Uzbekistan in CAREC

  • Uzbekistan joined CAREC in 2005
  • As of 2015, around $5.32 billion has been invested in transport and energy
  • 12 ongoing CAREC projects
  • 3 completed CAREC projects

World Bank approves loan for railway link project in Uzbekistan

The World Bank has approved a $195 million loan for the Pap-Angren Railway Project in Uzbekistan located along CAREC Corridor 2. The railway link will improve inter-regional access for around 7.6 million in Uzbekistan. Read more

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 and key piece of the CAREC Corridor 3 that spans almost 7,000 kilometers from the Russian Federation in the north to the Persian Gulf in the south. Read more

CAREC in Uzbekistan

As one of only two double-landlocked countries in the world, Uzbekistan must ship its exports over long distances through Kazakhstan in the north and northwest, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan in the east and southeast, Turkmenistan in the southwest, and Afghanistan in the south.

The CAREC Program helps address Uzbekistan’s logistical challenges by developing regional transport corridors. These corridors enable the country to derive greater benefit from the wealth that lies under its valleys, plains, and mountain ranges—in the form of gold, copper, uranium, natural gas, and oil. Uzbekistan is also one of the world's biggest producers of cotton.

Uzbekistan is committed to upgrading its roads that are part of CAREC’s six priority corridors, and is helping Afghanistan by sharing its expertise in railway modernization. Uzbekistan is also exploring the possibility of establishing a stable regional energy grid encompassing a vast area stretching from the People's Republic of China in the east to Azerbaijan in the west, and from Kazakhstan in the north to Pakistan's warm-water ports in the south.

Key Projects

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

As of 2015, more than $5.31 billion has been invested in transport and energy projects in Uzbekistan through CAREC. These projects are based on the principle that better connections among CAREC countries and with global markets will be key in unlocking the region’s vast resources and human potential.

CAREC Corridor 2, Corridor 3, and Corridor 6 transit Uzbekistan. CAREC projects have upgraded the country’s already extensive rail network. This expanded transport infrastructure has made the movement of people and cargo within the country and across borders easier and less costly, thereby increasing trade and improving access to essential services and jobs.

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Economic Outlook

Highlights from the Asian Development Outlook 2016:
Growth remained robust at 8% in 2013, led by wage and pension increases, high public investment spending, and large remittances. Recovery in external demand raised the current account surplus to 3.7% of GDP. Continued high public spending, strong private consumption, and an improving external environment are projected to keep growth near 8% in 2014 and 2015. Read full report

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

Human Development

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