This commemorative book celebrates 10 years of productive collaboration under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program. Under CAREC, its member countries have made significant gains in regional transport, energy infrastructure, and trade facilitation and policy, which have increased both the pace and quality of development in the subregion. The spirit of trust and confidence that has evolved through the years among good neighbors and good partners has led to better prospects for all.
This publication serves as testimony to what can be achieved through regional cooperation. But more than just being an archive of accomplishments, this volume should also inspire us to reach for greater heights and wider horizons in the next decade. All too soon, our achievements will be part of the past, but it is the strength of our collective commitment that will carry us through the future.
As CAREC moves to a higher plane, the mutual trust that has evolved through the years will be increasingly vital to deal with the challenges ahead. Guided by the CAREC 2020 strategy, ADB is committed to deepening its partnership with CAREC toward an era of cohesive cooperation, constructive competition, and a conflict-free community in Central Asia by 2020.