Integration processes in Central Asia
Today, the Central Asian states are stepping into a century of strategic transformation. They are united by common goals, specifically, increasing dynamics of development of national economies, growing export potential and increasing the pace of industrial production.
ZHUMABEK SARABEKOV, LEADING EXPERT, KAZAKH INSTITUTE OF WORLD ECONOMY AND POLITICS:
- In the time of recent changes, the new policy of Uzbekistan regarding its neighbors, there is a new chance to expand our economic partnership. We should take advantage of this, because our economies are mutually complementary and together we can solve tasks of new industrialization and qualitative economic growth.
The new dynamics of cooperation in the region is showing good results. Large-scale infrastructure projects are being implemented as well as transport and logistics links are being strengthened. The Central Asian countries are actively participating in major international and integration projects like the One Belt, One Road Initiative, the Eurasian Economic Union and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The first meeting of the region’s leaders at the summit in Astana will allow expanding the range of opportunities and strengthen further cooperation of the republics. A number of agreements will be signed at the summit, particularly, the agreements regarding the topics of security, attraction of investments, energy, water resources and migration.
YERZHAN SALTYBAYEV, DIRECTOR, KAZAKH INSTITUTE OF WORLD ECONOMY AND POLITICS:
- Today this is a reference point, which should set this dynamics and many things will depend from the success of. This meeting takes place for the first time in the last decade. It is very important that it is happing in Astana.
The experts are confident that the summit of the Central Asian leaders will make it possible to clearly identify specific areas and priority projects for further sustainable economic development of the countries.