Businesses sign $9.5 million in new trade deals at the Central Asian Trade Forum.

The sixth annual CENTRAL ASIAN TRADE FORUM will be held September 7-8 at the Rixos Hotel in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The largest annual event for exporters in the region brings together leading trade experts, public opinion leaders, top business sector actors, high-level government officials, as well as representatives of international organizations and diplomatic missions. Traditionally, the Trade Forum acts as an interactive business platform where participants have an opportunity to share their experience, discuss their successes and challenges with exporting, receive advice on overcoming hurdles, and establish business contacts. In 2016, business leaders and governmental officials from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, as well as delegations from Afghanistan, India, Latvia, Lithuania, and Pakistan will participate in the Trade Forum. The forum, organized by USAID’s Regional Economic Cooperation Project, anticipates over 400 participants in 2016 including Deputy Assistant Secretaries for South and Central Asian Affairs Angela Aggeler, and Daniel Rosenblum, Deputy Chief of Mission for U.S. Embassy Astana John Mark Pommersheim, and U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan Elisabeth Millard.