Eurasian Development Bank: Almaty.
The Eurasian Development Bank is an international financial institution established to promote economic growth and integration in Eurasia. The Bank was founded by an intergovernmental agreement signed in January 2006 by the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan. Accession negotiations are currently under way with several neighbouring countries. Electric power, water and energy, transportation infrastructure and high-tech and innovative industries are the key areas for Bank’s financing activities. As part of its mission the Bank carries out extensive research and analysis of contemporary development issues and trends in the region, with particular focus on Eurasian integration. The Bank also hosts regular conferences and round tables addressing various aspects of integration. In 2008, the Bank launched an annual EDB Eurasian Integration Yearbook (in English) and a quarterly Journal of Eurasian Economic Integration (in Russian). Both publications are available online at www.eabr.org. The Bank’s Strategy and Research Department publishes detailed Industry and Country Reports and plans to undertake a number of research projects. Developing the EDB Eurasian Integration Index is the first project in the pipeline.