The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development intends to engage a consultant that will work closely with the bank project team in order to quantify Central Asia’s transport potential as a transhipment land bridge, to assess trade costs and single out measures to reduce them, and to suggest programmes and institutional reforms needed to implement these measures.
The EUR 400,000 assignment is expected to start in July 2018 and has an estimated overall duration of 24 months.
The consultant is expected to address the current regional integration programmes and initiatives in Central Asia, gaps assessment, to elaborate an overview of the current situation in the Central Asian transhipment market, as well as its potential, to identify users’ choice for transport modes and to organise country-level missions and knowledge dissemination.
The project envisages Vienna Programme for Action for Landlocked Developing Countries (2014-2024) which is under implementation. It envisages efforts by related parties, including international organizations, to promote efficient and cost-effective access to ports, to improve services for international trade, and to develop transit transport infrastructure with an aim to lower transport costs. The Vienna Programme also encourages technical assistance and capacity-building programs aimed at landlocked countries to improve the institutional environment. Capitalising on the project and policy work so far, this technical assistance will further contribute to regional integration and connectivity efforts.
EBRD works to develop safe, secure and sustainable transport systems in its countries of operations, which will support economic growth. The bank’s priorities in the transport sphere include promoting market-based transport systems with an emphasis on private sector involvement, developing sustainable and integrated transport networks, and broadening economic activity within the sector.
Bank’s Country Strategies for the Central Asian countries focus on enhancing inter-regional connectivity and international integration, as well as increasing the role of the private sector in the economy. While projects with private players, as well as selective engagements with state actors, contribute to enhanced regional integration, the Bank also engages in policy dialogue with governments to improve governance, the regulatory environment, and commercialisation.
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