September 24, 2019

Harvard Club of New York City

2nd Annual Caspian Business Forum New York

The Caspian Policy Center and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, along with the embassies of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, are bringing together ministerial-level representatives, business leaders, and decision-makers to enhance U.S. strategic engagement and explore business and investment opportunities to the benefit of all concerned.

By connecting trade, people, and economies, the modern Trans-Caspian corridor has matured to strategic importance, as evidenced by the recent National Security Strategy for Central Asia. For the past quarter century, the United States has played a significant role to develop this post-Soviet corridor that facilitates intra-regional cooperation and trade in the strategic interests of the United States.

Building on the strategic partnerships forged between the United States and the Caspian countries concerned and emerging business potential of the region, the 2nd Caspian Business Forum presents a leading platform to discuss the U.S. engagement with the strategically important Caspian region, including investments and financial relationship development, which benefit both sides and the business community concerned.

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Preliminary Agenda for Tuesday, September 24

◦ 05:30 – 06:00pm  –  Doors Open and Reception

◦ 06:00 – 06:10pm  –  Opening Remarks

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

◦ 06:10 – 07:35pm  –  Heads of State/Ministerial Keynotes

  • 06:10 – 06:25 pm — Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, United States Department of State (TBC)
  • 06:25 – 06:35 pm — H.E. Salahuddin Rabani, Foreign Minister, Afghanistan (TBC)
  • 06:35 – 06:45 pm — H.E. Elmar Mammadyarov, Foreign Minister, Azerbaijan (TBC)
  • 06:45 – 06:55 pm — H.E. David Zalkaliani, Foreign Minister, Georgia (TBC)
  • 06:55 – 07:05 pm — H.E. Beibut Atamkulov, Foreign Minister, Kazakhstan (TBC)
  • 07:05 – 07:15 pm — H.E. Sirodjidin Aslov, Foreign Minister, Tajikistan (TBC)
  • 07:15 – 07:25 pm — H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Foreign Minister, Turkey (TBC)
  • 07:25 – 07:35 pm — H.E. Abdulaziz Kamilov, Foreign Minister, Uzbekistan (TBC)

◦ 07:40 – 8:50 pm Senior Business Executives from the United States and the Greater Caspian Region

  • 07:55 – 08:50pm — Panel
  • Moderator: Ambassador (ret.) Robert F. Cekuta, Board of Directors Member, Caspian Policy Center


The panel will be made up of representatives from the following sectors:

  • Energy Sector
  • Heavy/Capital Goods
  • Consumer Goods
  • Finance
  • Telecommunications/IT
Our Speakers
H.E. Sirodjidin Aslov
H.E. Sirodjidin Aslov (TBC)
Foreign Minister, Tajikistan
H.E. Beibut Atamkulov
H.E. Beibut Atamkulov (TBC)
Foreign Minister, Kazakhstan
Robert Cekuta
Ambassador (ret.) Robert Cekuta
Board of Directors Member, Caspian Policy Center
H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu
H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (TBC)
Foreign Minister, Turkey
H.E. Abdulaziz Kamilov
H.E. Abdulaziz Kamilov (TBC)
Foreign Minister, Uzbekistan
Gary Litman
Vice President for Global Initiatives, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Katie Kaufman caspian business forum
Katie Kaufman
Managing Director, OPIC
Efgan Nifti
Efgan Nifti
Executive Director, Caspian Policy Center
H.E. Elmar Mammadyarov
H.E. Elmar Mammadyarov (TBC)
Foreign Minister, Azerbaijan
Mike Pompeo
Mike Pompeo (TBC)
Secretary of State, United States Department of State
H.E. Salahuddin Rabani
H.E. Salahuddin Rabani (TBC)
Foreign Minister, Afghanistan
H.E. David Zalkaliani
H.E. David Zalkaliani (TBC)
Foreign Minister, Georgia
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