The Belt and Road Initiative & Global 2030 Sustainability Book: Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan Background Papers

As a part of the work behind EMF’s latest book, The Belt and Road Initiative & Global 2030 Sustainability, a series of studies covering 11 countries in Africa, Central Asia, and Asia were commissioned. Each of these background studies provided critical research that informed the book. As a continuation of the initial four backgrounds paper, we are publishing the background papers for Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) case study was written by Daud Ahmad. The study examines the current status of the Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), considered the “flagship” of the BRI. Nearly $ 24 billion is already committed under 35 completed and ongoing projects. The study examines the CEPC’s objectives, evolution, key components, financing and implementation arrangements, implementation status, and key challenges.

Kyrgyzstan and the Belt and Road Initiative: Recent Developments by Dr. Roman Mogilevskii. Dr. Mogilevskii was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Central Asia in 2022 when he wrote the paper. He currently serves as Senior Economist at the Asian Development Bank. The paper reports on recent changes in the BRI engagement in Kyrgyzstan against the backdrop of an earlier country study by the author on the benefits and risks of BRI’s investment in the country.

The BRI in Central Asia: A View from Tajikistan by Rustam Aminjonov and Matin Kholmatov of the Analytical Center “Navo” in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, presents a country-level perspective on the extent and impact of BRI investments in Tajikistan. The paper is an updated version of the Tajikistan country report prepared for the EMF report: China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Potential Transformation of Central Asia and the South Caucasus’ (2019). 

Stay tuned for the next release of background papers.