The 2018 CAMCA Regional Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan brought together over 220 international participants to discuss issues and trends central to the region. Conversations centered around the Forum theme, “Emerging Regionalism,” and ways to further coordinate intraregional efforts.
Key Forum Events
Main Forum events included plenary sessions, roundtables, keynote interviews, a regional business showcase, breakout sessions and more. Beyond the formal sessions, the Forum provided opportunities for guests to further network throughout receptions and dinners highlighting the charming culture and cuisine of Azerbaijan.
Forum sessions included: Keynote Welcoming Address from the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, H.E. Novruz Mammadov; Interviews with Ambassador Paul Wolfowitz and H.E. Kairat Kelimbetov; Remarks on “Regional Prospects: CAMCA in 2030” by Senator Sodyq Safoev, First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan; an Ambassador Roundtable featuring Ambassador Hafiz Pashayev, Ambassador Tedo Japaridze and Ambassador Sodyq Safoev; 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, the European Union, the Republic of Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, the United States and more.
Forum speakers included: H.E. Kairat Kelimbetov, Governor of Astana International Financial Centre; H.E. Novruz Mammadov, Prime Minister of Azerbaijan; Ambassador Hafiz Pashayev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the founding rector of ADA University; Ambassador Sodiq Safoev, Senate Deputy Chairman and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan; Dr. S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute; Ambassador Paul Wolfowitz, AEI Scholar and former President of the World Bank, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense and Dean of Johns Hopkins University-SAIS; and more.
The Forum discussions focused on timely themes and issues including regional reforms and cooperation, trade and transport infrastructure developments, the geopolitics of energy, education initiatives, human capital development and more. Session topics included:
• Economies of CAMCA: Innovating for Investment Models of Regional Coordination
• Reform Initiatives in the CAMCA Region
• Perspectives from the Region’s Next Generation
• Connecting CAMCA’s Entrepreneurs
• Digitalization and Good Governance in CAMCA
• The Future of CAMCA’s Energy: Geopolitical Implication
• Digital Disruption: What Is It and How Does It Impact Businesses?
• Best Practices in Education Across CAMCA