Trade Facilitation, Infrastructure, and International Trade in Central Asian Countries
Publication | February 2023
This working paper analyzes the impact of infrastructure and trade facilitation on imports and exports in five Central Asian countries and outlines how improving hard and soft infrastructure would help boost regional trade and integration.
Focusing on Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, it analyzes how faster border crossing and cargo transport times affect trade flows with neighboring Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) program countries. It recommends Central Asian countries cooperate to diversify transport to include rail, bolster digital infrastructure, and eliminate nontariff obstacles in order to ramp up trade, and better develop infrastructure in the region.
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