Caspian Business Forum

1 day
1 day


Harvard Club of New York
35 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212 840 6600

Policy and business leaders from the United States and Trans-Caspian corridor countries will be seated on a panel at the Harvard Club of New York City to discuss the economic and political outlook of the Caspian region and review project financing, banking, and regulatory frameworks. Building on the strategic partnerships forged between the U.S. and the corridor countries, the Caspian Business Forum presents a leading platform to unfold the opportunities that can benefit business communities from both the U.S and Caspian region countries. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Caspian Policy Center have invited high-ranking private and public sector executives and ministerial level representatives from Caspian countries to speak about business, investment, financing opportunities and challenges.



5:45 P.M. Doors Open

6:00 P.M.  Opening Remarks

  • Efgan Nifti, CPC Director
  • Gary Litman, Vice President of Global Initiatives, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Ambassadorial remarks from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Kazakhstan

6:30 P.M.  Panel on Regional Outlook

Moderator: Gary Litman, Vice President, US Chamber of Commerce

  • Ambassador Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
  • George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
  • Salahuddin Rabbani, Foreign Minister of Afghanistan
  • Elmar Mammadyarov, Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan
  • Vakhtang Makharoblishvili, Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia
  • Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan

7:30 P.M.  Panel on Business and Investment

Keynote Speaker: David Bohigian, Executive Vice President (OPIC)

Moderator: Ambassador Robert F Cekuta (CPC Advisory Board Member)

  • Dr. Muhammad Qayoumi, Finance Minister of Afghanistan
  • Elshad Nassirov, Vice President, Azerbaijan State Oil Company
  • Irakli Gilauri, Chairman, Bank of Georgia
  • Israfil Mammadov, Deputy CEO at SOFAZ
  • Senior representative from BP

9:00 P.M. Panel concludes, and guests are encouraged to stay for a networking reception.