Soft Infrastructure Development in Central Asia 2020: Effective Infrastructure Development Through Legislation, Regulation, Policies, Governance, and Public Private Frameworks (December 6, 2019)
The resource-rich and geographically strategic region of Central Asia is continuing to evolve. Once isolated and impoverished, the Central Asian republics have broken free from their Soviet legacies to pursue new economic development strategies. Growing populations, rising energy demand, rapid urbanization, and increasing productivity necessitate the build-out of “hard infrastructure”: transportation, telecommunications, and energy networks. Policymakers in Central Asia therefore need to prioritize the “soft infrastructure,” policies, governance, taxes, laws and regulations, to support the construction of these critical projects.