Trans-Eurasian Information Super Highway Project (TASIM) is a major initiative aimed at improving connectivity in Eurasia and establishing new fiber-optic telecommunications transit routes between Europe and Asia. Supported by three UN resolutions TASIM Project gets growing support both at multilateral and bilateral levels, thus proving the fact that connectivity and bridging digital divide are crucial issues on the way to meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) – major issue of Rio + 20 Summit outcome.
Since its establishment in 2011 TASIM Project Secretariat builds its relations with various major international organizations and groupings. Besides UN General Assembly and UN DESA, such specialized UN bodies as ITU, UN ESCAP, UN ECE and UNDP expressed their support to TASIM Project. TASIM Project Secretariat started also its cooperation with major international financial institutions, such as the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.
TASIM Project Secretariat considers future cooperation with UN Office of High Representative on Least Developed, Land Locked and Small Island Developing countries (UN OHRLLS) which in general deals with the problems of almost 120 countries. Connectivity is a major issue for most of these countries and can play crucial role in ensuring sustainable economic and social development and elimination of consequences of humanitarian disasters.
TASIM Project Secretariat plans to develop further its relations with other regional organizations and initiatives, such as Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), Special Programme for Central Asia (SPECA), Intergovernmental Commission TRACECA (Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia) and CAREC (Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation).
TASIM Project Secretariat will also be developing its relations at bilateral level with all countries that are interested to be potential stakeholders in addressing the issues of connectivity in Eurasian continent and globally.
TASIM Project Secretariat will attach special importance to collaboration with major international think tanks and universities, especially in the area on impact of connectivity on economic growth, social development and disaster resiliency.