Conferences & Forums

Central Asia Think Tanks Development Forum

20 Jun 2016 - 21 Jun 2016 Astana, Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s Vice Minister of National Economy, Timur Zhaxylykov, and ADB Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department’s Deputy Chief Economist Juzhong Zhuang opened the 2-day program in Astana, along with Nazarbayev University’s President Shigeo Katsu, and CAREC Institute’s  Director Kubat Umurzakov. Over 80 government officials and think tank representatives from 10 CAREC countries, ADB, CAREC Institute, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, United Nations Development Program, World Bank discussed ways to promote economic cooperation in Central Asia, and a proposal to establish a network of think tanks.

Agenda:
TimeProgram
0830 – 0900Registration
Session 1: Opening Ceremony
Moderator: Mr. Ziqian Liang, Deputy Director, CAREC Institute
0900 – 0920Welcome Remarks

  • Mr. Timur Zhaxylykov, Vice Minister of National Economy, Government of Republic of Kazakhstan

  • Mr. Juzhong Zhuang, Deputy Chief Economist and Deputy Director General, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

  • Mr. Shigeo Katsu, President, Nazarbayev University

  • Mr. Kubat Umurzakov, Director, CAREC Institute

0920 – 0935Keynote Address
Problems and ways of improving the competitiveness of Kazakhstan’s economy in the context of the world economy’s post-industrial development
Mr. Arystan Yessentugelov, Professor, Honorary President, Economic Research Institute, Ministry of National Economy, Government of Kazakhstan
0935 – 0945Photo Session
0945 – 1010Press conference/Coffee break
1010 – 1115Session 2: Economic Outlook of Central Asia

Moderator: Mr. Ben Slay, Senior Advisor, Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, UNDP

Asian Development Outlook 2016: Asia’s Potential Growth
Mr. Juzhong Zhuang, Deputy Chief Economist and Deputy Director General, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

The PRC’s Economic Outlook
Mr. Qiangwu Zhou, Deputy Director General, Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center, Beijing Office, Ministry of Finance, the PRC

Kazakhstan’s Macroeconomic Outlook 2016
Ms. Aktoty Aitzhanova, CEO, National Analytical Center of Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

Commentator One:
Mr. Fariz Mammadov, Leading Research Fellow, Institute for Scientific Research on Economic Reforms, Azerbaijan

Commentator Two:
Ms. Janna Fattakhova, Senior Research Coordinator, Center for Economic Research, Uzbekistan
1115 – 1135 Open Discussion
1135 – 1240Session 3: Infrastructure as driver of Cross-Border Connectivity

Moderator: Mr. Arjun Goswami, Technical Advisor, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

CAREC Program: Improving infrastructure connectivity to promote construction of economic corridors and economic cooperation and integration
Mr. Kenzhenhan Abuov, ADB Consultant

Meeting the Infrastructure Need for a Shared Prosperity: Key Challenges and Policy Implications at Country and Regional Levels
Mr. Guntur Sugiyarto, Senior Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

Needs and Benefits of Infrastructure Investments in CAREC Region: 2016-2030- An Overview
Mr. Yergali Dosmagambet, Deputy Director, CAREC Institute

Commentator One:
Mr. Azamat Dikambaev, Director, National Institute of Strategic Studies, Kyrgyz Republic

Commentator Two:
Dr. Safdar A. Sohail, Joint Director, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Government of Pakistan

1240 – 1300 Open Discussion
1300 – 1430 Lunch Break
1430 – 1530Session 4: Improving Competitiveness

Moderator: Mr. Frances Ato Brown, Country Manager for Republic of Kazakhstan, the World Bank

Kazakhstan Economy: Retrospective, Current situation, Anti-crisis policy
Ms. Aigul Kosherbayeva, Director for the Center of Regional Development And Competition Research, Economic Research Institute, Ministry of National Economy, Government of Kazakhstan

Financing for Infrastructure and The Way to Increase Rate of Return
Mr. Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean, ADBI

Rural Infrastructure and Inclusive Growth
Mr. Guanghua Wan, Director of Research, ADBI

Commentator One:
Mr. Tamim Asey, Research Fellow/Economic Adviser, Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies

Commentator Two:
Mr. Berdimyrat Bashimov, Head, Institute of Strategic Planning and Economic Development, Ministry of Economy and Development, Government of Turkmenistan
1530 – 1550Open Discussion
1550 – 1600Coffee Break
1600 – 1650Session 5: Operational Plan and Collective Actions

Moderator: Ms. Anjum Assad Amin, Additional Secretary, Economic Affairs Division, Ministry of Finance, Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan

ADB’s Proposed RCI Operational Plan and Promoting Collective Action in CAREC
Mr. Arjun Goswami, Technical Advisor, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

Working together for development of Central Asia
Mr. Kubat Umurzakov, Director, CAREC Institute

Commentator One:
Ms. Chona R. Echavez, Director, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Afghanistan

Commentator Two:
Ms. Odonchimeg Ikhbayar, Deputy Director, Economic Policy and Competitiveness Research Center, Mongolia
1650 – 1710 Open Discussion
1710 – 1715Closing Remark
Mr. Kubat Umurzakov, Director, CAREC Institute
1715 – 1745Back to Hotel
1830 – 2030 Dinner by CAREC Institute and Government of Republic of Kazakhstan
TimeProgram
0900 – 0930Registration
0930 – 1020Session 6: Role of Think Tank Network

Moderator: Mr. Kashif Noon, Unit Head, CAREC Institute

Networking Asian Think Tanks for KS and CD: The Case of Asian Think Tanks Network (ATTN)
Mr. Dongxiang Li, Advisor, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

The Proposal on the Establishment of Central Asia Think Tank Network
Mr. Ziqian Liang, Deputy Director, CAREC Institute

Commentator One:
Mr. Qiangwu Zhou, Deputy Director General, Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center, Beijing Office, Ministry of Finance, the PRC

Commentator Two:
Mr. Azamat Dikambaev, Director, National Institute of Strategic Studies, Kyrgyz Republic
1020 – 1040Open Discussion
1040 – 1100 Coffee Break
1100 – 1115Session 7: Closing Ceremony

Moderator: Ms. Anjum Assad Amin, Additional Secretary, Economic Affairs Division, Ministry of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics, and Privatization, Pakistan

Speakers:

  • Ms. Anjum Assad Amin, Additional Secretary, Economic Affairs Division, Ministry of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics, and Privatization, Pakistan

  • Ms. Aigul Kosherbayeva, Director for the Center of Regional Development And Competition Research, Economic Research Institute, Ministry of National Economy, Government of Kazakhstan

  • Kubat Umurzakov, Director, CAREC Institute

1300 – 1430Lunch Break
1430 – 1800Cultural Events

© 2022 Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative. The views expressed on this website are those of the authors and presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), its Board of Governors, or the governments they represent. ADB does not guarantee the accuracy of the data in any documents and materials posted on this website and accepts no responsibility for any consequence of their use. By making any designation of or reference to a particular territory or geographic area, or by using the term “country” in any documents posted on this website, ADB does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.