Ministers and senior officials from 11 CAREC countries and representatives from development partners joined the 19th Ministerial Conference. The theme of this year’s ministerial conference is “People-Centered Regional Cooperation in the Post-COVID Environment.”
The conference provided an opportunity to hold high-level deliberations on the importance of regional cooperation to restore economic stability, support economic growth, and create jobs and livelihood opportunities in CAREC member countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
His Excellency, the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani delivered a special message to participants.
In his keynote address, Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Masatsugu Asakawa cited the importance of digitalization and leveraging the private sector to nurture a people-centered economic recovery as Central Asia bounces back from the COVID-19 crisis.