ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION CORRIDORS IN CENTRAL ASIA: FACTORS, INTERDEPENDENCE, AND INTEGRATION PROBLEMS
Azamatzhon Zokhidov, Ph.D. (Econ.), Doctoral Candidate at the Tashkent Road Traffic Institute (Tashkent, Uzbekistan)
This article examines the problems of integrating the Central Asian states into the transportation and communication sphere, as well as the factors influencing this process. It analyzes the trends in building alternative transportation corridors and reveals their development advantages and prospects. It presents a comparative year-by-year analysis of the changes in the interdependence of the transportation sectors of the region’s states.
Keywords: Central Asia, regional transportation system, alternative transportation corridors, international transportation projects, diversification of transportation routes, transportation interdependence, national transportation policy.
Recently, the Central Asian (CA) states, which are striving to diversify their transportation routes, particularly in the China-Europe direction, are taking active steps to implement different projects. This also entails overcoming the transportation and communication deadlock some have found themselves in.
This situation is promoting economic development of the region’s states, on the one hand, and is creating numerous problems, on the other. Differences in the foreign policy views and interests of the region’s states are hindering the successful implementation of major projects. Due to the unpredictability of…………….