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Reducing Barriers to Trade in Central Asia

To assist in resolving constraints to trade across borders, the Regional Economic Cooperation project is working in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to build capacity to facilitate trade and uphold international trade agreements.

​The Regional Economic Cooperation project is a task order under the USAID/Central Asian Republic’s Macroeconomic Foundations for Growth indefinite quantity contract. Through this task order, Chemonics aims to improve cross-border trade among central Asian countries and Afghanistan through an array of trade facilitation activities, including comprehensive analysis of central Asian markets and sustainable export partnership-building.

The project will also evaluate the export potential and business constraints in central Asia, particularly for fresh and processed agricultural products and other sectors of interest to the U.S. Department of Defense for supply to Afghanistan.

The task order will develop detailed market research to evaluate the export potential and constraints of business in central Asia, particularly those in the fresh and processed agricultural products sector. To build and strengthen trade networks, the project is assisting export partnership groups developed under previous projects and is supporting creation of new groups.

Through market research, the project will first evaluate export potential of Kazakh and Uzbek firms and industries and then build the capacity of local firms to export high-quality goods in sufficient quantities. The project is identifying barriers preventing these local firms from exporting and will develop recommendations for the best way for USAID to address these issues.

Project Goals:

  • Provide central Asian firms with capacity-building assistance to export
  • Build capacity in trade and investment
  • Increase exports by firms involved in export partnership groups
  • Increase contracts between local producers and northern distribution networks to export food products


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