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CENTRAL ASIA COMPETITIVENESS OUTLOOK
With a total population of 92 million people, near universal literacy and abundant energy resources, Central Asia is an attractive destination for investment and trade. The region is strategically located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. From 2000 to 2009, foreign direct investment flows into Central Asia increased almost ninefold. The poor quality of the region’s business environment though remains a major obstacle.
This Central Asia Competitiveness Outlook examines the key policies that would increase competitiveness in Central Asia and reduce dependence on the natural resource sector, namely through developing human capital, improving access to finance, and capturing better investment opportunities. The work was carried out in collaboration with the World Economic Forum under the aegis of the OECD Central Asia Initiative.
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