EBRD forum to promote sustainable growth in Central Asia

By Anton Usov

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The Central Asia Investment Forum is taking place in Tokyo, Japan

  • EBRD’s Central Asia Investment Forum to take place in Japan
  • Major event will bring together Japanese businesses and senior government officials
  • Greater role for Central Asia in international cooperation and trade

The importance of Central Asia as a bridge for trade and cooperation between East and West, and its strong investment potential in sectors ranging from trade to energy and infrastructure, will be the main topics of the Central Asia Investment Forum (CAIF) taking place in Tokyo, Japan, on 1 December 2022.

The event, hosted by the EBRD and the government of Japan, in cooperation with Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and a number of Japanese business and trade associations, will bring together Japanese and regional businesses and senior government officials from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Central Asia’s economies are expected to grow in 2023 and show resilience to geopolitical turmoil, creating opportunities for smart investors. The CAIF will allow government and business leaders to explore the region’s rich prospects for economic development.

The forum will offer panel discussions on topics such as clean energy and smart infrastructure with international experts, government leaders, senior executives, sector specialists and EBRD representatives active in Central Asia.

Also, as trade volumes between Asia and Europe continue to grow and as geopolitical events disrupt existing trade corridors, major trading and logistics companies are exploring ways to diversify and optimise transport routes and make them more sustainable. The CAIF will also touch on sustainable transport connections between Central Asia and Europe.

The EBRD is the largest institutional investor in Central Asia with currently close to €18.5 billion committed to more than 984 projects in a variety of sectors from infrastructure to agriculture, with a focus on private sector development.

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