Tashkent, 27 October 2022 (TDI): The Representatives of Central Asian Republics assembled together in Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan to form the agenda for the development of transport and transit interconnectedness of Central Asia.

Uzbekistan is hosting the 27th meeting of the Working Group of the UN Special Program for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA), from 26th Oct to 27th October 2022.

The officials of Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan attended the convention. The targeted objective of the meeting was the advancement of transport and logistics connectivity between the regional states.

Synopsis of the Meeting

On 26th October the first day of the meeting, the participants negotiated the multiple issues and their impacts on the SPECA region.

Since COVID-19 was considered one of the most critical challenges. The stakeholders also discussed the impressions of this pandemic over the region. The interlocutors concentrated on the methods and strategies to overcome such challenges.

They talked about the launching of numerous national and international projects. They also intended to take initiatives for the development of transportation infrastructure.

On 27th October the second day of the meeting, the focus of the discussion was UN legal documents in the field of transport, trade standards, and prospects for the various sectors’ digitalization.

The Representatives exchanged views and skills related to the particular targeted objective of the meeting agenda.

The concentrated matters include effective organization and management of road and rail infrastructure and air transport. Moreover, the participants approved establishing the new and advancement of the prevailing transport corridors in the region.

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The representatives of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe expressed their willingness to deliver technical assistance to participating countries to develop international corridors and to ensure infrastructural development and road safety.