Development of Transport and Infrastructure in Eurasia. 5th Workshop Report.

Vinokurov E, Balás P, Emerson M, Havlik P, Pereboev V, Rovenskaya E, Stepanova A, Kofner J, et al. (2016). Development of Transport and Infrastructure in Eurasia. 5th Workshop Report. In: Challenges and Opportunities of Economic Integration within a Wider European and Eurasian Space, 15-16 September, 2015, IIASA, Laxenburg.

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Project: Challenges and Opportunities of Economic Integration within a Wider European and Eurasian Space

Abstract

The 5th workshop within the IIASA project “Challenges and Opportunities of Economic Integration Within a Wider European and Eurasian Space” held 15 – 16 September 2015 in Laxenburg, Austria, discussed the issue of transportation corridors in Eurasia and the opportunities for cooperation between the EU, Russia, the EAEU, China and other regional players concerning transport and infrastructure projects.
In order to foster interdisciplinary and international dialogue on the topic, the workshop brought together well-established academics and policymakers from around the world, including: Péter Balás, Deputy Director General, DG Trade, European Commission; Stefan Füle, former EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy; Pavel Kabat, Director General and Chief Executive Officer, IIASA; Evgeny Vinokurov, Director, Centre for Integration Studies, Eurasian Development Bank; Yuliya Chalaya, Head, Economic Policy Strategies Section, Macroeconomic Policy Department, Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) among many others, with a total of 34 participants.

All speakers underlined the importance ofof an international dialogue for science-policy making on transport and infrastructure projects in Eurasia, particularly in the current context of the implementation of EU-UA AA/DCFTA. The global financial crisis, the US Fed and ECB QE policies, the EU’s fiscal situation and Western financial sanctions on Russia were raised during the discussion as serious bottlenecks for developing large scale infrastructure projects in Eurasia.

Selected Seminar Highlights:

The workshop concentrated on the major aspects related to transport and infrastructure development and generated the following outcomes:

• a comprehensive review of the nexus of economic integration and modernization of passenger and freight transport and logistics infrastructure, including railways (notably, high-speed ground transportation), roads, air and maritime transport; and their impacts on economic, national security and social stability;

•analysis of the future of transport corridors in Eurasia: prospects for cooperation among the countries of the region in the construction, modernization and further development of the Eurasian transport corridors (such as the Silk Way Economic Belt, the Trans-Siberian Railway, the “Razvitie” belt, the “Eurasia” waterway) until 2030, in particular, the development of trans-border transport infrastructures and perspectives of the Trans-Eurasian transit;

• a detailed survey of opportunities and threats for the cooperation, feasibility and possibilities for win-win solutions in the context of large infrastructure (gas pipelines, waterways, etc.) developments in Eurasia.

Seminar Focus Areas:

During the workshop the participants came to distinguish four focus points:

1. Overview of transport and infrastructure projects in Eurasia
2. Means of financing of mega transport and infrastructure projects in Eurasia
3. Global players’ logistics interests: playing ball or playing hard?
4. Trade, development and population: cornerstones and limitations to transport and infrastructure projects in Eurasia

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Programs: Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA)
Directorate (DIR)
Depositing User: Michaela Rossini
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2016 17:09
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2017 09:28
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/13965

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