Trade via rail in Central Asia has proven highly effective in recent years. It needs further support to take it to the next level.
The closure of schools due to COVID-19 has had wide-ranging impacts on students and education systems. Support should focus on closing the learning gap and preparing for the next crisis.
Profound impacts are already being felt due to school closures in Asia. Urgent action is needed to limit further damage to students and the broader economy.
Central Asia has the opportunity to create a sustainable, safe, easily accessible, and well-known tourism destination that provides a variety of year-round, quality experiences.
Teachers need to be provided the tools and training to successfully lead students into making the jump to effective digital learning.
Central Asia’s long-term economic prosperity depends upon participation in global value chains and upgrading to higher value-added activities.
By working together with countries to make sound socioeconomic development strategies, multilateral financial institutions can contribute substantially to the fight against the pandemic.
With expanding regional cooperation and a readily available platform, the building blocks are in place for Central Asia to achieve energy security, resilience and economic competitiveness.
Governments in Central and West Asia must commit to reforms and get them right, or face a downward spiral. The costs of the crisis are already obvious in rising deficits and debt. There is no room for complacency.
The historic spirit of cross-border trade in Central Asia is being revived in the energy sector.