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By William Byrd, Martin Raiser, Anton Dobronogov, Alexander Kitain

This paper explores how you can liberate the possibility of nearby improvement and financial cooperation within the wider vital Asia area. It argues that realizing severe clusters of interrelated concerns, and explicitly taking into consideration geopolitical and political economic climate concerns, are key during this regard. local international locations and different stakeholders may still specialise in a couple of parts the place there are actual clients for fulfillment within the brief run; a mix of modest—win-win—initiatives and in a few cases—bold strokes—that increase and alter the distribution of advantages and accordingly make cooperation likely to convey growth.

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Partly to further this goal, Gazprom supports the trans-Iran project. In early September, Pakistan and India agreed to finalize by the end of 2005 a framework agreement for construction of the gas pipeline from Iran, which may begin in the middle of 2007 (pending third-party certification of Iran’s gas reserves) and could be finished by 2010. In spite of these difficult issues, there may be possibilities to explore mutually beneficial options if the different stakeholders are willing. One example is the possibility that a gas pipeline from Iran to Pakistan might enable supply of gas to nearby parts of Afghanistan.

5 - - Source: CIS Statistics; Afghanistan figures are estimates from DABM for 2003/04. - ... 852 ... - Turkmenistan - - - ...

The concrete ideas are perhaps less important than the analytical framework and overall approach put forward in the paper. 13. While there may be opposition from some private sector interest groups to certain policy changes, for example trade liberalization or opening up the trucking sector in countries hitherto characterized by restrictive policies, private sector associations can be developed and can play an advocacy role for targeted improvements. APPENDIXES APPENDIX A Prospects for Electricity Trade A s discussed in Chapter 2 of this paper, the wider Central Asia region has considerable potential for development of energy resources as well as expanding energy trade, but there are major constraints that need to be addressed in order for this potential to be realized.

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