Preparatory Senior Officials' Meeting on Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation
Almaty, Kazakhstan: 13–14 September 2004
A Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) was held in Almaty on 13–14 September 2004 in preparation for the 3rd Ministerial Conference (MC) on Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation scheduled for 31 October–1 November 2004. Delegations from countries participating in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program (Azerbaijan, People's Republic of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan) as well as representatives of multilateral institutions (Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Monetary Fund, Islamic Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, and the World Bank) attended the Meeting.
The SOM participants
- discussed the progress made since the 2nd Ministerial Conference (MC) held in November 2003 in Tashkent;
- reported on the sector outcomes in each of the priority areas of energy, trade facilitation, trade policy, and transport;
- made recommendations on certain issues for ministerial consideration and guidance; and
- discussed preparations for the 3rd MC.