First Ministerial Conference on Central Asia Economic Cooperation
ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines: 25–26 March 2002
On 25–26 March 2002, the first Ministerial Conference on Central Asia Economic Cooperation was convened at the ADB Headquarters in Manila, Philippines. High-level government delegations from the People's Republic of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan participated in the Conference. Country delegates attending as observers included Azerbaijan, India, Mongolia, Pakistan and Turkmenistan. The Conference was also attended by multilateral and bilateral development partners.
The Conference sought to provide guidance in prioritizing regional investment needs and in effectively mobilizing resources to finance them. It also provided a unique opportunity for concerned countries and donor agencies to discuss areas for better coordination as well as to explore new prospects for cooperation in the context of the reconstruction of Afghanistan.