Previous Events

May 14, 7 pm  Zeugma
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Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall, Prof.Dr. Kutalmış Görkay
Free admission and followed by reception.

 

 

May 11-12, 2018 International Business Forum in Navoi, Uzbekistan
Usb First day of the forum:
I. Visiting remarkable and sightseeing places
in the Navoi province;
II. Visiting different regions of the province,
according to the foreign investor’s/visitor’s interest.
Second day of the forum:
I. Opening ceremony of the international business forum in «Navoi» Free Economic Zone, presentations of investment and tourism potential of the province.
II. Negotiations on tourism and investment projects, discussion practical issues of cooperation in separated sectors.
III. Farewell ceremony (Dinner & concert program)

APRIL 15-20, 2018 SILK ROAD WEEK

CHAMBERS FROM EAST AND WEST MEET IN CHICAGO DURING SILK ROAD WEEK

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 2018 Silk Road Conference scheduled in Chicago on Friday, April 20, 2018.

Private meetings between representatives from business, government, and academia were scheduled on Monday and Tuesday, April 16 and 17. Seminars and round table discussion were scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday, April 18 and 19 The week-long event concluded with the annual Silk Road Conference scheduled from 8 AM until 5 PM, at the Illinois Institute of Technology’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.

Some two dozen 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.”

Silk-Road-300x256Friday 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”.

 

 

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

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

FOR INFORMATION:
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:
lepinske@sbcglobal.net

 

SPONSORS:

CME GroupFortress

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Thursday, April 19 AN ALTERNATIVE EDUCATIONAL MODEL
IMG_7555The Silk Road Conference organized by CAPRC was a great success. Government officials, business people and other dignitaries from all Silk Road countries flew to Chicago, to take part at this “one-of-a-kind” event.
On Wednesday the conference held its business development summit at the Illinois Science & Technology Park, in Skokie, IL. The event was hosted by Timothy Lavengood, director of the incubator at the Park, where he presented opportunities for businesses to start at a low cost and grow to a fully-fledged business.
The day continued with Dr. John N. Kalaras who presented his Alternative Mode To Business Development. The event concluded with a tour to the incubator facilities, so visitors could obtain a first hand impression on how the incubator concept works.  It was interesting to see that the room was filled to capacity; actually we had to bring in more chairs.
Everyone not only enjoyed the presentation, but they called for Dr. Kalaras to visit their place and offer it to their people. Indeed he has a unique and highly effective methodology to teaching-learning.

 Wednesday April 18  HOW SKOKIE’s TECH PARK CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS
An orientation and tour of the Illinois Science and Technology Park, 8025 Lamon Ave., Skokie, was scheduled on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
Organized by the Central Asian Productivity Research Center’s Quality Management and Entrepreneurship committees, Tim Lavengood, executive director, of the Incubator, will focused on “Business Incubators and Entrepreneurship Development”, followed by Prof. Dr. John Kalaras, CEO and global consultant, Quality Training Institute, Inc., will focus on “An Alternative Business Development Model”

 

April 12, 4 pm The Turks & Troy, Treasure of Priam
IMG_6934Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall

Prof. Dr. Rüstem Aslan

 

 

March 26, 2018 Indonesian Cultural Center in Chicago
harry 2Professor Harry Lepinske,(center-left) chairman, CAPRC is seen welcoming Hon. Irwin Prayitno, governor of West Sumatra, Indonesian, during his visit and presentation at the Indonesian Cultural Center in Chicago, on March 26, 2018.
CAPRC board members were invited to meet him to discuss bilateral business and trade relations. Participating also was Ms.Dimitrus Evans, attorney and CAPRC advisory board associate. foto harry 1

March 26 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN WEST SUMATERA
UntitledWest Sumatera is one of the provinces in Indonesia. It lies on the west coast of the island of Sumatera. The province is famous for its traditional food rendang (spicy beef curry dish), which was recorded as the most delicious food in the world by CNN based on their survey in 2017.
The economy of West Sumatera in 2017 grew 5.29 percent and is dominated by sectors of agriculture, forestry and fishery (23.55%), retail trade and motorcycle repair (15.05%), and transportation and warehousing (12.64%). Tourism industry and agricultural products such as nutmeg, pepper, arecanut, pale catechu, vanilla, cinnamon, coffee and chocolate will become the main exports commodities in the future.
To promote business opportunities in tourism, renewable energy and fisheries sectors in West Sumatera, the Indonesian Consulate General in Chicago is proudly  presents His Honorable Irwan Prayitno, the Governor of West Sumatera. West Sumatera traditional cuisine will be provided for lunch.

 

Friday March 16, 2018 10:30 AM  CENTRAL ASIA’S NEW ENERGY GROWTH
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CAPRC ENERGY SEMINAR REPORTED “ HUGE SUCCESS”

IMG_0403Upon leaving the CAPRC’s energy seminar held on Friday, March 16, 2018, at the Consulate General of Turkey in Chicago, one attendee Reported, “This one of the CAPRC’s best events ever! The quality of the presentations and quality of the
attendees was of the highest quality”.

The seminar, “Central Asia’s Role in World Energy”, focused on energy developments in Central Asia and new business opportunities in the region.  Prof. Harry Lepinske, CAPRC chair, offered the opening remarks. Leading the presentations was Turkey’s Consul General Umut Acar, who offered the official welcome and Turkish greetings.

Dr. Professor Ozgur Arslan-Ayaydin, clinical associate Professor of finance at the University of Illinois-Chicago, spoke about the “Sustainability In The Energy Industry. She, another CAPRC advisory board member, Prof. Dr.
Mehmet Karan, professor at Hacettepe University, in Ankara, and several other European professors, have been researching this topic and writing about it for some years. Their publications are known worldwide. They maintain
timely data and revise their writings.

Caner Can, energy consul for Turkey, at the consulate in Houston, Texas, spoke about “Turkey: A Rapidly Expanding Energy Trading Hub”.

Beginning with the BTC people. He described the expansion of the cob web of energy pipelines throughout the region., with the pipes leading to the Turkish seaport of Ceyhan, where oil and gas can be shipped much easily than with ships passing through the narrow straits from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. Geographically, Turkey is in close proximity to 70% of the world’s proven energy resources.

IMG_0406Romuald Poplawski, president of U.S. Global Energy LLC, a Chicago energy firm, described his personal successes and challenges in the energy field and explained the new opportunities with solar energy and wind power.

Concluding the seminar was F. Lee Simmons jr., president and CEO of BioEnergy Corporation, based just north of Chicago, in the Illinois Science and Technology Park, located in Skokie.

He introduced new revolutionary scientific ideas that he is transferring into business enterprises. He spoke about new ideas and a new company which will be the marketing tool for new concepts and making them realities. Besides stressing new energy concepts, he stressed the financial and business transactions in which the company has been involved. He is making new science practical.

Summaries of the presentations will be available by Contacting : lepinske@sbcglobal.net.

 

February 16 11:30 amSilk Road

HONG KONG TRADE OFFICIAL TO SPEAK AT CAPRC’S ANNUAL CHINESE NEW YEAR LUNCH

image004The Hong Kong Trade Development Council guest speaker was the focus of the Central Asian Productivity Research Center’s annual Chinese New Year luncheon. The presentation focused on Hong Kong as a gateway to the China market and the role of Hong Kong in China’s multi-trillion dollar “One Road One Belt” initiative.

February 14 CAPRC REPRESENTATION AT U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT FORUM
Tom Hulseman, executive director of the newly-formed Chicago Regional Growth Corporation and Central Asian Productivity Research Center associate advisory board member, was one of the Key speakers during the U. S. State department, Office of Foreign Missions’ International Business Forum held on Wednesday, February 14, at the Union League Club, in Chicago.
Representing the CAPRC were Professor Harry Lepinske, chairman, and Yuri Hoffman, advisory board member and chair of the CAPRC’s maritime committee.
The event offered an environment for attendees to meet with foreign diplomats and foreign trade representatives.
Hulseman focused on the CRGC’s mission, including how his former organization Metro Chicago Exports , was merged into the CRGC to promote exports and bring together a freight
transportation network.

Friday, JanuaryPak Logo 19 2018
Consulate General of Pakistan Chicago
PRESS RELEASE January 19, 2018  Chicago.

Pakistan, a fast growing economy in Asia, is now member of trillion dollar markets club, said Mr. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi today. Addressing the Pakistan Seminar at Pakistan Consulate. This Seminar was organized by the Pakistan Consulate in collaboration with Central Asian Productivity Research Center (CAPRC). The event was attended by Professor Harry Lepinske, Chairman CAPRC, Mr. Thomas Choi, Public Engagement Manger at the Office of the Governor of Illinois, Ms. Laura Ortega, Executive Director, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Margo Markopoulos, Director Office of Trade and Investment Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Mr. Ahmed S. Khan, Professor at DeVry University, Mr. Timothy J. Sanders, Director of Engagement at Purdue University, Mr. Jamaluddin Husain, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Purdue University besides a large number of business and investment experts.

Before the start of Pakistan Seminar, Professor Harry Lepinske and members of CAPAC presented its annual reIMG_0240port in which they highlighted the business and tourism potential of the Silk Route countries. A special report about tourism opportunities and tourist destinations of Pakistan was also presented by the members of CAPRC. Professor Harry Lepinske profusely thanked the Pakistan Consulate for actively working with CAPRC and for hosting today’s event.

Mr. Brent Edward Huffman, Professor at Northwestern University and renowned director, writer, and cinematographer of documentaries and television programs, also participated in the event. He gave a PowerPoint presentation about Chinese investment in Pakistan as he is currently working on a documentary on the subject.

Consul General Tirmizi presented a PowerPoint presentation titled ‘One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) highlighting its importance for economic development of the region. He presented Pakistan’s perspective about the project to the audience and briefed them about China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CEPEC), flagship project of OBOR. He said that CPEC will turn Pakistan into a regional trading hub and a lucrative market for foreign direct investment. He extensively briefed the audience about CPEC affiliated transportation infrastructure and energy projects. He said that this project would not only boost the economies of Pakistan and China, but would have a positive knock-on effect on other regional countries including Iran, Sri Lanka and the Gulf region.

Mr. Tirmizi also touched upon investment friendly policies of the Government of Pakistan and talked about vast potential of investment in the country by international businesses. He quoted the excellent business experience in Pakistan by Ingredion, PepsiCo, Procter and Gamble, two of which are based in Midwest US. He further said that PepsiCo is making more profits in Pakistan than India.

While speaking about GovernmIMG_0257ent of Pakistan’s efforts to facilitate international tourists in Pakistan, Consul General Tirmizi informed the participants that now tourists from 24 countries including the United States can get visa on arrival at Pakistani airports. He said that this development would immensely facilitate the international tourists who intend to explore unique tourist sites and beautiful landscapes of Pakistan. He told the audience that last year 1.7 million foreign tourists visited Pakistan whereas this number is likely to reach at 3 million in 2018. Due to better economic, social and security situation of the country the northern areas of Pakistan received 30 million domestic tourists in 2017.

The briefing session was concluded with a brief Q&A session. While answering a question about current state of bilateral relations between Pakistan and the United States, Mr. Tirmizi said that despite difficulties, our bilateral ties have sustained over the past seventy years. This relationship is diverse and has remained rewarding for both sides. The Consul General apprised the audience about Pakistan’s crucial role in the détente between United States and China.

Friday, January 19 2018   9:15 AM  CAPRC 2018Q1
Meeting at the offices of the Consulate General of Pakistan, 333 N. Michigan Ave., Ste 728.

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