Central Asia: development of cooperation
The Central Asian states intend to expand and strengthen multilateral cooperation with the Middle East and South Asian countries. Opportunities and prospects for the revival of modern trends were discussed during the first three-regional conference in Astana.
SEIDAKHMET KUTTYKADAM, EXPERT:
- The famous Silk Road, which in ancient times played a very important role, is being revived today. The entire east and Central Asian countries, as well as Southern Asia and the Middle East, are involved in this process. The fact that this problem is discussed in Kazakhstan is very symptomatic, because we are at the center of this process. All trade, diplomatic and economic routes intersect and pass through Kazakhstan.
Experts highlighted that today the Central Asian countries have great prospects. A special geographical position, particularly, the crossroads of Europe and Asia, stable development of economies as well as transit and logistics potential including the global New Silk Road project are the factors that contribute to increasing the attractiveness of the republics and expanding their export opportunities.
MUKHIT ARDAGER SYDYKNAZAROV, FACULTY, EURASIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY:
- Trade and economic relations of the Central Asian states are certainly expanding. The trend of socio-economic request for closer integration and meaningful bilateral relations is obvious. The agenda includes agricultural topics and water issues.
The revival of the Silk Road will allow Kazakhstan and other Central Asian republics to become key participants in transforming the entire trade and economic model not only of the Eurasian continent, but also in the South Asian and Eastern directions. According to analysts, the growth of economic indicators and the positive dynamics of transit freight traffic are becoming real incentives to build mutually beneficial multilateral relations between the countries of South Asia and the Middle East, as well as the Central Asian states.