Trans-Caspian Forum 2019

8:30AM ET
1 day
8:30AM ET
1 day


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U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street NW Hall of Flags
Washington, DC 20062

The Trans-Caspian Trade and Transit Corridor is a regional integrator, trade facilitator and viable transit connector between Europe and Asia. Comprising of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey to the west, and Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan Uzbekistan and Afghanistan to the east of the Caspian Sea, this corridor brings together more than 200 million strong market and 400 billion in overall trade while connecting economies of the European Union and China along with access to Russia, Iran, Pakistan and India. Connecting trade, people and economies, the modern trans-Caspian corridor has matured to strategic importance with extensive and integrated network of infrastructure, special economic zones, harmonized customs, cross-border procedures and more along this route.


Preliminary Agenda

08:30 – 09:00 am –  Registration and breakfast 


09:00 – 09:10 am –   Opening Remarks

  • Gary Litman, Vice President for Global Initiatives, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Efgan Nifti, Executive Director, Caspian Policy Center

09:10 – 09:35 am –   Ambassadorial Remarks

  • H.E. Roya Rahmani, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States
  • H.E. Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the United States
  • H.E. David Bakradze, Ambassador of Georgia to the United States
  • H.E. Erzhan Kazykhanov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United States
  • H.E. Serdar Kılıç, Ambassador of Turkey to the United States
  • H.E. Meret Orazov, Ambassador of Turkmenistan to the United States
  • H.E. Javlon Vakhabov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United States

09:35 – 09:55 am  –  Keynote Statement High-Level Official from the U.S. Government

  • Manisha Singh, Acting Undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment, U.S. Department of State

09:55 – 11:15 am  –    Ministerial Roundtable – U.S.-Caspian Emerging Partnership

  • Moderator: Ambassador (ret.) Richard E. Hoagland, Board of Directors Member, Caspian Policy Center
  • Keynote Remarks: Lisa Curtis, Senior Director for Central and South Asia, National Security Council, White House
  •  Dr. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, Minister of Finance, Afghanistan
  • Mikayil Jabbarov, Minister of Taxes, Azerbaijan
  • Elmir Valizade, Deputy Minister of Transportation and High Technologies, Azerbaijan
  •  Giorgi Chikovani, Deputy Minister of Economy, Georgia
  •  Senior Representative, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kazakhstan
  •  Turkey, Ministerial level representative
  •  Uzbekistan, Ministerial level representative

11:15 – 11:30 am –  Coffee Break