Central Asia Investment Forum: Forging relationships for growth

  • 18 Feb 2016
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • EBRD, Financial Times and with support from TOBB

In the quarter century since independence, Central Asian countries have witnessed rapid development and economic growth. However, the fall in commodity prices and recession in Russia are forcing the region to look for a new model for growth. The former Soviet states of Central Asia are being reshaped by home-grown investors as well as those from China, Russia, Turkey and the west. Focus on private sector development and ambitions for infrastructure investment, particularly through China’s initiatives of rebuilding the Silk Road are stimulating investors’ interest throughout the region.

The former Soviet states of Central Asia are being reshaped by home-grown investors as well as those from China, Russia, Turkey and the west.

Focus on private sector development and ambitions for infrastructure investment, particularly through China’s initiatives of rebuilding the Silk Road are stimulating investors’ interest throughout the region.

FT-EBRD Central Asia Investment Forum: Forging relationships for growth will bring together leading investors, policymakers, economists and experts in Central Asia to discuss the future of the region and the prospects for investment. This event, supported by the EBRD’s local partner, TOBB, will provide a platform to discuss the practicalities of doing business in the region, the opportunities for international investors in Central Asia and how to navigate the complexities of operating in the region. Listen to senior government officials set out their plans to attract international investment, discover the role that Europe, China, Turkey and other countries are playing in the region and explore the key issues that are reshaping the business environment with both local and global investors.

This event, supported by the EBRD’s local partner, The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), will provide a platform to discuss the practicalities of doing business in the region, the opportunities for international investors in Central Asia and how to navigate the complexities of operating in the region.

Join us this February to listen to senior government officials set out their plans to attract international investment, discover the role that investors from Europe, Turkey, China and other countries are playing in the region and explore the key issues that are reshaping the business
environment with both local and global investors.

Follow the event live on Twitter #InvestCA


 

Agenda

1230-1300

Registration and coffee

1300-1305

Co-Chair’s opening remarks

 

James Kynge, Emerging Markets Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

1305-1330

Addresses

 

Mehmet Şimşek, Deputy Prime Minister, Turkey

 

Sir Suma Chakrabarti, President, EBRD

 

Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, President, The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB)

1330-1430

Panel discussion: The Central Asian investment climate and opportunities for investors in Central Asia

 

Co-Chair’s introductory overview of Central Asia

  • How are challenges in the macro environment affecting the region?
  • What is the role of the Eurasian Economic Union and the EU in the region?
  • What efforts are being taken to diversify the economy? How can privatisation initiatives drive investment?
  • What steps are being taken to improve the investment climate? And how is this driving opportunities for investment in the region?

 

Speakers:

Gantulga Badamkhatan, Director General, Development Financing, Debt Management Department, Ministry of Finance, Mongolia

Muratniyaz Berdiev, Deputy Chairman, Central Bank of Turkmenistan

Jamoliddin Nuraliev, First Deputy Chairman, National Bank of Tajikistan

Alymbek Orozbekov, Head of Investment and PPP Department, Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic

Bakhyt Sultanov, Minister of Finance, Kazakhstan

Moderator: James Kynge, Emerging Markets Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

 

 

1430-1450

Keynote Address: A corporate view of Central Asia

 

  • How are regional geopolitics shaping investment in the region?
  • Where are the opportunities for investment in the region?
  • What are the best strategies for dealing with the external environment?
  • How do you assess and manage risk associated with an investment in the region?

 

Burak Başarır, CEO, Coca Cola İçecek

 

1450-1545

Panel discussion: The end of the commodities supercycle: challenges and opportunities

 

  • How do you harness the opportunities of sustainable natural resources development and how do you address the challenges of falling commodity prices?
  • What are the opportunities for diversification?
  • How do you deal with the issues associated with investing in the region?

 

Speakers:

Hudaynazar Atageldiyev, CEO, Alp Ish, Turkmenistan

Temirbek Azhykulov, Head, Kyrgyzstan International Business Council

Byambasaikhan Bayanjargal, CEO, Erdenes Mongol LLC

Albrecht Frischenschlager, Chief Investment Officer, United Green Group

Riccardo Puliti, Managing Director, Energy and Natural Resources, EBRD

 

 

Moderator: Gavin Bowring, Director for ASEAN, FT Confidential

 

 

 

1545-1610

Networking coffee break

1610-1625

Presentation: Rebuilding the Silk Road: creating opportunities for the future

 

  • What is China’s vision for investment and cooperation along the historic Silk Road?
  • How will the One Belt One Road initiative impact on investment in the region?

 

 

Wang Dan, Executive Vice President, Silk Road Fund

 

1625-1720

Panel discussion: Creating Central Asia’s infrastructure

 

  • Where are the major infrastructure projects in the region?
  • What are the challenges for investors in the region’s infrastructure and how are they being resolved?
  • What role are Silk Road initiatives playing in the region’s development plans?
  • How is the creation of new trade routes opening up opportunities for investors?

 

Hicham Belmaachi, Deputy CEO – Commercial, KTZE-Khorgos Gateway, DP World

Clemente Cappello, Founder and CIO, Sturgeon Capital

Natalia Khanjenkova, EBRD Managing Director for Turkey and Central Asia

Mansur Ostanaev, CEO, Intergroup, Tajikistan

 

 

Moderator: Jack Farchy, Moscow and Central Asia Correspondent, FT

1720-1725

Co-Chair’s closing remarks

 

Jack Farchy, Moscow and Central Asia Correspondent, FT

1725

Cocktail reception

 

Hosted by the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), local partner of the Central Asia Investment Forum

 

Please register to attend here

 

 

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