A two-day International Conference “Interconnectedness in Central Asia: Challenges and New Opportunities” to be held in Tashkent on February 19. The international event will gather 130 experts from 36 countries, 9 international and regional organizations, more than 70 analytical structures, 18 state organizations and parliaments.
EU Special Representative for Central Asia Peter Burian, Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organization Alan Wolff, Chairman of the Institute of Central Asia and the Caucasus at the Council on American Foreign Policy Frederick Starr, President of the Chinese Academy of Contemporary International Relations Ji Jie, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry of Afghanistan Kamil Siddiqi and other reputable experts and analysts specializing in regional issues are expected to attend the event.
Experts will exchange views on regional security issues in Central Asia. Special attention will be paid to the issues related on cooperation in energy, transport and communications, water and environmental, tourism and cultural areas.
It is expected that Natalia Gherman, Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia () with office in Ashgabat, co-organizer of the conference, will address a speech.
UNRCCA was established in 2007 in Ashgabat to assist and support the five countries of Central Asia in building their conflict prevention capacities through enhanced dialogue, confidence-building measures and genuine partnership so as to respond to existing threats and emerging challenges in the region.