UCA and OSU host roundtable to discuss regional economic cooperation in Central Asia

Date: 16 October 2012
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On 20 September 2012, the Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA), University of Central Asia (UCA), in partnership with the Osh State University (OSU) hosted a roundtable on the “Challenges of Regional Economic Cooperation in Central Asia” at the OSU campus in Osh.

The one-day roundtable provided a unique opportunity for researchers, experts and policy makers from the Southern region of the Kyrgyz Republic to discuss key developments and challenges of regional economic cooperation. 

The roundtable focused on recent regional trade trends; the effects of the Customs Union (CU) between the Russian Federation, Belarus, and Kazakhstan on regional trade flows; and potential  benefits and drawbacks of CU accession by the Kyrgyz Republic

The one-day roundtable provided a unique opportunity for researchers, experts and policy makers from the Southern region of the Kyrgyz Republic to discuss key developments and challenges of regional economic cooperation

Speakers included Dr. Uran Ergeshbaev from OSU presenting the socio-economic consequences of migration developments in the Kyrgyz Republic and UCA’s Nurkbek Jenish highlighting the country’s success in attracting international students and its subsequent effects on the Kyrgyz economy.

The roundtable focused on recent regional trade trends; the effects of the Customs Union between the Russian Federation, Belarus, and Kazakhstan on regional trade flows; and potential  benefits and drawbacks of CU accession by the Kyrgyz Republic




Academics from UCA, OSU, Osh State Social University, Jalalabad State University, as well as representatives of the State Customs Service of the Kyrgyz Republic, civil society and private sector organizations participated in the session.

IPPA, together with our counterparts from OSU, decided to organize this roundtable in Osh because we wanted to engage the researchers, experts and policy makers from the southern region in policy dialogue on how the Kyrgyz Republic (and the region as a whole), could benefit from regional trade and integration. We also wanted to disseminate findings of recent IPPA research projects and discover research activities and outputs of other stakeholders,” said Dr. Roman Mogilevskii, Senior Research Fellow, IPPA.

Dr. Tasilkan Jumabaeva, Pro-Rector of OSU, acknowledged the value of this initiative, stating that OSU and the other universities looked forward to continuing collaboration with UCA and establishing mutually beneficial relations.

The roundtable is part of a series of dissemination events organized by IPPA, to present and publicly discuss findings of its research. IPPA researchers have produced and published a series of peer-reviewed original research papers on a broad range of topics dealing with social and economic issues, public administration and public policy as they relate to Central Asia and Afghanistan.

Earlier this year, similar roundtables were held with the Ministry of Economy and Anti-Monopoly Policy, Kyrgyzstan, and the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Tajikistan. In May 2012, IPPA researchers also presented their research findings at public lectures in Bishkek and Dushanbe.  Further dissemination events will be organised as IPPA releases new UCA research publications.

IPPA aims to provide in-depth analyses of Central Asian economic policies and organize quality professional development opportunities for civil servants in the region. For its first year and a half of activity, the Institute has benefited from the generous support of the Government of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC).  Further information is available at: http://www.ucentralasia.org/Research/ippa