Kazakhstan in CAREC

  • Kazakhstan joined CAREC in 1997
  • Since 2001, almost $7.98 billion has been invested in transport, trade, and energy
  • 15 ongoing CAREC projects
  • 8 completed CAREC projects

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


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 more

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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CAREC in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan has participated in the CAREC Program since 1997, embracing a vision of cooperation with its neighbors to achieve a new era of development and prosperity.

As a founding member of CAREC, Kazakhstan is working with other member countries to overcome barriers to growth and connectivity, and to place the region at the heart of Eurasia's trade and commerce as global markets increasingly integrate.

Kazakhstan’s first contribution to regional cooperation involved one of the CAREC Program's earliest initiatives. In 2000, the program began to rebuild the road between the commercial city of Almaty and the Kyrgyz Republic capital of Bishkek.

The route became an integral part of CAREC Corridor 1, one of the six CAREC corridors in the current version of the Silk Road, which stretches from the People's Republic of China (PRC) to Azerbaijan, in the Caucasus, and farther west to Europe; and from south Kazakhstan to the ports of Pakistan.

Key Projects

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

Since its formal inception in 2001, CAREC has mobilized almost $7.98 billion for 23 regional projects that involved Kazakhstan. These projects have improved transport, trade, and energy infrastructure.

More importantly, these projects support better integration among CAREC countries and aim to harness each country's vast natural and human resources.

Kazakhstan’s critical role in transport is reinforced by the fact that four of the six CAREC corridors pass through its territory. The most vital of these are CAREC Corridor 1, an important cargo-transit route from the PRC, through the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan, to the Russian Federation and then Europe; and CAREC Corridor 2, an east–west conduit linking Kazakhstan with the PRC and the Russian Federation, and with the Caucasus and points beyond.

With its strategic location, and abundant resources in a territory bigger than Western Europe, Kazakhstan is in a strong position to benefit from the growing international trade along the new Silk Road network, which is being built by the CAREC Program.

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Economic Outlook

Highlights from the Asian Development Outlook 2014:

Growth rose to 6% from 5% in 2012, reflecting accelerated private consumption and investment, though the current account surplus shrank further to 0.1% of GDP from 0.3% a year earlier. The pace is projected to remain at 6% in 2014 and improve to 6.4% in 2015, as the February 2014 devaluation of the Kazakh tenge and new flows from the Kashagan oilfield should boost exports and the current account surplus. Read more.

More economic and social indicators for Kazakhstan from the World Bank's World Development Indicators online.

Human Development

The United Nations Development Programme prepares reports on human development in Kazakhstan.