Regional Economic Cooperation

Project Dates: September 2011 - November 2016
Poised outside large Asian and Middle Eastern markets, Central Asian countries need assistance to negotiate and overcome constraints on trade and facilitate trade across borders.

The USAID Regional Economic Cooperation project improved cross-border trade between Central Asian countries and Afghanistan. To facilitate trade, the project conducted an analysis of Central Asian markets and established durable export partnerships. In Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, the project evaluated the export potential of and business constraints on Central Asia, developed and strengthened trade networks, assisted export partnership groups, and built the capacity of local firms to export high-quality goods in appropriate quantities.