17 May 2019, Nur-Sultan. - In the framework of the XII Astana Economic Forum, the International Water Assessment Centre jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the World Bank and the EU Delegation in Kazakhstan held a high-level panel session “Water as a factor of economic growth and security in Central Asia”.
Representatives of key ministries of five Central Asian countries, heads of diplomatic missions in Kazakhstan, representatives of international organizations, as well as international experts participated in the panel session.
During the panel session, national needs and views on sustainable water management at the regional level were discussed. The possibilities of creating an international water and energy consortium in Central Asia were considered through the development of a concept for creating a new financial and economic mechanism for interaction among countries in the Aral Sea basin with the support of international partners.
The panel session was the first step towards developing a common vision on water security in Central Asia, where enhanced water management at the national level and systemic cooperation on transboundary waters will reap numerous benefits for all countries based on the principles of joint management of shared resources.