The governments of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic, Akimat of Almaty City and the Bishkek City administration and with the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), initiated work on the Almaty–Bishkek Economic Corridor (ABEC) in 2013. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two cities during the 13th CAREC Ministerial Conference held in Bishkek in October 2014. In November 2016, the Intergovernmental Council between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Kazakhstan, chaired by both countries’ Prime Ministers, established the ABEC Subcommittee. The ABEC Subcommittee is responsible for all aspects related to the development and implementation of ABEC projects, as well as for appointing representatives to this Subcommittee.

The 8th Joint ABEC Subcommittee meeting shall have the following three objectives:
  • Assess the implementation status of the 7th ABEC Subcommittee minutes as signed on 17 February 2023 in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic;
  • Review current ABEC projects and initiatives based on the meeting minutes of sector working groups; identify short- and medium-term priority projects;
  • Agree on joint actions between the two parties to further develop the ABEC and formulate and sign the 8th ABEC Subcommittee minutes.