Investors Forum for EU-Central Asia Transport Connectivity

Marwa Grimes

Objectives of the Forum

The Forum contributed to the long-term objective of making the Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor a multimodal, modern, competitive, sustainable, predictable, smart and fast route linking Europe and Central Asia in 15 days or less. For this, the Forum aimed to:

  • send a strong and concrete signal to the five Central Asian countries of the EU’s political and operational commitment to strengthen connectivity with the region through the Global Gateway initiative
  • kick-start the process for implementing and coordinating investments along the Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor by following up on specific actions identified in the Study, notably by mobilising investors on  projects, with concrete and realistic timelines and financial commitments
  • commit key stakeholders for continued participation in the Forum as the main platform for implementing the projects identified in the Study

Participants

The event brought together high-level representatives from Central Asian countries, EU Member States, partner countries along the Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor, EU Institutions, international and bilateral financial institutions, as well as representatives of the private sector and members of civil society.

Agenda

The event started with a plenary opening session and subsequent panel discussion at political level setting the scene and framing the overall expectations in relation to the Investors Forum. This was followed by breakout sessions on topics including specific transport modalities, areas of cooperation and investment opportunities.

The event ended with a closing session that summarised the results and conclusions of the various sessions and looked ahead at next steps.

See the detailed indicative programme

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