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Central Asia-Caucasus Institute

“Is the Economic Glass for Central Asia and the Caucasus Half Empty or Half Full?”

May 17, 2011



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“Is the Economic Glass for Central Asia and the Caucasus Half Empty or Half Full?
Featuring

David Owen, Deputy Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund

Jennifer Leonard, Deputy Director, International Crisis Group

Kazi M. Matin, Sector Manager, PREM, South Caucasus and Central Asia, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank

Tuesday, May 17, 5-7 p.m.
Rome Auditorium, 1st Fl., Rome Building
SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

The IMF's just-released Regional Economic Outlook Report for Central Asia and the Caucasus finds that "strong growth continues on the back of higher oil and gas exports and elevated government spending. To sustain this recovery, policymakers need to address rising inflation, respond to social pressures arising from high food prices without threatening fiscal stability, and restore the health of the banking systems." Can governments of the region meet this challenge? Will they? This Forum brings together top experts and commentators to discuss the report and its implication for the region.

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is a primary institution in the United States for the study of the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Caspian Region. The Institute, affiliated with Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, forms part of a Joint Center with the Silk Road Studies Program, affiliated with the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy. Additional information about the Joint Center, as well as its several publications series, is available at www.silkroadstudies.org.

“The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 186 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.” http://www.imf.org/external/about.htm