AEIR 2019/2020

Cross-border Infrastructure

Subregional Economic Cooperation in South and Central Asia (SECSCA)

Subregional Economic Cooperation in South and Central Asia (SECSCA) was initiated in 2003 to promote transport connectivity and facilitate movement of goods and people across the region. Participating countries are Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, with Iran as observer. Turkmenistan is also part of the proposed North-South and East-West Corridors and has been invited to participate in Ministerial Conferences.

The Second Ministerial Conference on Trade and Transport in Central and South Asia in March 2005 approved the establishment of the Central and South Asia Transport and Trade Forum (CSATTF) and the formation of its Trade and Customs Working Group. They also endorsed the Corridor Development Plan for Customs for implementation in 2005–2007.

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The Turkmenistan_Afghanistan_Pakistan_Natural_Gas_Pipeline_Project/">Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) Gas Pipeline Project is an initiative started in 2002 and is expected to transport up to 30 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually from the Dauletabad fields in southeast Turkmenistan about 1,600 kilometers to consumers in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Asian Development Bank was asked by the three countries to be a development partner and help with the feasibility study for TAP.

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Agreements

  • Second Ministerial Conference on Transport and Trade in Central and South Asia (Articles on the Establishment of the CSATTF as Attachment 5, and Terms of Reference of the CSATTF Trade and Customs Working Group as Attachment 6)
    Asian Development Bank
    4 Mar 2005

Meetings

  • 9th Steering Committee Meeting of Turkmenistan Afghanistan Pakistan (TAP) Gas Pipeline
    Asian Development Bank
    13 Feb 2006
  • 8th Steering Committee Meeting of Turkmenistan Afghanistan Pakistan (TAP) Gas Pipeline
    Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources - Pakistan
    12 Apr 2005
  • Trade and Customs Working Group Meeting
    Asian Development Bank
    27 Oct 2004
  • Working Group Meeting on Transport and Trade in South and Central Asia
    Asian Development Bank
    4 Mar 2004