Event Schedule

Central Asia Energy Investment Forum 2019 RegistrationSpeakers

Day 1

20 September 2019 | International Hotel | Tashkent

(Registration open from 13:00)
Moderator: Ms. Nisha Pillai, former BBC news presenter

14:00 – 14:20
Welcome Remarks by Host Government


Mr. Alisher Sultanov

Energy Minister of Uzbekistan

14:20 – 14:40
Opening Remarks by ADB


Mr. Diwakar Gupta
ADB Vice-President
14:40 – 15:00
Setting the scene for EIF 2019
“Overcoming Investment Barriers in Central Asia: Bringing Business to Energy Markets in Transition”
Mr. Adnan Z. Amin

Director General Emeritus, IRENA

15:00 – 16:30
Session 1:
Energy Sector Reform as a Catalyst for Optimal Investment Conditions

This session focuses on creating the right business environment for investors in Central Asia. It sheds light on ongoing and planned energy market reforms in the CAREC countries and how policy and market barriers are planned to be reduced. Energy Ministers from the region will personally communicate their reform agendas to the audience and outline how these will affect investors. Key investment projects planned in the coming years will also form part of the discussion.

Keynote address:

Mr. Ashok Bhargava

Director, ADB

Moderated Panel Discussion with CAREC Energy Ministers

Mr. Alisher Sultanov

Energy Minister

Mr. Fatih Dönmez

Energy Minister

Mr. Kanat Bozumbayev

Energy Minister

Mr. Omar Ayub Khan

Energy Minister

Mr. Usmonali Usmonzoda

Energy Minister

Mr. Emil Osmonbetov

Chairman, State Committee for Industry Energy and Subsoil Use Kyrgyz Republic

Mr. Durdy Elyasov

Chairman of Turkmenegro State Power Corporation of the Ministry of Energy of Turkmenistan

Mr. Samir Valiyev

Deputy Energy Minister Azerbaijan

Dr. Mohammad Humayoun Qayoumi
Acting Minister of Finance Afghanistan
Mr. George Chikovani

Former Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Georgia

Mr. Ts. Sukhbaatar

Advisor to the Energy Minister of Mongolia

Mr. Werner Liepach

Director General, ADB

16:30 – 17:00
Signing Ceremony of bilateral and regional agreements
17:00 – 17:45
ADB Press Conference

Day 2

21 September 2019 | International Hotel | Tashkent

Moderator: Ms. Nisha Pillai, former BBC news presenter

09:00 – 10:30
Session 2:
How to Make the Energy Transition a Profitable Business in Central Asia?

This session will discuss how to create a business case for private investments in areas such as renewable energy and energy efficiency and identify what the missing ingredients are to make a business case in Central Asia. It will also address what cities and local communities can do to attract investments in clean energy and which investments are needed to create livable spaces.

Keynote addresses:

Ms. Nargis Wieck

Director, German Energy Agency

Mr. Yongping Zhai

Chief of Energy Sector Group, ADB

Moderated Panel Discussion with:
Ms. Maria Vassilakou
Former Deputy Mayor of Vienna
Mr. Lixin Xiong

Executive Vice President PowerChina International Group Limited

Taylan Karamanli

CEO, KB Global Investments

Mr. Tom Teerlynck
Executive Director Business Development ACWA Power
10:30 – 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30
Session 3:
Balancing Risks and Returns in Times of Transition

This session will focus on specific risks arising during times of transition and sector reform. It will discuss appropriate mitigation strategies and suitable business models to achieve a balance between risks and returns that will allow businesses to establish themselves sustainably in Central Asia.

Keynote addresses:

Aida Sitdikova

Director, Energy Eurasia, EBRD

Mr. Shantanu Chakraborty

Director, Private Sector Operations Department, ADB

Moderated Panel Discussion with private sector developers and government representatives:
Mr. Montgomery Simus

Vice President, Business Development, Bayat Group

Ms. Nilofar Ghazanfar
Head International Business Development, Ghazanfar Group
Mr. Bahrom Umarbekov

Head of Investments, Ministry of Energy Uzbekistan

Ms. Tatyana Polyanichkina
Vice President Kazakhstan Power Exchange
12:30 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:00
Session 4:
Meet the Future - Regional Start-Up Initiatives and Innovative Business Models in the Energy Sector

ADB will present CAREC’s first start-up competition that was held in the run-up to the Forum. The selected finalists will do a TED-Talk Style presentation on their business ideas and the audience will vote for a winner.

Keynote address:
Mr. Jan Aengenvoort

Chief Communications Officer, Next Kraftwerke GmbH

TED Talks by regional start-ups
Award Ceremony
15:00 – 15:30
Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:00
Session 5:
This is How We Do It – Common Regional Business Practices and Procedures

This session aims at providing hands-on advice on local business practices and criteria to consider before investing in Central Asia. Chambers of Commerce from the region as well as Foreign Chambers of Commerce will give practical advice on frequently asked questions of new and established investors. Successful businesses in Central Asia who have been through the journey will share their experience with the audience.

Moderated panel discussion with 2-3 testimonials presenting how they established a successful business in Central Asia and Chamber of Commerce representatives:
Mr. Bela Ferenczi
CEO Central Asia and Azerbaijan, General Electric
Ms. Tatyana Bystrushkina
Executive Director, American Chamber of Commerce Uzbekistan
Mr. Jongsam Kim

Executive Director, KT Global Business Group

Mr. Arsen Pogosov
Business Development Manager, Aggreko
Mr. Shokhrukh Narzikulov


17:00 – 17:30
Conclusions and Wrap-Up
Mr. Alisher Sultanov

Energy Minister Uzbekistan

Mr. Ashok Bhargava

Director, ADB

End of Conference