A Modern “Silk Road”?

by Anonymous on 8/30/2004 · 1 comment

According to this article in the Pakistan-based newspaper Daily Times:

“Afghanistan and Uzbekistan agreed on Sunday to push ahead with a mammoth road-building project intended to make their countries a lucrative trade link between Asia and the Persian Gulf.

“A unique opportunity has appeared for Afghanistan to serve as a transit country between South-East Asia and the Persian Gulf,” Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah told journalists.

Meeting in the Uzbek capital Tashkent, Abdullah and his Uzbek counterpart, Sadyk Safayev outlined plans for Uzbek contractors to build a road across northern Afghanistan between the towns of Andhoi and Herat.

The eventual aim — agreed last summer at a summit of Afghanistan, Iran and Uzbekistan’s presidents — is to extend the road from Uzbekistan southwards through Afghanistan to Iran’s Gulf Coast, possibly supplemented by a railway.

Uzbekistan has simultaneously been pushing for construction of a rail link eastward through Kyrgyzstan and deep into China in order to create a complete oil transit route between China and the Persian Gulf”

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Education 2003–2004 Master Degree in Developmental Studies (DESS “Gestion et dynamisation du développement”), The University of Pierre Mendès France of Grenoble, France 1998-2003 Bachelor Degree in International Economics, The University of World Economy and Diplomacy of Tashkent, Uzbekistan Work Experience 05/2004-08/2004 Researcher, The Economic Mission of France in Istanbul, Turkey 04/2003-09/2003 Research assistant and Translator in the UNDP project UZB 01/04 on institutional reinforcement of the Higher School of Business under the President of Uzbekistan 01/2003-04/2003 Interpreter, International Department, The Higher School of Business, Tashkent, Uzbekistan 09/2002-01/2003 English Language Junior Editor at the Journal “International Relations, Law and Economy” of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan 06/2002-09/2002 Intern, CIS countries Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan

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Laurence August 30, 2004 at 3:09 pm

Alisher, you left out this part:

Sceptical observers in Kabul however say that Afghanistan would benefit more if neighbours such as Pakistan and Uzbekistan matched Afghanistan’s own success in introducing hi-tech systems and cutting red-tape on its borders. Transit across the region is currently painfully slow, with Afghan trucks having to unload and transfer their goods to Pakistani trucks when entering Pakistan for example. In practice Uzbekistan has severely limited official transit of goods across its border with Afghanistan, although huge quantities of illegal heroin continue to flow out of Afghanistan via its former Soviet neighbours to the north.

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