European Institute for Asian Studies
Central Asia: New Economic and Political Dynamics
  • Start05:00 PM - May 25 2018
  • End06:00 PM - May 25 2018
  • Asia Platform, Rue de la Loi 26, 10th floor, 1040 Brussels
  • 02 230 81 22
  • eias@eias.org
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»Central Asia: New Economic and Political Dynamics«

 

A Roundtable Discussion With:

H.E. Mr Dilyor Khakimov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union

Mr Alberto Turkstra, Programme Coordinator, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

Mr Pierre-Emmanuel Thomann, Director, Eurocontinent (tbc)

Mr Boris Iarochevitch, Head of Central Asia Division, European External Action Service (EEAS)

Moderator: Mr Frédéric Carlier, Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

Word of Welcome: Mr Axel Goethals, CEO, EIAS

 

Friday, 25 May, 17h00-18h00

Followed by a Buffet Reception with Uzbek Food

 

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

Rue de la Loi 26, 10th Floor, 1040 Brussels

Central Asia finds itself at a critical juncture, in light of the extraordinary opportunities deriving from the region’s increasingly central role in the numerous connectivity initiatives and corridors traversing Eurasia. Perhaps the most visible turning point was the meeting of Central Asian leaders in Astana during Navruz, which as first announced by Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the high-level conference “Central Asia: Shared Past and Common Future, Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Mutual Prosperity”, held in November 2017 in Samarkand. As a result, a new political climate of trust is taking shape in the region. The foundations for regional cooperation are being laid now in order to take advantage of the region’s unexplored potentials by means of new infrastructure, cooperative approaches to water sharing, climate mitigation, etc.

At the same time, engagement with Afghanistan is crucial. The Tashkent Conference for Afghanistan kept the momentum alive for regional and multilateral efforts at promoting a peaceful political process in Afghanistan and reintegrating the country into the regional environment. Furthermore, without a stable and secure Afghanistan, many of the inter-regional and pan-Eurasian connectivity initiatives cannot be realised – such as the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan India (TAPI) pipeline; CASA-1000; Lapis Lazuli Transit, Trade and Transport route or the Five-Nation Railway Corridor, to name a few.

Fortunately, the EU is also steadily realizing the potential of Central Asia. The EU is currently drafting the new EU Central Asia Strategy due in 2019 as well as the Europe-Asia connectivity plan which will be presented during the 12th ASEM Summit in Brussels in October.


Central Asia finds itself at a critical juncture, in light of the extraordinary opportunities deriving from the region’s increasingly central role in the numerous connectivity initiatives and corridors traversing Eurasia. The foundations for regional cooperation are being laid now in order to take advantage of the region’s unexplored potentials by means of new infrastructure, cooperative approaches to water sharing, climate mitigation, etc.

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