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CER reveals priority directions of transport cooperation with Afghanistan

12.01.2011

CER reveals priority directions of transport cooperation with Afghanistan

The Policy Brief prepared by the CER experts and National Consultants “Priority Directions for Uzbekistan to engage in transport communications development in Afghanistan: Challenges and Prospects” explores optimal ways of economic cooperation between two countries, as well as proposes an elaborated mechanism in implementing joint transport communication projects.

So far the main priority of socio-economic development of Uzbekistan has been the creation of new transportation corridors in all geographic directions. In this regard, research pays particular attention to the shortest path enabling access to the sea through Afghanistan to Pakistan or Iran. Particularly, according to experts, "For Uzbekistan, the route through Afghanistan to Iran and Pakistan sea ports will be shorter than existing routes to the Black Sea and Baltic Sea ports 2 and 3 times respectively, and almost 5 times shorter then routes to the Pacific ports".

Exploring opportunities and prospects of the Trans-Afghan transportation corridor, the research also considers not less important issues, which may influence bilateral cooperation, such as (i) review of military-political situation in the country and analysis of geopolitical and geo-economic interests of external actors, (ii) socio-economic situation in Afghanistan and the main directions of the Uzbek-Afghan economic partnership, including problems and prospects of transport and transit cooperation between the two countries.