Ways of developing the economic potential of the Central Asian countries through integration were discussed at a briefing led by Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The briefing participants discussed the ESCAP activities in the subregion of the Northern and Central Asia, as well as the results of the Eighth International Energy Forum held in Astana. ESCAP includes 53 states with a population of more than 4 billion people or more than 60 percent of the world's population. The organization’s subregional office in Almaty coordinates the work in a number of the post-Soviet countries and Afghanistan.

 

SHAMSHAD AKHTAR, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, ESCAP:

 - We have undertaken two very strong analytical pieces of work. One is to take stock of where are subregion stands in terms of the sustainable development goals but at the same time since we are promoting regional cooperation and integration in Asian and Pacific region, we have produced an analytical piece of work on subregional economic integration. 

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