The Caspian Policy Center (CPC) held the 2nd Annual Caspian Business Forum in New York , CPC said in a press release on Tuesday.
The policy, government, and business leaders from various countries, including six Caspian corridor countries, gathered at the Harvard Club of New York to discuss the opportunities and challenges for enhancing mutually beneficial engagement in business, trade, and investment in the Greater Caspian Region, said in the document.
Executive Director of the Caspian Policy Center Efgan Nifti opened the business forum that consisted of two panel meetings.
“With this event, CPC is proudly presenting a venue that brings together business leaders, foreign-policy experts, and government officials from the United States and the countries of the Caspian region in order to explore new directions and identify new opportunities,” Mr. Nifti said in his opening remarks.
The director stressed that more than 100 companies are participating in the forum, and expressed gratitude to the embassies of all participating countries, partners and sponsors.
During his speech, George P. Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the Department of State noted the important role of the forum and its impact on the Caspian Region.
Kent also stressed that the independence of Caspian countries and their liberation from the influence of external forces are important for the US. The high-ranking diplomat then noted the importance of the implementation of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline project and emphasized that it serves the interests of the regional countries.
The Caspian Policy Center (CPC) is an independent, nonprofit research think tank based in Washington D.C. Economic, political, energy and security issues of the Caspian region constitute the central research focus of the Center.