Freight Transport and COVID-19 in North and Central Asia: Changing the Connectivity Paradigm

The pandemic of COVID-19 is an unprecedented global crisis severely affecting the well-being of people all around the globe and in Asia and the Pacific as well. The actual economic impact of the pandemic on the Asia- Pacific region has yet to be fully revealed, but ESCAP forecasts significant slowing down of GDP growth with the fallout being uneven distributed across countries and subregions. The downgrade of GDP growth in North and Central Asia is expected to be among the highest in Asia and the Pacific.