Kyrgyz Republic: CAREC Transport Corridor 1 (Bishkek–Torugart Road) Project 2

Evaluation Document | 28 December 2016

The Kyrgyz section of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridor 1—the 539 kilometers (km) Bishkek–Torugart road—was one of the government’s Road Sector Development Strategy priority road corridors. It forms an important international and/or regional road in the CAREC corridor, and links the western part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation via the Kyrgyz Republic. However, at the time of appraisal, the road was in poor condition and in need of rehabilitation. Improving the corridor was expected to increase speed and reliability of passenger and freight flows, and contribute to regional trade.

Together with the Asian Development Bank, development partners were upgrading the Bishkek–Torugart road corridor in five sections. Along with the customs inspection facility anticipated at assessment, the corridor improvements were designed to improve traffic, increase access to markets, and provide economic and social benefits to the communities of the Kyrgyz Republic.

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