The United States has been playing an important role in the development of this corridor through joint initiatives to increase regional connectivity through oil and gas pipelines, to facilitate intra-regional cooperation and trade such as the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, Southern Gas Corridor, Lapis-Lazuli transport route and “C5+1” format. While these initiatives contributed to the increased business between the United States and the corridor countries concerned, the emerging business potential of the corridor is underexplored and trade with the US is significantly lagging behind in comparison with the EU and China.

Building on the strategic partnerships forged between the USA and the corridor countries concerned and emerging business potential of the region, the Trans-Caspian Forum presents a leading platform to discuss the US engagement with the strategically important Trans-Caspian corridor including investments and development of strategic infrastructure for benefiting the US, the corridor countries and the business community concerned.

Policy and business leaders from the USA and the Trans-Caspian corridor countries will come together at Third Trans-Caspian Forum on 17-18 May 2018 to discuss opportunities and challenges in enhancing their strategic engagement and explore business, trade and investment opportunities to the benefit of all concerned.