CAREC Institute (CI) is an intergovernmental organization contributing to the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program through knowledge generation and capacity building. The Fifth Ministerial Conference on CAREC held in 2006 endorsed the establishment of CI. CI became operational in 2009 and functioned as a virtual institute until 2015. The physical base of CI was inaugurated in March 2015 in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of People’s Republic of China.

The Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) establishing the CAREC Institute was signed on 26th October 2016 and entered into force on 24th August 2017. The effectiveness of the IGA was celebrated during the CAREC Institute Inaugural Ceremony held on 7 September 2017 in Urumqi.

The mission of CI is:
“To enhance the quality and effectiveness of the CAREC Program by providing evidence-based research, capacity building services and networking with research institutions.”

The vision of CI is:
“To be the leading Knowledge Center promoting economic cooperation in the CAREC region for shared and sustainable development.”

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