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Abbreviations and acronyms

ASYCUDA Automated SYstem of CUstoms Data management developed by UNCTAD

CACO Central Asian Cooperation Organization: Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan.

CAF Central Asian Forum: Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan.

CEC Central European Countries

CIM International Consignment Note for rail transport under COTIF

CIS Commonwealth of Independent States

CIS 7 Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

COTIF Convention Concerning the International Transport of Goods by Rail, 1980

EBRD European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

ECA Europe and Central Asia, a World Bank region

ECE Economic Commission for Europe of the UN

ECMT European Conference of Ministers of Transport (Part of OECD)

ECO Economic Cooperation Organization Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, and CA countries

EEC Eurasian Economic Community (former CIS Customs Union)

EDI Electronic Data Interchange

EIB European Investment Bank

EU European Union

FDI Foreign Direct Investment

FIATA International association of freight forwarders

FSU Former Soviet Union Republics

FTL Full truck load (cf. LTL and FCL for Full container load)

GFP Global Facilitation Partnership for Transport and Trade by the World Bank

GUUAM A trade treaty with Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and Moldova

HIPC Heavily Indebted Poor Countries, IMF classification for the poorest countries

IBRD International Bank for Reconstruction and Development; World Bank Group

IDA International Development Agency, part of the World Bank Group

INOGATE Interstate Oil and Gas Transport to Europe initiative

IRU International Road Transport Union

JSC Joint-stock company

MOT Ministry of Transport

MOTC Ministry of Transport and Communications

OECD Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development

OSJD Organization for Railways Cooperation, comprises CIS countries

SMGS Agreement on International Railway Freight Communications, used in OSJD

PRGF Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility of the IMF

SCC State Customs Committee (e.g. in Armenia and Azerbaijan)

SCO Shanghai Cooperation Organization, also known as Shanghai Six

SOE State-owned enterprise

SPECA UN Special Program for the Economies of Central Asia

SME Small and medium-sized enterprises

TACIS EU’s development program for CIS countries

TEU Twenty feet equivalent unit, a measurement for unitized cargo

TIR International convention for road transport in transit traffic; TIR carnets issued by IRU

TRACECA EU-funded Inter-Governmental Group TRAnsport Corridor Europe Caucasus Asia

TTFSC Trade and Transport Facilitation in South Caucasus

TTFSE Trade and Transport Facilitation in South East Europe

TTFCA Trade and Transport Facilitation in Central Asia

UNCTAD United Nations Conference for Trade and Development

WCO World Customs Organization

WTO World Trade Organization

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