policy briefs working papers

1. This policy brief emerged from a joint workshop organized by the CAREC Institute and the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) on the topic of achieving energy security in Asia during 22-23 October 2019 in Almaty, Kazakhstan where renowned scholars and authors of the book titled “Achieving Energy Security in Asia: Diversification, Integration, and Policy Implications,” and the CAREC government officials deliberated on the status of energy consumption, energy supply, import, export, energy cooperation with neighboring countries, strategies for increasing a share of renewable energy, and analyzing the energy security levels in their respective countries.

This policy brief provides policy recommendations including simultaneous increase in all four dimensions of energy security – availability, applicability, acceptability and affordability – to improve the national energy security in CAREC counties, establishing a unified legal energy framework, and building a common energy market in CAREC region to improve the regional energy security. Jan 2020
Assessing Energy Security in Asia & Europe: Policy Brief for CAREC

2. The CAREC Institute’s policy brief on “Comparison of Regional Economic Integration in Asia and Europe: Policy Implications for the CAREC Region” emerged from a joint workshop by the CAREC Institute and the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) held in July 2019. The document argues that the economic integration can cause a permanent increase in the rate of economic growth. It continues the sentiment of the CRII working paper that, starting from a position of isolation, countries can achieve closer integration by increasing trade in goods or by increasing flows of ideas.

The paper provides descriptions of five levels of economic integration, underlines differences and similarities between Europe and Asia, and infers that lessons drawn in one region cannot be simply copied and implemented in another region under particular conditions or circumstances.

This policy brief compares the economic integration perspectives in Asia and Europe in order to provide policy recommendations for the CAREC region. The paper concludes that CAREC needs an effective and efficient system for policy coordination, for infrastructure development and infrastructure financing, also reduction of non-tariff measures (NTMs), and establishment of effective intra-regional energy trade.
Comparison of Integration in Asia & Europe: Policy Brief for CAREC

3. This policy brief emerged from a joint workshop organized by the CAREC Institute, the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), and the American University of Central Asia, on the topic of reforming state-owned enterprises (SOE) in Central Asia during 26-27 September 2019 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. It assesses and reviews this set of challenges and provides policy recommendations for the Central Asian economies with the large public sector.
Policy Brief: Reforming State-Owned Enterprises in Central Asia