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2014

  • 29 December 2014
    CAREC working group begins talks on Almaty-Bishkek Corridor Initiative
    The joint working group between Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic held its first meeting to discuss the scope and content of the analytical work to be undertaken as part of the Almaty-Bishkek Corridor Initiative. Read more

     

    Operationalizing Economic Corridors in Central Asia: A Case Study of the Almaty-Bishkek Corridor

     

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  • 22 December 2014
    Regional cooperation at work in Central Asia
    By promoting and facilitating regional cooperation in transport, trade facilitation, trade policy, and energy, CAREC helps Central Asian and neighboring countries realize their immense potential in an increasingly integrated Eurasia.

     

    Learn more about the CAREC Program

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  • 20 December 2014
    ADB pledges support for CAREC Institute

    The Asian Development Bank called for a closer partnership in the future with the CAREC Institute in delivering knowledge solutions to clients. Read more

     

    Learn more about CAREC Institute

    JOB ADVERTISEMENT: Deputy Director 2, CAREC Institute

     

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  • 21 November 2014
    CAREC Timeline 1996-2014
    By 2014, 158 CAREC-related projects represent investment of about $24.6 billion, from 6 projects with a combined value of $247 million in 2001.

     

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    From Landlocked to Linked In: The Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program

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  • 14 November 2014
    The Road of Life

    Road rehabilitation works along segments of the Osh-Batken-Isfana road in the Kyrgyz Republic result in an increase and diversification of local and trans-border trade.

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  • 13 November 2014
    Almaty and Bishkek to develop first CAREC economic corridor

    At the 13th CAREC Ministerial Conference in Bishkek, the city administrations of Almaty and Bishkek signed a memorandum of understanding to develop the Almaty-Bishkek Corridor as an economic corridor. Read more

    Memorandum of Understanding on the Almaty-Bishkek Economic Corridor Initiative

    Operationalizing Economic Corridors in Central Asia: A Case Study of the Almaty-Bishkek Corridor

     

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  • 7 November 2014
    13th CAREC Ministerial Conference
    This year's meeting launched the Almaty-Bishkek Corridor Initiative and addressed the physical establishment of the CAREC Institute. Read more

     

    Welcome remarks by Kyrgyz Republic Prime Minister Djoomart Otorbaev | РУССКИЙ

    Keynote address by ADB President Takehiko Nakao | РУССКИЙ

    Joint Ministerial Statement | РУССКИЙ

     

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  • 6 November 2014
    ADB president visits Kyrgyz Republic, attends CAREC ministerial meeting

    Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao met with President Almazbek Atambaev and Prime Minister Djoomart Otorbaev during his 2-day visit to the Kyrgyz Republic, and gave a keynote address at the 13th CAREC Ministerial Conference. Read more

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  • 5 November 2014
    CAREC officials review trade policy action plan
    Trade officials from the 10 CAREC member countries met to deliberate on the challenges of implementing the refined Trade Policy Strategic Action Plan.

     

    CAREC Trade Policy Strategic Action Plan 2013-2017

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  • 1 November 2014
    Hairatan to Mazar-e-Sharif Railway Development Project
    Afghanistan's first train route runs between Mazar-e-Sharif, a commercial center, and Hairatan, a bustling town on the border with Uzbekistan. Read more
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  • 1 November 2014
    East-West Highway Improvement Project
    Azerbaijan's most important corridor for international trade is the 500-kilometer East-West Highway, which runs between the Caspian Sea and Black Sea. Read more
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  • 1 November 2014
    Xinjiang Regional Road Improvement Project
    New road connections in Xinjiang resulted from government plans to provide strong trade links for the PRC's booming eastern provinces and to improve accessibility to the remote western regions. Read more
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  • 1 November 2014
    Regional Road Development Project
    For landlocked Mongolia, a good road system is vital for economic progress and for greater cross-border transit and trade. Read more
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  • 1 November 2014
    Second Trade and Transport Facilitation Project
    Upgrades in Pakistan's road network are crucial for boosting regional trade flows, which allow the country to benefit from its position as a transit artery for goods passing through its Arabian Sea ports. Read more
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  • 1 November 2014
    Nurek 500 kV Switchyard Reconstruction Project
    The Nurek Hydroelectric Power Plant is powered by Tajikistan's largest water reservoir and produces more than 70% of the country's electricity. Read more
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  • 1 November 2014
    North-South Railway Project
    A rail link between Buzkhun and Bereket will soon enhance the safety and efficiency of Turkmenistan's railway network, and open up new opportunities for increased trade. Read more
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  • 1 November 2014
    Railway Modernization Project
    The Railway Modernization Project has helped transform Uzbekistan's deteriorating infrastructure into the high-speed rail network the country enjoys today. Read more
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  • 1 November 2014
    Almaty-Bishkek Regional Road Rehabilitation Project
    The first CAREC-related project in the Kyrgyz Republic, the project upgraded the road between two bustling cities--the capital city Bishkek in Kyrgyz and the commercial center Almaty in Kazakhstan. Read more
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  • 1 November 2014
    CAREC Corridor 2 Road Investment Program (Mangystau Oblast)
    The reconstruction of about 790 kilometers of road section in Mangystau Oblast is partly funded by an Asian Development Bank multitranche financing facility worth $800 million. Read more
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  • 0 November 2014
    CAREC national focal points discuss economic corridor development
    National focal points from CAREC countries discussed the Almaty-Bishkek Corridor Initiative and plans for the physical establishment of the CAREC Institute. Read more

     

    CAREC Institute

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  • 30 October 2014
    CAREC Development Effectiveness Review (DEfR) 2013: A Refined Perspective
    This DEfR is the fifth annual consolidated picture of progress made by country and multilateral institution partners of CAREC toward economic development through regional cooperation. This brochure provides a snapshot of the CAREC Program's progress in 2013. Download in English and Russian

     

    CAREC Development Effectiveness Review

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  • 9 October 2014
    CAREC forum tackles Almaty-Bishkek Corridor plan
    National government and city administration representatives from Almaty and Bishkek met to formulate an intercity memorandum of understanding on developing the Almaty-Bishkek Corridor as an economic corridor. Read more
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  • 6 October 2014
    Lessons in modernizing SPS measures for CAREC countries
    Experts from Latvia, Lithuania, World Trade Organization, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations shared experiences with CAREC officials and private sector in modernizing sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures. Read more
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  • 0 October 2014
    Faster border-crossing time, higher transport costs

    It takes slightly less time to cross border-crossing points but the cost of border clearances and traveling across CAREC corridors is significantly higher, according to the latest CAREC Corridor Performance Measurement and Monitoring (CPMM) Report. Read more


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  • 6 September 2014
    CAREC officials review energy work plan
    The CAREC Energy Sector Coordinating Committee reviewed the implementation of the Energy Work Plan 2013-2015 in a meeting in Beijing, People's Republic of China. Read more

     

    CAREC Energy Work Plan 2013-2015

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  • 3 September 2014
    CAREC workshop aims to raise cooperation in Turkmenistan
    Representatives of ministries and agencies in Turkmenistan, as well as multilateral and bilateral development organizations, attended the workshop, which aims to raise government agencies' awareness of and contribution to the CAREC Program. Read more

     

    CAREC Turkmenistan page

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  • 24 July 2014
    ADB welcomes CAREC senior officials

    ADB hosted a reception dinner to welcome participants to the CAREC Senior Officials' Meeting. In his welcome remarks, ADB Vice President Wencai Zhang cited key strategies in the program's four priority sectors and encouraged continued collective efforts to move towards regional cooperation and integration.

    View VP Zhang's welcome remarks in full

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  • 23 July 2014
    ADB receives US Treasury award for Afghanistan railway project
    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) received a US Department of Treasury award for a pioneering rail project in Afghanistan that is providing a cross-border trade link crucial to the country's post-conflict economy. News release.


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  • 26 June 2014
    Building Afghanistan's new railway as lifesaving link

    For Afghanistan, the country's first railroad has resulted in a steady supply of lifesaving goods and a vital link to Uzbekistan, its vibrant neighbor. Read more.

     

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  • 26 June 2014
    CAREC countries review trade policy sector updates

    Representatives from CAREC member countries and multilateral development partners discussed the implementation of the Trade Policy Strategic Action Plan (TPSAP) 2013-2017 at the 20th Trade Policy Coordinating Committee Meeting held in Manila, Philippines. Read more.

    CAREC TPSAP 2013-2017

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  • 26 June 2014
    Highlights of the CAREC Senior Officials' Meeting

    Aside from progress in the program's four priority sectors, the midyear CAREC Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) discussed updates on the proposed economic corridor development study, the CAREC development effectiveness review, the CAREC corridor performance measurement and monitoring report, and the CAREC Institute. Read more.

    CAREC Senior Officials' Meeting, 26-27 Jun 2014

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  • 10 June 2014
    Kazakhstan sees more active role in CAREC

    In his opening address at the 47th Annual Meeting of the ADB Board of Governors, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev cited his country's active participation in CAREC and mentioned the program's role in fostering economic growth in the region. Read more.

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  • 3 June 2014
    Connectivity, regional cooperation key to growth in Central Asia and beyond
    Links to Prosperity: Connectivity, Trade and Growth in Developing Asia, a seminar that took place at ADB's 47th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors in Astana, Kazakhstan, examined the relationship between physical infrastructure and the associated software of institutional and policy reforms. Read more.
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  • 29 May 2014
    ADB cites CAREC model for regional cooperation

    Affirming regional cooperation and integration as a strategic priority, ADB President Takehiko Nakao pledged increased support for trade facilitation, citing CAREC's achievements in expanding cross-border trade and investment opportunities in member countries. Read Mr. Nakao's opening address at the 47th Annual Meeting of the ADB Board of Governors.

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  • 27 May 2014
    ADB project helps Tajikistan maintain vital link to Uzbekistan

    The soon-to-be-completed road from Dushanbe's Western Gate to the Uzbekistan border will provide a vital connection between Tajikistan and its neighbors. See ADB news release.

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    Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border Road Improvement Project
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  • 23 May 2014
    CAREC customs officials discuss trade facilitation projects
    Customs officials from CAREC countries discussed how to implement regional technical assistance projects on customs cooperation and modernization. Read more.
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  • 14 May 2014
    CAREC countries discuss transport sector updates

    At the 13th Transport Sector Coordinating Committee meeting in Bishkek, representatives from CAREC countries presented action plans for implementing the CAREC Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy. Read more.

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  • 0 May 2014
    CAREC Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy 2020
    The CAREC Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy was refined to account for changes in the CAREC Program since 2008, particularly expanded membership and the new strategic framework (CAREC 2020). Read this publication in English and Russian.
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  • 11 April 2014
    National focal points discuss CAREC Institute plans
    CAREC national focal points discussed the establishment of a physical base of the CAREC Institute in Urumqi, People's Republic of China in a special session held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Read full story.
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  • 10 April 2014
    Malaysia workshop shares lessons on economic corridor development
    Organized by CAREC and the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT), the workshop highlights Malaysia's experience in developing economic corridors. Read more.
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  • 9 April 2014
    CAREC countries join Tokyo workshop on infrastructure development
    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Institute, the Agence Francaise de Developpement, and ADB, through the CAREC Institute, jointly organized a training workshop on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in Infrastructure Development. Read more.
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  • 4 April 2014
    CAREC officials review energy work plan
    Sector focal points and representatives from CAREC countries and multilateral development partners reviewed the implementation of the Energy Work Plan 2013-2015. Read more.
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  • 3 April 2014
    ADB presents new CAREC transport projects in Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic

    ADB met with government officials, private sector representatives, and development partners in Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic to present new regional technical assistance projects on cross-border transport facilitation.

    View Tajikistan event page and Kyrgyz Republic event page.

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  • 0 April 2014
    CAREC in Tajikistan: Building a Global Future
    As of late 2013, 10 CAREC projects involving Tajikistan were completed and 13 were ongoing, with $869 million invested in transport, trade, and energy. Download the full document in English and Russian.
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  • 26 March 2014
    From Landlocked to Linked In

    Know the latest facts and figures about the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program in the latest edition of From Landlocked to Linked In. Download the full document in English and Russian.

     

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  • 4 March 2014
    Islamic Development Bank supports hydropower projects in Uzbekistan
    The Islamic Development Bank has approved lease financing to implement three hydropower modernization projects in Tashkent, Shakhrikhan, and Kadirya cascades. View project page.
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  • 24 February 2014
    Harnessing innovation for Kazakhstan’s sustainable growth
    Matthew Westfall, Asian Development Bank (ADB) country director for Kazakhstan, shares his insights on the diversification of the country's economy and how the CAREC Program supports its goals. Read full story.
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  • 14 February 2014
    CAREC project to boost power supply in Afghanistan
    The Asian Development Bank has approved additional funding for the Energy Sector Development Investment Program, which aims to boost transmission capacity between northern and southern Afghanistan. View project page.
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  • 28 January 2014
    CAREC program registers mixed results in 2012

    The 2012 CAREC Development Effectiveness Review cites significant improvements in the energy and transport sectors, moderate momentum in the trade policy sector, and the need for sustained effort in trade facilitation. Read the full review in English and Russian.

    · View the CAREC DeFR page

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  • 20 January 2014
    CAREC session held at 9th WTO Ministerial Conference
    The Asian Development Bank (ADB), in partnership with the World Trade Organization (WTO), conducted a session on the CAREC Program at the Bali Trade and Development Symposium on the sidelines of the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference. Read more.
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