This first-ever virtual Central Asia Trade Forum took place from November 16-20, 2020 to promote regional trade and connectivity across Central Asia and beyond. Please visit the Expert Interviews column of the website to watch recorded sessions and expert interviews, visit national corners, build B2Bs connections and more.
The tenth annual Central Asia Trade Forum was hosted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Competitiveness, Trade and Jobs activity in collaboration with many partners.
While we couldn’t meet in person this year, we were still happy to connect and hope to see you all in 2021. Stay tuned for next year’s event!
About the forum
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. The agenda of the Central Asia Trade Forum in 2020 comprised live interactive panel sessions and webinars. This year’s theme Central Asia – Growth and Prosperity explored new trends and market reactions in Central Asia during the post COVID-19 economic recovery. The five-day intensive program gathered over 100 inspiring speakers, 7,000 unique visitors from 39 countries.
November 16th, 2020
OPENING SESSION – CELEBRATING TEN YEARS OF TRADE FORUMS IN CENTRAL ASIA
MC: MS. ASSEL KOZHAKOVA
PRE-RECORDED OPENING REMARKS: HONORABLE MR. WILLIAM MOSER, U.S. AMBASSADOR TO KAZAKHSTAN
LIVE OPENING REMARKS: MR. AZAMAT ASKARULY, VICE-MINISTER OF TRADE AND INTEGRATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN
LIVE OPENING REMARKS: MR. LAZIZ KUDRATOV, FIRST DEPUTY MINISTER OF INVESTMENTS AND FOREIGN TRADE OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN
PRE-RECORDED OPENING REMARKS: MR. MIKHEIL JANELIDZE, FORMER VICE PRIME MINISTER AND FOREIGN MINISTER OF GEORGIA
PRE-RECORDED OPENING REMARKS: MR. WILLIAM TOMPSON, HEAD OF OECD EURASIA DIVISION
LIVE PANEL SESSION 1: COVID-19’S IMPACT ON REGIONAL SUPPLY CHAINS – STRENGTHENING TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS NETWORKS IN CENTRAL ASIA
Central Asia is landlocked and farther from an ocean than anywhere on earth. In normal times, this makes trade with the rest of the world expensive and challenging, at best. These are not normal times. The Global Pandemic has disrupted global supply chains and the effects of this disruption continue to ripple around the world. How has the pandemic impacted trade, transportation and logistics in this remote region? What are companies doing to adjust? After a devastating forest fire, new shoots emerge from charred earth, what kinds of opportunities arise from this crisis? How has the pandemic accelerated the adoption of new technologies like robotics, 3-D printing, Artificial Intelligence. In this live panel discussion, you will gain salient insight into how the pandemic is transforming transportation and logistics, and what the future has in store.
Moderator: Mr. Rakhim Oshakbayev, Director, TALAP Center for Applied Research, Kazakhstan
Introduction of Session 1
Mr. Javier Piedra, Acting Assistant Administrator, USAID Asia Bureau – introduction of the Live Panel Session 1
- Mr. Keith Newton, Secretary General, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), UK
- Mr. Sean Culey, Supply Chain Expert, Futurist and Author of Transition Point: From Steam to the Singularity, UK
- Mr. Lowell W. Randel, Vice President of Government and Legal Affairs, Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), USA
- Mr. Vyacheslav Kim, CEO, TransAsia Logistics, Uzbekistan
- Ms. Marina Kuznechevskaya, Area Manager Kazakhstan, Fly Dubai Airlines
EXPERT INTERVIEWS AND PRESENTATIONS
November 17th, 2020
November 18th, 2020
November 19th, 2020
November 20th, 2020
Paulo Fernandes. Port Ecosystems.
Nurlan Igembayev and Manas Userbayev. Impact of COVID-19 on the Railway Industry.
Natalia Bayona. Innovation and sustainability as the new normal.
Stephen Lioy. Marketing strategy in the COVID era.