University of Central Asia and Osh State University host “Challenges of Regional Economic Cooperation in Central Asia” roundtable

Project supported by the Government of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and implemented by the University of Central Asia (UCA).

University of Central Asia and Osh State University host “Challenges of Regional Economic Cooperation in Central Asia” roundtableOsh, Kyrgyz Republic, 20 September 2012 – The Institute of Public Policy and Administration, University of Central Asia, in collaboration with the Osh State University (OSU) organised a “Challenges of Regional Economic Cooperation in Central Asia” roundtable at the OSU Campus on 20 September 2012.

The roundtable examined recent regional trade, including trade in services, and economic developments in the Central Asian region; the effects of Customs Union (CU) of the Russian Federation, Belarus and Kazakhstan on regional trade flows; and the pros and cons of CU accession by the Kyrgyz Republic.

UCA and OSU researchers, representatives of local universities and institutions working on economic policies, as well as independent experts and members of the nongovernment sector participated in the session.

“The roundtable aims to engage researchers, experts and policy makers from Osh and the southern region into policy dialogue on how Kyrgyzstan (and the region as a whole) can benefit from regional trade and integration. Some results of recent research activities conducted by IPPA will be shared at this session as well,” said Dr Roman Mogilevskii, Project Director, IPPA.

The Institute of Public Policy and Administration is a new initiative by the University of Central Asia. The Institute will focus on an in-depth analysis of economic policy as well as organize quality professional development opportunities for civil servants in the region.

In August 2012, IPPA organized a 10-day training seminar with top Canadian negotiations experts from Carleton University’s Centre for Trade Policy and Law, for 60 public servants from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic discussing economic diversification, Central Asian economic growth and developing their trade negotiation skills. Additional information on the IPPA is available at: http://www.ucentralasia.org/ippa.asp

The Institute has also published a series of peer-reviewed original research papers on a broad range of topics dealing with social and economic issues, public administration and public policy as they relate to Central Asia. Papers are available at: http://www.ucentralasia.org/resources.asp

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