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Central Asia Competitiveness Outlook and Policy Handbooks



Date of publication
June 2013


Building on the Central Asia Competitiveness Outlook published in 2011, these Policy Handbooks outline practical steps for policy-makers to improve the business climate. The Handbooks were released at the Eurasia Competitiveness Ministerial Conference, 27-28 June 2013.

Promoting Investment and Job Creation in Central Asia through Business Linkage Programmes

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Developing Skills in Central Asia through Better Vocational Education and Training Systems

English l Russian

Improving Access to Finance for SMEs in Central Asia through Credit Guarantee Schemes

English l Russian

Date of publication
July 2011


With a total population of 92 million people, near universal literacy and abundant energy resources, Central Asia is an attractive destination for investment and trade.  The region is strategically located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. From 2000 to 2009, foreign direct investment flows into Central Asia increased almost ninefold. The poor quality of the region’s business environment though remains a major obstacle.

This Central Asia Competitiveness Outlook examines the key policies that would increase competitiveness in Central Asia and reduce dependence on the natural resource sector, namely through developing human capital, improving access to finance, and capturing better investment opportunities. The work was carried out in collaboration with the World Economic Forum under the aegis of the OECD Central Asia Initiative.

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