The 2019 CAMCA Regional Forum in Tashkent, Uzbekistan brought together over 300 international participants to discuss issues and trends central to the region. Conversations centered around the Forum theme, “CAMCA: Shared Interests, Shared Aspirations.”
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 culture and traditions of the once-center of the ancient Silk Road.
Forum sessions included: Keynote Welcoming Address from First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Oliy Majilis of Uzbekistan Senator Sodyq Safoev; Interview with Founder and Chairman of Laffer Associates Dr. Arthur Laffer; Interview with Minister of Justice of Uzbekistan Ruslanbek Davletov on “State Building and Reforms in Uzbekistan: Driving Force for Regionalism?”; Interview with EBRD International Advisor and former Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili on “CAMCA: Whole vs. Sum of the Parts;” a special presentation on “Prospects of Inclusive Economic Growth in the CAMCA Region” by Tigran Pogoshyan, IMF Resident Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic; and much more.
Forum speakers included distinguished professionals from a variety of sectors representing more than 20 countries including the 10 CAMCA countries, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Israel, Japan, Pakistan, Singapore, Sweden and the United States.
Forum speakers included: Senator Sodyq Safoev, First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Oliy Majilis of Uzbekistan; Dr. Arthur Laffer, Founder and Chairman of Laffer Associates; Ruslanbek Davletov, Minister of Justice of Uzbekistan; Jamshid Khodjaev, Minister of Agriculture of Uzbekistan; Giorgi Kvirikashvili, EBRD International Advisor and former Prime Minister of Georgia; Dr. S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute; Rusudan Mamatsashvili, First Deputy Head, Georgian National Tourism Administration; Tigran Pogoshyan, IMF Resident Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic; Michael Sellman, Co-CEO, Calatrava Grace Corporation and more.
The Forum discussions focused on timely themes and issues including intraregional trade, transport and transit, regional business and investments, economic development, entrepreneurship and innovation, human capital and education. Session topics included:
• Intraregional Trade within CAMCA: Signs of Progress?
• Intraregional Finance: A Growth Industry?
• Transport: Opening Windows to West, South and Southeast
• Culture and Tourism: Regional Project?
• CAMCA Spotlights: Meet the CAMCA Network
• What Attracts Quality Investments in the CAMCA countries? What Doesn’t?
• Models of Regional Coordination; Meet Some CAMCA Entrepreneurs
• Building Modern CAMCA Skills: Innovation, Education and Training
• Afghanistan: A New Factor in Intraregional Trade and Investments?