Book Launch: Developing Infrastructure in Central Asia: Impacts and Financing Mechanisms

Event | 29 March 2021
Online

Time of event

14:50–16:50 Tokyo time

Summary

This ADBI-Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Institute virtual event highlighted key takeaways from the new book Developing Infrastructure in Central Asia: Impacts and Financing Mechanisms, as discussed by the co-editors and a panel of contributors to the book. The focuses included insights into spillover effects and financing of infrastructure development in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, the People’s Republic of China, and Tajikistan.

The participants also examined the economic impact and financing mechanisms of three infrastructure projects: railways in Kazakhstan, roads in the Kyrgyz Republic, and an airport in Georgia.

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

Objectives
  • Overview the new book Developing Infrastructure in Central Asia: Impacts and Financing Mechanisms
  • Describe public-private partnerships and other methods for mobilizing private finance for infrastructure development in the region
Participants
  • Policy makers; experts from think tanks, universities, and other institutions; and interested members of the public
Output
  • Distribution of the free download link for the book Developing Infrastructure in Central Asia: Impacts and Financing Mechanisms
  • Enhanced understanding of the economic impacts of infrastructure in Central Asia
  • Greater awareness of private financing mechanisms for infrastructure development in the region
Partners
  • Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Institute
Conference Presentations

Presentation 1: Measuring Impacts and Financing Infrastructure in Kazakhstan (Railways)
Bibigul Aidarkhanova, Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, Kazakh University of Economics, Finance and International Trade, Kazakhstan

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Presentation 2: Measuring Impacts and Financing Infrastructure in the Kyrgyz Republic (Roads)
Kamalbek Karymshakov, Economist, Chief Economist Team, CAREC Institute, PRC

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Presentation 3: Impact Assessment of Infrastructure and Public Private Partnership in Georgia (Airport)
Nestan Devidze, Investment Manager, South and Southeast Asia, Impact Investments, Kiva, United States

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Panel Discussion 1: Impact Evaluation in the Era of Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0)
Guntur Sugiyarto, Principal Economist, Central and West Asia Regional Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Philippines

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Panel Discussion 3: Comprehensive, Informative, Well Written Book!
Andy Sze, Managing Director, Fastraxx Group LLC, United States

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Panel Discussion 5:ADBI-CAREC Book Project: Infrastructure
Naoyuki Yoshino, Professor Emeritus, Keio University, Japan

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