•    17 - 18 MAY 2018
  • Venue: The US Chamber of Commerce, Hall of Flags.


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Program Schedule

The Forum will take place at The US Chamber of Commerce, Hall of Flags.

  • 18 May 2018, Hall of Flags, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    • 08:30 – 09:00 am        Registration and breakfast
    • 09:00 – 09:10 am        Opening Remarks:
    • Caspian Policy Center and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
      • Efgan Nifti, Director, Caspian Policy Center
      • Gary Litman, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    • 09:10 – 09:45 am        Keynote Statements:
      • Brian McFeeters, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of State
      • Matthew Edwards, Director, Office of Russia, Ukraine & Eurasia, Department of Commerce
      • Hamidullah Mohib, Ambassador of Afghanistan
      • Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan
      • David Bakradze, Ambassador of Georgia
      • Erzhan Kazykhanov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan
      • Serdar Kilic, Ambassador of Turkey
      • Meret Orazov, Ambassador of Turkmenistan
      • Jovlan Vakhabov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan
    • 09:45 – 11:15 am        Panel A: The Trans-Caspian region and the US: Emerging Partnership Through Trade and Commerce
    • Moderator: Ambassador Richard Hoagland, Board Member, Caspian Policy Center
    • Panelists:
      • Lisa Curtis, Senior Director for Central Asia at the National Security Council, The White House
      • Dr. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, the Chief Advisor for the President of Afghanistan
      • Elmir Valizade, Deputy Minister of Transport and Communication, Azerbaijan
      • Genadi Arveladze, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Georgia
      • Fatih Metin, Deputy Minister of Economy, Turkey
    • 11:15 – 11:30 am        Coffee Break
    • 11:30 – 01:00 pm        Panel B: Linking Trans Caspian via Infrastructure Development: Air, Rail, Sea. Private Sector developments in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Georgia.
    • Moderator: Luke Coffey, Foreign Policy Director, Heritage Foundation
    • Panelists:
      • Tom Crabtree, Regional Director for Air Cargo, Boeing Commercial  Airplanes
      • Bob Watters, Senior VP of SSA Marine
      • Tural Aliyev, Advisor to the Director-General, Baku International Trade and Sea Port
      • Sulaiman Lutfi, Chairman of Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce
      • Zafer Ates, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey
      • Tariyel Mirzayev, Head of Department, Caspian Shipping
    • 01:00 – 01:45 pm        Lunch
    • 01:45 – 02:00 pm        Keynote address by OPIC Chairman (TBC)
    • 02:00 – 03:20 pm        Panel C: Trans Caspian as a Global Hub for Energy Supply and Security
    • Moderator: Robert F. Cekuta, former U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan
    • Panelists:
      • Bakhtiyar Aslanbeyli, Vice President, BP
      • Elshad Nassirov, Vice President, SOCAR
      • Dr. Muhammad Qayoumi, Chief Advisor to the President of Afghanistan
      • Geir Westgaard, Vice President ofPolitical and Public Affairs and Head of DC Office, Statoil
    • 03:20 – 03:35 pm        Coffee Break
    • 03:35 – 03:50 pm        Keynote address by Dmitrity Grigorenko, President for U.S.and U.K., Schneider Group
    • 03:50 – 04:50 pm        Panel D: Connectivity: Regional Transformation: Innovation and Technology Hub
    • Moderator: Gary Litman, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    • Panelists:
      • Giorgi Tsikolia, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Georgia
      • Matthew Goodman, CSIS, Presentation on Reconnecting Asia
      • Azad Jafarli, Chief of Administration, State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovation under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan
      • Abbas Mammadov, Advisor to the Chairman, Azercosmos OJSC
      • Tahir Gozal, Chairman, Azersun Holding
    • 04:50 – 05:10 pm         Closing Remarks
  • Organizer

    Caspian Policy Center (CPC) is an independent, nonprofit research think tank based in Washington D.C. Economic, political, energy and security issues of the Caspian region constitute the central research focus of the Center. Established in 2016, the Center aims at becoming a primary research and debate platform in the Caspian region with relevant publications, events, projects and media productions to nurture a comprehensive understanding of the intertwined affairs of the Caspian region. With an inclusive, scholarly and innovative approach, the Caspian Policy Center presents a platform where diverse voices from academia, business and policy world from both the region and the nation’s capital interact to produce distinct ideas and insights to the outstanding issues of the region.

  • Host

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. Our members range from mom-and-pop shops and local chambers to leading industry associations and large corporations. They all share one thing—they count on the Chamber to be their voice in Washington, D.C.

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