Unlike the world’s great seaports, the prominent commercial cities of Central Eurasia have historically been land-based hubs. It took months and even years for the ancient Silk Road traders to travel between Europe and Asia, and Central Eurasia’s hubs served as critical regional logistics and distribution centers. Each of them had a number of caravanserais, where goods and ideas exchanged hands, and people and cultures met and mixed. These trading centers were connected with other regional hubs and megacities through a vast network of corridors across Eurasia and the Middle East. The Silk Road corridors were for centuries the source of prosperity for many nations in Central Eurasia.
Once a vibrant route for the Silk Road trade, Central Eurasia is poised to regain its historical role as a commercial bridge between east and west, north and south. Azerbaijan is located at the crossroads of major Eurasian land and air transport corridors—a feature that will play a vital part in its long-term success, if utilized properly.Potentially, the country could serve not only as a commercial bridge between Europe and Asia, but also as a major distribution hub in Eurasia. Azerbaijan has the ingredients to become one of the major commercial and transportation hubs in the region and to be the country that facilitates regional transformation. Its location, abundance of natural resources and dynamic new generation will help realize this vision.