Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Harmonization and Simplification of Transport Agreements

Date: October 2005
Document Type: Consultant's Reports

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Since 1997, the ADB has been promoting regional cooperation through the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) program, of which the PRC, Azerbaijan, and the four Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan are participating. The CAREC program's objectives are to increase trade and integration with large markets, reduce costs of transport and facilitate transit, improve supplies of energy and tackle negative externalities. ADB's Regional Cooperation Strategy and Program (RCSP) for CAREC countries (2005-2007) identifies transport as a priority area for ADB assistance.