International Workshop on cooperation in Central Asia

20.05.2016

International Workshop on cooperation in Central Asia

On May 18, 2016 the expert of the Center for Economic Research (CER) took part in the International Workshop in Moscow on "Conflict and cooperation in Central Asia: Russian, Chinese and 'Western' approaches", organized by the the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences in collaboration with the University of Exeter (UK). The main purpose of the Workshop was to discuss the results and prospects of the policy of Western countries, Russia and China in Central Asia, the issues of cooperation in the region; in particular, the implementation of transport and transit corridors and "One Belt, One Route" project.

The participants of the Workshop, represented by members of academic and analytical centers of Great Britain, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, as well as a number of independent experts, mentioned in their presentations that, for various reasons, there are no European big real projects and initiatives in Central Asia at the moment. In turn, China plans to activate its policy in the region in the medium and long term. One of the main mechanisms will be the implementation of "One Belt, One Route" project. Among the Russian experts, there is no single vision today of Russia's foreign policy prospects in Central Asia.

At the moment, Uzbekistan should more actively inform the international audience about the policy of forced industrialization, implemented industrial policy and its priorities, programs of modernization of industries, priorities and perspectives of investment policy in the country. It should be noted that, currently, CER is going to complete the research on "One Belt, One Route" Project: long-term economic perspectives for Uzbekistan."