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Central Asia energy projects discussed in Turkmenistan

7 June 2013

The XV meeting of the Energy Sector Coordination Committee (ESCC) of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) is being held in the capital of Turkmenistan Ashgabat, Turkmen dovlet khabarlary state news agency said on June 7.

According to the report, the participants are discussing issues over the development of the Central Asian and South Asian energy corridor, solving the problem of supervisory control and power trade and reforms in the energy sector within the framework of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Representatives of the participating countries of the CAREC programme which are Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank (WB), the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are participating at the meeting.

Turkmenistan is holding this forum for the first time since its accession to CAREC in 2010. The programme is formed on the initiative of the ADB jointly with UNDP, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development EBRD) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).

The main goal of this programme is to assist the implementation of investment projects in the areas of transport, trade and energy, aimed at the acceleration of socio-economic development of the Central Asian region.