Con­fer­ence: Silk Road 2012

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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 lepinske@sbc­global.net or Tel. +1 708 246 5556 www.SilkRoad­Con­fer­ence.org

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