2018 – THE YEAR OF OPPORTUNITY FOR FRANCE
2017 was a year of economic recovery for Central Asia and Caucasus. Following a sluggish phase, growth has resumed, driven by a rise in hydrocarbon prices. In most countries in the region, growth exceeded the world average, estimated at 3.5% for 2017. Formerly isolated, the area has become a trade corridor between Europe and Asia, at the heart of the Silk Road. Inter-regional cooperation, which had been very weak since these States gained independence, has been given new life under the impetus of China and the new vision of the leaders who have come to power over the past two decades.