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Optimisation of Central Asian and Eurasian Inter-Continental Land Transport Corridors

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  • Emerson, Michael
  • Vinokurov, Evgeny

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There is at present an overlapping but inadequately coordinated combination of strategic inter-continental transport corridors or axes stretching across the EuraAsian landmass, centered on or around Central Asia. There are three such initiatives - from the EU, China and China and the Asian Development Bank, and the EuraAsian Economic Community. This paper reviews these several strategic transport maps, and makes some proposals for their coordination and rationalisation. The EU Central Asia strategy does not so far pay much attention to these questions. However the EU’s own initiatives (the Pan-European Axes and the Traceca programme) are in need of updating and revision, and updating to take into account major investments now being made by the other parties. In particular the case is made for a “Central EuraAsian Corridor” for rail and road that would reach from Central Europe across Ukraine and Southern Russia into West Kazakhstan, and thence to the East Kazakh border with China, and thus joining up with and completing the West China-West Europe corridor promoted by the Asian Development Bank. There should also be a North-South corridor that would cross over this Central EuraAsian Corridor in West Kazakhstan and lead down to the Middle East and South Asia. These adaptations of existing plan could become an exemplary case of cooperation between Central Asia and all the major economic powers of the Eurasian landmass.

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  • Emerson, Michael & Vinokurov, Evgeny, 2009. "Optimisation of Central Asian and Eurasian Inter-Continental Land Transport Corridors," MPRA Paper 20916, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:20916
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    1. Vinokurov, Evgeny & Dzhadraliyev, Murat & Shcherbanin, Yuriy, 2009. "The EurAsEC Transport Corridors," MPRA Paper 20908, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Hasanuzzaman & Zeeshaan Rahman, 2010. "Bangladesh and Regional Connectivity: Best Practices from Global Experiences," CPD Working Paper 89, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).
    2. Peter J. Rimmer, 2014. "Asian-Pacific Rim Logistics," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 12949.
    3. Vinokurov, Evgeny, 2014. "Emerging Eurasian Continental Integration: Trade, Investment and Infrastructure," MPRA Paper 62027, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Mr Hasanuzzaman & Zeeshaan Rahman, 2010. "Bangladesh and Regional Connectivity : Best Practices from Global Experiences," Trade Working Papers 23061, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
    5. Vinokurov, Evgeny & Libman, Alexander & Maqsimchook, Natalya, 2010. "Динамика Интеграционных Процессов В Центральной Азии
      [The Dynamics of Integration Processes in Central Asia]
      ," MPRA Paper 20989, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    Eurasia; transport infrastructure; transport corridors; EU Wider Neighbourhood;

    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • R40 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - General

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