The 2016 CAMCA Regional Forum in Tbilisi, Georgia brought together over 160 international participants to discuss issues and trends central to the region.
Key Forum Events
Main Forum events included plenary sessions, roundtables, keynote interviews, breakout sessions and more. Beyond the formal sessions, the Forum provided opportunities for guests to further network throughout receptions and dinners highlighting the extraordinary culture, cuisine and hospitality of Georgia including a welcoming reception hosted by the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili.
Forum sessions included: Welcoming remarks by Secretary Donald Rumsfeld; Keynote welcoming address by Prime Minister H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili; Address on “Centrifugal and Centripetal Trends in the CAMCA Region” by Dr. S. Frederick Starr; Address on “The Wider Black Sea-Caspian Region in the Euro-Atlantic Security Paradigm” by Minister Tinatin Khidasheli; Conversation with Dr. Frank Luntz and Secretary Rumsfeld; Keynote address by Ambassador R. James Woolsey; Closing remarks by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Mikheil Janelidze; and much more.
Forum speakers included distinguished professionals from a variety of sectors representing more than 20 countries including each of the 10 CAMCA countries, several European countries, India, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Turkey, Ukraine, the United States, Vietnam and more.
Forum speakers included: H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia; Hon. Donald Rumsfeld, President, Rumsfeld Foundation; Mr. Mikheil Janelidze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia; Ms. Tinatin Khidasheli, Minister of Defense of Georgia; Ms. Mariam Valishvili, Deputy Minister of Energy of Georgia; Ambassador James Woolsey, Chairman, Foundation for Defense of Democracies; Dr. S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute; Ambassador Tedo Japaridze, Former Ambassador of Georgia to the United States; Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, President of Gryphon Partners; and more.
The Forum discussions focused on timely themes and issues including regional geopolitical and economic developments, intraregional trade and transport, business and investment opportunities in the region, regional security issues and much more. Session topics included:
• CAMCA’s Changing Geopolitical Landscape: New Actors, Alignments and Strategic Options
• Current Global Economic Trends: Implications for CAMCA Countries
• Ideas and Influences: CAMCA’s Challenges and Opportunities
• Boosting Investment In CAMCA: Understanding the Opportunities
• CAMCA and East-West Transport and Transit Corridor