Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/109623
Authors: 
Vakulchuk, Roman
Irnazarov, Farrukh
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
ADB Working Paper Series on Regional Economic Integration 130
Abstract: 
The barriers to trade in developing countries constitute one of the major obstacles to economic development and growth. This study aims at addressing the issues surrounding the prevalence of informal trade barriers in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. While it appears to be logical that the strongest economies of Central Asia should increase trade volume with neighboring countries, in reality the potential for intensifying cross-border trade is barely being realized. This paper attempts to shed light on trade barriers in key industries in both countries, including manufacturing, transport, and agriculture. As can be seen from this study, these industries experience different types of restrictions and varying degrees of state intervention in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The paper places special emphasis on informal barriers and the tools companies use to overcome those barriers. The paper is based on a survey of a total of 108 companies in both countries and the output of a roundtable discussion in Kazakhstan with representatives of companies and other experts in the above-mentioned industries.
Subjects: 
Kazakhstan
Uzbekistan
trade
formal and informal barriers
cross-border activity
JEL: 
D80
F10
F20
L10
L20
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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