The 20th CAREC Ministerial Conference was held virtually on 17th November 2021. It was hosted by the government of Azerbaijan and co-chaired by Minister of Economy, Azerbaijan Mikayil Jabbarov, and ADB Vice-President Shixin Chen. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jabbarov highlighted the potential of digitization and its resulting economic dividends to enhance regional cooperation. He stated that the CAREC Digital Strategy-2030 would help to build on the initiatives undertaken by the leadership of Azerbaijan.
President Masa in his keynote address affirmed ADB’s support to CAREC member countries as they recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. He emphasized the need for strengthening regional cooperation to build the resilience of populations to similar challenges in the future.
Ministers noted the progress achieved by the CAREC program across its priority areas and endorsed the new policy roadmaps for promoting digitization and health security in the region.