14th Annual Silk Road Conference 2018


Silk-Road-300x25614th Annual SILK ROAD CONFERENCE

Friday April 20 2018  8am to 5pm
Illinois Institute of Technology Kent College of Law

dsc00254The Networking breakfast in the exhibit center served as an Information center and brought together attendees to discuss business, trade, and investments. dsc00265 dsc00209


IMG_4928 xProfessor Harry Lepinske, CAPRC chairman, offering opening remarks




dsc00218Professor Paul Prabhaker, Associate Vice President Global Programs, College of Business, NIU




 dsc00224Thomas Choi, public engagement manager Office of the Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, is see extending an official welcome ion behalf of the State of Illinois




dsc00231Professor Harold Krent, dean of the Kent College of Law, is seen extending an official welcome to the college campus.




dsc00236Charles Farra, executive director, International Market Director, CME group is seen speaking about “A Timely View of the Global Economy.”




 dsc00244Commenting about “Azerbaijan’s Contribution to Enhancing Regional Connectivity” is Azad Aslanov, political officer, Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Washington, D.C. Focusing on the “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor” is Hon. Rabia Shafiq, deputy consul general, consulate general of Pakistan, Chicago.



dsc00276One of the most frequent speakers at CAPRC events is Mustafa Ilbeyli, US advisor, Republic of Turkey Prime Minister, Investment Support and Promotion, Agency of Turkey, New York, NY, who discussed the “Investment Climate and Opportunities in Turkey”.



The afternoon sessions continued to focus on China’s s US$41 billon initiative–OBOR , which will affect some 64 countries.


Focusing on the “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, was the Hon. Rabia Shafiq, deputy consul general, Consulate of Pakistan, in Chicago.



dsc00282Hon Hong Lei, consul general of China, discussed an overview of “China’s One Belt One Road”.





img_0757Taking a different direction, was Winchell Cheung, director-Midwest, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Chicago, who focused on “Hong Kong: Your Gateway to China Business”.



dsc00288 Professor Chen Shenchang, vice president of the World Academy of Productivity Science and vice president cum secretary general for the Chinese Association of Productivity Science, Beijing, China, is seen discussing “The Belt and Road Is a Collective Effort To Promote New Development in World Productivity”


dsc00292Discussing how chambers of commerce and trade groups can help develop new business are(left to right): Professor Colleen Hickman, president of the Northwest Indiana World Trade Alliance and secretary for the CAPC; Demitrus Evans, attorney and CAPRC associate board member, who served as moderator; and Sarah Frese, executive director for the U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association. This panel discussion is usually is one of the most popular sessions.


Continuing the chamber discussion was Laura Ortega-Lamella, executive director, International Business Council, Illinois Chamber of Commerce



dsc00306Brightening the afternoon was Hon. Chalid Rosmalawati, consul general, Republic of Indonesia, Chicago. Because of the Belt and Road expanding into Indonesia, this session was added, thus opening the door to more cooperation with Southeast Asia.




If you did not attend he 2018 Silk Road Conference and are interested in contacting any of the speakers or you are interested in future CAPRC events, simply send an e-mail with your business card to:
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