2016

Wednesday,  December 7, 2016 
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION WITH AZERBAIJAN’S ECONOMIC OFFICER
On December 7th, 2016, CAPRC hosted a trip to Chicago by the Economic Officer at the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Hon. Sarkhan Ismayilov. First,  he spoke at Illinois SBDC-International Trade Center, a business incubator and entrepreneurship development center on Chicago’s northwest side. There were presentations by local entrepreneurs about their business experiences in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Prof. Harry Lepinske, Board Chairman of CAPRC, presented a regional overview.

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 Wednesday,  December 7, 2016 

CAPRC SPONSORS TIMELY SEMINAR “THE FORMER  CENTRAL ASIAN SOVIET REPUBLICS: 25 YEARS LATER

Marking the 25 years since the fall of the Soviet government, the Central Asian Productivity Research Center, organized a seminar, “The Former Central Asian Soviet Republics: 25 Years Later”, on Wednesday afternoon at the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center,  320 N. Damen Ave., Chicago. Guests speaker, Hon. Sarkhan Ismayilov, economic Officer, Embassy of Azerbaijan, highlighted the event that focused on an overview  of the regional changes in the
political and business  aspects. The overview was offered by Professor Harry Lepinske, CAPRC chairman, followed by presentations that focused on Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan.
Lepinske was lecturing in Moscow in December 1991, when the Soviet government fell.

MAlex Krzyston posterary Kaczka. CAPRC advisory board associate and former Peace Corps member in Azerbaijan, (left) and  Steve Debretto, executive director, Industrial Council of Northwest Chicago, are seen greeting the guest  speaker, the Hon.  Sarkhan  Ismayilov, economic officer, Embassy of Azerbaijan, Washington, D.C. Looking on is Greg Boyan, also a CAPRC associate .
 
img_0842Steve Debretto, executive director, ICNC, is seen opening the seminar with the official welcome.

 

 

  Alex Krzyston posterProfessor Harry Lepinske, CARC chairman, is seen presenting a “Certificate of Appreciation” to Molly Banuelos, director, Illinois SBDC International Trade Center, for her support of the CAPRC.

 

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Professor Harry Lepinske, CAPRC chairman, is seen introducing Mr. Sarkhan Ismayilov

 

 

 Alex Krzyston posterMr. Ismayilov is seen discussing “Azerbaijan: 1991-2016”

 

 

  Alex Krzyston posterProfessor Harry Lepinske is seen presenting a “certificate of appreciation to Mr. Ismayilov. Looking on is Michael  Krzyston, CAPRC advisory board member and member relations chairman.

 

 

Alex Krzyston posterProfessor Lepinske is seen presenting a “certificate of appreciation” to Alex Nisengolts, CAPRC advisory board member and chairman of the legal committee, who spoke about his “Personal Business Experiences in Kazakhstan”, where he has been involved in the legal and business communities for many years.

Alex Krzyston posterAndrew Johansson, a business consultant that specializes in business in the Baltic region, offered concluding remarks, with personal observations from the Baltic aspects.

 

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
2016 U.S.-UZBEKISTAN ANNUAL BUSINESS FORUM
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Keynote address by:  Michael A. Lally, Deputy Assistant Secretary  U.S. Department of Commerce

The 2016 U.S.-Uzbekistan Annual Business Forum in Tashkent, which was a signature event by the AUCC member-companies.   The AUCC delegation to Uzbekistan will be led by the chamber’s Chairperson Carolyn B. Lamm and President Steven T. Nadherny.  We are pleased to announce that Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce Michael A. Lally will travel to Uzbekistan with AUCC member-companies to give stronger boost to our efforts and further promote bilateral trade dialogue.  Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade, Elyor Ganiev, is expected to represent the Government of Uzbekistan. 
“We are delighted to take our signature event to Uzbekistan this year and have DAS Michael Lally’s support and participation.  Without a doubt, AUCC is the best example of the Private-Public Partnership and the most effective conduit for the US bilateral trade with Uzbekistan. AUCC has successfully channeled our assessment and vision of the country’s technological and industrial modernization through the forum and used it as a platform to declare our readiness and will to better serve the interests of the American and Uzbek peoples,” said AUCC Chairperson Lamm. “The chamber sincerely hopes that our commercial aspirations will continue to be supported by the Governments of the US and Uzbekistan that have both outlined business and commerce as a pillar of their bilateral agenda.  We are grateful to DAS Michael Lally for his leadership and attention to this part of the world,” added AUCC President Nadherny.   
AUCC is a private, non-governmental, 501 (c)(6) trade association that was established in 1993 in Washington, DC.  The chamber is the oldest business group in the US and the Republic of Uzbekistan that exclusively represents commercial interests of the US corporations before the governments of our two countries.  

November 28, 2016 Republic of Indonesia-Chicago Luncheon

a-img_20161128_134047441Seen at the Consulate General of the  Republic of Indonesia-Chicago Luncheon held on Nov. 28, 2016, at the Indonesian Trade Center, are : (left to right) Yuri Hoffman, entrepreneur and CAPRC advisory board member;  Wijayanto, director, Indonesian Trade Promotion Center, Chicago; Professor Michael Vasilou, professor of business courses; Professor Harry Lepinske, entrepreneur and CAPRC board chairman;  John Miao, entrepreneur and board associate; Indonesian chef ; K. Rizwan Kadir; entrepreneur and board Associate; and Hon. Eni Hartati, acting Indonesian consul general. The event was a promotion for Indonesian food and  food imports.

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The Indonesian gourmet chef is seen explaining the menu and the history of each item on the buffet table.

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 16
25th Annual Entrepreneurial Awards – NWI E-Day Leaders

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CAPRC advisory board members and associates are seen congratulating Professor Jamaluddin  Husain for his many years of leadership in the field of entrepreneurship,  during the 2016 Northwest Indiana Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards Day luncheon held on Wednesday, November 16 at the Radisson Hotel, in Merryville , Indiana. Jamal has been involved with this group for many  years and has earned E-awards both in the U.S. and off shore.

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The CAPRC’s “Jamal” and professor Harry Lepinske were members of a team who volunteered to lecture and assist with small business and entrepreneurship across Turkey and Azerbaijan in May and June 1999. The “team”, with the cooperation of Nakhchivan State University, Nakhchivan Autonomous  Republic,  Azerbaijan, established the “American Center”, which soon after evolved into today’s Central Asian  Productivity Research Center. The CAPRC still cooperates with some of the original Universities it  first assisted in 1999, especially NSU and Hacettepe  University, in Ankara,  Turkey.

As this item is posted on the CAPRC web site, Professor Husain presently is working on a project in Pakistan. He will present details about this project during the CAPRC’s first quarter business session scheduled at 0930 Friday, January 20, 2017, at the conference Center of the Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey, 455 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago.

For registration: lepinske@sbcglobal.net

Monday October 24
CAPRC LEGAL SEMINAR FOR KAZAKH ATTORNEYS        
                             
Alex Nisengolts, chairman of the Central Asian Productivity  Research Center’s legal committee, will chair a seminar focusing on the “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act” for  five attorneys from Kazakhstan at 4 PM, Monday October 24, at the conference center of World Chicago, 72 East Randolph Street (2ndfloor). Nisengolts has had a successful relationship with the  legal system  of Kazakhstan.
There also will be a coffee conversation for the Kazakhs from 4-6 PM, on October 27. The CAPRC  has conducted several seminars this year for  representatives  of government, business, and academia  visiting here from the Central Asian country of  Kazakhstan.

October  13 “Going Global Seminar” IBS Global  Consulting
Hosted by IBS Global Consulting, Going Global Seminar was a full-day event that brings together SMEs from various sectors with government and industry experts  discussed the opportunities and challenges of doing business abroad.  The event l focused on strategies to expand into new regions around the world, with a particular focus on Canada, Mexico, and emerging markets including China and India.
Speakers discussed best practices for going global, how to select markets that will yield the greatest return on investment, how to safeguard against risk, and key steps for developing a successful export strategy.
Guest speakers included, Darcee Munroe, Senior Trade Commissioner at Consulate General of Canada in Chicago, Jose’ Robles-Michelena, Mexico Business Manager at Miller Canfield, Eduard Ekel, Detroit Regional Director at Export-Import Bank of the United States, and Harry Lepinske, Chairman of the Central Asia Productivity Research Center, among others.
 

October 4, 2016 Batik Day Program 

img_3902CAPRC Chairman Harry Lepinske,(left) is seen presenting a “Certificate of   Appreciation” to  Mr. Wijayanto,  director of the Indonesian Trade Promotion Center, during the Indonesian government’s Batik Day Program held  on October 4, 2017, at the Indonesian  Cultural Center,  in Chicago for the support from the ITPC.

image1Indonesian government’s Batik Day Program at the Indonesian Cultural Center, in Chicago 

 

 

August 2016 CAPRC ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS AUTHOR NEW BOOK: 
ENERGY AND FINANCE: SUSTAINABILITY  IN THE ENERGY INDUSTRY
Dr. Ozgur  Arslan-Ayaydin, CAPRC advisory board Member; Dr. Mehmet  Baha Karan , CAPRC associate board member and regional Coordinator; and Dr. Andre’ Dorsman,  a CAPRC Supporter; jointly announced the publication of their new book, “Energy and Finance: Sustainability in the Energy Industry”.

41DLqEqcVpL__SX330_BO1,204,203,200_The book analyses how socially responsible investments as well as the rising importance of Islamic finance are linked to the shift towards renewable energy. Academics and practitioners in the field take a global perspective and present case studies from several countries. The book is divided into three parts: The first part sheds new light on the energy shift towards renewable energy. The second shows the increasing interest of investors in sustainability, and the authors argue that investors not only look at expected returns and risks, but also at social returns. Finally, the third part explains the need for social returns in Islamic finance, which cannot be explained by traditional finance theory. This is the fifth volume in a series on energy organized by the entre for Energy and Value Issues (CEVI).

CLICK HERE to purchase your copy

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Baha Karan has been with Hacettepe University’s Business Administration Department, in Ankara, Turkey,  since 1995. He is the former vice dean, faculty of economics and administration science and chairperson. In l997, he founded the Hacettepe University Financial  Research Center (HUFAM). Dr. Karan also has organized some of Turkey’s leading Professional conferences and has served as the chair for the Finance Society; president of the Multinational Finance Society; vice president, Center for Energy and Value;  co-director, Turkish Regional Chapter, Professional Risk Managers’ International  Association;  and serves on the independent board for two publicly-traded companies.
Prof. Dr. Arslan-Ayaydin PhD is a clinical associate Professor in  the finance department of University of Illinois at Chicago. She also is vice president for the Center  for Energy and Value Issues (CEVI) based in The  Netherlands, and expert evaluator for the  European Commission. Her research Interests are corporate finance, Investments and Islamic Banking and Finance. She is the recipient of UIC’s Silver Circle  Award for her outstanding teaching and a Jean Monnet Scholar of the European Commission.

 

September 15-16, 2016 – U.S. Trade Mission to Azerbaijan

US AzThe U.S. Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce our next U.S. Trade Mission to Azerbaijan, organized in partnership with ExportDC. The mission will take place on September 15-16, 2016 and feature small and medium-size American companies specializing in:

 

– Sustainable energy development
– Green finance, strategic and advisory services
– Health services management and health education consulting
– Sales and marketing automation services
– User experience research, strategy and design
– Landscape architecture, planning and urban design services
– IT, software design and development
– Infrastructure projects consulting
– Instructional content design and workforce training consulting
– Defense products and services
– Civil engineering, surveying and landscape architecture
– Business advisory and import-export management
– Advanced operator training simulators
The mission will feature country economic and sector-specific briefings, networking reception, exclusive meetings with relevant officials, one-on-one individual business appointments with prospective agents, distributors, partners and end-users.
NOTE: Companies interested in individual meetings with mission participants should send a brief e-mail to U.S. Chamber of Commerce chamber@usacc.org specifying the purpose of the meeting.

UsbJuly 12, 2016 1st International Fruit and Vegetable Fair and Conference in Tashkent
The Uzbek Embassy in Washington, DC kindly shared the following invitation.  For more information, please contact Kamol Muhtarov, the Embassy’s Trade and Economic Affairs Counselor:  Email: muhtarov.kamol@gmail.com
Phone: +1 202 530 7299   Fax: +1 202 293 6804
The Government of Uzbekistan is delighted to invite you to the 1st International Fruit and Vegetable Fair and Conference that will be held on July 12-14, 2016 in Tashkent. 
Uzbekistan is an important regional player in the agricultural market with a strong emphasis on fruits and vegetables processing. Since 1991 the country has managed to double its’ volume of agricultural production.  Currently, over 18 million tons of fruits and vegetables are produced annually in Uzbekistan, including: 12,59 million tons of vegetables, including potatoes, 1,85 million tons of melons, 1,56 million tons of grapes, 2,73 million tons of fruits. By further optimizing the cotton crop area and introducing modern agricultural technologies, Uzbekistan is planning to increase the production of fruits and grapes by 21.5%, other vegetables – 30% by the year 2020.
Uzbekistan is interested in attracting advanced practices and technological equipment for further development of the agricultural processing industry. Therefore, the event might of great interest to the following companies:
producers of fresh, dried or processed fruits and vegetables;
international and local transport and logistic companies,  export-import companies,  globally recognized experts in agriculture as well as companies which are interested in exporting their high tech equipment to new markets.

 

July 15  CAPRC 3rd Quarter Meeting  9:30 AM
ITPC, 670 N. Clark St., Chicago
July 15 “DISCOVER REMARKABLE TRADE WITH INDONESIA” 11:00 am
A seminar, with the theme “Discover Remarkable Trade with Indonesia”, and  jointly organized by the Indonesia Trade Promotion Center and the Central Asian Productivity  Research Center, was held at 11 AM, on Friday, July 15, 2016, at the ITPC, 670 N. Clark St., Chicago. The presentation will be given by the  ITPC director, Wijayanto. An Indonesian cooking demonstration, presented by the Indonesia Bakery, followed. 

img_0819Following the CAPRC business session, the director of the Indonesian Trade Promotion Center, Wijayanto, gave a timely presentation about Indonesia’s agriculture exports

 

 

img_0824Hon. Eni Hartati, consul for economic affairs, Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, Chicago, extended an official greetings from the consulate general.

 

 

 

 

 Annual Midwest Transportation  June 24

header_bh_globalFOCUS ON VALUE OF FOREIGN TRADE ZONES; ECONOMIC VALUE OF U.S. INLAND ATERWAY SYSTEM; TOUR OF PORT OF INDIANA
Business briefings focusing on the value of using Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ) and the U.S. inland waterways and  ports  was held on Friday, June 24, 2016, at the Port of Indiana, Burns Harbor, Portage, Indiana.  Organized by the Central Asian Productivity Research Center, the presentations ended with a bus tour of the port and an indoor picnic lunch.

header_bh_cargo Opening the seminar was Yuri Hoffman, the CAPRC’s seminar chairman, followed by Professor Harry Lepinske, CAPRC chairman, who presented a briefing on the value of using Foreign Trade Zones.  Gary Camarano, a prominent  economic development consultant, discussed the  value of the U.S. Inland waterway system and how it serves the Midwest business community. Joining entrepreneurs and members of various of various  professional groups were representatives  from the Northwest Indiana Forum , Bank of China, Hong Kong Trade Development Office,  and  the Global Programs, College of Business,  Northern  Illinois University “This unique business environment offered Representatives of small business and entrepreneurs an opportunity to exchange new business ideas and expand their networking efforts, “ commented Professor  Lepinske.

img_0800Professor Harry Lepinske,. CAPRC chairman,  is seen opening the seminar at the port of Indiana on  June 24, with an overview of world trade and the region then discussed the value of using Foreign Trade Zones. With Lepinske is Yuri Hoffman, who chaired the event and extended the official greeting to the attendees.; and Rick Heimann,  director of the Port of Indiana at Portage

img_0802Gary Camarano,  a prominent economic development consultant and CAPRC associate, is seen discussing the value of the U.S. inland waterway system and how it serves the Midwest business community.

 

 

 

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Rick Heimann, port director , hosted the event and presented an in-depth report about the Indiana port system and the value of the ports to the economic development of the  region.

 

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Harry Lepinske (left)  is seen presenting a CAPRC “Certificate Of Appreciation” to Yuri Hoffman,  CAPRC advisory board member,  for his years of service to the CAPRC and chairing  a series of  regional events.

 

 img_0806In appreciation for his support for several years, Professor Lepinske (left) and Yuri Hoffman (right), are seen presenting a Certificate of Appreciation to  Rick Heimann, port director.

 

 

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 Attendees at the Port of Indiana

 

 

 

Achievement Awards

Waterways IMG_20160701_112631Three  students from China, studying in the MBA program at Northern Illinois University, located in DeKalb, Illinois, are seen with CAPRC “Certificates of  Achievement ”  awarded for completing requirements to study economic development, Foreign Trade Zones, and the U.S. inland  waterway system. (see CAPRC web site for June 24, 2016,  visit to the Port of Indiana) The certificates were presented at the conclusion of the seminar held at the Port of Indiana, at Portage, on June 24, by Professor Harry Lepinske, CAPRC chairman, and Yuri Hoffman, CAPRC advisory board member and chairman of the seminar and tour of the port. The CAPRC has a dual mission of focusing on both academic and economic development in regions along the Silk Road. It assists both U.S. and foreign students who participate in CAPRC educational events both in the U.S. and off shore.

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Working With the EBRD: The Case For Investment And Opportunities For U.S. Firms Wednesday, June 15
11:45 AM Carlucci’s Rosemont, 6111 N. River  Rd. Rosemont, IL
Presenter: Francis Malige, Managing Director for Eastern Europe and Caucasus CAPRC co-sponsorship with the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago
  

WORKING WITH THE EBRD:  THE CASE FOR INVESTMENT AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR U.S. FIRMS Wednesday, June 15, 2016
THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE ASSOCIATION OF GREATER CHICAGO in collaboration with the Arab-American Business & Professional Association  Central Asian Productivity Research Center Invite you to a luncheon program at:
CARLUCCI ROSEMONT  6111 North River Road, Rosemont, IL
11:45 a.m. – Registration
12:00 p.m. – Luncheon Program
2:00 p.m. – Adjourn
Presentation by: Francis Malige
Managing Director for Eastern Europe and Caucasus European Bank for Reconstruction and Development The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was created twenty-five years ago to meet the challenge of an extraordinary moment in Europe’s history – the collapse of communism – and to develop open, private-sector led, and sustainable market economies in post-Cold War Europe. The EBRD currently invests in 36 countries, from Morocco to Mongolia and from Estonia to Egypt. In the past 25 years, the EBRD has invested more than $100 billion in some 4.500 projects in all sectors of the economy ranging from agribusiness and manufacturing to energy and infrastructure, being recognized for being a reliable long-term financial partner with extensive experience in engaging with the private sector. It invests mainly in private enterprises, usually together with commercial partners. The EBRD provides project financing for the financial sector and the real economy, both new ventures and investments in existing companies. It also works with publicly-owned companies to support privatization, the restructuring of state-owned firms and improvement of municipal services. Francis Malige provided an overview of the EBRD and its country and sector work, and present the bank’s engagement in countries of eastern Europe and Caucasus, including Ukraine, as well as its activities in Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region (Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia) and Turkey. He will also discuss potential business opportunities, as well as explore the potential for mutual collaboration and co-investment. Following the luncheon program, Mr. Malige will be available for one-on-one consultations to discuss specific opportunities and projects.

Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Companies Doing Business in China
Wednesday, June 1
Exclusive Dialogue with Mr. Ronnie Chan, Chairman, Hang Lung Properties
JPMorgan Chase, 21 S. Clark Street, 57th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603
*Public Parking Garages within walking distance
Registration: 8:00 a.m.   CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST PROVIDED
Program: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
China is an undisputed force in today’s world of business. By now, most U.S. companies have considered the world’s 2nd largest economy as an attractive market for expanded growth. What are the challenges and opportunities over the next 5 to 10 years as China’s economy slows and matures? The Hong Kong Business Association of the Midwest is honored to have a distinguished speaker present his insights on this intriguing topic:  Mr. Ronnie C. Chan, Chairman of Hang Lung Properties Mr. Chan’s publicly listed companies in Hong Kong started expanding into mainland China in 1992, and is well-versed on the risks and benefits of the business landscape in this dynamic market. On behalf of the Hong Kong Business Association of the Midwest, you are invited to attend this special event.

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CAPRC board member seen at the annual AGA KHAN Foundation fund-raising at Ravinia Golf Club are (left to right): Prof. Harry Lepinske, chairman; Prof, Colleen Hickman, secretary; Prof. Paul Prabhaker, vice chairman; Prof. Jamaluddin Husain, who hosted the group; and Yuri Hoffman, special events committee.

 

Belt Road and Summit May 18, 2016

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Time: 08:30 – 18:00
Venue: Hall 5F & G, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

About Belt and Road Summit
Navigating a World of New Opportunities through Hong Kong
China’s Belt and Road Initiative is designed to enhance the orderly free-flow of economic factors and the efficient allocation of resources by expanding business cooperation between East and West, from Asia to Europe via Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, West Asia and the Middle East. The “Belt” and “Road” refer to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, respectively. The Initiative offers companies unparalleled opportunities to tap into new markets and explore the tremendous potential of the Chinese mainland, ASEAN countries and many other economies along the Belt and Road.
The inaugural Summit will bring you:
20+ international thought-leaders, senior ministers from countries along the Belt and Road, and world-renowned business leaders.
1,000+ participants, including key figures of international institutions, corporate leaders, project owners, global investors and service professionals

Belt Road Summit LINK

NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN PAKISTAN Friday, May 13, 2016 11:00am
Pakistan’s Consul General in Chicago, Hon. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi will discuss
“New Business Opportunities in Pakistan” following a meeting of the
Central Asian Productivity  Research Center, at 11 A.M. , on Friday, May 13,
2016, at the offices of the consul general, 333 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 728.

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CAPRC 2Q Advisory Board Meeting Friday, May 13, 2016   09:30am
Pakistan’s Consul General in Chicago
728 N. Michigan Ave. suite 728

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 2016 Silk Road Week

MONDAY, APRIL 18:  
SMALL EXPORTERS: BACK TO BASICS
”Small Exporters: Back To Basics”,  a seminar focusing on the development of entrepreneurs  and small businesses interested in exports, will be held from  8:30 AM until noon  on Monday, April 18, in the auditorium of the Illinois Science and Technology Park, 4901 Searle Parkway, Skokie, Illinois.
Tim Lavenwood , executive director of the ISTP, will discuss “How to Establish a Successful  Business Incubator”, followed by a tour of the facility; Professor Jamaluddin Husain, director, Small Business Institute, Purdue University Calumet,
Hammond, Indiana, will discuss” How to Establish an Entrepreneurship Program; and Professor John Kalaras, chief executive officer, Quality Institute, Skokie, will discuss, “How To Develop a Quality Management Program”.
Assisting with the programs will be Stan Shlyapochnik, entrepreneur, and Professors Mehmet Karan and Mustafa Kaya, of the Finance department, Department of Business Administration, Hacettepe University,  Ankara, Turkey.
LOCATION
Illinois Science & Technology Park – Auditorium  Skokie, Illinois
8045 Lamon Ave. Skokie, IL 60077 
AGENDA
8:30     Registration
8:55     Welcoming remarks by MC John Booras, JD
9:00     How to Establish a Business Incubator
                 Tim Lavengood, Executive Director  Illinois Science & Technology Park
9:45    How to Establish an Entrepreneurship Program 
                Dr. Jamaluddin Husain, SBI Director, Purdue University NW
                Dr. Mehmet Baha Karan, Chair, Hacettepe University, Turkey 
                Dr. Colleen Hickman, Indiana Institute of Technology
                Mustafa Kaya, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
10:45  Sponsor’s remarks         
11:00  How to Develop a Quality Management Program
               Prof. Dr. John Kalaras,
               Chief Quality Officer, CEO
               Quality Training Institute, Inc.
               Illinois Science & Technology Park Skokie, IL.

aIMG_20160418_100917Attendees seen during the series of seminars scheduled at the Illinois Science and  Technology Park, located in Skokie, Illinois, one  of the daily events held during  the “Silk Road week in Illinois”, sponsored by the CAPRC. Professors John Kalaras and Jamaluddin Husain served as co-chairmen for the seminars held on April 18.

18:00  Diplomatic Reception by Invitation Only

 

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12th ANNUAL SILK ROAD Conference Tuesday April 19, 2016
The 12th Annual Silk Road Conference returned to Chicago for its 2016 edition that focuses on new bilateral business, trade, and investment opportunities. The event , that attracts representatives from both U.S. and foreign governments, business, and academia, was the highlight of the six-day “Silk
Road Week in Illinois” series of events. Organized by the Central Asian Productivity Research Center, it is supported by Global Programs, College of Business, Northern Illinois University, and several foreign entities.
ORGANIZER:
Central Asian Productivity Research Center
SPONSORS:
Global Programs, College of Business, Northern Illinois University
CME Group
CO-SPONSORS:
College of Business -Hacettepe University Ankara, Turkey
The Global Business Advisor Magazine
Silk Way Airlines
Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA)
Turkish Airlines
SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS
American–Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce (AUCC)
Arab American Business and Professional Association
College of Business, Hacettepe University, Ankara
Illinois Science and Technology Park
International Trade Association of Greater Chicago
Quality Training Institute. Inc.
TEDA – Tianjin Economic Technology Development Area
U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association
United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (USACC)

MORNING COUNTRY SESSIONS
08:00 Registration/Networking Breakfast Sponsored by Turkish Airlines

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IMG_4928 x09:00 OPENING REMARKS
Professor Harry Lepinske, Chairman CAPRC
ELECTRONIC GREETING FROM AFGHANISTAN
Hon. Aydin Nurhan, Permanent Ambassador
Organization of Islamic Cooperation Kabul, Afghanistan

 

img_0709Prof. Dr. Paul Prabhaker, Associate Vice president
Global Programs, College of Business Northern Illinois University

 

 

img_0712OFFICIAL WELCOME/OVERVIEW

Dr. Denise Schoenbachler, Dean College of Business, Northern Illinois University

 

 

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William Jones, Bureau Chief Washington DC
“Executive Intelligence Report”
Co-author, 360-page Silk Road Report

 

img_071509:45 Vugar Gurbanov, First Secretary
Embassy of Azerbaijan Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

img_072010:15 Nurgali Arystanov, Counselor
Embassy of Kazakhstan Washington, D.C.
U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association

 

 

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PAKISTAN: A GEOECONOMIC POTENTIAL FOR THE REGION
Hon. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, Consul General of Pakistan, Chicago

 

 

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Dr. Denise Schoenbachler, Dean of the College of Business, Northern Illinois University, is seen presenting an award to Prof. Dr. Vullnet Ameti Rector of the University of Tetovo, Tevovo, Macedonia

 

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Rector Ameti ( University of Tetovo, Tevovo, Macedonia) is seen extending his greetings and appreciation

 

 

img_073112:00 Uzbekistan

Abdufarrukh Khabirov
Second Secretary
Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan

 

img_0729Guzal Dusmetova, a member of the Uzbekistan delegation, is seen reading a greeting from the American Chamber of Commerce in Tashkent Uzbekistan

 

 

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12:30 LUNCH
TMs. Bilge Berberoglu, marketing account executive at the Chicago office of Turkish Airlines, is seen presenting a round trip ticket from Chicago to Istanbul, as part of its support for CAPRC’s academic development programs.

 

1:30 UNDERSTANDING CENTRAL ASIA’S EMERGING MARKETS
Introduction Yuri Hoffman, Managing Director Alpha Global Exchange

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Charles Farra, Executive Director Int. Market Dev., CME Group, Chicago

 

 

 

img_07432:00 Introduction: K. Rizwan Kadir, Financial Consultant
GLOBAL VOLATILITY, GLOBAL ASSET CLASS
Jay Caauwe, Managing Director
Global Client Services, CBOE Holdings, Chicago

 

 

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2:20 PANEL DISCUSSION: FUTURE OF EMERGING MARKETS
MODERATOR-Mehmet Baha Karan, Professor of Finance Dept. of Business Administration, Hacettepe Univ., Ankara

 

TURKEY STOCK MARKET- Bora Oruc, Executive VP Capital Markets Board of Turkey
KARACHI STOCK EXCHANGE- Hon. Mohsin Chandra, Economic Minister, Embassy of Pakistan D.C.

img_0746 3:00 TURKISH ECONOMY AFTER THE RUSSIA-TURKEY CONFLICT
Mehmet Baha Karan, Professor of Finance Department of Business Administration, Hacettepe University, Ankara
Mustafa Kaya, Lecturer Department of Business Administration, Hacettepe University, Ankara

 

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3:35 OIL PRICE FLUCTUATION AND EQUITY MARKET TREND OF OIL PRODUCING ECONOMIES
Professor Rasoul Rezvanian, Banking and Finance Department Northeastern Illinois University Chicago

 

 

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3:55 25 YEARS OF SUCCESS IN KAZAKHSTAN
Emmet McLoughlin, President Arizona Kazakhstan Development Group

 

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MODERATOR: Ms. Tonya McNeal-Weary Managing Director IBS Global Consulting, Inc.; Troy, Michigan

 

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AMERICAN-UZBEKISTAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (AUCC)
Elena V. Son, Executive Director; Washington, DC.
US-KAZAKHSTAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
Sarah E. Frese, Executive Director; Washington, D.C.
Ms. Laura Ortega-Lamela, Executive Director
International Business Council, and Illinois Chamber of Commerce

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AND NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
Winchell Cheung, Director-Midwest
Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)

 

 

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Jianning Li, Chief Representative
TEDA-Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area

 

 

5:05 LOGISTICS IN THE REGION
James T. Eccleston, Senior Representative, Silk Way Airlines; Chantilly, VA
5:15 OVERVIEW -CONCLUDING REMARKS
Professor Dr. Paul Prabhaker, associate vice president
Global Programs, College of Business Northern Illinois University
5:25 DIPLOMATIC RECEPTION (in Lobby)

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Wednesday, April 20
How to Enter the China Market
A business seminar  is scheduled at 9:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at  DeVry University  Room 707, 225 W. Washington Street, Chicago. Organized by the Central Asian  Productivity  Research Center, In cooperation with DeVry University, the agenda includes:
9:00 INTRODUCTION:
         Professor Michael Vasilou, JD, MBA
            Keller Graduate School of Management
 9:15 OVERVIEW FOR ENTERING THE CHINA MARKET
           Jianning Li, Chief Representative TEDA- Chicago Office
               Tianjin Economic –Technological Development Area, China
9:45 PERSONAL VIEWS ABOUT THE CHINA MARKET
            MODERATOR: Prof.  Michael Vasilou, JD, MBA
                                      Keller Graduate School of Management
            PANELISTS:
                   Ms. Jenny Zhang, President China Trade, Inc. , Chicago
                   Wing Ping, Global Choice International LLC. Mount Prospect, IL
10:30 BREAK
10:45 OVERVIEW OF THE LEGAL ASPECTS
11:15 CONCLUDING REMARKS
 

 

Thursday , April 21:
10:00-11:00 am   Understanding Business in Mongolia
DeVry University  225 W. Washington, Room 707 Chicago
WELCOME Professor Mike Vasilou, JD , MBA
OPENING COMMENTS Ariuntuul Enkhtaivan
15:00-16:30  Understanding Legal Aspects for International Business
A seminar focusing on “Understanding The Legal Aspects Of International Business” is scheduled from 3 to 4:30 PM, on Thursday, April 21, at the conference center of the law firm of Miller Canfield 225 W. Washington St., Chicago. Organized by the Central Asian Productivity Research Center, with Miller Canfield, the seminar will feature presentations by Richard A. Walawender, J. D., principal, corporate group co-leader and director of the firms international practice; and Justyna (Balcarczyk) Regan  Ph.D., senior attorney. Both attorneys have a wealth of international experience. The session will focus on the basics for international business, corporate,  finance, securities and commercial transactions, along with mergers and acquisitions. There is no registration fee, but because of limited seating, registration is required. 

 

Friday, May 13, 2016 11:00am

NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN PAKISTAN 
Pakistan’s Consul General in Chicago, Hon. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi will discuss
“New Business Opportunities in Pakistan” following a meeting of the
Central Asian Productivity  Research Center, at 11 A.M. , on Friday, May 13,
2016, at the offices of the consul general, 333 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 728.

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Friday, February 5

Chinese NY
UNDERSTANDING THE CULTURAL ASPECTS FOR DOING BUSINESS IN CHINA

Discussions focusing on “Understanding The Cultural Aspects for Doing Business in China”  highlighted  a luncheon session at 11:30 AM., on Friday, February 5, 2015, at the House of Fortune  Restaurant, 2407 S. Wentworth Ave., in Chicago’s  Chinatown. Sponsored by the Central Asian Productive  Research Center, the event also will be highlighted by a celebration  of Chinese Year New. Chinese guests also will present demonstrations  that should help “new-to-market”  company representatives to better understand the Chinese culture. Presenters are Jon B. Anderson, of East West Associates, based in Shanghai, China; and Ms. Ginger Deveney,  a Chicago attorney, who  lived in West China for two years.

img_0691Ginger Delany, a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer and guest presenter at the CAPRC’s Second Annual China Business Culture Seminar and New Year’s celebration, is seen with two other U.S. Peace Corps volunteers, Mary Kaczka, a CAPRC advisory board associate who served in Azerbaijan, and George Ferguson who served in Yemen.   

 

Adding to the excitement of the event were presentations from:

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2016 13Menying Yu (Gloria) from China’s Northern Province of Inner Mongolia

 

 

 

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Concluding the program was Ariuntuul Enkhtaivan (Anna) from Mongolia who discussed how Mongolians celebrate the Lunar New Year.

 

 

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Kazakhstan Review Session
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CAPRC advisory board members are seen conducting an educational discussion for a delegation of Kazakhstan government officials.

 

TURKEY: A NEW GLOBAL HUB January 15, 2016  10:45CST
Turkish Consul General Office  Suite 2900, 455 N. Cityfront  Plaza, Chicago
A seminar focusing on “Turkey” A New Global Hub”  is scheduled at 1045 AM, on Friday, January 15, 2016, at  the conference center of the Turkish consul general,
Suite 2900, 455 N. Cityfront  Plaza, Chicago.  The presentation will be presented by the recently-assigned Consul General Umut Acar Organized by the Central Asian Productivity Research  Center, in cooperation with the consul general of  Turkey.

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CAPRC 1Q Advisory Board Meeting  January 15, 2016  09:30CST
Turkish Consul General Office Suite 2900, 455 N. Cityfront  Plaza, Chicago. 
The first 2016  quarterly meeting of the Central Asian Productivity
Research Center is scheduled at 0930, on Friday,   January 15,
2016, at the conference center of the consulate general of Turkey,
455N. Cityfront Plaza, suite 2900, Chicago.  The CAPRC extends its appreciation to  Consul General Umat Acar  for arranging this venue.

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Prof. Dr. Colleen Hickman seen presenting reports from CAPRC’s off shore coordinators.

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CAPRC 2015 Year in Review

2015 11th Annual Silk Road Conference

CAPRC 2014 Year in Review

CAPRC 2013 Year in Review

CAPRC 2012 Year in Review

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