2014 CAMCA Regional Forum

Astana, Kazakhstan

Jun 20-22, 2014

The first CAMCA Regional Forum was held in 2014 in Astana, Kazakhstan and brought together over 80 international participants to discuss issues and trends central to the region.

Key Forum Events

Main Forum events included keynote remarks, presentations, and plenary sessions. Beyond the formal sessions, the Forum provided opportunities for guests to further network throughout receptions and dinners and to explore the cultural and architectural sites in the capital of Kazakhstan.

Forum sessions included: Welcoming remarks by Dr. Steve Cambone, Rumsfeld Foundation Board Member; Dr. S. Frederick Starr, Chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute; Mr. Erzhan Ashikbayev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan; and Mr. Timur Shaimergenov, Deputy Director of the Nazarbayev Center; Presentation of the “Kazakhstan 2050 Strategy” by Ms. Madina Abylkassymova, Vice-Minister of Economy and Budget Planning of Kazakhstan.

Forum Speakers

Forum speakers included distinguished professionals from a variety of sectors across the region and beyond.

Forum speakers included: Dr. S. Frederick Starr, Chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute; Mr. Erzhan Ashikbayev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan; Ruslan Tasbergenov, Deputy Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of Kazakhstan; Mr. Timur Shaimergenov, Deputy Director of the Nazarbayev Center; Ms. Madina Abylkassymova, Vice-Minister of Economy and Budget Planning of Kazakhstan; Jukka Maksimainen, Managing Partner of the McKinseyKazakhstan Office; Sayasat Nurbek, Director, Public Policy Institute of the Nur Otan Party; Janet Heckman, Country Director, Kazakhstan EBRD; and more.

Forum Topics

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: Macro-economic Stability and Foreign Direct Investments Along the New Transportation Corridors; Models of Economic Cooperation: From European Union to Eurasian Union and Beyond; Bridging Asia and Europe: Transportation and Transit Potential of CAMCA;  Exploring Linkages Between Economic Development and National Security in the CAMCA Region


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