THE EIGHTH ANNUAL
CENTRAL ASIA TRADE FORUM
TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN 2018
The Central Asia Trade Forum is one of the largest annual events promoting regional trade and connectivity in Central Asia and has evolved into a widely-recognized brand name. Each year, the forum brings together private firms, technical experts, and policy makers to exchange ideas, stay abreast of new technologies and trade developments, assess demand in foreign markets, and make trade deals.
The first Central Asia Trade Forum was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in 2011. Since then, Kazakhstan has hosted the last six consecutive forums. This year’s event will be hosted in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
This year’s Central Asia Trade Forum focuses on advocating innovations and reforms in Central Asia, including e-commerce, rural development and policy reform.
• Facilitating Horticultural Trade
• Increasing Tourism in Central Asia
• Strengthening Transport and Logistics
• Digital Commerce
• Rural Linkages
• Policy Reform
A concurrent trade exhibition will bring together different technology, equipment, and service
providers that have the capacity to lower production and transport costs in the region.
THE PURPOSES OF THE TRADE EXHIBITION
1. To showcase and promote innovative products
2. To expand access to new markets
3. To establish new business contacts, find new clients and partners
CONTRIBUTION & PARTNERING PACKAGES
OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2018
The Seventh Central Asia Trade Forum in Almaty, Kazakhstan was a record-breaking event with more than 1,100 government and business leaders from 18 countries in Central Asia, South Asia, and Europe with 70% of the private sector representation.
The two-day event focused on the theme of Future Growth: Trade, Transport & Horticulture. Attendees discussed how enterprises throughout Central Asia can better compete in the global economy and provide jobs for the region’s growing workforce. More than $26 million in letters of intent to conduct future trade in Central Asia were signed. Over 50 private sector firms participated in a concurrent trade exhibition that showcased technology, equipment, service providers and a variety of horticultural goods from around the region.
in letters of intent to conduct future trade in Central Asia
government and business leaders
companies took part in a concurrent trade exhibition
COMPETITIVENESS, TRADE, AND JOBS
ACTIVITY IN CENTRAL ASIA
USAID Competitiveness, Trade, and Jobs Activity in Central Asia (CTJ) facilitates trade and employment in horticulture, tourism, transport and logistics across the five Central Asian economies. By incentivizing firms to become more regionally competitive and by addressing cross-border impediments to trade, USAID helps to develop a more diverse and competitive private sector and generate export-driven growth.
CENTRAL ASIA TRADE FORUM
CTJ continues supporting the Central Asia Trade Forum, an annual event for national governments and business leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities for increased trade, share innovation success stories, and network with potential customers.
USAID Competitiveness, Trade, and Jobs Activity in Central Asia (hereafter abbreviated CTJ) is a five year (2016-2021) project focused on increasing the competitiveness of Central Asian economies and creating jobs. CTJ focuses on three primary sectors: 1) Horticultural; 2) Transportation & Logistics and 3) Tourism and works with governments and private sector firms to facilitate the removal of barriers that impede trade and timely delivery of quality goods and services.
The CTJ project is implemented in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan and maintains an office in each country.
Ability of a firm or a nation to offer products and services that meet quality standards of the local and world markets at prices that are competitive and provide adequate returns on the resources employed or consumed in producing them.