It is water and energy in particular that gives impetus to the development of Central Asia. It has been the fastest developing region recently. In the last 20 years, the GRP [of the countries, – Ed.] of Central Asia, the five countries – Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan – has quadrupled cumulatively. Emerging markets have tripled over the same period. <...> These are rapidly emerging economies, and it is very important for us to support them — Nikolai Podguzov, Chairman of the Management Board, Eurasian Development Bank.
Energy is a very important area of cooperation. We are now discussing plans to build nuclear power plants in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan with our CIS partners. They are already under discussion, and I hope they will be implemented, — Sergey Lebedev, Chairman of the Executive Committee – Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Greater emphasis on free trade in services is also an important factor. In such large areas with such drastic differences in climate, the competitiveness of goods has many difficulties and factors. Therefore, there is much more scope for accelerating our mutual trade in services — Bakhyt Sultanov, Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Trade and Integration of the Republic of Kazakhstan.