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“Recovery and Risks: Economies of the Caucasus and Central Asia Today.  The IMF’s Latest Findings and Policy Recommendations”

Recovery and Risks, Economies of the Caucasus and Central Asia Today

Featuring
Dr. David Owen, Deputy Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, IMF

Commenting
Marc David Miller, Executive Director, Kyrgyz-North America Trade Council
Eric Stewart, U.S. – Turkmenistan Business Council
William Veale, U.S. – Kazakhstan Business Association

Thursday, December 2, 2010
5-7 PM
The Rome Auditorium, 1st Fl, Rome Building
SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
1619 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

What are the prospects for the Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) now that the global economic recovery has begun to gain traction after the deepest downturn in recent history? In virtually all CCA countries, recovery has gained firm momentum. The upswing in Russia is helping the region, particularly the oil- and gas- importing countries. Exports are picking up and remittances are rebounding. Despite a broadly positive outlook, however, there are significant downside risks. 

The Forum’s key speaker, Mr. David Owen, is Deputy Director in the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Department and supervises the department's work on countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia. With the IMF since 1994, he focuses on transition countries and has been head of teams working on Moldova, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Russia. Speaking briefly or commenting at this Forum will be three executive directors of regional business councils or associations, as noted above. The Forum moderator will be Ambassador Grant Smith, Senior Fellow at CACI.

The Forum opens with a reception and refreshments at 5 PM. The program will begin promptly at 5:30 PM and conclude at 7 PM. RSVP for this event is mandatory and will not be accepted after 10 AM on the day of the event. To register, please send an email with your name and affiliation to SAISCACIForums@jhu.edu. With inquiries please call 202-663-7723.

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is a primary institution in the United States for the study of the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Caspian Region. The Institute, affiliated with Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, forms part of a Joint Center with the Silk Road Studies Program, affiliated with the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy.  Additional information about the Joint Center, as well as its several publications series, is available at www.silkroadstudies.org.

“The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 186 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.” http://www.imf.org/external/about.htm

 


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