Optimisation of Central Asian and Eurasian Trans-Continental Land Transport Corridors

EUCAM Working Paper, No. 7, p.1-18

18 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2016

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Michael Emerson

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Evgeny Vinokurov

Eurasian Development Bank

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Date Written: December 1, 2009


There is at present an overlapping but inadequately coordinated combination of strategic trans-continental transport corridors or axes stretching across the Eurasian landmass, centred on or around Central Asia. There are three such initiatives - from the EU, China and the Asian Development Bank, and the Eurasian Economic Community. This paper reviews these several strategic transport maps, and makes proposals for their coordination and rationalisation. So far the EU Central Asia strategy has not paid much attention to these questions. However the EU’s own initiatives (the Pan-European Axes and the TRACECA programme) are in need of updating and revision to take into account major investments being made by other parties. In particular the case is made for a ‘Central Eurasian Corridor’ for rail and road that would reach from Central Europe across Ukraine and Southern Russia into West Kazakhstan, and thence to the East Kazakh border with China, thus joining up with and completing the West China-West Europe corridor promoted by the Asian Development Bank. There should also be a North-South corridor that would cross over this Central Eurasian Corridor in West Kazakhstan and lead south to the Middle East and South Asia. These adaptations of existing plans could become an exemplary case of cooperation between Central Asia and all the major economic powers of the Eurasian landmass.

Keywords: transport corridors, Eurasia, Central Asia, EU

JEL Classification: R4, F4, F60, F15

Suggested Citation

Emerson, Michael and Vinokurov, Evgeny, Optimisation of Central Asian and Eurasian Trans-Continental Land Transport Corridors (December 1, 2009). EUCAM Working Paper, No. 7, p.1-18, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2741050

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