Sixth Ministerial Conference on Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation

Dushanbe, Tajikistan: 2-3 November 2007

Ministers from the eight countries participating in the CAREC Program

ADB president Haruhiko Kuroda emphasized the considerable progress the Program has made since its adoption of the Comprehensive Action Plan in 2006.

Mr. Kuroda noted that endorsement of the Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy and the CAREC Institute Prospectus would significantly advance the creation of the "regional perspective" envisioned at the 5th Ministerial Conference.

"I believe there is now a consensus in this region on the importance of regional cooperation to sustainable economic growth," Mr. Kuroda said. "When we see the region and its opportunities from a common perspective and agree to focus our resources and energies on a common agenda, we will make tremendous progress."

World Bank Vice President Shigeo Katsu stated a collective view on behalf of the CAREC partner multilateral institutions on recent progress and the need to maintain the Program's focus on specific actions and results.

ADB vice president Liqun Jin co-chaired the conference.

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