Azerbaijan approves agreement on establishment of CAREC Institute

  01 December 2017    Read: 490
Azerbaijan approves agreement on establishment of CAREC Institute

The Azerbaijani Parliament has approved an agreement on establishment of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Institute at a plenary session Dec. 1.

The CAREC program established in 1997 is a partnership of 10 countries - Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan - and six multilateral institutions - ADB, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Monetary Fund, Islamic Development Bank, UN Development Program and World Bank.

After joining CAREC in 2002, Azerbaijan has invested around $3 billion in the program projects.

Azerbaijan has allocated around $6 billion for development of the transport corridor within CAREC. The East-West Highway reconstruction by Azerbaijan within the CAREC program has transformed the country into a more effective corridor between Caspian and Black seas, and this contributed to promotion of trade between Europe and Asia.

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