The Bishkek-Osh Road is the Kyrgyz Republic's premier transport artery. It provides the only domestic surface link between Bishkek, the capital in the north, and Osh, the economic center of the country's southern region. When the Kyrgyz Republic gained independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991, the Bishkek-Osh Road was in acute disrepair.
This report assesses three ADB projects to improve the Bishkek-Osh Road, approved between 1996 and 2001. The projects aimed to promote economic growth and the development of a market-oriented economy by reducing transport costs, improving access to markets in the Bishkek-Osh corridor, and making road transportation safer and more efficient. All three projects are rated successful.