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trans-caspian east-west trade and transit corridor summit

The Kenney Herter Auditorium
Johns Hopkins University
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.

April 28-29, 2016

 Co-organized by:
Embassy of Azerbaijan
Embassy of Georgia
Embassy of Kazakhstan
Embassy of Turke 

Hosted by:
Central Asia and Caucasus Institute
Johns Hopkins University

DESCRIPTION: Central Asia, South Caucasus and Black Sea regions together form a strategically important transit corridor between China and Europe. Connecting trade, people and economies, the modern trans-Caspian trade and transit routes envisage an extensive and integrated network of infrastructure, special economic zones, harmonized customs, cross-border procedures and more.

Today, ambitious regional infrastructure projects are underway. Baku International Sea Trade Port in Azerbaijan, expansion of the Poti Sea Port and Anaklia Deep Sea Port in Georgia, completion of the Marmaray under-Bosphorus tunnel in Turkey, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, and Kazakhstan's "Khorgos: Eastern Gate" SEZ will ensure swift and efficient shipments of all types of goods. These projects will connect the Asian and European transport networks, significantly shorten delivery time and save transportation costs.

Expanding regional transport grids along the Caspian Sea opens new opportunities for transcontinental shipments and innovative services. Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Turkey combine to a market of more than 110 million consumers. These countries are able to offer customized and integrated solutions to companies with highly sophisticated supply chains.

The goal of the Forum is to introduce projects and investment along the modern Silk Road to U.S. business leaders across a variety of industries. Participants will learn and discuss how multinational companies can benefit from greater cooperation with the region.

The Forum will bring together public and private senior executives in the fields of transportation policy, transit, customs, logistics and value-added services from the above-mentioned countries along with representatives of the international freight forwarders, China and Central Asia-based US manufacturing companies.

April 28, 2016, 8AM-3PM
Panel 1: “Trans-South Caucasus Customs and Trade Facilitation: What Needs to be Done Next?”
Panel 2: “From Sea to Sea: Integrated Regional Transit and Logistics Infrastructure
Panel 3: “Commercial and Investment Opportunities: 
Financing, Logistics and Supply Chain”

April 29, 2016, 10AM-5PM

Private Roundtable Discussion with regional delegation (contact USACC to get access)
B2B’s, B2G’s – contact USACC to request meetings with visiting delegates

Confirmed list of regional representatives:

Ministry of Economy
Ministry of Transportation
State Customs Committee
Coordination Council on Transit Cargo
“Azerbaijan Railways” CSJC
“Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping” CSJC
“Baku International Sea and Trade Port” CSJC

Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development
Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Georgian Railway

Ministry of Investment and Development
Kazakhstan TemirZholi (Kazakhstan Railways)
“KazLogistics” Union of Shipment and Logistics Organization and Associations

Representatives TBD

To get access to private roundtable discussion or to request B2B’s and B2G’s, please e-mail us at with your full name, position and brief company information.

To request forum agenda, please e-mail us at

REGISTRATION: RSVP is required. Register online by COB April 25, 2016.