Current Work within
Transport Division On Routes Across Asia
The Asian Highway represents a network of routes
accross Asia, which now covers 55 routes accross 32 Member Countries,
representing over 140,000 kms of road. The Intergovernmental Agreement
on the Asian Highway Network entered into force on 4 July 2005.
- Like the Asian Highway, the TAR represents
a network of rail routes crossing Asia and connecting to Europe. Countries
in the Asia-Pacific region finalized a draft Intergovernmental Agreement
on the Trans-Asian Railway Network in November 2005, which was presented
in April 2006 to the 62nd session of the UNESCAP Commission for adoption.
Runs of Container Block Trains -
This project is a continuation
of earlier activities to develop the Trans-Asian Railway Northern
Corridor. Previous activities included the identification of the routes
of the corridor and an assessment of the required package of transit
times, tariffs and level of services which would be needed for the
railways in the corridor to capitalize on the growing container trade
between Asia and Europe.
and Transit Countries - 12 landlocked countries are
located in Asia: Armenia, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mongolia,
Nepal, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. These countries
are disadvantaged by lack of access to - and distance from - the
sea. These countries depend on transit countries for access to sea
ports and international markets, which adds an extra layer of complexity
and challenge to their path of development.
- As part of this project, UNECE and
UNESCAP are working to develop Euro-Asian transport linkages which
will map out the major transport routes linking Europe and Asia, identify
both physical and non-physical bottlenecks along these routes, and
promote cooperation amongst participating countries to overcome these
Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) -
In 1998, ECE and ESCAP established SPECA, with the aim of assisting
the participating countries of Central Asia to strengthen their cooperation
in order to both stimulate their economic development and facilitate
their integration into Europe and Asia. The 17th session of the SPECA
Project Working Group on Transport and Border Crossing was held in
June 2012 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
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