economic Landscape on 3 March 2013, Kazakhstan Vice-Minister of Economy and Budget Planning Madina Abylkassymova spoke of the achievements of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program. Read more.
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  • 5 June 2013
    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.
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  • 28 May 2013
    Kazakhstan, World Bank sign CAREC Corridor 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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  • 28 May 2013
    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, Kazakhstan's industrial city, and Tashkent, Uzbekistan's city capital. Read more.
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  • 10 April 2013
    Lessons in effective border management for CAREC countries
    The use of modern technology and strong political will are key factors to successful reforms implemented by Georgia to improve border management. Read full story.
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  • 27 March 2013
    Tajikistan becomes WTO member
    The World Trade Organization (WTO) officially admitted the Republic of Tajikistan as its 159th member. Tajikistan is the fifth CAREC country to accede to the WTO. Read more.
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  • 27 March 2013
    CAREC transport and trade facilitation strategy to undergo midterm review
    The Asian Development Bank approved a technical assistance grant to conduct a midterm review of the CAREC Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy. Read more.
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  • 8 March 2013
    CAREC member countries: Understanding the Revised Kyoto Convention
    A workshop on the Revised Kyoto Convention will be conducted for the 10 member countries of the CAREC Program on 27-28 February 2013. The Asian Development Bank and the World Customs Organization will co-organize this event. Read more.
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  • 8 March 2013
    Promoting efficient cross-border transport in Kazakhstan
    CAREC Institute, in partnership with UNESCAP and the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Kazakhstan, will hold a workshop to promote efficient cross-border transport among national government officials along the CAREC Corridors. The workshop will be on 28 February 2013. Read more.
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  • 8 March 2013
    Monitoring CAREC corridors performance
    A workshop on CAREC's experience in implementing the Corridor Performance Measurement and Monitoring (CPMM) Project will be held on 1 March 2013. The workshop will review the CPMM and discuss how to maximize use of data to facilitate trade. Read more.
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  • 28 February 2013
    Transmission project to secure power supply in Fergana Valley
    The Namangan Power Transmission Project will improve power supply reliability in Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan. New high-voltage transmission lines will be constructed to expand transmission capacity. Read more.
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  • 26 February 2013
    CAREC freight forwarders and carriers hold third annual meeting
    The CAREC Federation of Carrier and Forwarder Associations (CFCFA) held its third Annual Meeting in Bangkok. Member associations planned its activities under the CAREC integrated trade facilitation agenda. Read more.
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  • 26 February 2013
    Improved trade expected following the official opening of two roads in Kyrgyz Republic
    Kyrgyz Republic Prime Minister joined the official opening of the Osh-Sary-Tash-Irkeshtam and Sary-Tash-Karamyk roads. These roads will help improve trade with neighboring countries. Read more.
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  • 21 February 2013
    The Wuhan Action Plan
    Endorsed by the CAREC Ministers, the Wuhan Action Plan will guide the CAREC Program in the implementation of CAREC 2020. It highlights the operational priorities of the sectors, the CAREC Institute work plan, and transport facilitation action plan. Read more.
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  • 13 February 2013
    CAREC member countries pledge support to implement CAREC 2020
    Governments of the 10 CAREC member countries issued a Joint Ministerial Statement to support the implementation of CAREC 2020. Read more.
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  • 13 February 2013
    CAREC growth outlook remains favorable, says IMF
    According to the International Monetary Fund, the CAREC region will continue to post a solid recovery from the global financial crisis, although risk remains due to uncertainty in Europe and a potential shock from the fiscal cliff in the United States. Read more.
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  • 18 January 2013
    CAREC national focal points meet a day before the 11th Ministerial Conference
    CAREC national focal points met a day before the 11th Ministerial Conference to receive updates on priority sectors, focus on CAREC 2020 implementation, discuss CAREC Institute’s future direction, and be updated in progress made in the corridor development study. Visit the CAREC Senior Officials' Meeting page.
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  • 18 January 2013
    11th MC prioritizes the implementation plan for CAREC 2020
    Senior government officials of CAREC member countries and representatives of multilateral institution partners agreed to prioritize the implementation plan of CAREC 2020, the strategic framework endorsed at the 10th Ministerial Conference (MC). Visit the 11th MC page.
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  • 18 January 2013
    New CAREC 2020 action plan endorsed by CAREC Ministers
    The Wuhan Action Plan endorsed at the 11th Ministerial Conference charts the next steps of the CAREC Program. It covers sector operational priorities, the CAREC Institute, and the transport facilitation action plan. Read more.
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