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Central Asian Trade Forum
The fifth Central Asian Trade Forum, organized by USAID was held in Almaty on October 28-29, 2015. During the Trade forum more than 1000 people from 20 countries took part in its work, including technical experts, opinion shapers, top-managers of private businesses, state bodies, trade promotion agencies, business associations, international organizations and diplomatic missions. The honored guests of the Trade Forum included Ms. Zhanar Aitzhanova, Minister of Economic Integration of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Susan Reichle, Counselor to the US Agency for International Development, and George A. Krol, U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan.
Over the course of the two-day Trade forum , participants discussed the current state of trade development in the countries of Central Asia and the broader region, factors influencing the trade relations and regional cooperation, transport and logistics, competitiveness of export products, women entrepreneurship, trade finance and other issues.
As a result of the Trade Forum, participants signed Memoranda of Cooperation and letters of intent totaling more than $45 million to supply goods, render transport and logistics services, consulting services, organize trainings, exhibitions and fairs.
The Trade Forum also featured an award ceremony of the Best Exporter of the CATF V contest to recognize entrepreneurial achievements and innovations among Central Asian firms. The winners in the nomination The Largest Export Volume included Rakhat JSC (Kazakhstan), KhimParm JSC (Kazakhstan) and Ordabasy Kus (Kazakhstan). The winner in the nomination The Best Supplier to the Advanced Markets was ARTEL Company (Uzbekistan).
In addition, strategic partners of the USAID’s Regional Economic Cooperation Project were awarded with certificates of appreciation for the cooperation with the REC Project in trade facilitation, export promotion, contribution in the implementation of gender strategy, female empowerment and other.
As part of the Trade Forum, there was also a Trade Exhibition, where 60 participating companies from Central and South Asia showcased their products.
A colorful and bright component of the Trade Forum was the Ethno Fashion Show of the ethno designers from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The Central Asian Trade Forum has become a brand event and USAID is committed to continue holding this annual event in the future.
The fifth Central Asian Trade Forum was organized by the USAID’s Regional Economic Cooperation Project with support of the GIZ Trade Facilitation in Central Asia Program and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
More detailed information about the Trade Forum, photo report and presentations can be downloaded from www.catradeforum.org.