Previous Events

November 10, 2017  “Market Access and Logistics”Alexander krzyston
US Companies are invited to join the 2nd video conference on Uzbekistan’s Agro Industry  “Market Access and Logistics”
Friday, November 10, 2017 8.00 am – 10.00 am (EST); 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm (Tashkent)
Tashkent-based participants
Uzbek Chamber of Commerce and Industry
4 Amir Temur Street
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
 US-based participants
White & Case LLP
701 13th Street NW 
Washington, DC

November 9, 2017 Financing Global Trade in Uncertain Times
Hot Breakfast Buffet & Program
Presented by BMO Harris Bank
Avalon Avalon Avalon Avalon Avalon Manor
3550 U.S. Route 30, Merrillville

November 6, 2017  NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN AZERBIJAN
A discussion session focused on “New Business Opportunities in Azerbaijan” was held during a luncheon session, sponsored by the Central Asian Productivity Research Center at 11:30, Monday, Nov. 6, at (TBA).
Professor Harry Lepinske, CAPRC chairman,  discussed the fast expansion of economic growth and its strategic geographic position; followed by Eldar Babazade, a representative of Synergy Group, based in Baku, Azerbaijan, who will focus on prioritized targeted industries.

November 3, 2017 CAPRC Q4 Business Session
9:00 A.M., Friday, November 3, at Northern Illinois University’s Loop Center, 105 W. Madison Street, Chicago. This was the last meeting for 2017. All committee chairs  completed their annual reports. As of this writing, we now are requested to submit the CAPRC annual report to the state in September 2018. We also will need to change our past practices regarding the quarterly meetings. For 2017-2018, this meeting technically also served as the first quarterly meeting.

 

November 3, 2017 10:30 A.M. CHANGING WORLD OF FINANCE
IMG_0174With the rapid development of China’s Seven corridors of the One Belt One Road program, financial economic, transportation, and distribution aspects are changing.  A seminar focusing on the “Changing World Of Finance” was held on Friday morning, November 3, at Northern Illinois University’s Loop Center, 105 W. Madison Street, Chicago.
The educational seminar , with a standing room audience, was organized by the Central Asian Productivity Research Center. It was attended by  representatives of the diplomatic corps, business, government, and academia.

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
      Professor Harry Lepinske Chairman, CAPRC
OFFICIAL WELCOME   
      Professor Paul Prabhaker, Associate Vice President
      Global Programs College of Business Northern Illinois University
      Vice Chairman, CAPRC
THE CHANGING WORLD OF FINANCE
A report about his personal experiences across the globe.
Michael Krzyston, CAPRC Finance Committee

IMG_0162CHALLENGES OF TEACHING FINANCE IN VIETNAM
  Professor Michael Vasilou Department of Finance
  Loyola University, Chicago

 

 

 

 

IMG_0168ISTANBUL:THE NEXT GLOBAL FINANCIAL CENTER
  Dr. Orhan Erdem Assistant Professor of Finance
  Rockford University Rockford, Illinois

 

 

 

 

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HONG KONG: A GROWING FINANCIAL CENTER AND CHINA BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE
Winchell Cheung, Director-Midwest
Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Chicago
 

 

 

 

UNDERSTANDING ISLAMIC BANKING  IMG_0173Professor Arslan-Ayaydin Professor of Finance  University of Illinois-Chicago. Professor Karen Hunt Ahmed Adjunct Professor of Finance  Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

 

 

 

IMG_20171103_094342046CONCLUDING REMARKS
Professor Harry Lepinske. CAPRC Chair

 

 

 

 

 

October 31, 2017  CAPRC REPRESENTED AT INDONESIAN EVENT
Indonesian dip20171031_102912lomats-Consul General Rosmalawati Chalid and Deputy Consul General Eni Hartati (center) greeting representatives of the CAPRC—Professor Harry Lepinske, CAPRC chairman (far left) and John Miao, advisory board associate (right) during the consul general’s-sponsored cultural event, “Celebrating Batik as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”, at the Indonesian Cultural Center, Chicago. The event focused on the Indonesian traditional textiles called batik.

 

CAPRC TRAINS UZBEK DELEGATION IN FRANCHISING
ProfessorPhoto1 Harry Lepinske (center), chair, Central Asian Productivity Research Center, is seen presenting a “certificate of appreciation” to Peggy Parfenoff ,
president of World Chicago, a city of Chicago-supported agency, for its cooperation with the CAPRC. Observing the presentation are members of the CAPRC advisory board, members of the CAPRC’s Young Professionals Programs and members of a business delegation from Uzbekistan. The CAPRC members had just completed conducting a workshop for the Uzbeks focusing on the development and operation of franchising.

October 20, 2017  Legal Aspects for Doing Business in Turkey
DSC00190CHICAGO—Zafer Karaca, of Karaca and Associates, Attorneys-at-law, of Istanbul and London, conducted a seminar focusing on “Understanding The Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Turkey” on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at the conference Center of the consulate general of Chicago, 455 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., suite 200, Chicago.
The event was organized by the Central Asian Productivity Research Center, in cooperation with the Turkish Consulate General. Karaca is a member of the CAPRC’s legal committee. Karaca studied in Istanbul and London; worked for the European Commission in Brussels; and has a wealth of international business.

DSC00194Zafer Karaca (center) is seen discussing legal matters with Thomas Rosenberg, attorney-at-law, RK Global, Northbrook, IL (left) and Michael Traison, Cullen and Dykman LLP, New York.

 

 

October 16-18 U.S. Trade Mission to Azerbaijan
The U.S. Trade Mission is a response to the rapid growth of opportunities in Azerbaijan.  It offered U.S. companies an opportunity to:
• Explore the Azerbaijani market;
• Learn how to increase profi ts and overcome international barriers;
• Network with leading regional industry experts, government offi cials and seasoned U.S. and global companies;
• Identify and meet prospective partners, customers, government buyers, agents and distributors;
• Meet one-on-one with key regional experts to discuss new market-entry strategies and insight.

Friday, Sept. 29 NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES IN CHINA
China Has More DeveloAlex Krzystonpment Initiatives Than Just One Belt One Road was discussed by Anita Tang, managing director for Royal Roots Global, Inc., during a luncheon session of the Central Asian Productivity Research Center.

During her presentation, Ms. Tang discussed the various internal and external development initiatives in which China is focusing. She also will share some of her business experiences and business opportunities with and within China. Born and educated in Hong Kong, she was further educated in the U.S., first a B.B.A.in economics from Loyola University, Chicago, followed by an MBA from Northwestern UniversityAlex Krzyston’s Kellogg School of Management. Her first career was in financial markets trading interest rates, currencies, and financial and commodity futures in Asia and the U.S. In 1999, she decided to build a new career in the U.S. focusing on China business advisory. Ms. Tang was named a Fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science in 2010 for her U.S.-China business contributions and achievements.

Friday, Sept. 29 CAPRC Q3
The third quarter meeting of the Central Asian Productivity research Center was held at 11:00am, on Friday, September 29, at House of Fortune Restaurant, 2407 S. Wentworth Ave., in Chinatown. Following was a presentation focusing on NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES IN CHINA

September 28, 2017 Peoples Republic of China 72nd Anniversary
Alex KrzystonHon. Hong Lei , Chinese Consul General in Chicago, is seen greeting Professor Harry Lepinske, CAPRC chairman, during the 72nd anniversary celebration of the People’s Republic of China on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, in Chicago.

 

September 27, 2017 LAKESHORE PBS-TV INTERVIEWAlex Krzysotn
Professor Colleen Hickman, executive director for the Northwest Indiana World Trade Alliance and secretary for the CAPRC (center), and Keith Kilpatrick, alliance president (right), are seen being interviewed by Professor Surekha Rao, of Indiana University Northwest, on Lakeshore TV, Northwest Indiana’s PBS-TV station

September 25, 2017 CAPRC BOARD MEMBERS GREET INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Alexander KrzystonCAPRC advisory board members are seen greeting high level government officials from Indonesia during the Indonesian government’s “Trade and Investment Opportunities in Indonesia” Conference held on September 25, 2017, at the Union League Club, in Chicago. Indonesia confirmed its participation in the 2018 Silk Road Conference scheduled in Chicago on Friday, April 20, 2018.

September 12, 2017 DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF POLAND MEETING

The Hon. Mateusz Morawiecki, deputy prime minister of PolaDSC00182nd and minister of economic development and finance, (left) is seen with Professor Harry Lepinske CAPRC chairman, discussing the 2018 Silk Road Conference during a meeting at the Polish Consulate General, in Chicago Deputy Prime Minister Morawiecki presented a detailed report about Poland’s economy and its economic progress.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017  Indonesia’s Commodity Exports
Coffee, Palm Oil, & More9:3Alex Krzyston0am to 11:30 am
White Hall Hotel
105 East Delaware Place   Chicago, IL 60611
RSVP to   itpc.chicago@itpcchicago.com    (312) 270.0142
email itpc.chicago@itpcchicago.com
For more information go to:

  Indonesia Trade Promotion Center

 

Summer 2017 CAPRC VOLUNTEERS ASSIST WITH BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT TRAINING PROGRAMS
CAPRC advisory board members and associate board members have volunteered to present business and management training programs for projects sponsored by World Chicago, a
City of Chicago-sponsored agency, that operates as a contractor for the Office of International Visitors, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, U.S. State Department. All sessions were held at offices of World Chicago, 309 W. Washington St., Chicago

 JULY 18, 2017 CAPRC CONDUCTS TRAINING SESSION FOR KAZAKH ENTREPRENEURS
Alex KrzysotnCAPRC advisory board member are seen conducting a  training session focusing on entrepreneurship  for representatives of various entrepreneurship organizations in Kazakhstan.

 

 

Alex krzystonJULY 3, 2017 CAPRC CONDUCTS TRAINING PROGRAM FOR UZBEKS
CAPRC advisory board members are seen conducting a training session focusing on the franchising field.

 

JUNE 9, 2017 TRAINING SESSION FOR RUSSIAN EXECUTIVES
Alex KrzystonMichael Krzyston (center left)and professor Harry Lepinske, CAPRC advisory board members,  are seen conducting a management training session for Russian company executives  who visited Chicago as part of the U.S. State  Department program and World Chicago.

 

JULY 28, 2017 Kazakh Trade Delegation
U.S. State Department/World Chicago
The CAPRC presented a one-hour round table discussion focusing on the topics listing below, as defined by the U.S. Department of State Kazakhstan
Ms. Zharkynay AKHMETOVA
Investment Manager, Atyrau Innovation LLP
Mr. Daniyar BABAZHANOV
Deputy Director, Entrepreneurs Service Center “Mangystau” LLP
Mr. Igor SHATSKIY Director, East Kazakhstan Regional Chamber of Entrepreneurs
Ms. Dolores TYULEBEKOVA
Director, Economic Integration Department, National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Atameken”
Ms. Dana ZHUNUSSOVA
Deputy Chair of the Board, National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhst

July 22, 2017 Speech on Belt and Road to Latin America
The following is a link to a 25-minute introduction I gave to friends in Latin America and Spain on July 22 on the Belt and Road project. It was conducted on google.hangouts with groups in Mexico, Peru, Colombia,Guatemala and Spain. All in all there were some 200 people on-line.
Speech on Belt and Road to Latin America

 July 6, 2017 HONOR PRESIDENT OF WORLD CHICAGO
Alex KrzystonProfessor Harry Lepinske (right-center) is seen presenting a Certification of Appreciation, to Peggy Parfenoff, president of World Chicago, in behalf of the Central Asian Productivity Research Center, for her support of the CAPRC. Seen are members of the CAPRC advisory board, members of the CAPRC’s university program, Young Professionals Program (YPP), and members of a business delegation from Uzbekistan. The CAPRC conducted a discussion session with the Uzbeks focusing on “franchising”. The Uzbeks were visiting the USA, as a project of the U.S. Department of State.

JUNE 27 CAPRC’S YOUNG PROFESSIONALS CENTRAL ASIANAlex Krzyston
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A Central Asian luncheon for the Central Asian Productivity Research Center’s Young Professional Programs is scheduled at 1 PM, on Tuesday, June 27, at the Jibek Jolu Downtown, 351 West Oak St. The event is scheduled as an appreciation for the YPP members for their assistance at the Silk Road Conference, and to bring the young university students together with the CAPRC advisory board and associate members.

June 27 CAPRC’S YOUNG PROFESSIONALS CENTRAL ASIAN
A Central Asian luncheon for the Central Asian Productivity Research Center’s Young Professional Programs is scheduled at 1 PM, on Tuesday, June 27, at the Jibek Jolu Downtown, 351 West Oak St. The event is scheduled as an appreciation for the YPP members for their assistance at the Silk Road Conference, and to bring the young university students together with the CAPRC advisory board and associate members.

Friday, June 23, 2017 Seminar and Tour of the Port
VISIT TO INDIANA’S INTERNATIONAL PORT AT BURNS HARBOR WILL FOCUS ON “ECONOMIC IMPACT ON THE REGION”
The Central Asian  Productivity  Research Center is continuing its study of the International Ports of  Indiana  during  its annual visit to the International Port of Indiana at  Burns Harbor, Indiana,  on Friday, June 23, 2017. With a  focus on the “The Economic Impact on the   Region”, the event will begin with registration at 10 AM.   Agenda:
10:30  OPENING REMARKS  Yuri Hoffman, CAPRC  Committee chair
            WELCOME  Professor Harry Lepinske, CAPRC Chair
10:45   Mrs. Heather Ennis,  President and CEO
             Northwest Indiana Forum Portage, Indiana
11:00  “ GREAT LAKES SHIPPING AND  ITS  ECONOMIC MPACT ON THE REGION
             Ian Hirt, Port  Director
11:45  CONCLUDING REMARKS  Keith Kirkpatrick, President
11:50  First Port  Bus Tour  Second Port  Bus Tour

Organized by the International Ports of Indiana and the Central Asian Productivity  Research Center, the event is supported by the Northwest Indiana Forum.

The CAPRC is vitally interested in this information because the Great Lakes shipping  system is vital to the region;   it impacts employment, personal income, business revenue, and taxes, ” commented Professor Lepinske.  “Ships from some sixty different countries, some from the region in which the CAPRC  has its interests, visit the port.”

May 16, 2017 China Central Television 
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China Central Television’s Li Hui is seen interviewing on May 16, about the Forum being held in Beijing. She focused strongly on  his comments about China’s 4 trillion initiative “One Belt One Road”. She also inquired about the  “One Belt One Road” discussed  during the CAPRC’s  2017 Silk Road Conference held on April 28,  and the seminar that focused on China and Pakistan on  May 12. China is financing Pakistan’s port expansions and other infrastructure projects costing $42 billion. She also  posed questions about the  history and success of the CAPRC

May 15, 2017 Turkish Consulate Reception

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When Chicago’s diplomatic corps and prominent leaders of the Turkish community welcomed the world renowned  Idil Biret, seen were (left to right): Min Zhang, cultural consul,  China’s consulate general; Professor Harry Lepinske, Chair, CAPRC; Madam  Idil Biret, and Min Zhang, consul, Chinese consulate general. Madam Biret  is  known  as a child prodigy at age five and is the only pianist to record the complete Beethoven piano sonatas and concertos for her own label. The event was hosted by the Turkish Consul general Umut Acar. She appeared at a piano  concert  at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

May 12, 2017  10:45 Tourism Potential of Pakistan
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor; New Business Opportunities
Focusing on  the “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor” and new business opportunities  highlighted a timely seminar held  at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, May 12, at  the  Pakistan Consulate General, suite 728,  333 N. Michigan Ave, in downtown Chicago.
Pakistan Consul General Faisal Tirmizi discussed the “Tourism Potential of Pakistan” .
Hon. Amer  Sultan Treen, Pakistan’s commercial consul, Followed with a timely report about Pakistan’s role in the “China-Pakistan Corridor and New Business Opportunities”. This “corridor” is one of the seven primary corridors that are designed to link China’s $4 trillion initiative called the “One Belt One Road”.
The event  was organized by the Central Asian Productivity  Research Center, a group that focuses on economic and academic development In nations located along the Silk Road from the Mediterranean Sea to the China Sea.
K.Rizwan Kadir, a CAPRC advisory board associate and chairman for this event, explained that, “ Problems in recent years have damaged the former booming tourism industry. The Pakistan government is making strong efforts to rebuild this industry. Provinces are starting to rebuild its organizations and  launch global promotions.”
Joseph Haddad, is chairman of the CAPRC’s tourism committee.

May 12  9:15am Q2 CAPRC Business Session 
Pakistan Consulate  General, Suite 728, 333.N Michigan Ave

13th Annual Silk Road Conference       

    Alex Krzyston

2017 SILK ROAD PRESENTATIONS NOW AVAILABLE ON LINE

Presenters and panelists, along with attendees at the 2017 Silk Road Conference,  presented in Chicago on April 28, 2017 may now download their own copy of all the available presentations. The Central  Asian productivity research Center also  has made available all the presentations from the 2016 Silk Road Conference.

2017 Silk Road Conference presentations 1 of 2

2017 Silk Road Conference presentation 2 of 2

2017 SILK ROAD CONFERENCE—
BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER 
ALL NATIONS’ REPRESENTATIVES LOOKING TO 2018
CHAMBERS FROM EAST AND WEST MET  DURING CAPRC’S 2017 SILK ROAD CONFERENCE  TO  DISCUSS CHINA’S INIATIVE EFFECTING  60 COUNTRIES
Changing aspects for international business and trade resulting from China’s “Silk Road Initiative” effecting some 60 countries; and meetings between chambers of commerce representing the Silk Road countries and representatives from  regional chambers of commerce took place during the 2017 Silk Road Conference scheduled in Chicago on Friday, April 28, 2017.
Private meetings   between representatives from business, government, and academia  were scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday,  April 26 and 27. The Silk Road Conference  was held on Friday, April 28, at IIT’s Kent  College of Law Auditorium, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago.
Organized by the Central Asian  Productivity  Research Center, founded in Azerbaijan and Turkey in 1999, the event  was co-sponsored by the Global Programs, College of Business, Northern Illinois University and the CME Group, Chicago.
Charles Farra, executive director, international market development for the CME  Group;  Laura Ortega-Lamela, executive director of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the International Business Council,  Blanca  Berthier,  director, international programs, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce,  representing business; Margo Markopoulos, director of the Illinois Office of Trade and Investments, and  Kyrgyzstan’s Ambassador Kadyr Toktogulov  opened the conference.
Representing the business community from several Central Asian nations were: Susan Sadigova, director, United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce; Sarah Freze, executive director U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association;  Elena Son, executive director for the American Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce,  the U.S.-Kirgizstan Business Council,  and the U.S.-Tajikistan Business Council; and  Nate Carson, U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce
Representing economic development programs were Gary Camarano, Whiteside County (Illinois) Economic Development department;  Kai Kai Tan, Tianjin Economic-Technical Development Area; and  Cindy Ni, deputy chief representative, Shanghai  Foreign Investment Development Board; and Khay Khong, market development Director-Asia, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation;   Christine Barragan, Business Development manager, Hong Kong Trade Development Council,  and Joseph Rurode, director, economic evelopment, Northwest Indiana Forum.
Almost thirty speakers and panelists  focused on the rapidly changing region  that is described by a former undersecretary of defense as a very  important strategic region for the US.
Professor Harry Lepinske, of Western Springs, CAPRC chairman, said, “Most Americans are not aware of the region, let alone its expanding importance. The region is changing  rapidly.  A cobweb of lines on  a map across Central Asia in 1999 today is a cobweb of energy pipelines; Chinese are shipping freight from Southern China to Western Europe by rail in ten days; Europeans are driving to Beijing;, and some 20,000 Americans are working in Azerbaijan.”

 April 28,  2017   2017 SILK ROAD CONFERENCE

An opportunity to learn about new Business Opportunities
Illinois Institute of Technology  Kent College of Law Auditorium Chicago
565 W. Adams Street, Chicago, IL      
Alex KrzystonORGANIZED BY: Central Asian Productivity  Research Center

 

 

 

SPONSOR: Global Programs College of Business Northern Illinois University
CO-SPONSORS:
          CME Group 
          Whiteside County Economic Development  Department 
          Silk Way Airlines
          Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA)
          U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association 
          SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS:
          American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce 
          College of Business, Hacettepe University, Ankara
          Consulate General of the  Republic of Turkey
          Illinois SBDC International Trade Center, Chicago
          Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago
          Illinois Science and Technology Park
          International Trade Association of Greater Chicago Metro Chicago Exports
          Metro Chicago Exports
          Port of Indiana
          Quality Training Institute, Inc.
          The Global Business Advisor Magazine
          United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce
          U.S. Kazakhstan Business Association

08:00 REGISTRATION/NETWORKING BREAKFAST
                Sponsored by Whiteside County EconomicDevelopment  Department
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EXHIBITS/RESOURCE CENTER OPEN
                 Sponsored by TEDA
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08:45 OPENING REMARKS
           Prof. Harry Lepinske, Chairman
           Central Asian Productivity Research Center
           OFFICIAL WELCOME 
           Prof. Paul Prabhaker, Associate Vice President  Global Programs
           College of Business Northern Illinois University, DeKalb
          OFFICIAL ILLINOIS WELCOME
          Ms. Margo Markopoulos, Director Office of Trade and Investment
          Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
 09:00 TODAY’S  GLOBAL ECONOMY Keynote Speaker
           Charles Farra,    Executive Director
           International Market Development  CME Group Chicago
0920: COOPERATION BETWEEN CHICAGO AND KYRGYZSTAN
           Ambassador Kadyr Toktogulov
           Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic (D.C.) to the US and Canada
09:45 25 YEARS OF PROGRESS IN AZERBAIJAN
           Sarkhan Ismayilov, Economic Officer 
           Embassy of Azerbaijan, Washington, D.C.
10:15 THE BELT AND ROAD: CENTRAL ASIA AND CHINA’S INITIATIVE”
           Hon.  Hong  Lei,  Consul  General
           Consulate General of China Chicago
10:45 TIANJIN: GATEWAY TO A DYNAMIC MARKET”
           Jianning Li, Chief Representative, 
           Tianjin Economic-Technical Development Area, Chicago      

Alex Krzyston11:00 MORNING BREAK    SPONSOR: TEDA 
11:15 KAZAKHSTAN’S CONTRIBUTION TIO THE NEW SILK ROAD
           Hon. Yerkin  Akhinzhanov
           Embassy of Kazakhstan,  Washington, DC.
           INVESTMENT  OPPORTUNITIES IN KAZAKHSTAN
           Almas Taigulov KAZNEX INVES-Export and Investment Agency
           Ministry of Investments and Development, Embassy of Kazakhstan D.C.
11:45 MACEDONIA  AND CENTRAL ASIA
           Prof. Dr. Vullnet Ameti, rector
           State University  of Tetovo
          Tetovo, Former Yugoslavian  Republic of Macedonia
12:10 CENTRAL ASIA’S LOOMING WATER CRISIS
               Paul Herche. Chairman Special Water Crisis study committee, CAPRC
12:15 LUNCH: 10th FLOOR DINING ROOM Sponsored by CME Group, Chicago
           Each country will host a luncheon table for business discussions
           OFFICIAL WELCOME
           Charles Farra, Executive Director CME Group
13:15 OVERCOMING CENTRAL ASIAN LOGISTICS OBSTACLES 
           James Eccleston , US Representative  Silk Way Airlines 
13:45 CHINA-PAKISTAN ECONOMIC CORRIDOR – BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
           Hon. Faisal Niaz Trimizi, Consul General
           Consulate  General of Pakistan, Chicago
           PAKISTAN’S ENERGY SECTOR
           Hon. Amer Tareen, commercial consul
           Consulate General of Pakistan, Chicago
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14:15 WHY INVEST IN TURKEY
           Mustafa Ilbeyli, Advisor-U.S.
           Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey
14:30 RENEWABLE ENERGY POTENTIAL IN TURKEY
           Prof.Dr. Ozlem Atay  Faculty of Political Sciences
           Ankara University,  Ankara,  Turkey
14:45 Hon. Kamol Muhtarov,  Counselor Trade and Economic Affairs
           Embassy of Uzbekistan Washington, D.C.
15:15 UZBEKISTAN: A VIEW FROM AN UZBEK BUSINESS EXECUTIVE 
           Asad Sharapov, President Euroexport Holding Tashkent, Uzbekistan
15:30 CENTRAL ASIAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
           CHAMBER SERVICES: HOW THEY CAN HELP YOU ENTER THE MARKET 
           MODERATOR: Molly Banuelos, Director
           SBDC-World Trade Center Industrial Council of Nearwest  Chicago
           PANELISTS:
              Susan Sadigova,
              Director  United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce  (USACC)   D.C.
              Sarah Frese
              Executive Director U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association
              Elena V. Son
              Executive Director American Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce
Afternoon refreshments available
16:15  ILLINOIS AND GLOBAL BUSINESS
            Ms. Laura Ortega-Lamela,  Executive Director International Business
            Council and Illinois Chamber of Commerce  Chicago, Illinois
16:30  PERSONAL BUSINESS EXPERIENCES
            Panel discussions focusing on personal experiences
            In the Silk Road business community
            Thomas J. Hulseman  moderator
            Managing Director   Metro Chicago Exports, Chicago Illinois
            Emmett McLoughlin
            President Arizona Kazakhstan Development Group Tucson, Arizona
            Larry Bajmakovich
            Midwest Sales Manager BDG International, Inc.   Elgin, Illinois
16:55  CONCLUDING REMARKS
            Prof. Dr. Paul Prabhaker, Associate vice president
            Global Programs College of Business Northern Illinois University
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17:00  One-on-one Meetings

 

 

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17:15  DIPLOMATIC RECEPTION
            Location: Exhibit Area
            Hosted by Silk Way Airlines

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017   10:30AM-3:00PM
Chicago International Student Career Fair (CISCF)

DeVry Univ. Chicago Campus 3300 N. Campbell Ave. Chicago, IL 60618
The Chicago International Student Career Fair will provide a platform for your company to meet hundreds of talented, highly skilled professionals, students and alumni. Connect with top international professionals and talent from leading area universities. We are confident that this event will provide you with unique access to our talented international students in greater Chicago specializing in business, technology, health sciences, fine arts, architecture, engineering and more.

USACC Annual Conference on U.S.-Azerbaijan Relations Looking Ahead: Diplomacy, Business, Trade & Investment  March 1, 2017

CAPRC Central Asia Productivity Research Center posted Alexander Krzyston

MARCH 1, 2017 – 8AM-5PM
Welcoming Session
Keynote Speeches
Session 1: New Regional Energy Map
Session 2: Banking and Finance
Session 3: Economic Reforms and Doing Business in Azerbaijan
Session 4: Investment Beyond Oil/Co-Investment Opportunities
Session 5: Public-Private Partnership
Closing Remarks
Formal Reception – 7PM-9PM

MARCH 2, 2017 – 8AM-3PM
Roundtable meetings between companies and government entities on:
– Agriculture/Agribusiness and Food Industries
– Alternative and Renewable Energy
– Chemical/Petrochemical Industry
Other government briefings

NOTE: USACC is excited to announce complimentary business matchmaking services for Azerbaijani companies. To register your interest in the conference, please e-mail us at chamber@usacc.org with brief company information by December 16, 2017.
 
REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE WILL OPEN SOON

The United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (USACC), based in Washington D.C., aims to help strengthen business ties in both countries for the benefit of private companies, and for the public and consumers they serve. To that end, we are pleased to invite you to our next annual conference on United States-Azerbaijan relations, scheduled to take place at the historic Willard InterContinental Hotel, conveniently located just one block from the White House.
Scheduled for March 1-2, 2017, this conference promises to bring together high-level business leaders and government officials from both countries. Participants will be able to hear firsthand of the myriad business and growth opportunities attendant to investment in Azerbaijan, as well as learn about the experience of industry peers through various panel discussions.
The flow of goods and services between the two countries, while substantial, already remains susceptible to improvement in many different areas. Beyond energy, Azerbaijan’s telecommunications and IT, nine different climate zones and rich soil with astonishing agricultural potential and diversity, and the legendary hospitality of its population can be tapped into by numerous economic sectors. Its highly educated workforce would be an asset to any company considering in-bound investment.
By the same token, American companies have products and services that are highly valued in Azerbaijan. There is a tremendous demand for American-made machinery, as well as for food packaging and processing technologies. And American consumer technology producing companies could benefit tremendously from Azerbaijan’s tech-savvy population.
While the two countries are hemispherically distant, trade has never been stronger or easier, and the desire among the business communities in both countries to forge new business opportunities has never been greater.
We hope to see you in Washington, D.C. on March 1-2, 2017 for this special event. Please stay tuned for more information in upcoming days. For questions and sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at 202-333-8702 or e-mail at chamber@usacc.org.

 

Friday, February 10, 2017  10:30am
FOCUS ON TURKEY’S ECONOMY AND INVESTMENT 2017

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“Focusing on 2017 in Turkey” was the theme for a seminar being organized by the Central Asian Productivity Research Center (CAPRC) on  Friday, February 10, 2017, 10:30am at the Conference center of the Consul General of Chicago, 455 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago.
Turkey’s Consul General of Turkey Umut Acar Will speak about “Turkey in 2016: A Year To Remember”, followed by Ms. Esra Dogan Tulgan, coordinator-advisor for  Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT), the agency that promotes Turkey’s investment climate and assists investors, will speak about the Turkish  economy and investment environment.
Umut Acar, Turkey Consular General Chicago

CAPRC Central Asia Productivity Research Center posted Alexander KrzystonConsul General Acar joined the ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1998; and served in Bulgaria and Germany, then with Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as first secretary; counselor at Council of Europe; head of the department for administrative and Financial Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and chief cabinet of the minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was assigned to Chicago’s consulate general in October 2015.

CAPRC Central Asia Productivity Research Center posted Alexander KrzystonEsra Dogan Tulgan,coordinator-advisor for  Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey
Prior to her assignment in Chicago in December 2015, Ms. Tulgan  worked for the agency in European markets, including France, Italy and French-speaking countries.

 

 

 

CAPRC CHINESE NEW YEAR LUNCH JANUARY 27, 2017
index Alex KrzystonUS-CHINA CHAMBER  PRESIDENT TO SPOKE AT CAPRC CHINESE  NEW YEAR  LUNCH “The Future of Foreign Trade Under Trump: How China Stands to Merge a Winner” was the theme for the Central Asian  Productivity Research Center’s third  annual Chinese New Year lunch. CHINA’S CONULATE GENERAL WAS HONORED GUEST.

IMG_8412Honored guest was China’s Consul General in Chicago, the Honorable  Hong Lei, who will offered timely comments.  With his years of experience as an entrepreneur and internationally-recognized expert in US-Asian business, he will pose the question, “The Future Of Foreign Trade Under Trump: How China Stands to Emerge a Winner?”  With a strong academic background, a CPA and CFA, He is known for being involved with 20 years of experience with mergers, acquisitions, public offering, and private placements of securities with a focus on cross border business and trade activities between the US and Asia. He recently co-founded  and serves as the chairman for the U.S.-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as an advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank Of Chicago.

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Siva Yam, president of the US-China Chamber of Commerce, was the guest speaker for  the Central Asian  Productivity Research Center’s third  annual Chinese New Year lunch scheduled at 11:30 AM, on Friday, January 27, 2017, at House of Fortune Restaurant, 2407 S. Wentworth Ave.

 
JBA and Hong Mei 2017 0128Jon Anderson, EWA’s Vice President and Managing Director – China, is shown with The Honorable Hong Lei, Counsel General of the People’s Republic of China at the Central Asia Productivity Research Center Third Annual Chinese New Year luncheon in Chicago’s Chinatown.  

Jon Anderson had the opportunity make some brief comments regarding the curent China economy and describe examples of how EWA’s consulting practice has evolved into operations and commenrical performance enhamcement and risk management over the last few years from largely market entry  engagements. Many western companies road the rising tide of double-digit growth and are now having to cope with single digit growth, overcapacity and domestic market changes in China. We provide support to these compaies to help their local senior management develop plans and the skills to make the necessary adjustments to re-scale to the new market realities.

IMG_0878Students from ten universities were welcome guests of the CAPRC including(left to right): student from Purdue University Northwest; Xianoyue Ma, DeVry university; Liya Wang, Harvard University; and Yiru Luo, Loyola University.

 

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Here is Loyola student, Yu Xi, with the Consul General.

 

 

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 Also attending the conference were members of the Central Asia Productivity Research Center 

 

 

 

CAPRC 2016 Year in Review

2016 Silk Road Week

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

November 28, 2005 The 1st New Silk Road Conference 

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