Fourth CAREC Ministerial Conference

In keynote speeches, Kyrgyz Republic Prime Minister Felix Kulov addressed the urgency of greater regional cooperation and presented a vision to 2015, and ADB President Kuroda emphasized the critical importance of regional cooperation for realizing the economic potential of Central Asia.

In a joint statement, ministers called for the acceleration of economic integration and deepening of the CAREC agenda. World Bank Vice President Shigeo Katsu stated a collective view on behalf of the MIs on progress under CAREC and the need for close partnership by all stakeholders. UNDP Assistant Administrator Kalman Miszei and Mr. Johannes Linn, Fellow, Brookings Institution, presented highlights of UNDP’s Central Asia Human Development Report, notably the benefits to be gained from regional cooperation in a wide range of areas.

ADB Vice-President Eichenberger co-chaired the conference and presided over the signing by seven countries of a memorandum of understanding establishing the CAREC Members Electricity Regulators Forum.

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