Media Center - CAREC Facts and Figures

What is CAREC?

CAREC countries

CAREC multilateral institution partners

ADB serves as the Secretariat.

What Does CAREC Do?

  • The six CAREC transport corridors are building a truly global future for the region, linking markets in northern People's Republic of China to Azerbaijan in the Caucasus and further to Europe, and from Kazakhstan to Pakistan's warm-water ports of Karachi, Gwadar, and beyond.
  • Seamless connectivity is moving people and their businesses along the CAREC corridors faster, speeding up passage, and reducing the costs of crossing borders.
  • CAREC corridors improve access to essential services and job opportunities - ultimately ensuring a better quality of life for all people of the CAREC region.
  • CAREC 2020 is a road map of effective regional cooperation that will expand trade and increase the competitiveness of the CAREC countries to operate in the global market arena.
  • CAREC's six multilateral institution partners facilitate financing for regional projects that benefit the entire CAREC region, and also ensure the quality of investments made by providing strategic and technical advice.
  • The CAREC Institute is a provider of training and of web-based information in transport, trade, and energy. It helps CAREC members learn from each other and share experience in regional cooperation.

Latest CAREC Results

  • As of 2016, more than 29.4 billion invested in in transport, trade, and energy projects


  • About 809 kilometers (km) of expressways or national highways built, upgraded or improved in 2015 (93% of 7,800 km targeted for construction or improvement by 2020 achieved)
  • 140 kilometers of railways in Uzbekistan improved by electrification during 2015
  • 13 projects in other transport subsectors (2 ports, 2 logistics centers, 3 border crossing points, and 6 civil aviation projects) are being implemented
  • Application of a geographic information system (GIS) to facilitate planning, monitoring, and managing of CAREC corridor-based transport facilities piloted starting with investment priority projects in Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Technical assistance initiated to facilitate knowledge sharing among CAREC countries
  • Development of a regional road safety strategy for integration into CAREC road projects

Trade Facilitation

  • Joint customs control between the PRC and Mongolia pilot-tested
  • Customs processes being automated in most CAREC countries
  • Corridor performance measurement and monitoring instituted--and trade facilitation indicators developed--to assess and evaluate corridor efficiency
  • 21-member CAREC Federation of Carrier and Forwarder Associations (CFCFA) active throughout the region
  • $584 million mobilized by CAREC since 2002 for 15 projects to support growth in trade
  • Average border crossing time for road shortened to 9.3 hours in 2015, a 6% improvement year-on-year. Likewise, average border crossing time for railway shortened to 27%, a 16% improvement year-on-year. These improvements were due to shorter customs processes at border crossing points (BCPs)
  • Average cost of crossing a BCP by road reduced by 16%, attributed to collaboration between customs administrations in Mongolia and the People's Republic of China. On the other hand, average cost of crossing by rail increased by 40% due to higher carriage transfer fees


  • 1,150 km of transmission lines installed or upgraded in 2014
  • Generation capacity increased to 600 megawatts (MW)
  • 520MW in rehabilitated generation capacity
  • 4,200 new substations installed; 5,200 substations upgraded
  • Technical support activities assessing methodological and technical barriers facing power trade in Central Asia implemented

Trade Policy

  • Increased coordination and collaboration between the Trade Policy Coordinating Committee and development partners to improve trade openness in CAREC member countries
  • Six of nine policy action items completed by majority of member countries
  • Existing sanitary and phytosanitary and technical barriers to trade measures in place across member countries, and existing bottlenecks hindering expansion of trade in services, assessed through a stocktaking exercise

CAREC Key Documents

Title Version
Overall Program
CAREC 2020: A Strategic Framework for the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program 2011-2020 English | РУССКИЙ
CAREC 2020: Midterm Review English | РУССКИЙ
The Wuhan Action Plan English | РУССКИЙ | 中文
Comprehensive Action Plan English | РУССКИЙ | 中文
Transport and Trade Facilitation
CAREC Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy English| РУССКИЙ
CAREC Corridor Performance Measurement and Monitoring Annual Report 2015 English
Implementation Action Plan for the Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy English | РУССКИЙ
CAREC Brief: Transport Sector English | РУССКИЙ
CAREC Brief: Trade Facilitation English | РУССКИЙ
Transport Sector Progress Report and Work Plan 2016–2018 English | РУССКИЙ
Trade Facilitation Sector Progress Report and Work Plan (Oct 2015 - Sep 2016) English | РУССКИЙ
Commitment to Road Safety in CAREC: 10 Actions to Make CAREC Corridors Safer English | РУССКИЙ
Trade Policy
Trade Policy Strategic Action Plan for 2013-2017
English | РУССКИЙ
Strategy for Regional Cooperation in the Energy Sector of CAREC Countries English | РУССКИЙ
Strategy and Work Plan (2016-2020) for Regional Cooperation in the Energy Sector of CAREC Countries
Energy Action Plan Framework English | РУССКИЙ
Energy Action Plan Framework (2010-2012) Completion Report English | РУССКИЙ | 中文
CAREC Brief: Energy Sector English | РУССКИЙ
Energy Sector Progress Report (October 2016) English | РУССКИЙ
Economic Corridor Development
Operationalizing Economic Corridors in Central Asia: A Case Study of the Almaty–Bishkek Corridor English | РУССКИЙ
Growing Together: Almaty–Bishkek Corridor Investment Framework English | РУССКИЙ
CAREC Institute
CAREC Institute 2012-2017: Strategic Knowledge Framework English | РУССКИЙ | 中文
CAREC Institute Assessment English | РУССКИЙ
CAREC Institute Progress Report (October 2016) English | РУССКИЙ