Central Asia-Caucasus Institute - Regional Forum, Tashkent, 12-14 June 2019










UZBEKISTAN, JUNE 12-14, 2019

CAMCA: Shared Interests, Shared Aspirations




19:00-21:00 Welcoming Reception hosted by the Uzbek Members of the CAMCA Network






09:30-10:00 Opening Session      

Moderator: Dr.Svante Cornell, Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute       

Welcoming Remarks:          

Malik Mukhitdinov, CAMCA Network National Coordinator for Uzbekistan
Eldor Aripov, Director, Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies under the President of Uzbekistan
Sarah Tonucci, Executive Director, Rumsfeld Foundation

Statement and introduction of Senator Safoev: Dr. S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute      

10:00-10:30 Keynote Address:      

Senator Sodyq Safoev, First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan  



11:00-11:30 Keynote Interview with Dr. Arthur Laffer, Founder and Chairman of Laffer Associates
Introduction: Dr. S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
Interviewer: Rakhim Oshakbayev, Director, Center of Applied Research TALAP in Kazakhstan, CAMCA Network Member       

11:30-12:30 Plenary Session 1 – Intraregional Trade within CAMCA: Signs of Progress?

Moderator: Senator Alisher Kurmanov, Chairman of Senate Committee on International Relations, Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Tourism

Hideki Mori, World Bank Country Manager for Uzbekistan
Jamshid Khodjaev, Minister of Agriculture of Uzbekistan
Erzhan Saltybayev, Director of the Institute of World Economy and Politics, Kazakhstan
Hikmat Abdurahmanov, Chairman of the Association for International Business and Technologies of Uzbekistan, CAMCA       Network Member
Dr. Jacopo Maria Pepe, Associate Fellow, Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia,           German Council on Foreign Relations
Representative, World Trade Organization (WTO)

12:30-13:30  Luncheon

13:45-14:45 Breakout Session 1 – What Attracts Foreign Investment in the CAMCA Countries? What Doesn’t?       

Moderator: Enders Wimbush, President, StrateVarious Inc.
Laziz Kudratov, Deputy Minister of Investment and Trade of Uzbekistan, CAMCA Network Member
Christopher Nixon Cox, Vice Chairman for Asia, Middle East and Public Policy at BrightSphere Investment Group (BSIG)
Ambassador Irakli Alasania, Senior Partner, SP Consulting
Yernar Zharkeshov, Principal, Whiteshield Partners, CAMCA Network Member
Assadullah Zamir, CEO and Partner of Sabzwar Agribusiness and Food Services and Founder of Abreshum Venture, CAMCA Network Member
Yee Ean Pang, Director General, Investment Operations Department, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
Anvar Irchaev, Director, Orient Capital Management

13:45-14:45 Breakout Session 2 – Some Models of Innovative Higher Education       

Moderator: Shigeo Katsu, President of Nazarbayev University
Inom Madjidov, Minister of Higher and Secondary Special Education of Uzbekistan
Ambassador Hafiz Pashayev, Rector, ADA University
Arevik Anapiosyan, Deputy Minister of Education of Armenia, CAMCA Network Member
Dr. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, University of Central Asia
Esen Aydogdyev, Rector, International University for Humanities and Development of Turkmenistan
Stavros Yiannouka, CEO, World Innovation Summit for Education


13:45-14:45 Breakout Session 3 – Models of Regional Coordination

Moderator: Dr. Kaush Arha, Senior Adviser for Strategic Engagement, USAID
Dr. Svante Cornell, Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
Ambassador Bilahari Kausikan, Chairman, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore
Dr. Roman Vakulchuk, Co-Founder and Country Director for Kazakhstan, CentralAsian Development Institute, CAMCA Network Member
Gulya Kolakova, Independent Consultant, CAMCA Network Member, Turkmenistan
Representative, Nordic Council


15:30-16:30 Breakout Session 4 – Are CAMCA Labor Forces Competitive?

Moderator: Dr. Mamuka Tsereteli, Senior Fellow, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
Giovanni Capannelli, Country Director, Kazakhstan Resident Mission, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Representative, World Bank (WB)/International Financial Corporation (IFC)
Representative, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Representative, Islamic Development Bank (IDB)          

15:30-16:30 Breakout Session 5 – Meet Some CAMCA Entrepreneurs           

Moderator: Zafar Khashimov, Entrepreneur and founder of the supermarket chain Korzinka.uz
Speakers: Presentations from various CAMCA entrepreneurs

16:30-16:45 BREAK


16:45-17:45 Plenary Session 2 – Intraregional Finance: A Growth Industry?

Moderator: Johannes Linn, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Kairat Kelimbetov, Governor, Astana International Financial Centre
Atarbek Nazirov, Chairman, Capital Market Development Agency of Uzbekistan Kenneth Angell, Managing Director, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Zuhursho Rahmatulloev, Co-Founder, Alif Capital and CEO, Alif Tech, Tajikistan, CAMCA Network Member
Representative, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

19:30-22:00 Forum Dinner hosted by the Government of Uzbekistan




09:30-10:00 Keynote Interview: State Building and Reforms in Uzbekistan: Driving Force for Regionalism?

Speaker: Ruslanbek Davletov, Minister of Justice of Uzbekistan
Introduction: TBD
Interviewer: TBD

10:00-10:15 BREAK

10:15-11:15  Breakout Session 6 – Afghanistan: A New Factor in            Intraregional Trade and Investments?

Moderator: Dr. S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
Hamdullah Mohib, National Security Adviser to the President of Afghanistan
Atiqullah Nusrat, CEO, Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Eldor Aripov, Director, Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies under the President of Uzbekistan
Askar Nursha, Dean of School for Public Policy and Law, Almaty Management University, Kazakhstan
Khamrokhon Zarifi, Former Foreign Minister of Tajikistan


10:15-11:15 Breakout Session 7 – Is Digital Transformation Happening in CAMCA?

Moderator:Ambassador Temuri Yakobashvili, President, TY Strategies
Anatoly Motkin, President, StrategEast
Ankhi Das, Director of Public Policy, Facebook in India and South & Central Asia
Mariam Lashkhi, Deputy Chairperson, Georgian Innovation and Technology Agency, CAMCA Network Member

Talant Sultanov, Chair of the Internet Society Kyrgyz Chapter, Former Adviser to the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, CAMCA Network Member
Sarkhan Hashimov, Director-General of Microsoft forAzerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, CAMCA Network Member, Azerbaijan       

10:15-11:15 Breakout Session 8 – Will there be Regional Media?

Moderator: Samiullah Mahdi, Director, Afghan Service of RFE/RL, CAMCA Network Member
Enders Wimbush, President, StrateVarious Inc.
Lotfullah Najafizada, Director, TOLOnews, Afghanistan, CAMCA Network Member

John Batchelor, Host, The John Batchelor Show
Jargalsaikhan Dambadarjaa, Executive Director of DeFacto Institute; Editor 'The DeFacto Gazette'; a columnist, radio presenter and host of TV show DeFacto
Andrey Kazantsev, Director of the Analytical Centre of Institute of International Studies MGIMO University
Representative of Tashkent Media Center



1145-1215 Keynote Interview: CAMCA: Whole vs Sum of the Parts
Speaker: Giorgi Kvirikashvili, EBRD International Advisor and former Prime Minister of Georgia
Introduction: Ambassador Tedo Japaridze, Vice-Chairman, International Relations, Anaklia Development Consortium
Interviewer: Enders Wimbush, President, StrateVarious Inc.

12:15-13:30 Luncheon Discussions
Participants sign up to attend a specific lunch discussion

13:30-14:30 Plenary Session 3 – Transport: Opening Windows to West, South and Southeast           

Moderator: Dr. S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
Johannes Linn, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Taleh Ziyadov, Director General, Baku International Sea Trade Port
Levan Akhvlediani, CEO, Anaklia Development Consortium, Georgia
Myrzabek Saktaganov, General Director, Kuryk Port, Kazakhstan Representative of Turkmenbashi International Seaport
Ambassador Wahidullah Waissi, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Australia, CAMCA Network Member
Dr. Yang Cheng, Professor, Assistant Dean, School of International Relations and Public Affairs Shanghai International Studies University
Dr.TCA Raghavan, Director General, Indian Council of World Affairs
Representative of the Government of Uzbekistan


14:30-15:30 Plenary Session 4 – Culture and Tourism: Regional Project?

Moderator: Meade Sutterfield, Private Equity Investor, Central Eurasian Leadership Academy (CELA) and Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF)
Abdulaziz Akkulov, Chairman, State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Development of Tourism
Mariam Kvrivishvili, Head of the Georgian National Tourism Administration
Fuad Nagiyev, Chairman State Tourism Agency of Azerbaijan
Maksat Damir uulu, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism of Kyrgyzstan
Baika Puntsag, Deputy Director of the Department of Public Diplomacy and Cultural Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia
Deputy Secretary General, World Tourism Organization




16:00-17:00 Plenary Session 5 - CAMCA Spotlights: Meet the CAMCA Network          

Moderator: Aziza Umarova, Co-Founder, SmartGov Consulting, Uzbekistan
Lotfullah Najafizada, Director, TOLOnews, Afghanistan
Arevik Anapiosyan, Deputy Minister of Education of Armenia
Emin Valiev, Co-Founder, Keepface, Azerbaijan
Dulguun Baasandavaa, CEO, BGB Peak LLC, Mongolia
Ozodkhon Davlatshoev, CEO, T-Cell and Global Director for Accelerate Prosperity, Tajikistan


17:00-17:15 Closing Remarks, Announcement of 2020 Location, CAMCA Flag Handover Ceremony

19:30-22:00 Closing Dinner

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