Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Member Countries: Regional Cooperation Strategy and Program (2005-2007)

Date: July 2004
Type: Country Planning Documents
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Azerbaijan; China, People's Republic of; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyz Republic; Mongolia; Tajikistan; Uzbekistan
ADB administration and governance; Regional cooperation and integration
Series: Regional Cooperation Strategy and Programs


The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) regional cooperation effort in Central Asia, which began modestly in 1997, has grown both in coverage and complexity under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) program. Economic recovery has taken root in the Central Asian Republics (CARs) since 1999. This coincides with an economic upturn in Russia, continued rapid growth in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and new opportunities in Afghanistan and South Asia. These have significantly improved the prospects for the CARs. The preparation of ADB’s first regional cooperation strategy and program (RCSP) for CARs, Azerbaijan, the PRC (primarily Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR), which is geographically contiguous to CARs), and Mongolia, which are members of the CAREC program, is therefore timely. (All these countries are henceforth referred to in the document as CAREC member countries.) The RCSP will help focus ADB’s future assistance and contribute to the CARs’ efforts to fully benefit from these emerging opportunities.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Regional Cooperation among CAREC Member Countries
  • Current Development Trends and Prospects
  • ADB's Experience from Regional Cooperation
  • ADB's Strategy for Regional Cooperation
  • ADB's Assistance Program for Regional Cooperation
  • Risks and Performance Monitoring and Evaluation