Senior government officials of the 10 Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) member countries and representatives of multilateral development partners will gather at the Senior Officials' Meeting, a day before the ministerial conference, to:
- discuss the stock-take report on the implementation of the CAREC transport and trade facilitation strategy and implementation action plan,
- discuss the trade policy strategic action plan and steps to initiate implementation,
- discuss updates from the energy sector coordinating committee, and
- review the final preparations for the conference.
At the conference, each CAREC minister will give his or her views on the Senior Officials' Meeting report. The representatives of multilateral development partners will each give a brief statement on the overall theme, Integrated Transport and Trade.
The International Monetary Fund will also present its economic outlook on CAREC countries in a special session. The conference will be chaired by Kazakhstan's Minister for Economy and Budget Planning Erbolat Dossaev.