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 May 23, 2019
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Hall of Flags, US Chamber of Commerce

1615 H St. NW

Washington DC, 20062

ABOUT US
TRANS-CASPIAN FORUM 2019

The Trans-Caspian Trade and Transit Corridor is a regional integrator, trade facilitator and viable transit connector between Europe and Asia. Comprising of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey to the west, and Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan to the east of the Caspian Sea, this corridor brings together more than 200 million strong market and 400 billion in overall trade while connecting economies of the European Union and China along with access to Russia, Iran, Pakistan and India. Connecting trade, people and economies, the modern trans-Caspian corridor has matured to strategic importance with extensive and integrated network of infrastructure, special economic zones, harmonized customs, cross-border procedures and more along this route.

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EVENTS TIMELINE
AGENDA

4th Trans-Caspian Forum Preliminary Agenda

08:30 – 09:00 am –  Registration and breakfast

09:00 – 09:10 am –   Opening Remarks

  • Gary Litman, Vice President for Global Initiatives, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Efgan Nifti, Executive Director, Caspian Policy Center

09:10 – 09:35 am –   Ambassadorial Remarks

  • Introductions by: Ambassador (ret.) Richard E. Hoagland
  • H.E. Roya Rahmani, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States
  • H.E. Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the United States
  • H.E. David Bakradze, Ambassador of Georgia to the United States
  • H.E. Erzhan Kazykhanov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United States
  • H.E. Serdar Kılıç, Ambassador of Turkey to the United States
  • H.E. Javlon Vakhabov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United States
  • H.E. Farhod Salim, Ambassador of Tajikistan to the United States

09:35 – 09:55 am  –  Keynote Statement High-Level Official from the U.S. Government

  • Introduction by: Ambassador (ret.) Richard E. Hoagland
  • Manisha Singh, Acting Undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment, U.S. Department of State

Session A: U.S.-Caspian Emerging Partnership

09:55 – 11:15 am  –    Panel

  • Moderator: Ambassador (ret.) Richard E. Hoagland, Board of Directors Member, Caspian Policy Center
  • Keynote Remarks: Lisa Curtis, Senior Director for Central and South Asia, National Security Council, White House
  •  Hasan Soroosh, Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan
  •  Sahin Ismayilov, Director of Department of International Relations, Ministry of Transport and High Technologies, Azerbaijan
  • Giorgi Chikovani, CEO of Energy Fund, Georgia
  • Samat Gilimov, Chairman of the Transportation Committee, Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development, Kazakhstan
  • Alisher Kurmanov, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senate of the Oliy Majlis, Uzbekistan

11:15 – 11:30 am –  Coffee Break


Session B: Linking Trans-Caspian via Infrastructure Development

11:30 – 11:40 am  –    Keynote Remarks: Werner Gruber, Executive Director: EDS24, World Bank

11:40 – 11:50 am  –    Keynote Remarks: M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, President, TOBB

11:50 – 01:10 pm  –    PanelLinking Trans-Caspian via Infrastructure Development

  • Moderator: Rear Admiral (ret.) Ronald J. MacLaren, Board of Directors Member, Caspian Policy Center
  • Keynote Remarks: Marlena Hurley, Managing Director, Political Risk Insurance and Reinsurance, OPIC
  •  Farhad Guliyev, Deputy Chairman, Caspian Shipping, Azerbaijan
  •  Maftun Abbasov, Deputy General Director, Baku International Trade and Sea Port
  •  Ahmad Ismayilov, Deputy Chairman, State Maritime Agency, Azerbaijan
  •  Aleksi Aleksishvili, CEO of Policy Management Consulting Group, Georgia
  •  Abai Turikpengbaev, President of National Company, Aktau International Sea Trade Port

01:10 – 01:55 pm  –   Lunch

Session C: Trans Caspian as a Global Hub for Energy Supply, Security, and Sustainability

02:20 – 03:30 pm –    Panel

  • Moderator: Gary Litman, Vice President for Global Initiatives, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Keynote Remarks: Sandra Oudkirk, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State
  • Ambassador (ret.) Robert F. Cekuta, Board of Directors Member, Caspian Policy Center
  • H.E. Robert Scher, Head of International Affairs, BP America
  • Giorgi Chikovani, CEO of Energy Fund, Georgia
  • Marat Ormanov, General Director, KazMorTransFlot National Maritime Shipping Company

03:30 – 03:45 pm –    Coffee Break


Session D: Intra-Regional Cross Border Commerce, Trade, and Investment

03:45 – 03:55 pm –  Keynote Remarks: Ian Steff, performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing

03:55 – 05:15 pm –    Panel

  • Moderator: Ambassador (ret.) Robert F. Cekuta, Board of Directors Member, Caspian Policy Center
  • Hasan Soroosh, Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan
  •  Natavan Mammadova, Executive Director, American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan
  •  Viktor Kipiani, Executive Partner, Mgaloblishvili Kipiani Dzidziguri (MKD), Georgia
  •  Yerlan Absatov, General Director of Transport Union of Kazakhstan, Kazlogistics
  •  Aidar Orzhanov, Commercial Director, KazMorTransFlo

05:15 – 05:25 pm –  Closing Remarks

Testimonials

Richard Hoagland
Ambassador Richard E. Hoagland
Caspian Policy Center
Board Member of the Caspian Policy Center

Since their founding as independent states over 25 years ago, the United States has played a significant role to protect and preserve the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of the eight countries of the Caspian Sea region. It also played a key role in first-generation policies and projects to develop connectivity throughout the Caspian region, especially by championing the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and the Southern Gas Corridor; but much more is now possible. The time is ripe once again for the United States to play a stronger role to enhance connectivity and cooperation in the region. I am pleased that the Trans-Caspian Forum is bringing together government officials, thinkers, and business leaders to identify new opportunities and define concrete recommendations for next steps the United States can take to enhance its own role and to strengthen the countries in the region.

ElinSuleymanov
Elin Suleymanov
Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the United States

The Trans-Caspian Forum serves as a prime platform that will emphasize the central role of Azerbaijan in facilitating trade, transit and connectivity in the region and the country’s potential to offer a business-friendly environment for overseas investments and trade.

GaryLitman
Gary Litman
Vice President of the Global Initiatives at the United States Chamber of Commerce

The economic future of Eurasia depends to a great degree on the capacity of policy makers in the region to envisage a shared future. This can only be done successfully in a dialogue with business, which is why the Chamber is delighted to bring stake-holders together, and jointly push for dynamic growth in the diverse region defined and united by the Caspian and Black Seas.

Efgan Nifti
Efgan Nifti
Caspian Policy Center
Executive Director

After a quarter of a century of independence, the states of the South Caucasus and Central Asia increasingly are eager to develop corridors, connectivity, and cooperation among themselves to link their infrastructures, their economies, and their peoples that will further enhance their own independence. With other major players on the global stage like Russia and China showing a keen interest, the strategic opportunities for the United States have grown significantly in recent years, presenting both challenges and new opportunities. With this Trans-Caspian Forum, we are pleased to present a venue to bring together business leaders, foreign-policy experts, and government officials from the United States and the countries of the region to explore new directions and identify  new opportunities.

SerdarKilic
Serdar Kılıç
Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the United States

The Trans-Caspian Forum has become an important platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges in the broader region extending from Europe to Asia with Turkey at its center. I strongly believe that the 3rd Trans-Caspian Forum will help us enhance the connectivity and cooperation among the peoples and countries of the region and the U.S.

DavidBakradze
David Bakradze
Ambassador of Georgia to the United States

I am happy to announce the Third Tran-Caspian Annual Forum. Georgia is bringing the region closer to the U.S. to discuss the ties in trade, commerce, energy, security, and innovations.

PROGRAM
Our Speakers
Maftun Abbasov trans caspian forum
Maftun Abbasov
Deputy General Director, Baku International Trade and Sea Port
Absatov Yerlan Kazlogistics Trans Caspian Forum
Yerlan Absatov
General Director of Transport Union of Kazakhstan, Kazlogistics
Aleksi Aleksishvili Trans Caspian Forrum
Aleksi Aleksishvili
Former Minister of Economy, Georgia
M-Ilker-Ayci-TCF-Speaker
M. İlker Aycı
Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines (invited)
DavidBakradze
H.E. David Bakradze
Ambassador of Georgia to the United States, Embassy of Georgia to the United States of America
Serik Bashimov
Serik Bashimov
Head of the Department of Transit and Transport Logistic Development, Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development, Kazakhstan
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H.E. Alpaslan Bayraktar (invited)
Deputy Minister for Energy and Natural Resources, Turkey (invited)
Robert Cekuta
Ambassador (ret.) Robert Cekuta
Board of Directors Member, Caspian Policy Center
giorgi-chikovani Trans Caspian Forum
Giorgi Chikovani
Deputy Minister of Economy, CEO of Energy Fund, Georgia
Lisa Curtis
Lisa Curtis
Senior Director for Central and South Asia, National Security Council, The White House
Dr. Vusal Gasimli
Dr. Vusal Gasimli
Executive Director, Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communication, Azerbaijan
Wells Griffith
Wells P. Griffith (invited)
Senior Director for Energy and Environment at the National Security Council, White House
Farhad Guliyev Caspian Shipping 2
Farhad Guliyev
Deputy Chairman, Caspian Shipping, Azerbaijan
M. Rifat TOBB TCF
M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu
President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB)
Richard Hoagland
Ambassador (ret.) Richard Hoagland
Board of Directors Member, Caspian Policy Center
Marlena Hurley
Marlena Hurley
Managing Director, Political Risk Insurance and Reinsurance, OPIC
Ahmed Ismayilov Trans Caspian Forum
Ahmad Ismayilov
Ahmad Ismayilov, Deputy Chairman, State Maritime Agency, Azerbaijan
Sahin Ismayilov Trans Caspian Forum
Sahin Ismayilov
Director of Department of International Relations, Ministry of Transport and High Technologies, Azerbaijan
Mikayil_Cabbarov Trans Caspian orum
Mikayil Jabbarov
Minister of Taxes, Azerbaijan
ErzhanKazykhanov
H.E. Erzhan Kazykhanov
Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United States, Embassy of Kazakhstan to the United States of America
SerdarKilic
H.E. Serdar Kılıç
Ambassador of Turkey to the United States, Embassy of Turkey to the United States of America
Viktor Kipiani trans Caspian Forum
Viktor Kipiani
Executive Partner, Mgaloblishvili Kipiani Dzidziguri (MKD), Georgia
GaryLitman
Gary Litman
Vice President for Global Initiatives, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Natavan Mammadova
Natavan Mammadova
Executive Director, American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan
Elshad Nassirov
Elshad Nassirov
Vice President for Investments and Marketing, SOCAR
Efgan Nifti
Efgan Nifti
Executive Director, Caspian Policy Center
Atiqullah Nusrat
Atiqullah Nusrat
Chief Executive Officer, Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries
Sandra Oudkirk
Sandra Oudkirk
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State
Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi
Dr. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi
Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan
RoyaRahmani
H. E. Roya Rahmani
Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States
Robert Scher
Robert Scher
Head of International Affairs, BP America
Kamila Siddiqui
Kamila Siddiqi
Deputy Minister for Trade Affairs, Afghanistan, Ministry for Trade Affairs of Afghanistan
Manisha Singh
Manisha Singh
Acting Undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment, U.S. Department of State
Alexander Sokolowski TCF
Alexander Sokolowski
Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, USAID
Hassan Soroosh
Hasan Soroosh
Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan
Ian Steff
Ian Steff
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration
ElinSuleymanov
Elin Suleymanov
Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the United States, Embassy of Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States of America
Abai Turikpengbaev
Abai Turikpengbaev
President of National Company, Aktau International Sea Trade Port
Javlon Vakhabov
H.E. Javlon Vakhabov
Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United States, Embassy of Uzbekistan to the United States of America
Elmir Valizade
Elmir Valizade
Deputy Minister of Transportation and High Technologies, Azerbaijan, Ministry of Transportation and High Technologies of Azerbaijan
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