On 9 October 2012, the Centre for Economic Research (CER), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and ESCAP jointly organized the International Workshop on "Urbanization in Central Asia: Current State, Issues, Perspectives" in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The Workshop was opened by Mr. Bakhodur Eshonov, Director, CER, Mr. Jaco Cillers, Resident Representative, a.i., UNDP Uzbekistan, and Mr. Donovan Storey, Chief, Sustainable Urban Development Section, ESCAP. The occasion functioned as a policy platform and a basis to generate dialogue and experience sharing on urban development issues in Central Asia. The purpose of the Workshop was to: (1) present results of research conducted on "Policies of urbanization in Central Asian states in post-Soviet period"; (2) exchange views among experts and stakeholders on issues of urbanization, municipal governance and urban planning; and (3) discuss proposals on regional strategies for developing, managing and planning cities as growth poles in countries of Central Asia.
Active participation of experts and representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, the Russian Federation and Uzbekistan, as well as from the European Union, France, Germany, Malaysia, Switzerland, and the United States of America contributed to a successful workshop on exchange of urban issues among Central Asian countries and through the sharing of international experience. Based on the outcomes of the Workshop, recommendations and proposals were formulated to improve urbanization policies in the Central Asian countries given current development priorities and long-term challenges as well as the need for productive, sustainable, and inclusive cities. The development of cities in Central Asia could foster more competitive and sustainable cities in the region which could act as development growth poles.
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