Make Central Asia and Caucasus Open for the World.
The cities of Central Asia and the Caucasus have a big potential to become the economic drivers of the region. The investment attractiveness of these cities goes along with their openness and integration to the world economy and tourism.
Despite the increasing trend of regional urbanization, there has been no empirical analysis of how developed the CA and the Caucasus cities are in relation to each other. We hope our research will help societies, international organizations and businesses to get a greater understanding of the regional urban centers and will guide local policymakers with independent and up-to-date information.
We are in the stage of completing our research project on: “Competitiveness Report of 40 Cities of Central Asia and the Caucasus”.
Taking into account that all the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus have gained their independence in relatively recent times, we would like to disclose the results of our analysis and provide insight into the achievements of the main regional cities. This project would be the first study on the competitiveness of CA and the Caucasus cities and their attractiveness for doing business, tourism, life, and investments.
Using official statistical data from authorized government sources the study focuses on analyzing 40 cities from 8 countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus along 14 indicators grouped into 5 main areas: technological development and human capital, economic and trade potential, as well as environmental emissions and crime rates.
This study is the first in-depth study of cities in Central Asia and the Caucasus and is of great interest for further distribution in countries of the region and abroad.
Given the results, we hope that the rating will become a useful and objective tool for assessing the competitiveness of cities in the region, their strengths and weaknesses, as well as for determining policies and practices for their development.
For the promotion of our rating and findings of our research we need to present the study at international organizations and heads of the cities we will be required to conduct 40 local and international trips. Furthermore, we have to publish and organize the distribution of our research to a greater audience.
Our aim is to raise enough funds to organize online and off-line social campaigns and meetings in 2018-2019 that will help to directly reach the local politicians and people, and, hopefully, will motivate the positive changes in decision-making transforming the Central Asian and Caucasus cities to a more favorable place to live, work and grow.
By achieving this goal, we are hoping to work jointly with governor and mayor offices on projects supporting various socially vulnerable and entrepreneurial groups and continue our research work in 2019. All of the contributions will be posted on our personal social pages, blogs and the website.
We are a team of non-partisan and independent professionals who are seriously concerned about the regional economic, social and cultural progress and aspire to contribute to the development of the regional cities to the world urban centers.
Our project team members are:
Maxat Kurbenov, an initiator of this project, who has a degree in Economy and Business. Maxat is from Shymkent and lives in Nur-Sultan city, a capital of Kazakhstan. His mission focuses on developing an idea of Greater Eurasia without boundaries and with strong private businesses.
Batikhan Kalibekov, an organizer of the project, who has a degree in Economics. Batikhan is from the Karaganda region and lives in Nur-sultan. His mission is to develop the economy of the region.
Zhadyra Altynbayeva, an editor of the project, who has a degree in Law. Zhadyra is from Taraz and lives in Nur-Sultan. Her mission focuses on developing a fair legal framework in the region.
Nurbek Achilov, an analyst of this campaign, who has a degree in Marketing and E-Business. Nurbek is from the Tashkent region, Uzbekistan and lives in Nur-Sultan city, capital of Kazakhstan. He is an activist, blogger, humanitarian, and environmentalist. His mission is to change the thinking of local people to a global one.
Let’s support OPEN Central Asia and Caucasus!
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