The old Silk Road
Begun to centuries before the birth of Christ the fabled Silk Road stretched for 4,000 miles from China, through Central Asia, the Middle East and to the cities of Europe.
It was one of the world's greatest infrastructure successes.
But for many centuries the regions of Central Asia and the Caucasus' have been in decline.
JICA is helping to rehabilitate infrastructure in eight countries with a combined population of around 100 million people and effectively create a ‘new’ silk road.
But the development agency is also helping in other areas such as health, agriculture, education and capacity development.
Central Asia and the Caucasus region are in urgent need of assistance and JICA is helping to build a so-called ‘new silk’ road in eight regional countries as well as helping in other areas such as health, agriculture, poverty reduction and capacity development.
A program called One Village One product is helping to raise the standard of living of poor communities. There are some surprising participants.
The health of Central Asia and the Caucasus is in crisis. In a variety of ways, JICA is improving regional healthcare.
Paper produced in the fabled city of Samarkand was once the most prized in the world. JICA is helping to revive this kind of paper production.
When the Soviet Union collapsed some of its former satellite countries needed to transform communist-style economic systems to market=-based economies. JICA is continuing to help in that process.