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Kazakhstan: CAREC Corridor 3 (Shymkent–Tashkent Section) Road Improvement Project

Evaluation Document | 25 July 2019

The project aimed to rehabilitate a 37 km road, which is a main artery in South Kazakhstan. The Shymkent–Tashkent road section is within the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridor 3, one of the six priority transport corridors being developed under the CAREC Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy (2007). This road starts from the Shymkent City bypass, extends toward the Uzbekistan border, and connects with the CAREC Corridor 1, which links Western Europe with the People’s Republic of China. It is an important conduit for both regional and international traffic. The project is expected to address the following: (i) the below average economic and social performance of South Kazakhstan; (ii) the regional significance of the road at the junction of two CAREC corridors; and (iii) the dilapidated condition of the road, which impedes the economic development of South Kazakhstan and the regional economic cooperation with Uzbekistan and other Central Asian countries.

This report validates the completion report's assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.