Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan: CAREC Regional Road Corridor Improvement Project

Evaluation Document | 15 July 2015

The Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) corridor 3 runs from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) through Irkeshtam at the PRC–Kyrgyz Republic border and Karamyk at the Kyrgyz Republic–Tajikistan border toward several Central and South Asian countries, including Afghanistan and Pakistan to the south and Uzbekistan to the west. The project road is a section of CAREC corridor 3. During project preparation, poor road sections within this corridor were bottlenecks to domestic and international traffic. These obstructed trade between the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of the PRC and other neighboring Central Asian countries.

Border−crossing facilities and procedures in Karamyk at the Kyrgyz Republic–Tajikistan border and Irkeshtam were also inadequate to handle cross-border traffic. There was a need to improve border infrastructure with better handling facilities. By removing physical and nonphysical cross-border barriers, the corridor could facilitate regional trade and cooperation.

The project’s expected impact was contribution to reducing transport costs and fostering regional trade and cooperation among the Kyrgyz Republic, the PRC, Tajikistan, and other Central Asian countries. 

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