Conference: Silk Road 2012
May 2012 will see delegates and speakers from around central Asia gather together in Chicago for the seventh edition of the Annual Silk Road Conference, organized by the Central Asian Productivity Research Center (CAPRC). Running in parallel to the event will be the first-ever Central Asian Chambers of Commerce Mini-Summit.
On the back of the highly successful Sixth Annual Silk Road Conference, held in July at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Kent College of Law Conference Center in Chicago, plans are already well under way for the 2012 edition of the conference. This year’s conference once more focused on geopolitical aspects of central Asia and the Silk Road region. It highlighted the area’s expanding economic development, growing business opportunities, and increasing importance for the global economy. The 2011 conference also addressed global energy security -- a key regional issue, as well as a matter of immediate and significant concern for the G20 nations.
Looking ahead to 2012
Central Asia is experiencing growing development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as the scene of large-scale construction and infrastructure projects, such as new pipelines, highways, roads, railway systems and airports. Going back to its roots, the Seventh Silk Road Conference will feature an introduction to understanding the region, with topics including Turkey’s expanding role as a global energy hub and the importance of the Caspian Basin and its energy resources, as well as reports from Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Romania. Meanwhile panel discussions will address financial, economic and legal issues in the region.
The 2012 convention falls within Silk Road Week in Chicago, scheduled for May 13-19. The conference sessions will be held May 14-15, and will feature a plenary session, seminars and panel discussions. May 15-18 will be reserved for field trips, specialized business seminars, and one-on-one business meetings.
Monday, May 14, will start with an entrepreneurism seminar, followed by the conference’s plenary session, together with sessions on emerging markets, corporate governance best practice, and the financial aspects of the challenges presented by energy privatization and economic development. Tuesday, May 15, will feature panel sessions, featuring teams including representatives of the business world, academia and government from participating countries. These discussions will address ways to promote business, trade and investment in the region.
Meanwhile, delegations from Afghanistan Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Turkey have already indicated strong support for the Central Asian Chambers of Commerce Mini-Summit and confirmed their attendance.
The Silk Road Conferences are organised by the CAPRC, a strategic alliance of professionals representing countries located in the Silk Road region. The CAPRC was founded in Turkey and Azerbaijan in 1999. Next year’s conference is co-sponsored by the World Trade Center (Illinois), Illinois Institute of Technology, Turkish-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Midwest), the Northern Illinois University’s College of Business, Chicago’s East-West University and Turkey’s Hacettepe University. Supporting organizations include the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago, the American Southeast Europe Chamber of Commerce and the Pakistan Club of the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago.
Turkish Review is proud to be a media sponsor of the Seventh Annual Silk Road Conference. For more information on the Silk Road Conferences or the CAPRC, contact CAPRC Chairman Harry Lepinske at email@example.com or Tel. +1 708 246 5556 www.SilkRoadConference.org