15th Annual Silk Road Conference 2019

SILK ROAD WEEK EVENTS 2019

Monday, April 1 INTRODUCTION TO EXPORTING
9am to 2pm 
Northern Illinois University Loop Facility
105 W. Madison St. 7th Floor
Although there is no registration fee, because of limited seating, early registration is suggested. E: lepinske@sbcglobal.net Ph: 708-246-5556

Tuesday, April 2 VISIT FEDERAL RESERVE BANK
9am 230 S. LaSalle St. 
Photo ID required
Although there is no registration fee, because of limited seating, early registration is suggested. E: lepinske@sbcglobal.net Ph: 708-246-5556

Tuesday, April 2 QUALITY MANAGEMENT SEMINAR
10am at The Incubator
Tour of the Center
Illinois Science and Technology Park
8025 Lamon Ave. Skokie
Although there is no registration fee, because of limited seating, early registration is suggested. E: lepinske@sbcglobal.net Ph: 708-246-5556

2019 SILK ROAD CONFERENCE

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Become Involved in Central Asia’s New Awakening
Illinois Institute of Technology’s
Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago IL

Agenda 
08:00 NETWORKING – EXHIBITS/RESOURCE CENTER OPEN
           Enjoy Indonesian gourmet coffee throughout the day, donated by the
           Indonesian consul general We extend our appreciation for this donation.
09:00 OPENING REMARKS OFFICIAL WELCOME-NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
           Professor Harry Lepinske, Chairman 
           Central Asian Productivity Research Center
09:05 OFFICIAL WELCOME-NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
           Dr. Paul Prabhaker, Ph.D.
09:15 WELCOME TO ILLINOIS
           Ms. Laura Ortega-Lamela, Executive Director
           International Business Council
           Illinois Chamber of Commerce
09:30 Central Asia: A Timely Overview
           Ms. Erin Cole, Formerly with the U.S. Department of State, and
           U.S. Agency for International Development, Central Asia nations.
10:00 STRUCTURAL REFORMS AND BUSINESS CLIMATE IN AZERBAIJAN
           Hon. Orkhan Zeynalov
           Economic Consul Embassy of Azerbaijan Washington D.C.
10:30 Morning Break
11:00 CHINA
           Hon. Jon. Liu Jun, acting consul general
          China Consulate General, Chicago
11:30 The Role of Kazakhstan in the One Belt Road Initiative
           Hon. Zhanibek Abdrashov, consul general
           Consulate of Kazakhstan, New York
12:00 PAKISTAN – An Emerging Pakistan
           Hon. Javed Ahmed Umrani,
           Consulate General of Pakistan Chicago 
12:30 LUNCH Central Asian gourmet cuisine
          Enjoy delicious Central Asian gourmet cuisine and Azerbaijan classical music
          played on the oud by Mr. Araz Zarinebaf
13:30 TURKEY’S ENTERPRISING AND HUMANITARIAN FOREIGN POLICY
           Hon. Umut Acar, Consulate General of Turkey, Chicago
14:00 HONG KONG
           Winchell Cheung, director-Midwest
           Hong Trade Development Council
14:30 AFTERNOON REFRESHMENTS
           Sponsored by Clinton Iowa Regional Development Corporation
           “Building a Better Tomorrow”
14:45 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ROUNTABLE
           Moderator – Gary A. Camarano, Economic Development & Enterprise
                                  Zone Administrator  Whiteside County, Illinois
           American – Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce
                                  Elena V.Son, executive director
           China General Chamber of Commerce Chicago
                                 Wenyue Zhang, Executive director
           United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce
           U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association
                                 Sarah Nickel, Executive Director
15:45 SUSTAINABLE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT IN INDONESIA
           Hon. Rosmalawati Chalid, Consul General of Indonesia, Chicago
16:50  CENTRAL ASIA’S LABOR MIGRATION
           Catherine Moylan Mini, Acting Chair
           Economic Development Committee, CAPRC
16:30 HEMINGWAY IN AZERBAIJAN
           Dr. Susanbar Agamaliyeva Nakhchivan State University
           Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, Azerbaijan
16:40 SOYBEANS AND ILLINOIS EXPORTS
           David Headley
           Illinois Soybean Association
16:45 CONCLUDING REMARKS
17:00 CENTRAL ASIAN PRODUCTIVITY RESEARCH CENTER’S
          20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
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