The resource-rich and geographically strategic region of Central Asia is continuing to evolve. Once isolated and impoverished, the Central Asian republics have broken free from their Soviet legacies to pursue new economic development strategies. Growing populations, rising energy demand, rapid urbanization, and increasing productivity necessitate the build-out of “hard infrastructure”: transportation, telecommunications, and energy networks. Policymakers in Central Asia therefore need to prioritize the “soft infrastructure” policies, governance, taxes, laws and regulations, to support the construction of these critical projects.

The report, “Soft Infrastructure Development in Central Asia 2020: Effective Infrastructure Development Through Legislation, Regulation, Policies, Governance, and Public Private Frameworks” highlights regional investment opportunities and discusses how government can best support infrastructure growth in the region.

H.E. Erzhan Kazykhanov, Kazakh ambassador to the United States, presents the keynote. Following Ambassador Kazykhanov, author Dr. Ariel Cohen, senior fellow, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council, discusses the report with Ms. Tara Blake, director, International Project Finance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Mr. Michael Delaney, senior trade adviser, Asia Bureau, US Agency for International Development, and Mr. Daniel Witt, president, International Tax and Investment Center. Amb. John Herbst, director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council, moderates the panel.


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