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September 17, 2021
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Representatives from the Central Asian nations will meet during the
15th Annual l Silk Road Conference on Friday, September 17, 2021, at the
Conference Center of Northern Illinois University, in Naperville, Illinois,
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 and co-sponsored by the Global Programs, College of Business, Northern Illinois University, the event will be highlighted with sessions focusing on the foreign chambers of commerce, and the foreign government offices, exhibits, and one-on-one meetings to promote bilateral business, trade, and investments”, according to Ms. Erin Cole, president and chief executive officer of the Clinton Regional Development Corporation and chairman of the CAPRC economic development committee, who is serving as this year’s conference chairman.

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.

Registration fees:
Members(including sponsoring and supporting organizations: $45
(including morning refreshments, morning break, lunch, and reception.)
Non-members: $55.

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Payment: Silk Road 2021 Payment Center

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08:00 – 08:30    Registration and Networking
08:30 – 08:45    Welcome Remarks: CAPRC Chairman Professor Harry Lepinske and Paul Prabhaker, Associate Vice President Emeritus, College of Business, Northern Illinois University

08:45 – 09:00    Opening Remarks: Erin M. Cole, 2021 CAPRC Silk Road Conference Chair and President & CEO of the Clinton Regional Development Corporation, introduces the keynote speaker

09:00 – 09:30    Keynote Address: (Confirmed) U.S. Ambassador George A. Krol (Retired), former U.S. 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

09:30 – 10:30    Overview of How to Do Business in the Silk Road Countries
                           Erin M. Cole, CGBP
                           Garret Mitchell, U.S. Department of Commerce

10:30 – 10:45   Break and Networking

10:45 – 12:00    Panel: Business Opportunities in Central Asia
Matthew Edwards, Director, Office of Russia, Ukraine and  Eurasia; U.S. D.of C.         
Garrett Mitchell, U.S. Department of Commerce
Tatyana Bystrushkina, Exe. Dir. American Chamber of Commerce in Uzbekistan
Elena Son, Director of the American – Uzbek Chamber of Commerce, U.S. – Kyrgyz and U.S. Tajik Business Councils and U.S. Afghan Business Initiative

12:00 – 01:30   Lunch and Presentation by the Illinois Soybean Association

01:30 – 02:30   Panel: Business Opportunities in Turkey and Azerbaijan
Honorable Consul General of the Republic of Turkey in Chicago, Mr. Engin Turesin
Nathan Bradley, Turkey Desk Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce
Natiq Bakhishov, Executive Director of the United States – Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce

02:30 – 02:45   Break

02:45 – 03:45   Panel: Business Opportunities with China
                          Mr. Zhao Jian
                          Honorable Consul General of the Peoples Republic of China
                          Mr. Hu Yingzhi
                          Commercial Counselor of the People Republic of China

03:45 – 04:00   Closing Remarks
04:00 – 06:00   Networking Reception


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)

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Updated as of July 13, 2021 Michael Alexander Krzyston