Addressing the Transboundary Dimensions of the 2030 Agenda through Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific: Kyrgyz Expert Consultation

22 Oct 2019 to 23 Oct 2019
Almaty, Kazakhstan
By invitation only

Infrastructure connectivity is at the core of regional integration and has been one of the basic requirements of economic development. The countries in each subregion of Asia-Pacific made lots of efforts in bridging the infrastructure gaps. Policymakers need to enable the links of urban and national borders to provide benefits to those who were marginalized. Also, the potentially damaging impact of natural disasters calls to increase the disaster resilience of various infrastructure.

The objectives of the two-day expert consultation are to raise awareness and enhance knowledge and capacity of the government officials of Kyrgyzstan on transboundary dimensions of the 2030 Agenda through Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific. As a result of these two days capacity building workshop the experts from Kyrgyzstan will be jointly able to:

1. Identify the challenges, gaps, and opportunities for current infrastructure development in,
2. Propose policy measures and strategies which take into account cross-sectoral synergy, disaster resilience, social inclusion and viable financing in transboundary infrastructure project, ensuring inclusive and sustainable development.

The “Training materials on ICT Co-deployment with road transport and electricity infrastructure" could be accessed at: https://owncloud.onat.edu.ua/index.php/s/UKZKBySnkjzyDoe

The invited target beneficiaries of the workshop are officials and experts from respective ministries and government agencies of Kyrgyzstan, responsible for policy design and infrastructure development in the following areas: ICT and telecommunication, road and railway, electric power, oil/gas pipeline, social development (rural/urban, disability and gender mainstreaming), disaster risk management, infrastructure financing, and SDG coordination.

Resources: Within the context of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, ESCAP is enhancing the regional economic cooperation and integration in Asia and the Pacific. ESCAP aims at strengthening the capacity of target countries to develop sustainable and inclusive policies and mechanisms for trans-boundary infrastructure connectivity. These efforts aim to facilitate the development of the multi-sectoral capacities on the development of assessments and gap analysis on national and transboundary infrastructure. Activities under the Development Account project span over four years, starting from 2018 – 2021 with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Mongolia as target countries. Please refer to materials of the Subregional Inception meeting under the Development Account Project, 2-4 October, 2018, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Media Focal Point (Bangkok): Ms. Aida Karazhanova, ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, ESCAP
Lead contact person in Bangkok: Ms. Lana Basneen Zaman, Associate Economic Affairs Officer, Energy Division, ESCAP
Lead contact person in Almaty: Mr. Bekhzod Rakhmatov, Associate Economic Affairs Officer, Transport Division, ESCAP.