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17 - 18 FEBRUARY 2016 ATLANTIS, THE PALM, DUBAI | ANCIENT ROUTES, NEW OPPORTUNITIES

ANCIENT ROUTES

NEW OPPORTUNITIES

February 17th - 18th 2016, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

Wednesday, 17th February - Day One

  • 09.00
    Welcome Address

    H.E. Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, UAE

  • 09.10
    Opening Keynote Address
    Confirmed speaker(s): 

    H.E. Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al MazroueiMinister of Energy, UAE

  • 09.30
    Changing Synergies – The Reorientation of CIS Business

    The CIS is more a concept than a reality, as the markets of the former Soviet Union forge new economic alliances and build trading links to neighbouring regions and beyond – from the Eurasian Economic Union to the Silk Road. In this session we will explore the contours of these changing synergies. What are the mutual benefits that come from the emerging CIS-GCC relationship? What are the obstacles and risks?

    Confirmed speaker(s): 

    Ruslan Alikhanov, President, Argo Investment Company, Russia
    Jean-Marc Peterschmitt, Managing Director for Countries of Operations and Chief Operating Officer for Banking, EBRD, UK

    Moderator: 

    Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster 

  • 10.55
    KEYNOTE DISCUSSION New Opportunities – Developing the North-South Transport Corridor

    There is enormous potential for the Gulf region in developing the trading and investment routes that run north-south from the Silk Road. These would link Dubai to Moscow and the newly founded Eurasian Economic Union – linking a group of markets with around 350 million people. What will it take to turn this into a key economic corridor over the next decade?

    Confirmed speaker(s): 

    H.E. Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, Vice-Chairman, DP World, UAE

     

    Moderator: 

    Andrea Catherwood, International Broadcaster

  • 11.25
    Networking Break
  • 11.30
    Boosting Foreign Investment - Understanding the Opportunities

    Both Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are looking at new ways to attract investors and boost revenues as the oil price falls. Rakhim Oshakbayev Vice Minister of Investments and Development, Kazakhstan and Dr. Sahil Babayev, Deputy Minister of Economy in Azerbaijan discuss their strategies and explore the opportunities for potential investors.

    Confirmed speaker(s): 

    Dr. Sahil Babayev, Deputy Minister of Economy, Azerbaijan
    Rakhim Oshakbayev, Vice Minister for Investments and Development, Kazakhstan

    Moderator: 

    Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster

  • 12.15
    Emerging Multinationals - Who, What and Where Next?

    The CIS has struggled to create an entrepreneurial culture, but a new generation of companies is emerging, leveraging knowledge of local markets and building on regional aspirations. This session will discuss the potential of the emerging private sector with some of the region’s leading entrepreneurs and investors.

    Confirmed speaker(s): 

    Aidan Karibzhanov, General Director, Visor Holdings, Kazakhstan
    Mammad Karimov, Founder, Khazar Ventures, Azerbaijan
    Samson Pkhakadze, President, Wissol Group, Georgia

    Moderator: 

    Chris Weafer, Founding Partner, Macro Advisory

  • 13.15
    Networking Lunch
  • 14.00
    Future Energy - After the Oil Age

    The oil-rich countries of the CIS and the Gulf are trying to understand the future of hydrocarbons in a world of low prices and increasing pressure on carbon emissions. At the same time, they are exploring the potential of developing alternative energy sources. What must the oil states do to retain their position as energy hubs?

    Confirmed speaker(s): 

    Christopher Hopkinson, First Deputy Chairman, Kazmunaygas, Kazakhstan
    Steven Geiger, President, Innova Partners, USA

    Moderator: 

    Chris Weafer, Founding Partner

  • 15.15
    Leveraging Technology - The Digital Silk Road

    While most of the focus is on railways and maritime routes, a key dimension of ensuring that the Silk Road is at the centre of Eurasian business is digital connectivity. Barbara Meynert, an expert on the digital economy in Asia, looks at how a smart Silk Road might impact the region and Nurlan Kussainov discusses his strategy to put digital technology at the heart of Astana’s new financial hub. 

    Confirmed speaker(s): 

    Barbara Meynert, Chair of Digital Economy Task Force, UNESCAP, Thailand
    Nurlan Kussainov, Chief Executive Officer, Astana International Financial Center Authority, Kazakhstan

    Moderator: 

    Andrea Catherwood, International Broadcaster

  • 15.45
    Diversification in Action - Creating an International Financial Hub

    Kazakhstan intends to turn its Expo 2017 site in Astana into an international financial centre, along the lines of Dubai’s DIFC - and plans are already turning into action. DIFC’s Arif Amiri discusses his experiences and strategy with Kairat Kelimbetov, the newly appointed Governor of Astana International Financial Center.

    Confirmed speaker(s): 

    H.E. Kairat Kelimbetov, Governor, Astana International Financial Center, Kazakhstan
    Arif Amiri, Chief Executive Officer, DIFC Authority, UAE

    Moderator: 

    Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster

  • 16.30
    End of Day One and Networking Reception
  • 19.00
    Gala Dinner