Virtual Workshop on Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor: Infrastructure and Trade

Event | 16 - 20 November 2020
Online

Time of event

16 Nov: 15:50–18:15 Tokyo time
17 Nov: 15:50–18:10 Tokyo time
20 Nov: 15:50–18:10 Tokyo time

Summary

Greater regional connectivity in Central Asia via the Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor would boost market access, new trade and business opportunities, and employment. Fully realizing these benefits will depend on infrastructure growth to improve transportation linkages and cost efficiency in a region challenged by low population density and large distances.

This ADBI-Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Institute virtual workshop featured new research on the development of the Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor, its trade and economic potential, and infrastructure expansion challenges and opportunities. Among the focuses included policies for enabling infrastructure investment, overcoming barriers such as long project timelines, sizeable upfront costs, and high risks.

Objectives
  • Examine the potential of the Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor to drive regional connectivity and sustainable economic growth
  • Assess trade and infrastructure barriers in the region as well as policies for addressing them
Participants
  • Policy makers and experts from think tanks, universities, and other institutions, as well as post-graduate students
Output
  • Enhanced understanding of Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor development and infrastructure and trade policy imperatives
  • Impetus for greater policy dialogue, research, and collaboration on Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor growth issues
  • Papers presented during the workshop will be considered for publication as ADBI working papers and inclusion in an ADBI book
Partner

Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Institute

Conference Presentations

Keynote Address: Asset Management Aspects of Trans-Regional Transport Infrastructure
Ian Greenwood, Principal Consultant, Greenwood Associates Infrastructure Consultants (GAIC), New Zealand

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Paper 1.1: Logistics Policy Analysis and Network Model Simulation for Cross-Border Transport in the Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor: the Kazakhstani Viewpoint
Presenter: Daisuke Watanabe, Associate Professor, Department of Logistics and Information Engineering, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan

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Paper 1.2: Logistics Policy Analysis and Network Model Simulation for Cross-Border Transport in the Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor: the Kazakhstani Viewpoint
Discussant: Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Vice Dean (International), Henley Business School, University of Reading, United Kingdom

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Paper 2.1: The Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor Infrastructures in Globalizing Regional Economies: Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Project
Presenter: Ulviyye Aydin, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Manisa Celal Bayar University, Turkey

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Paper 2.2: The Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor Infrastructures in Globalizing Regional Economies: Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Project
Discussant: Daisuke Watanabe, Associate Professor, Department of Logistics and Information Engineering, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan

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Paper 3.1: Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor: a Story of Ships, Trains and Pipelines
Presenter: Julian Lee, Oil Strategist, Bloomberg News, United Kingdom

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Paper 3.2: Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor: a Story of Ships, Trains and Pipelines
Discussant: Ulviyye Aydin, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Manisa Celal Bayar University, Turkey

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Paper 4.1: Regional Impact of the Trans-Caspian Infrastructure Improvement in the Era of Post COVID-19: A Computable General Equilibrium Analysis
Presenter: Zhenhua Chen, Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning, The Ohio State University, United States

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Paper 4.2: Regional Impact of the Trans-Caspian Infrastructure Improvement in the Era of Post COVID-19: A Computable General Equilibrium Analysis
Discussant: Kenmei Tsubota, Associate Professor, Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, Toyo University, Japan

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CAREC Corridor Performance Measurement and Monitoring (CPMM): Trade Impediments of CAREC Trans-Caspian Corridors
Tamar Berdzenishvili, Senior Knowledge Management Specialist, CAREC Institute, People's Republic of China

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Paper 5.1: Infrastructure and firm performance in CAREC countries: CrossSectional Evidence at the Firm Level
Presenters: Kamalbek Karymshakov, Economist, Chief Economist Team, CAREC Institute, People's Republic of China
Naoyuki Yoshino, Professor Emeritus, Keio University, Japan

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Paper 5.2: Infrastructure and firm performance in CAREC countries: CrossSectional Evidence at the Firm Level
Discussant: Ghulam Samad, Senior Research Specialist, CAREC Institute, People's Republic of China

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Paper 6.1: Corridor Developments for Transforming Central Asia: A Spatial Computable General Equilibrium Model
Presenter: Kenmei Tsubota, Associate Professor, Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, Toyo University, Japan

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Paper 6.2: Corridor Developments for Transforming Central Asia: A Spatial Computable General Equilibrium Model
Discussant: Zhenhua Chen, Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning, The Ohio State University, United States

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Paper 7.1: Trans-Caspian Trade Corridors: Present and Future
Presenter: Richard Pomfret, Professor of Economics, Institute for International Trade, The University of Adelaide, Australia

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Paper 7.2: Trans-Caspian Trade Corridors: Present and Future
Discussant: Kamalbek Karymshakov, Economist, Chief Economist Team, CAREC Institute, People's Republic of China

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Paper 8.1: New corridors in Central Asia: Increased Connectivity and Improved Trade
Presenter: Iskandar Abdullaev, Deputy Director, CAREC Institute, People's Republic of China

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Paper 8.2: New corridors in Central Asia: Increased Connectivity and Improved Trade
Discussant: Richard Pomfret, Professor of Economics, Institute for International Trade, The University of Adelaide, Australia

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Paper 9.1: Middle Corridor—Policy Development and Trade Potential of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route
Presenter: Tristan Kenderdine, Research Director, Future Risk, Tasmania

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Paper 9.2: Middle Corridor—Policy Development and Trade Potential of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route
Discussant: Eisa Khan Ayoob Ayoobi, Chief of Capacity Building Division, CAREC Institute, People's Republic of China

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Remarks About Academic Writing
Dina Azhgaliyeva, Research Fellow, ADBI, Japan
Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Vice Dean (International), Henley Business School, University of Reading, United Kingdom

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