The Eurasian Connection: Supply-Chain Efficiency along the Modern Silk Route through Central Asia

Central Asia lies at the heart of the Eurasian land mass. Many of the communications routes that will connect Asia and Europe run through Central Asia. Long seen as hampered by their “land-locked” status, Central Asian countries can benefit in the future from becoming “land-linked” by connecting with the large economies of their rapidly growing or already prosperous neighbors, especially China, India, the Gulf countries, Russia, and Europe. And Central Asia can benefit from the Eurasian transit traffic and trade that should develop in the coming decades. This study explains how supply chain fragmentation remains a serious obstacle to economic development of Central Asia and to Eurasian integration more generally. It provides a comprehensive assessment of the various factors that yet impede supply-chain integration, including weak transport and communications infrastructure, but as important, and perhaps more so, critical weaknesses in policy, institutions, and governance. Based on this assessment this report provides an insightful set of recommendations that, if taken up by the governments of Central Asia and by their key neighbors, would go a long way in promoting the effective integration of Central Asia into an increasingly connected Eurasian continental economy and with that into the global economy.


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  • Accession Number: 01539465
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780821399132
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 88891
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 29 2014 9:56AM