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  • Urbanization and Industrialization in Central Asia: Looking for solutions to key development problems (2013)

Urbanization and Industrialization in Central Asia: Looking for solutions to key development problems (2013)

Urbanization and Industrialization in Central Asia: Looking for solutions to key development problems (2013)

Publication year: 2013

Type: One-pager

Keywords: Urbanization, Central Asia, Development

Central Asia is a dynamically growing region, but it faces a host of long-term challenges. Practicing the “concentration model” of urbanization, under which population and economic growth are centered in big cities, as the region becomes increasingly cognizant of the need to shift from an agrarian to an industrial-agrarian type of economy, Central Asian countries are having trouble handling the massive influx of people from underdeveloped areas. This economic transition requires better management of urbanization and industrialization processes.

Present research conducted in 2012, analyzes urbanization challenges of all Central Asian countries covering such issues as demographic growth, natural geographical constraints as well as rising migration to the cities, and provides with the recommendations on the prospects of spatial development in order to better manage the urbanization processes in the region.

Present report has been prepared in the framework of the joint project of the Center for Economic Research with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).Main provisions and results of the report were discussed during the international workshop “Urbanization in Central Asia: current state, issues and perspectives” held in Tashkent on 9-10 October, 2012.

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