Economic ministers from the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States — representing Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan — are convening Aug. 13-14 with representatives from the public and private sectors in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The forum will center on both the current state of and the potential opportunity for further economic collaboration between the Central Asian countries.
This is the second meeting of the CCTS, following the first assembly in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, in October 2011.
Different recent areas of development growth and participation have marked each of the four participating countries in the CCTS.
Development projects, job opportunities and funding grants for Azerbaijan over the past year have centered on the idea of improving the country’s green economy. Projects that focus on solid waste management, irrigation, flood prevention, rural investment, water supply, reservoirs and pumping stations, as well as sanitation, have all taken off in the Central Asian country in 2012.
Civil society support, energy, water quality, solar energy, improvements in the tourism sector, combating domestic violence and improving gender equality have played key roles in active ongoing development projects and job offerings in Turkey.
But Turkey has also been turning its sights to development needs outside — it hosted an international conference in Somalia in June, and is now fielding heavy flows of Syrian refugees crossing its border.
The World Bank’s commitment, announced in June, to bolster Kyrgyzstan’s ongoing National Road Rehabilitation Project with an additional $16 million, follows through on the theme of infrastructure that is present in the bank’s 2012 project and job opportunities for the country. Among such opportunities are listings for the power sector, small-scale rural and irrigation infrastructure development, education reform, and health and social protection.
In Kazakhstan, the importance of infrastructure also appears to be featuring prominently in its projects, which include development of urban transportation, transparency, the power sector and health sector technology. A six-year World Bank strategy, announced in May, will focus on governance, jobs and sustainability.
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