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  • Sixty public servants from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic at the Institute of Public Policy and Administration at its Trade and Regional Cooperation training programme.
    AKDN / Mikhail Romanyuk
University of Central Asia begins Programme to promote trade and regional cooperation in Central Asia and Afghanistan for cconomic growth

Professional Development Training for civil service

Kyrgyz Republic, 25 August 2012 — The University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration has commenced a week-long training programme on trade and regional cooperation for 60 civil servants from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic in Issyk-Kul. The programme, which is part of the University’s Canadian supported “Regional Cooperation and Confidence Building in Afghanistan, and Central Asia” programme, commenced on 25 August and will run to 2 September 2012.

Key issues discussed at the seminar include: the crucial impact of international trade to Central Asia’s economic growth, the contribution of regional trade to helping economic diversification, as well as how Afghanistan, as a key region for transportation transit to the markets of South Asia and with its ambitious programmes for reconstruction, can become a significant trading partner in a Greater Central Asia. The range of topics include technical details of tariff and trade barriers, international finance and international trade negotiations, and will provide in-depth analyses of Central Asia’s current state of regional trade and prospects for expansion.

The training is designed and delivered in cooperation with Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs’ Centre for Trade Policy and Law ( Their staff of outstanding experts have conducted similar training programmes in China, Russia and other countries. In addition there are speakers from a number of international organizations including the Asian Development Bank, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Institute of Public Policy and Administration staff will present results of their research on trade in the Central Asian region.

The Institute of Public Policy and Administration is a new initiative by the University of Central Asia (UCA). The Institute will focus on an in-depth analysis of economic policy as well as organize quality professional development opportunities for civil servants in the region.

The training is organized in partnership with regional organizations such as the Institute for Retraining of Civil Servants (TJK), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (TJK) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (AFG), Ministry of Economy and Anti-Monopoly Policy (KG), and the Agency of Civil Service under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The event provides a unique opportunity for civil servants to meet colleagues from countries in the region for an exchange of views and experiences.

“For the University of Central Asia, this seminar organized through its Institute of Public Policy and Administration is an important intellectual contribution to Central Asia and Afghanistan’s public policy and cooperation issues. Through support from our partners, the Canadian Government and Carleton University, we hope this is a first step to a long-standing contribution to the region,” said Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General, UCA.

A second phase of the training seminar will be held in each of the four countries in early October, with contributions from local experts on issues related to trade and regional cooperation. The project is supported by the Government of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and implemented by the University of Central Asia.

For further information please contact:

Nisar Keshvani
University of Central Asia
138 Toktogul Street, 720001 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic
Mobile: +996 (0) 770 822 851

Anna Vorobeva
Aga Khan Development Network
Representation, Kyrgyz Republic
80, Tynystanov Street, Kyrgyz Republic
Mobile: +996 772 533 726


The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000. The Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan, signed the International Treaty and Charter establishing this secular and private University; ratified by the respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations. UCA brings with it the commitment and partnership of the broader Aga Khan Development Network. For more information on UCA, please visit website at

His Highness the Aga Khan is founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of private, non-denominational development agencies working to empower communities and individuals to improve living conditions and opportunities, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. The Network’s nine development agencies focus on social, cultural and economic development for all citizens, regardless of gender, origin or religion. The AKDN’s underlying ethic is compassion for the vulnerable in society. Its annual budget for non-profit development is US$625 million. In Kyrgyzstan, more than 1,000 people most of who are local citizens are directly employed by AKDN and its various agencies. For more information on AKDN, please visit website at