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1 Presented by: Asil Gezen, Ph.D., President, TERA International Group, Inc. Sterling, VA 20164, U.S.A. Integrating Central Asia into the World Economy: The Role of Energy and Transport Infrastructure; Washington, DC: 22-23 October 2007 CENTRAL ASIA REGIONAL ECONOMIC COOPERATION (CAREC) TRANSPORT SECTOR STRATEGY

2 Good neighbors… Good partners… Good prospects… …through competitive regional transport. Member Multilateral Institutions: ADB, WB, EBRD, IMF, IsDB, UNDP

3 Good neighbors, Good partners, working together for Good prospects…. Recent Examples: Amu Derya (Pianj) Bridge AFG-TAJ Official Opening 26 Aug 2007 (CAREC 5 and 6c) Guzar-Kumkurgan (Termez) Railway UZB-AFG Official Opening: 24 Aug 2007 (CAREC 3b and 6a,b) 9 October 2007: Lianyungang-Moscow 5T Intermodal Train Service inaugurated by CRCTC (CAREC 1a) 25-day guaranteed transit time

4 BACKGROUND Established: 1997 Main purpose: to promote economic development through cooperation, and thus accelerate economic growth and reduce poverty. Secretariat Function Undertaken by: ADB Priority Core Sectors: Transport, Energy, Trade Policy, and Trade Facilitation and Customs Cooperation. Structure: Expert Coordination Committees, Senior Officials Meetings, Ministerial Conferences.

5 Current Conditions With the exception of a few bottlenecks and inadequate infrastructure, the national transport systems in CAREC members have been performing satisfactorily in providing reasonable service in domestic movements of goods and people. Cross border and transit trades by road within and outside CAREC have been slowly increasing and are still relatively low ranging from less than 100 to 1,100 vehicles per day largely because of inadequate facilities and delays. Cross-border trade is largely dominated by rail between CAREC members where rail mode of transport is available. Where infrastructure is adequate, management and low-cost technology improvements are needed to increase capacity, reduce costs/transit times, and increase competitiveness.

6 ROAD TRAFFIC DENSITY IN THE 6 CAREC CORRIDORS

7 RAIL TRAFFIC DENSITY IN THE 6 CAREC CORRIDORS

8 The Opportunity 2018 $222 Billion 2018 $351 Billion 2005 $128 Billion 2005 $72 Billion 8.1% 9.1% Economy Foreign Trade

9 THE CHALLENGE: BALANCED DEVELOPMENT FOR SUCCESSFUL CORRIDOR PERFORMANCE

10 It is the policy of the Governments of CAREC countries to provide safe, dependable, effective, efficient, and fully integrated transport operations and infrastructure in order to support social and economic development in the CAREC region. This will be achieved by improving levels of service; minimizing costs; and improving infrastructure, management, and technology in a manner which is both economically and environmentally sustainable. In addition, the efficiency of the transport systems will be enhanced in a regional context to allow the CAREC region to exploit its unique geographical position. ProposedPolicy Statement Proposed Policy Statement -An overall framework for the regional transport strategy

11 Overarching TSS Goals Establish competitive transport corridors across the CAREC region Facilitate efficient movement of goods and people across borders Develop safe, people-friendly transport systems that are environmentally sustainable

12 Major Transit Trade Directions Europe – Middle East and South Asia Europe – East Asia Russian Federation - Middle East and South Asia South Europe – East Asia East Asia – Middle East and South Asia 1 2 4 3 5

13 Key Corridors Selection Criteria Current traffic volume Prospect for promoting economic growth and future traffic Ability to increase connectivity between major population & economic centers Potential to reduce delays (gauge change, BCP) Economic & financial sustainability of investments in infrastructure, technology and management Inclusion Rule: At least 2 CAREC countries

14 PROPOSED SIX CAREC CORRIDORS

15 CAREC Transport Corridor 1

16 CAREC Transport Corridor 2

17 CAREC Transport Corridor 3

18 CAREC Transport Corridor 4

19 CAREC Transport Corridor 5

20 CAREC Transport Corridor 6

21 TSS PROJECTS

22 Next Steps MCs Adoption 3 rd Workshop Final Reports TSCC Endorsement SOM/MC 3 Nov Jan Mar 2 nd Qtr 3 rd /4 th Qtr 2008

23 Contact Dr. Asil Gezen Advisor, CAREC TSCC Secretariat TSS Project Team Leader/President TERA International Group, Inc. E-mail: agezen@teraint.com Phone: 1-703-406-1550 Fax: 1-703-406-1550 agezen@teraint.com For More Information Thank you


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