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Government/Foreign Direct Investment, Infrastructure

FT EBRD Central Asia Investment Forum

Forging relationships for growth

Istanbul |
Speakers include:
Mehmet Şimşek

Mehmet Şimşek

Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey

Burak  Başarır

Burak Başarır

Coca-Cola İçecek

Wang  Dan

Wang Dan

Silk Road Fund

Overview

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 FT-EBRD Central Asia Investment Forum: Forging relationships for growth brought 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, provided 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 China and Turkey are playing in the region and explore the key issues that are reshaping the business environment with both local and global investors.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 02/18/2016 12:00:0002/18/2016 18:30:00falseFT EBRD Central Asia Investment ForumIn 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 FT-EBRD Central Asia Investment Forum: Forging relationships for growth brought 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, provided 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 China and Turkey are playing in the region and explore the key issues that are reshaping the business environment with both local and global investors.FT-EBRD-Central-Asia-Investment-Forumd839be57f99fa8b804108320a221ca4fMM/DD/YYYY

Speakers (21)

Mehmet Şimşek

Mehmet Şimşek

Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey
Burak  Başarır

Burak Başarır

CEO
Coca-Cola İçecek

Burak Başarır is the CEO of Coca-Cola İçecek (CCI), the world’s fifth largest Coca-Cola bottler by volume. He joined CCI in 1998, held various managerial roles and became Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in 2005. Mr Başarır has played an integral part in CCI’s IPO process and managed the financial integration of Efes Invest with CCI. He was recognised as Best CFO in Turkey by Thomson Reuters Extel in 2009. From 2010 to 2013 he was CCI's Turkey Region President, leading the company's largest operation by volume and sales. Mr Başarır was appointed CEO in January 2014.

Mr Başarır has a BA in business administration from American River College, Sacremento, USA. He studied management at California State University of Sacramento and has a BSc in business administration from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

Wang  Dan

Wang Dan

Executive Vice President
Silk Road Fund
Aidai  Kurmanova

Aidai Kurmanova

State Secretary
Ministry of Economy, Kyrgyz Republic

Aidai Kurmanova has been the State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic since 2013. Previous posts at the ministry include Deputy State Secretary and Advisor.

Her career includes Resources Management Service Expert for the Central Agency for Development, Investment and Innovation (2009-2010); Senior Specialist in the Capital Market Department of the State Office for Financial Market Regulation and Control of the Kyrgyz Republic (2007-2009); Senior Specialist in the Capital Market Registration, Reporting and Analysis Department in the Governmental Agency of Financial Control and Reporting (2004-2007); Leading Specialist in the Corporate Development and International Cooperation Department of the State Commission for the Capital Market (2004); First Category  Specialist in the Licensing Department of the State Commission on Legal Examination and Licensing of the Capital Market (2001-2004); Specialist in the Monitoring and Governance of Corporate Finance of the National Commission Department under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic (1998-2001).

Ms Kurmanova has an MA in Development Economics from the International University of Japan and an MA in Governmental Management from the Presidential Academy of Management.

Gulmira  Issayeva

Gulmira Issayeva

Vice-Minister of Agriculture
Kazakhstan

Gulmira Issayeva is Kazakhstan's Vice-Minister of Agriculture. She started her career in 1991 as a teacher at the Semipalatinsk Technological Institute of Meat and Dairy Industries. Between 1994 and 1998 she held various positions at the Kazakh Scientific Research Technological Institute of sheep production. From 1998-2000 she was a Chief Technologist for meat and meat products processing at agricultural production cooperative Yenbek. She was a Scientific Consultant, Breeder-zoo technician in livestock products production and processing at Mynbayev experimental farm (1996-2001), a Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Faculty of Livestock technology at Kazakh National Agrarian University (2001-2007), Director of the Department of Livestock and Meat Processing and Commercial Director of LLP Crown Central Asia (2007-2011) and Managing Director of KazAgroProduct (2011-2012). 

Dr Issayeva has an honours degree in Meat and Meat Products Technology from the Semipalatinsk Technological Institute of Meat and Dairy Industries, Kazakhstan, a post-graduate degree in Agricultural Sciences and a PhD.

Sir Suma  Chakrabarti

Sir Suma Chakrabarti

President
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Sir Suma Chakrabarti was elected to the four-year presidency of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in 2012. He has extensive experience in international development economics and policy making, as well as in designing and implementing wider public service reform. 

Most recently he was Permanent Secretary at the British Ministry of Justice and was its most senior civil servant. Prior to this, from 2002, he headed the UK’s Department for International Development (formerly the Overseas Development Administration (ODA) ) where he worked closely with economies in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East and North Africa undergoing substantial reform. Sir Suma is notable for playing a key role in developing the UK's successful Know-How Fund for Central and Eastern Europe and worked with the European Commission on improving its programmes in the Middle East and North Africa. 

In the late 1990s, he worked in the UK Treasury, where he was responsible for public expenditure, and in the early 2000s he worked in the Cabinet Office, where he led on cross-departmental strategic issues and subsequently the management of the Cabinet agenda.

He has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford and a Masters in Development Economics from the University of Sussex. He holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Sussex and East Anglia and the Bucharest University of Economic Sciences.

Ambassador Ayşe  Sinirlioğlu

Ambassador Ayşe Sinirlioğlu

Deputy Undersecretary for Economic Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey

Ayşe Sinirlioğlu has been Deputy Undersecretary for Economic Affairs and G20 Sherpa at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) since 2014. She has held various roles at the MFA since 1984, starting her career as Third Secretary, Directorate General for Bilateral Economic Affairs. She was Vice-Consul at the Turkish Consulate General in Rotterdam (1985-1988) and in Aleppo (1988-1990). Between 1990 and 1992, she was First Secretary for the Directorate for West European and OECD Countries and First Secretary to the Deputy Prime Ministry. She was Consul at the Turkish Consulate General in New York from 1992-1996 and Head of Section, Department for Balkan Countries, from 1996-1997. From 1997 to 1999, she was Head of Section, Acting Head of Department and then Head of Department in the Department for Central Asia and Caucasus. She was Counselor, First Counselor for the Permanent Representation of Turkey to the UN Office in Geneva (1999-2002); First Counselor, Turkish Embassy, Amman (2002-2004); Head of Department, Department for Bilateral Economic Affairs (2004-2005); Acting Deputy Director General, Minister-Plenipotentiary, Directorate General for Bilateral Economic Affairs (2005-2006); Deputy Director General, Minister-Plenipotentiary, Directorate General for Bilateral Economic Affairs (2006-2008); Ambassador of Turkey to Romania (2008-2011); and Ambassador of Turkey to Spain (2011-2014).

Dr Sinirlioğlu has a degree from the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, University of Marmara, Turkey, a Master’s in European Integration Law from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and a PhD from Boğaziçi University, Turkey.

Rakhim  Oshakbayev

Rakhim Oshakbayev

Vice-Minister for Investments and Development
Republic of Kazakhstan

Rakhim Oshakbayev was appointed Vice-Minister for Investments and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan in August 2015. From 2013 to 2015 he was Deputy Chairman of the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan, in charge of issues related to integration, customs and technical regulation, agribusiness, food industry, new technologies and green economy. From 2012 to 2013 he was First Deputy Chairman of the National Economic Chamber of Kazakhstan Atameken Union. Specifically, he was in charge of agribusiness, sectorial government programs, taxation, and public relations. He is an author of Atameken Startup, a national program for the development of youth entrepreneurship. From May 2011 he was Managing Director of SWF Samruk-Kazyna JSC. Previously, he had headed the Information/Analytics Department of the Fund. From 2009 to 2011 he was Director General of the Analytical Сenter of Economic Policy in the Agro-Industrial Complex under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In October 2003, he became the Project Manager for Leasing Development in Kazakhstan in International Finance Corporation under the World Bank (IFC). In 2001, he started his career in financial leasing company KazAgroFinance. In July 2002, he was elected Chairman of the Board. Prior to that, he had worked as Chief Accountant, Managing Director and Vice-Chairman of the Board for Credit and Leasing activity. In 1999, he graduated from the economic department of MV at Lomonossov Moscow State University. In 1999-2000, he served military obligations in the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Jamoliddin  Nuraliev

Jamoliddin Nuraliev

First Deputy Chairman
National Bank of Tajikistan

Jamoliddin Nuraliev is the First Deputy Chairman of the National Bank of Tajikistan. Previously, he was First Vice Minister of Finance of the Republic of Tajikistan (2010-2015) and Vice Minister of Finance of Tajikistan (2007-2010). In 2007, he was Adviser to the Executive Director of the World Bank Group. He was Adviser to the Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) (2001-2007), Adviser to the Executive Director of the World Bank Group (2001-2004) and an Economist in the Department of Review and Methodology of the National Bank of Tajikistan (1999-2001). 

Mr Nuraliev has a Master of Science (MS) in Financial Management and an MBA from the University of Maryland University College, USA. He has a BA (Hons) in International Economic Relations from Tajikistan’s State University of Commerce.

Muratniyaz  Berdiev

Muratniyaz Berdiev

Deputy Chairman
Central Bank of Turkmenistan
Bayanjargal  Byambasaikhan

Bayanjargal Byambasaikhan

CEO
Erdenes Mongol

Bayanjargal Byambasaikhan is the CEO of Erdenes Mongol LLC, Mongolia’s largest investment holding company that comprises Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi JSC, Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Erdenet Mining Corporation, Shivee Ovoo JSC and Baganuur JSC. He also chairs the Business Council of Mongolia, representing 260 active companies.

He is currently Adviser (ex-officio) to the President of Mongolia and Member of the Prime Minister’s economic council. Additionally he is a board member of Oyu Tolgoi LLC, the Arts Council of Mongolia and Zorig Foundation USA. He is also Honorary Consul of South Africa in Mongolia.

In 2013, Mr Byambasaikhan co-founded NovaTerra LLC, an investment and project management firm in Ulaanbaatar, where he worked as CEO. He developed and built the first wind farm/IPP in Mongolia as CEO of a Mongolian technology investor. He also financed energy projects in Central Asia with the Asian Development Bank.

Mr Byambasaikhan is an infrastructure project financier and business executive who has managed investments for public and private sector clients. He has structured power plant, transmission and distribution investment transactions (US$4bln) and led multidisciplinary project teams in emerging Asian markets. He has financed power projects and corporate deals through international and bilateral financial institutions, ECAs and carbon funds. He has also chaired the board of Mongolia’s largest telecom company and established joint ventures with GE and SoftBank.

He is a graduate of the George Washington University and the National University of Mongolia. 

Oğuz  Sağıroğlu

Oğuz Sağıroğlu

Chief Financial Officer
Makyol Group
Clemente Cappello

Clemente Cappello

Founder and CEO
Sturgeon Capital

Clemente Cappello is Founder and CEO of Sturgeon Capital. He has a 7 year continuous track record of investing in the region and has developed an intimate knowledge of the investment universe across each of the strategies employed. Before founding Sturgeon he worked as an analyst for Haussmann Holdings, and has previously worked at HSBC, Bear Stearns and Goldman Sachs. Mr Clemente was awarded “Rising Star of Hedge Funds” in 2008 by Institutional Investor and has been quoted by the Financial Times, New York Times, Bloomberg, Fox News and other media outlets as an expert on Central Asian markets. He holds a degree in Business Administration and Finance from Bocconi University.

Hicham  Belmaachi

Hicham Belmaachi

Deputy CEO – Commercial
KTZE-Khorgos Gateway, DP World

Hicham Belmaachi is the Deputy CEO – Commercial of KTZE-Khorgos Gateway, an integrated transport, logistics and industrial hub linking the Far East, CIS countries and Europe. The special economic zone is managed by DP World. Mr Belmaachi has 10 years of international experience in shipping and transport. He has managed major markets for CMA CGM, the third largest global container carrier. He spent eight years in Asia as Area Manager for South China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Vietnam, where he dealt with major global supply chain manufacturers, buyers and third party logistics companies. Before joining KTZE Khorgos Gateway, Mr Belmaachi was based in Marseille, France, at the head office of CMA CGM, where he was Line Manager of Latin America and Caribbean Services.

Mr Belmaachi has an MSc in Management from Kedge Business School in France.

Albrecht  Frischenschlager

Albrecht Frischenschlager

Chief Investment Officer
United Green Group

Albrecht Frischenschlager has been Chief Investment Officer of United Green Group since 2008. He is responsible for developing and managing a diversified portfolio of strategic private equity investments in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

From 1998 to 2008 he was a partner at Atieh Bahar Group, a leading Iranian consulting firm, advising multinationals, foreign investors and local companies on investments across a broad range of industries.

He previously worked for four years at commercial and merchant banks in Austria and Russia.

Dr Frischenschlager has an MA and a PhD in Economics from the Economic University of Vienna, Austria, focusing on Finance and Transition Economy.

Gavin  Bowring

Gavin Bowring

Director for ASEAN
FT Confidential

Gavin Bowring is the Director for ASEAN at FT Confidential, an independent research service at the Financial Times that provides in-depth macro and industry analysis in key global emerging markets. 

Based in Hong Kong, he also has extensive experience working in Greater China, Mongolia, and Central Asia. This includes a recent consulting stint for the Asia Development Bank’s Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) programme, which focused on intra-regional trade facilitation between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.  

He has travelled extensively in Asia and Eurasia, and has previously worked in macroeconomics, equity research, risk analysis and journalism.

Mr Bowring has a degree in Chinese with Russian/East Asian Studies from Durham University. 

M Rifat  Hisarcıklıoğlu

M Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu

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

M Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu is the President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), the largest non-profit business organisation in Turkey, covering 365 Chambers and Commodity Exchanges and representing 1.5 million companies.
He was first elected President of TOBB in 2001 and re-elected in 2002, 2005, 2009 and 2013. 

Mr Hisarcıklıoğlu is also Deputy President of EUROCHAMBRES; Vice President of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA); Chairman of ICC-Turkey; Board Member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); Vice President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI); Board Member of the Association of Balkan Chambers (ABC) and ECO Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECO-CCI); Executive Board Member of the Association of the Black Sea Zone Chambers of Commerce and Industry; Executive Committee Member of the D-8 Federation of Chambers of Commerce; Co-President of the Turkish- African Chamber (TAC); and Co-Chairman of the EU - Turkey Joint Consultative Committee.

He is Chairman of the Eskihisar group of companies, which operates in construction, construction materials, export and import, agriculture, investments, land development, the food industry and the automotive sector.

Mr Hisarcıklıoğlu is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of TOBB University of Economics and Technology (TOBB-ETU) and The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV).

He has a BA in Economics and Management from Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey, and holds honorary doctorate degrees from the Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University, Karadeniz Technical University, Izmir University of Economics, Niğde University, Bayburt University and Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University in Turkey.

Riccardo  Puliti

Riccardo Puliti

Managing Director, Energy
EBRD

Riccardo Puliti is the Managing Director in charge of the Power and Energy and Natural Resources sectors at the EBRD. He joined the Power and Energy Utilities department at the EBRD in 1996, moving to Natural Resources in 1998. In 2000, he was appointed Deputy Director of Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure and in 2002 became Director of Transport Infrastructure. He also holds various supervisory board and board of directors memberships in investee companies. 

Mr Puliti has extensive experience in emerging market economies, working with both the private and the public sectors. He started his career at Istituto Mobiliare Italiano (IMI) Group in 1987, then moved to Banque Indosuez in Paris where he worked in M&A and equity capital markets. He later joined NM Rothschild and Sons in London where he held several positions in M&A and equity capital markets. 

Mr Puliti is a MBA alumnus of Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa (IESE), Spain and a postgraduate alumnus of the Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University) and Imperial College, London, UK. 

Natalia  Khanjenkova

Natalia Khanjenkova

Managing Director for Turkey and Central Asia
EBRD

Natalia Khanjenkova is the Managing Director for Turkey and Central Asia at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Ms Khanjenkova is the first EBRD Managing Director for this region based in Istanbul, underscoring its importance for the Bank. Ms Khanjenkova leads the EBRD’s activities in Turkey and Central Asia including Mongolia.

She began her EBRD career at London headquarters in 1993. Previous to taking up the new position in Istanbul, she was Managing Director for Russia, based in Moscow.

Ms Khanjenkova holds an honours degree in International Economic Relations from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).

Hudaynazar  Atageldiyev

Hudaynazar Atageldiyev

General Director
ALP IŞ

Hudaynazar Atageldiyev is General Director of ALP IŞ HJ, a leading contract catering company in Turkmenistan that was established in 2015. He is responsible for managing the company's day-to-day operations, developing its strategic business plans and overseeing key developments with an industry-specific market focus. 

Before joining ALP IŞ HJ, Mr Atageldiyev was General Director at MERDEM HJ, where he reorganised the company and developed a five-year strategic plan. He tripled the size of the company's operations expanding its client base to include the country’s largest oil and gas companies such as China National Petroleum Corporation, Petronas Carigali Sdn. Bhd, Mitro International, Hyundai Engineering Co Ltd, Eni Saipem and Tekfen Construction. 

Before joining MERDEM, Mr Atageldiyev worked at Citigroup Columbus, Ohio, USA, as a Business Analyst/Consultant supporting fund accounting, working on a development project in the Global Transactions Services department and liaising with support teams in Citi UK and Citi Poland. 

Mr Atageldiyev graduated from the American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, with a BA in Business Administration. He also has an MA in Economics from Western Illinois University Macomb, USA.

Temirbek  Azhykulov

Temirbek Azhykulov

Executive Director
International Business Council, Kyrgyz Republic

Temirbek N Azhykulov is the Executive Director of the International Business Council (IBC) of the Kyrgyz Republic, one of the most influential business associations in the country. 

Mr Azhykulov joined an international construction and engineering consultancy company supervising the Bishkek-Osh Highway rehabilitation project in 2000. In 2003, he moved into the minerals extraction industry in various capacities, including legal and managerial services. He was also involved in starting up new prospecting and exploration projects and seeing them through to the development and production phases. 

In 2006, Mr Azhykulov was appointed CEO of JSC South Petroleum Company Kyrgyzstan, a subsidiary of Santos International Holdings Pty. The operations also extended into Tajikistan where he provided legal and commercial advice. 

Mr Azhykulov runs a local consultancy company which provides legal, financial, tax and other services, and helps speculative investors with country entry, political, economic and other risk assessments. 

He is also a public advisor to the Chairman of the Tax Office of the Kyrgyz Republic and advisor to the Secretariat of the Investment Council.

He has a degree in Law.

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Chair (2)

Jack Farchy

Jack Farchy

Moscow and Central Asia Correspondent
Financial Times

Jack Farchy is responsible for coverage of Central Asia and the Caucasus at the Financial Times, as well as the Russian natural resources sector. He previously covered commodities for the Financial Times in London for four years, and before that worked on the paper's World News Desk. He holds a degree in philosophy and neuroscience from Oxford University.

James  Kynge

James Kynge

Emerging Markets Editor
Financial Times

James Kynge is Emerging Markets Editor and Associate Editor at the Financial Times. He is also Editor of beyondbrics, the FT’s emerging economies blog.

Previously, Kynge was Principal of FT Confidential, the Financial Times’ premium research services on China, South East Asia and Latin America. He remains Chairman of FT Confidential.

A recipient of several journalism awards, Kynge has been a correspondent based in Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Russia, former Soviet Central Asia and Hong Kong over the past 28 years. He was China Bureau Chief for seven years until 2005 and later headed up the Pearson Group of companies' business operations in China. He was also President of FTChinese.com, the FT's Chinese language website.

His prize-winning book China Shakes the World was an international bestseller, translated into 19 languages.

Agenda - 18th Feb

  • 12:00pm
    Registration and Coffee
  • 1:00pm
    Co-Chair’s opening remarks

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

  • 1:05pm
    Addresses

    Sir Suma Chakrabarti, President, EBRD

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

    Mehmet Şimşek, Deputy Prime Minister, Turkey

  • 1:30pm
    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?

    Muratniyaz Berdiev, Deputy Chairman, Central Bank of Turkmenistan

    Bayanjargal Byambasaikhan, CEO, Erdenes Mongol 

    Aidai Kurmanova, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy, Kyrgyz Republic

    Jamoliddin Nuraliev, First Deputy Chairman, National Bank of Tajikistan

    Rakhim Oshakbayev, Vice-Minister for Investments and Development, Republic of Kazakhstan

    Moderator: 

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

  • 2:30pm
    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 

  • 2:50pm
    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?

    Hudaynazar Atageldiyev, CEO, Alp Ish

    Temirbek Azhykulov, Head, Kyrgyzstan International Business Council

    Bayanjargal Byambasaikhan, CEO, Erdenes Mongol LLC

    Albrecht Frischenschlager, Chief Investment Officer, United Green Group

    Gulmira Issayeva, Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Kazakhstan

    Riccardo Puliti, Managing Director, Energy, EBRD

    Moderator:

    Gavin Bowring, Director for ASEAN, FT Confidential

  • 3:45pm
    Networking coffee break
  • 4:10pm
    Presentation: Facilitating diversified investment and financing - creating opportunities along the Silk Road
    • What is the vision of China’s Belt and Road initiative?
    • What is the role of the Silk Road Fund in China-Central Asia economic cooperation under the Belt and Road initiative?

    Wang Dan, Executive Vice President, Silk Road Fund 

  • 4:20pm
    Presentation: A Turkish perspective of the Silk Road
    • What is the role of the Middle Corridor at the heart of the Silk Road?
      • What is Turkey’s vision for enhancing regional integration and connectivity?

    Ambassador Ayşe Sinirlioğlu, Deputy Undersecretary for Economic Affairs, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • 4:30pm
    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, Managing Director for Turkey and Central Asia, EBRD

    Oğuz Sağıroğlu, Chief Financial Officer, Makyol Group

    Moderator:

    Jack Farchy, Moscow and Central Asia Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:25pm
    Co-Chair’s closing remarks

    Jack Farchy, Moscow and Central Asia Correspondent, FT 

  • 5:30pm
    Cocktail reception

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

Venue

Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
Süzer Plaza
Askerocagi Caddesi
Istanbul No: 6 34367

Turkey

Tel: +90 212 334 44 44
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