CAREC Senior Officials' Meeting 2024

Chair

Mr. Timur Zhaksylykov, First Vice Minister, Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Assisted by

Mr. Yevgeniy Zhukov
Director General, Central and West Asia Department, ADB

Mr. Muhammad Ehsan Khan
Director General, East Asia Department, ADB

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Day 1: Thursday, 30 May

09:00 – 09:05 Welcome speech by
Mr. Yevgeniy Zhukov
Director General, Central and West Asia Department (CWRD), ADB
09:05 – 09:10 Welcome speech by
Mr. Timur Zhaksylykov, First Vice Minister,
Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
09:10 – 09:15 Meeting Objectives and Introduction of Agenda items

Ms. Lyaziza Sabyrova, Regional Head, Regional Cooperation and Integration, CWRD, ADB
09:15 – 09:35 Moderated by
Mr. Yevgeniy Zhukov, Director General, CWRD, ADB

The CAREC Secretariat will present the overall progress made to date in implementing the CAREC 2030 strategy, building on discussions at the 22nd CAREC Ministerial Conference and proposed key deliverables for 2024, including a potential CAREC Infrastructure Investment Forum.   

Presentation by
Ms. Lyaziza Sabyrova, Regional Head, Regional Cooperation and Integration, CWRD, ADB

09:35 – 10:00 Open Discussions
10:00 – 10:15 Group Photo and Coffee Break
10:15 – 10:30 Moderated by
Mr. Timur Zhaksylykov, First Vice Minister,
Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The CAREC Secretariat will present the objective, outline, scope, and preliminary outcomes of the Midterm Review of the CAREC 2030 (MTR) and solicit feedback, inputs, and further suggestions from CAREC members, including MTR key messages, governance arrangements, program results monitoring, and development partners engagement.   

Presentation by
Ms. Lyaziza Sabyrova, Regional Head, Regional Cooperation and Integration, CWRD, ADB

10:30 – 12:00​ Tour de Table

Each CAREC Delegation will be requested to share their perspectives, insights, and suggestions on the MTR. 

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 13:40 Moderated by
Mr. Yevgeniy Zhukov, Director General, CWRD, ADB

The CAREC Secretariat will report on the outcomes of the 1st Meeting of the CAREC Climate Change Working Group (CCWG), the Early Action Plan, and mainstreaming of the Climate Change Vision in CAREC 2030 sectors. The CAREC Secretariat will also provide updates on developing the CAREC disaster risk transfer facility and the draft Establishment Paper of the CAREC Climate and Sustainability Project Preparatory Fund (CSPPF). 

Outcomes of the 1st Meeting of the Climate Change Working Group

Presentation by
Mr. Kristian Rosbach, Senior Economist (Regional Cooperation), CWRD, ADB

13:40 – 13:50 Developing Disaster Risk Transfer Facility

Presentation by
Ms. Carmen Maria Garcia Perez, Regional Cooperation Specialist, CWRD, ADB (virtual)

13:50 – 14:20 Open Discussions
14:20 – 14:30 Moderated by
Mr. Yevgeniy Zhukov, Director General, CWRD, ADB

The CAREC Secretariat will report on sector initiatives or outcomes of CAREC sector meetings held since the 22nd CAREC Ministerial Conference. Presentations may focus on how the Climate Change Vision is mainstreamed in each sector and inputs into the MTR.

Trade Flows and Transport Routes in the CAREC Region amid External Shocks

Presentation by
Mr. Roman Mogilevskii, Senior Economist, CWRD, ADB

14:30 – 14:40 Trade
6th CAREC Regional Trade Group Meeting and 2nd CAREC Digital Trade Forum (17-18 April, Astana)

Presentation by
Ms. Dorothea Lazaro, Senior Regional Cooperation Specialist, CWRD, ADB

14:40 – 14:50 Transport
21st Transport Sector Coordinating Committee (22–23 April, Almaty)

Presentation by
Mr. Oleg Samukhin, Senior Transport Specialist, Sectors Group, ADB

14:50 – 15:00 Energy
34th Energy Sector Coordinating Committee (4 April, Virtual)

Presentation by
Mr. Martin Jaer, Finance Specialist (Energy), Sectors Group, ADB (virtual)

15:00 – 15:30 Open Discussions for Session 4.1
15:30 – 15:40 Coffee Break
15:40 – 15:50 Moderated by
Mr. Muhammad Ehsan Khan, Director General, East Asia Department, ADB

Skills Development
The session will present the outcomes of the 1st Meeting of the CAREC Working Group on Skills Development and proposed next steps.

Presentation by
Ms. Altynay Arapova, Economist, CWRD, ADB

15:50 – 16:00 Agriculture and Water
This sub-session will discuss (i) progress made in the CAREC Water Pillar and preparatory steps being taken for initial water pillar projects and (ii) updates on the implementation of the “Cooperation Framework for Agricultural Development and Food Security in the CAREC Region.”

Presentation by
Ms. Niloofar Sadeghi, Water Resources Specialist, Sectors Group, ADB and Mr. Md. Abul Basher, Senior Natural Resources and Agriculture Specialist, Sectors Group, ADB (virtual)

16:00 – 16:10 Digital/ICT
2nd CAREC Digital Strategy Steering Committee (19 April, Astana)

Presentation by
Ms. Dorothea Lazaro, Senior Regional Cooperation Specialist, CWRD, ADB

16:10 – 16:20 Moderated by
Mr. Muhammad Ehsan Khan, Director General, East Asia Department, ADB

The CAREC Institute will present a progress report on the 2024 work plan for the first half of the year and planned activities for the second half of the year.

Presentation by
Mr. Kabir Jurazoda, Director, CAREC Institute

16:20 – 16:50 Open Discussions for Sessions 4.2 and 5
16:50 – 17:00 Wrap-Up of Day 1

Ms. Lyaziza Sabyrova, Regional Head, Regional Cooperation and Integration, CWRD, ADB

18:00 – 20:00 Dinner at Winter Garden, St. Regis

Day 2: Friday, 31 May

09:00 – 09:10 Ms. Lyaziza Sabyrova, Regional Head, Regional Cooperation and Integration, CWRD, ADB
09:10–10:15 Moderated by
Mr. Yevgeniy Zhukov, Director General, CWRD, ADB

Development Partners will share their ongoing and planned initiatives to support the implementation of CAREC 2030 Strategy, including the CAREC Climate Change Vision, and how these are aligned with the needs and priorities of CAREC member countries.

10:15 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 – 10:40 Moderated by
Mr. Timur Zhaksylykov, First Vice Minister,
Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

CAREC Secretariat will present the key initiatives and activities in 2024 and proposed deliverables (including potential CAREC Infrastructure Investment Forum), theme and arrangements for the 23rd CAREC Ministerial Conference on 8 November 2024 in Astana.

Presentation by
Ms. Lyaziza Sabyrova, Regional Head, Regional Cooperation and Integration, CWRD, ADB

10:40 – 11:20​ Open Discussions for Sessions 7
11:20 – 11:25 Mr. Timur Zhaksylykov, First Vice Minister,
Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
11:25 – 11:30 Mr. Muhammad Ehsan Khan
Director General, East Asia Department, ADB
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
[Working Lunch for the CAREC Secretariat including NFP Advisors and RCCs]

CAREC Development Partners’ Special Session | 31 May 2024, Astana  

Agenda items:

  • Development Partners’ (DPs) comments and feedback on the draft report of the Midterm Review of CAREC 2030 Strategy.
  • Follow-ups on engagement of CAREC DPs in implementing recommendations from the First CAREC Development Partners’ Forum held in 2020.
  • Discuss potential collaboration and/or joint financing of CAREC projects and programs and exchange of information on ongoing and planned DPs’ activities, sharing of technical expertise including with CAREC Institute, and enhancing CAREC Program visibility and country ownership in member countries and among DPs.

Participants: Invited Development Partners

13:30 – 13:35 Welcome and Strategic Overview
Mr. Yevgeniy Zhukov, Director General, Central and West Asia Department, ADB
13:35 – 13:45 CAREC Strategy 2030 Midterm Review and Strengthening the Role of Development Partners under the CAREC Program
Ms. Lyaziza Sabyrova
, Regional Head, Regional Cooperation and Integration, CWRD, ADB
13:45 – 15:30 Tour de Table
Development Partners
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 – 16:05 Summary Observations from CAREC Secretariat
Ms. Lyaziza Sabyrova
, Regional Head, Regional Cooperation and Integration, CWRD, ADB
16:05 – 16:15 Closing and Next Steps
Mr. Muhammad Ehsan Khan
, Director General, East Asia Department, ADB