Time of event

15:50 – 18:00 Tokyo time


This ADBI-Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Institute webinar highlighted key takeaways from the new book Unlocking Transport Connectivity in the Trans-Caspian Corridor, as discussed by the co-editors and a panel of contributors to the book. The focuses included the Trans-Caspian Corridor’s potential economic benefits for the CAREC region and beyond, cross-border connectivity drivers and barriers, and economic impact assessment approaches. 

The participants also discussed Trans-Caspian Corridor development opportunities, policy priorities, and related issues with a panel of international experts.

The discussion was followed by an audience question and answer session.

  • Overview the new book Unlocking Transport Connectivity in the Trans-Caspian Corridor
  • Examine the development of the Trans-Caspian Corridor and its significance for the CAREC region
  • Discuss Trans-Caspian Corridor policy challenges and opportunities
  • Policy makers; experts from think tanks, universities, and other institutions; and interested members of the public
  • Free download link for the book Unlocking Transport Connectivity in the Trans-Caspian Corridor
  • Enhanced understanding of the economic impacts of the Trans-Caspian Corridor for the CAREC region
  • Identification of policy solutions for strengthening the Trans-Caspian Corridor
  • Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Institute

Conference Presentations*

Session 1.1: CAREC Corridors: Increased Connectivity and Improved Trade
Presenter: Shakhboz Akhmedov, Research Specialist, CAREC Institute, People's Republic of China (PRC)


Session 1.2: Corridor Developments for Transforming Central Asia: Spatial Computable General Equilibrium Model
Presenter: Kenmei Tsubota, Professor, Department of Regional Development Studies Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, Toyo University, Japan


Session 1.3: Infrastructure and Firm Performance in CAREC Countries: Cross-Sectional Evidence at the Firm Level
Presenters: Dina Azhgaliyeva, Research Fellow, ADBI, Japan; Ranjeeta Mishra, Project Consultant, ADBI, Japan; and Kamalbek Karymshakov, Economist, CAREC Institute, PRC


Session 2.1: Trade Corridors in the Caspian Region
Presenter: Richard Pomfret, Professor of Economics, Institute for InternationalTrade, The University of Adelaide, Australia


Session 2.2: Infrastructure Investments to Promote Connectivity
Presenter: Naoyuki Yoshino, Professor Emeritus, Keio University, Japan


*Disclaimer: The views expressed in these presentations are the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), its Board of Directors, or the governments they represent. ADBI does not guarantee the accuracy of the data included in these presentations and accepts no responsibility for any consequences of their use. Terminology used may not necessarily be consistent with ADB official terms.

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