• 5 December 2016
    Subregional Workshop on Coordinated Border Management

    Asian Development Bank, in cooperation with the World Customs Organization and CAREC Institute, conducted a workshop for border and trade officials of the People's Republic of China, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan. Read more

    Learn more about Trade Facilitation in CAREC

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  • 23 November 2016
    Milestones in CAREC Transport

    The 15th CAREC Ministerial Conference unanimously endorsed two strategies to promote safety along CAREC corridors and provide a blueprint for long-term development of CAREC railways.

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    Safely Connected: A Regional Road Safety Strategy for CAREC Countries (2017–2030)

    Unlocking the Potential for Railways: A Railway Strategy for CAREC (2017-2030)

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  • 27 October 2016
    15th CAREC Ministerial Conference

    Ministers of the 11 CAREC member countries and representatives from multilateral development partners discussed progress in the program's four priority areas: transport, trade facilitation, energy, and trade policy. Read more

    ADB president calls for expanded CAREC agenda to meet new challenges

    CAREC Senior Officials' Meeting (Oct 2016)

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  • 26 October 2016
    CAREC 2020 Midterm Review
    The purpose of the Midterm Review (MTR) is to review the relevance and responsiveness of CAREC 2020, including implementation performance, results achieved and the effectiveness of the CAREC institutions; to draw lessons from the experience gained in the first five years of the strategy; and to propose refinements and strategies moving forward.

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  • 24 October 2016
    Central Asian countries identify $94 billion energy investment needs to 2023

    Central Asian countries have identified power investment needs of about $94 billion to 2023, according to an Asian Development Bank (ADB)-commissioned study presented at an energy forum in Islamabad, Pakistan. Read more

    CAREC Energy Investment Forum

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  • 30 September 2016
    CAREC national focal points prepare for 15th Ministerial Conference
    CAREC national focal points discussed preparations for the 15th Ministerial Conference, including a proposed ministerial retreat in October in Islamabad, Pakistan and its expected deliverables. Read more
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  • 26 September 2016
    ADB allocates $95 million to help rehabilitate North-South Corridor

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan and grant amounting to $95.1 million to rehabilitate a section of the North-South Alternate Road Corridor in the Kyrgyz Republic. Read more

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  • 31 August 2016
    Western Mongolia's Road to Development

    A highway linking Mongolia to neighboring Russia and the People's Republic of China (PRC) is bringing development, jobs, and social services to the country's remote western regions. Connecting Ulaanbayshint on the Mongolia-Russia border to Yarant on the Mongolia-PRC border, the western regional road is built under the umbrella of the CAREC program. View video

    Western Regional Road Corridor Development Program, Tranche 2

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  • 30 August 2016
    ADB approves $240M to help Kazakhstan modernize transport, improve connectivity

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $240.3 million loan to help Kazakhstan modernize its transport system. Improved transport connectivity will help increase trade links between Kazakhstan and the markets in East Asia, the Caspian Sea region, and further to Europe. Read more

    View all CAREC projects in Kazakhstan

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  • 30 August 2016
    Second CAREC Road Safety Workshop

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $31.37 million grant to prepare the Salang Corridor rehabilitation project to improve the efficiency and safety of movement of goods and people in Afghanistan and across Central Asia. Read more

    Learn more about CAREC Road Safety



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  • 2 August 2016
    ESCC Preparatory Meeting for the Energy Investment Forum
    Islamabad, Pakistan: 18 July 2016


    Representatives from CAREC member countries and development partners discussed the Energy Sector Progress Report and agreed on the next steps leading to the CAREC Energy Investment Forum. Read more

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  • 26 July 2016
    23rd Trade Policy Coordinating Committee Meeting
    Islamabad, Pakistan: 18 July 2016


    Representatives from CAREC countries and development partners discussed the implementation progress of the Trade Policy Strategic Action Plan. Read more

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  • 26 July 2016
    CAREC Senior Officials’ Meeting
    Islamabad, Pakistan: 19-20 July 2016


    Senior officials from CAREC and partner institutions reviewed recent progress in terms of operational priorities and preparations leading up to the 15th CAREC Ministerial Conference this October. Read more

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  • 12 July 2016
    Special Economic Zone and Industrial Zone Development Forums

    Asian Development Bank organized forums on special economic zone and industrial zone development in Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic, joined by representatives from the government, private sector, and development partners. Read more

    Learn more about CAREC Economic Corridor Development

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  • 30 May 2016
    Workshop on Tools to Improve Border Management: TRS and CPMM

    The workshop aimed to build local capacity in Corridor Performance Measurement and Monitoring (CPMM) and Time Release Study (TRS) methodologies for CAREC government organizations, academe, and research institutions. Read more

    CAREC Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy

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  • 23 May 2016
    CAREC 2020 Mid-Term Review: Consultation with Customs Cooperation Committee Focal Points
    The consultation meetings confirmed the continued relevance of the CAREC 2020 strategy and the role of trade facilitation in helping achieve the 2020 target. Read more

    Learn more about the CAREC 2020 Strategic Framework
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  • 4 May 2016
    15th Transport Sector Coordinating Committee Meeting

    CAREC countries - with Georgia as observer - and eight development partners confirmed progress toward completion of the six CAREC transport corridors. Read more

    Second CAREC Railway Working Group Meeting

    CAREC Road Safety Workshop

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  • 3 May 2016
    CAREC Almaty–Bishkek Economic Corridor Initiative meets on agribusiness in Almaty
    Officials of Almaty City Government, national ministries, development partners, and the private sector met to discuss approaches to the development of agriculture value chains, prioritize related investments, and identify necessary policy reforms. Read more


    What is the Almaty-Bishkek Corridor Initiative?

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  • 27 April 2016
    21st CAREC Energy Sector Coordinating Committee Meeting

    Energy sector focal points of CAREC member countries, officials from energy ministries and agencies, and representatives from multilateral development partners discussed updates on the deliverables of the Energy Sector Work Plan 2013-2015 and next steps to encourage investments in the energy sector. Read more

    CAREC Energy Work Plan 2013–2015

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  • 21 April 2016
    BLOG: Back on Track – Reviving Rail in Central Asia
    Railways are generally considered an efficient way to transport bulk cargo or goods over long distances. But governments in Central and East Asia generally tend to give priority to road network investments. However, one recent development provides hope for the future of railways. Read more


    Learn more about CAREC's Railway Strategy


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  • 13 April 2016
    CAREC 2020 Mid-Term Review: Country Consultation Meetings
    Focus group discussions with government officials, private sector representatives, think tanks, and donor agencies in Tashkent, Astana, and Bishkek focused on how the current CAREC 2020 strategy can be made more effective in light of the recent global and regional developments. Read more


    CAREC 2020 Strategic Framework

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  • 21 March 2016
    ADB reaffirms support, targets more funding for infrastructure
    Sean O' Sullivan, Director General of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s Central and West Asia Department, met with Afghanistan Minister of Finance, ADB Governor, and CAREC National Focal Point Eklil Ahmad Hakimi to reaffirm ADB's support in the current challenging environment. They also discussed the country's regional cooperation priorities. Read more

    CAREC Program in Afghanistan

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  • 18 January 2016
    ADB: A snapshot of e-commerce in Central Asia

    CAREC countries are making progress toward enabling e-commerce. As automation improves and regional cooperation promotes cross-border exchanges, the private sector is expected to grow. Read more

    Learn more about Trade Facilitation in CAREC

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  • 0 January 2016
    CAREC Development Effectiveness Review 2014
    This brochure summarizes what CAREC achieved during 2014, and what its priorities are for 2015 and beyond. Total CAREC investments reached around $24.6 billion in 156 projects by the end of 2014. Download PDF
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