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Investing in Central Asia

  • 14 Nov 2018
  • Beijing, China
  • EBRD-PBoC, sponsored by ICBC
The forum will bring together senior government ministers and officials,  policy-makers and investors to explore investment opportunities in Central Asia.

What the Belt and Road Initiative means for the Region

Join us at the Central Asia Investment Forum organised by the EBRD and PBoC with sponsorship by ICBC. The Forum will be held on 14 November 2018 at the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing, China.

This international business forum will bring together government ministers and officials, policy-makers and investors from the region and beyond to explore investment opportunities – and their impact – in Central Asia. Panel discussions featuring leading international experts will cover topics ranging from renewable energy to infrastructure, agribusiness and mitigating risks in investment. A core theme will focus on the opportunities for Central Asia presented by the Belt and Road Initiative.

Come to Investing in Central Asia and you will learn about the possibilities available to Chinese and other businesses for expansion into Central Asian markets, including through cooperation with the EBRD. You will also have plenty of opportunity to meet and network with leading executives, bankers and sector specialists from the Central Asia region and beyond.

We look forward to welcoming you!

08:00 – 17:00



09:30 – 10:00 

Opening Welcome Speeches

Valley Wing Ballroom B&C


Suma Chakrabarti

Chen Yulu
Deputy Governor
People’s Bank of China


10:00 – 10:30 

Keynote Speeches

Yi Huiman
Chairman of the Board, ICBC

Jin Liqun
President, AIIB

Neven Mimica
EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development

Valley Wing Ballroom B&C

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

Valley Wing Foyer

11:00 – 12:00

What does Central Asia want from the Belt and Road Initiative?

Valley Wing Ballroom B&C

12:00 – 13:30

Networking Lunch

Garden Wing Ballroom 

13:30 – 14:15

Financial Connectivity

Valley Wing Ballroom B&C

14:15 – 15:15

Financing Renewables in Central Asia

Moderator: Nandita Parshad
Managing Director, Head of Energy and Natural Resources, EBRD

Valley Wing Ballroom B&C


Kanat Bozumbayev
Minister of Energy, Republic of Kazakhstan

Gankhuyag Dagva
President of the Clean Energy Asia
and the Chief Infrastructure Officer

Albrecht Frischenschlager
Chief Investment Officer, United Green

Paddy Padmanathan
ACWA Power

Dany Qian
Global Vice President, Jinko Solar


Jieling Zhang
Director of Project Finance & Investment, Risen Energy Co., Ltd


14:15 – 15:15

Managing risks along the Belt and Road - Central Asia Perspectives

Moderator: Bruno Balvanera
Incoming Managing Director for Central Asia, EBRD

Valley Wing - Ballroom A




Alessandro Arduino
Co-Director, Security and International Center of Security & Crisis Management, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

Fraser Cameron
Director of the EU-Asia Centre, Senior Advisor at the European Policy Centre (EPC), and adjunct professor of the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

Carsten C. Hinne
Senior Vice President, Corridor Development China, DB Cargo

Aicholpon Jorupbekova
Partner, Head of Mineral Resources Group, Kyrgyz Republic


Sharaf Shereliev
Head of Secretariat of the Consultative Council on Improvement of Investment Climate


Bing Yan
Deputy General Manager, Corporate Banking Department, Bank of China


15:15 – 15:45

Coffee Break 


Valley Wing Foyer

15:45 – 16:45

PPPs for Commercialisation of Infrastructure in Central Asia

Moderator: Mark Moseley
CEO, Global Infrastructure Hub (G20 Initiative)

Valley Wing Ballroom B&C


Daniyal Akhmetov
Governor of the East Kazakhstan Region

Bekir Bora
Executive Vice President and Board Member, Alarko


Qiuchen Fang
Chairman, China International Contractors Association (CHINCA)

Katya Miroshnik
Director, Head of Infrastructure, Russia and Central Asia , EBRD

15:45 – 16:45

Investment Opportunities in Agri-Food Value Chains

Moderator: Natalya Zhukova
Director, Head of Agribusiness, EBRD

Valley Wing Ballroom A


Mei Haijin
Angel Yeast

Mehmet Ilkin
Senior Adviser


Cholpon Jumashukurov
Senior Managing Partner
Highland Capital

Inna Punda
Agri-Business Specialist
FAO Investment Centre



Networking Reception (sponsored by AIIB)

Garden Wing Ballroom




Come to the EBRD Marketplace

Meet the EBRD experts to learn about our activities, partnerships and impact across Central Asia in the Valley Ballroom Foyer.



Speaker: Thomas Eriksson, Associate Director, Deputy Director, DCF, EBRD

The EBRD currently works with some 50 donors who have contributed more than €6 billion to the Bank since 1991. This Marketplace session will demonstrate how we work with international donors, and how donor funds help unlock investment opportunities across Central Asia, promoting market-oriented development and economic growth, entrepreneurship, inclusion and the sustainable and efficient use of resources. Donor funds can help unlock investments opportunities that cannot be financed on purely commercial terms, and they make it possible to overcome market and institutional failures where they persist. At the same time, we use donor funds selectively, so as to avoid aid dependency or create market distortions.



Speaker: tbd

Directing energy sector investment towards renewables can help meet global energy and climate goals. Join this Marketplace session to discover how the EBRD is scaling up renewable investment across the whole of Central Asia, how we help shape the institutional and regulatory frameworks for renewable energy investment and use climate finance to support renewable energy projects. This event also provides the opportunity to learn more details about recent landmark EBRD projects in wind, solar, hydro and biogas in the region.



Speaker: Alistair Clark, Managing Director, Environment and Sustainability, EBRD

Sustainability is at the heart of the EBRD’s mandate. At this Marketplace session, discover we ensure that projects are socially and environmentally sustainable, respect the rights of affected workers and communities and are designed and operated in compliance with good international practices and standards. We are committed to transparency and accountability, especially when it comes to risk management and project performance. This session will also present some case studies from the most recent edition of EBRD’s Sustainability Report



Speaker: tbd

Investment projects in Central Asia can be exposed to a wide range of risks. This Marketplace session shows how and why the EBRD is best placed to offer clients a wide spectrum of services, activities and benefits that can help mitigate these risks. It also discusses our use of private sector country diagnostics which highlight the key challenges facing private companies and investors, and presents key findings from recent diagnostics undertaken for Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.


Network at the Closing Reception

Sponsored by the AIIB, this will be an opportunity to establish contacts with fellow participants and talk about the day's sessions.


Given the high number of registered participants, registration has closed.

Please note that new registrations on-site will not be possible.

For further information  


Accommodation is available at the event venue, the Shangri-La Hotel. Guests are advised that they can make on-line bookings directly on the Shangri-La website or app.

Please follow these instructions:

1. Go to the Shangri-La website. You can also download the Shangri-La app there

2. Select the appropriate check-in and check-out dates, the number of rooms, and specify whether the booking is for adults, or adults and children

3. Under the ‘Special Rate’ area, select ‘Group Code’ and enter the Group Code EUR181113
(Please note, the special rate expires on 2 November 2018.)


4. Click the ‘Check Availability’ button to continue

If all the search criteria are correct and rooms are still available for the Group, the group rate will appear in the search result. Simply follow the on-screen instructions to complete the online booking.



Shangri-La Hotel Beijing, China

29 Zizhuyuan Road
Beijing Shi 100044

Find it in Google maps

Visa Support Letter

All persons attending the CAIF event should check whether they need a visa in advance of travelling to China.

Should you need a letter supporting your visa application, ICBC has kindly agreed to issue a letter to registered guests.

Please complete the following information:

  • First Name
  • Family name
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Passport Number
  • Name of Consulate
  • Name of Team Leader
  • Number of People
  • Date of Entrance
  • Days in China    
  • Times of Valid Visit
  • Places of Visit   
  • Daily schedule in China 
  • Institution/Company Name              
  • Job Title

Attach a scanned copy of your passport.

Send all of the above information to:,,

ICBC will issue you a letter supporting your visa application. You will then need to download a visa application from the Chinese Embassy website to submit alongside the letter and any other required documentation to the local Chinese Embassy.


Simultaneous Interpretation will be provided in English, Chinese and Russian.

Registration Fee

There will be no registration fee for the event.









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