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The fifth annual Central Asian Trade Forum (CATF), hosted by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched today in Almaty at the Rixos hotel. The purpose of CATF is to discuss the current state of trade development in the countries of Central Asia and the broader region, promote discussion of each country’s trade facilitation prospects, and promote regional cooperation within the context of the new regional and global economic environment. The theme for this year’s trade forum is New Realities and Priorities for Trade and Development in Central Asia.
Over the course of the two-day forum, over 600 participants from 20 countries will take part in plenary sessions, master classes, roundtables, a trade exhibition, business-to-business meetings, and a gala dinner and award ceremony. In past years, USAID-sponsored trade forums and other business-to-business events have facilitated millions of dollars in new business deals. USAID looks forward to reporting similar successes from this year’s Central Asian Trade Forum.
Additional Information
The Central Asian Trade Forum is organized by USAID’s Regional Economic Cooperation Project with support from the GIZ Trade Facilitation in Central Asia Program and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.