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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, Turkmenistan 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

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

09:00 – 09:10 am –   Opening Remarks

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

09:10 – 09:35 am –   Ambassadorial Remarks

  • 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. Meret Orazov, Ambassador of Turkmenistan to the United States
  • H.E. Javlon Vakhabov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United States

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

  • Manisha Singh, Acting Undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment, U.S. Department of States

09:55 – 11:15 am  –    Ministerial Roundtable – U.S.-Caspian Emerging Partnership

  • Moderator: Ambassador (ret.) Richard Hoagland, Board of Directors Member, Caspian Policy Center
  • Keynote Statement: George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State 
  • Keynote Statement: Lisa Curtis, Senior Director for Central and South Asia, National Security Council, U.S. Department of State (invited)
  • Dr. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, Minister of Finance, Afghanistan
  • Mikayil Jabbarov, Minister of Taxes, Azerbaijan (invited)
  • Elmir Valizade, Deputy Minister of Transportation and High Technologies, Azerbaijan
  • Genady Arveladze, Deputy Minister of Economy, Georgia
  • Serik Bashimov, Head of the Department of Transit and Transport Logistic Development, Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development, Kazakhstan
  • Turkey, Ministerial level representative
  • Uzbekistan, Ministerial level representative

11:15 – 11:30 am –  Coffee Break

11:30 – 01:00 pm  Panel – Linking Trans-Caspian via Infrastructure Development

  • Moderator: Efgan Nifti, Executive Director, Caspian Policy Center
  • Hasan Soroosh, Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan
  • Rauf Valiyev, Chairman, Caspian Shipping, Azerbaijan
  • Maftun Abbasov, Deputy General Director, Baku International Trade and Sea Port
  • Abai Turikpengbaev, President of National Company, Aktau International Sea Trade Port
  • Marlena Hurley, Managing Director, Political Risk Insurance and Reinsurance, OPIC
  • Additional senior government/company representatives from Georgia, Turkey, and Uzbekistan.

01:00 – 01:45 pm  –  Lunch

02:00 – 03:20 pm  –   Panel – Trans-Caspian as a Global Hub for Energy Supply, Security, and Sustainability

  • Moderator: Gary Litman, Vice President for Global Initiatives, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Keynote Statement: Sandra Oudkirk, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State
  • Wells P. Griffith, Senior Director for Energy and Environment at the National Security Council, White House (invited)
  • Robert Scher, Head of International Affairs, BP America 
  • Kamila Siddiqi, Deputy Minister for Trade Affairs, Afghanistan
  • Elshad Nassirov, Vice President for Investments and Marketing, SOCAR
  • Senior Representative, Chevron
  • Senior Representative, ExxonMobil
  • Senior government/company representatives from Turkey and Uzbekistan.

03:20 – 03:35 pm –   Coffee Break

03:35 – 04:50 pm    –   Panel – Intra-Regional Cross Border Commerce, Trade, and Investment

  • Moderator: Ambassador (ret.) Robert Cekuta, Board of Directors Member, Caspian Policy Center
  • Keynote Statement: 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 
  • Alexander Sokolowski, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, USAID
  • Atiqullah Nusrat, Chief Executive Officer, Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries
  • Yyury Lavrinenko, Deputy Head of Union of Kazakhstan Transport Workers, Kazlogistics
  • Nuran Kerimov, Chairman, American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan
  • Dr. Vusal Gasimli, Executive Director, Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communication, Azerbaijan
  • Additional senior government/company representatives from Georgia, Turkey, and Uzbekistan.

04:50 – 05:10 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
Genadi Arveladze
Genadi Arveladze
Deputy Minister of Economy, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of 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
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H.E. Alpaslan Bayraktar (invited)
Deputy Minister for Energy and Natural Resources, Turkey (invited)
Serik Bashimov
Serik Bashimov
Head of the Department of Transit and Transport Logistic Development, Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development, Kazakhstan
Robert Cekuta
Ambassador (ret.) Robert Cekuta
Board of Directors Member, Caspian Policy Center
Lisa Curtis
Lisa Curtis (invited)
Senior Director for Central and South Asia, National Security Council, U.S. Department of State
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
Richard Hoagland
Ambassador (ret.) Richard Hoagland
Board of Directors Member, Caspian Policy Center
Marlena Hurley
Marlena Harley
Managing Director, Political Risk Insurance and Reinsurance, OPIC
ErzhanKazykhanov
H.E. Erzhan Kazykhanov
Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United States, Embassy of Kazakhstan to the United States of America
George Kent
George Kent
Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State
SerdarKilic
H.E. Serdar Kılıç
Ambassador of Turkey to the United States, Embassy of Turkey to the United States of America
Yyury Lavrinenko
Deputy Head of Union of Kazakhstan Transport Workers
GaryLitman
Gary Litman
Vice President for Global Initiatives, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Elshad Nassirov
Elshad Nassirov
Vice President for Investments and Marketing, SOCAR
Efgan Nifti
Efgan Nifti
Executive Director, Caspian Policy Cetner
Atiqullah Nusrat
Atiqullah Nusrat
Chief Executive Officer, Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries
Meret Orazov
H.E. Meret Orazov
Ambassador of Turkmenistan to the United States, Embassy of Turkmenistan to the United States of America
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
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
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Mikayil Jabbarov
Minister of Taxes, Azerbaijan (invited)
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Nuran Kerimov
Chairman, American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan
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
Rauf Valiyev
Rauf Valiyev
Chairman, Caspian Shipping, Azerbaijan
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