Upcoming Events

NOTICE: Due to new Covide-19 restriction, the 2021 Silk Road Conference will now be held as a virtual event.

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With this one registration you will receive LINKS for all our Silk Road Week Presentations.

Monday, September 13  10:00 An Alternate Mode of Doing Business Presented
Professor John Kalaras
Monday 14:00 The Pandemic and Challenges to Productivity
Mr. Kasi Paturi and Mr. Ron Melka

Tuesday, September 14 10:00 CAPRC’s Annual Energy Seminar
Professor Ozgur Arslan-Ayaydin
Bonus ISA Presentation: Virtual Farm Tour (1 ½ Hours)

Friday, September 17, 2021  08:00 2021 Silk Road Conference
Representatives from the Central Asian nations will meet during the 16th Annual Silk Road Conference on Friday, September 17, 2021,culminating the Silk Road Week, Sept 13-17, promoting bilateral business and trade.

The keynote speaker is Ambassador George Krol, former ambassador to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Belarus, who now is serving as an instructor at the U.S. Naval War College.

Organized by the Central Asian Productivity Research Center (CAPRC) and co-sponsored by the Global Programs, College of Business, Northern Illinois University, the 15th annual Silk Road conference will provide practical information about how to do business in China, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan. Senior foreign diplomats and local business professionals will have a chance to meet one-on-one to discuss bilateral business, trade, and investments”, according to Erin M. Cole, President & CEO of the Clinton Regional Development Corporation and Chair of the CAPRC 2021 Silk Road Conference.

Supporting organizations include the Clinton Regional Development Corporation and the Illinois Soybean Association.

The CAPRC also will celebrate its 22th anniversary. It was founded in May and June 1999 in Turkey and Azerbaijan. Today, it has representation from the Mediterranean Sea to the China Sea.

“Business and trade seminars, private meetings, and field studies will be scheduled during the CAPRC’s Silk Road Week starting on Monday, September 13,”Ms. Cole added. “There are special activities planned for the visiting foreign diplomats, including a one-day agriculture tour for the foreign diplomats, sponsored by the Illinois Soybean Association. This event will be directed by David Headley, team leader for the ISA and chairman for the CAPRC’s Agriculture committee, Ms. Cole added.”

The CAPRC has organized conferences , seminars, and other business events throughout Central and Southeast Asia.

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8:00 – 8:15 Welcome Remarks: Erin Cole, CAPRC 2021 Conference Chair; CAPRC Chairman Professor Harry Lepinske, President, International Marketing Services, Ltd.; and Professor Paul Prabhaker, Associate Vice President Emeritus, College of Business, Northern Illinois University

8:15 – 8:30 Opening Remarks and Keynote Introduction: Erin M. Cole, President & CEO, Clinton Regional Development Corporation

8:30 – 9:00 Keynote Address—30 Years Since the Fall of the Soviet Union: U.S. Ambassador George A. Krol, former Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Belarus and Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State (Retired)

9:00 – 9:30 Overview of How to Do Business in the Silk Road Countries
Erin M. Cole, Clinton Regional Development Corporation

9:30 – 10:00 Illinois Presentation: From Factories to (soybeans) Farms
David Headley, Trade Team Lead, Illinois Soybean Association

10:00 – 10:30 Business Opportunities in Turkey
Honorable Consul General of the Republic of Turkey in Chicago, Mr. Engin Turesin

10:30 – 11:00 Business Opportunities in Azerbaijan
Natig Bakhishov, Executive Director of the United States – Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce

11:00 – 11:30 China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Better Future Based on Extensive Consultation, Joint Contribution and Shared Benefits
Honorable Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Chicago, Mr. Zhao Jian
Commercial Counselor of the P.R. China in Chicago, Mr. Hu Yingzhi

11:30 – 12:00 Business Opportunities in Pakistan
Honorable Consul General of Pakistan in Chicago, Mr. Tariq Karim

12:00 – 12:15 Final Q&A and Closing Remarks



The Central Asian Productivity’s Business and Professional Institute , once again, is presenting an autumn 2021 five-week lecture series,especially designed for Central Asia. This is a popular business and management educational program offering open enrollment.

Originating from the United States, all professors have a successful career in both educational and business and/or government and are affiliated with prominent universities.

All presentations are scheduled at 08:00 (Chicago Time/1700 Baku time) on Tuesdays . Effective November 2, time will be 07:00/17:00.

October 5 “Understanding Business”
Professor Paul Prabhaker
Professor Prabhaker has held prominent positions at prominent educational institutions, including Illinois Institute of Technology and Northern Illinois University’s College of Business , where he still is actively involved.

October 12 “Understanding Quality Management”
Professor John Kalaras
Known world-wide for his work in the field of quality management,Professor Kalaras is founder of the Quality Management Institute,Professor at Keller MBA Program, and chairman for the CAPRC’s Quality Management Committee

October 19 ”An Alternative Mode of Doing Business”
Professor John Kalaras

November 26 “Advanced Business Strategies”
Professor Paul Prabhaker

November 2 “Mental Health And Productivity”
Adjunct Prof. Ronald Melka
Professor Ronald Melka is co-chairman of the CARC’s Productivity Committee, a former adjunct at Illinois Institute of Technology, known for his work in public policy, and is executive director for Lyons Township Mental Health Commission

There is NO REGISTRATION FEE, but registration is required.

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For information/registration contact: lepinske@sbcglobal.net
The Zoom link will be e-mailed to you.

Kasi Paturi, the CAPRC’s chairman for the CAPRC  Productivity  Committee, reported, that because of COVID 19, all activities of the Productivity Committee have been postponed. “I have been discussing plans about the proposed World Congress to be held in Chicago in 2021, with the Congress Chair Peter Watkins, but plans also have been delayed.” he commented.
Paturi  also is president of the Pan Asian American Business Council (PAABC)

November 12, 2021 Conference: “Business: Soviet Union Then, Russia Today”
December will mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Empire.
What is the business environment today?
Venue: TBA

December 3, 2021   CAPRC Annual Meeting
Venue: TBA (Zoom and live)



Updated as of September 9, 2021 Michael Alexander Krzyston