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The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
in Cooperation with the International Monetary Fund

“An Important Program on the Economies of Central Asian Countries and Afghanistan”


December 4, 2012

An Important Program on the Economies of Central Asian Countries and Afghanistan”


Dr. Juha Kähkönen, Deputy Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, IMF


Dr. Guanghua Wan, Principal Economist, Asian Development Bank


Dr. Joji Tokeshi, Country Director of ADB’s Afghanistan Resident Mission



S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute


Tuesday, December 4, 5-7 p.m.
Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building
SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

For the fourth time, the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is pleased to present the International Monetary Fund's latest analysis of the economies of the countries of Central Asia. Mr. Juha Kähkönen, Deputy Director in the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Department, will present the findings and offer the Fund's policy recommendations.

He will be joined on the program by Dr. Guanghua Wan, Principal Economist of the Asian Development Bank and a highly regarded scholar on the Chinese economy. Dr. Wan will comment on China's emerging role in the economic life of Central Asia.

Also participating in the program will be Mr. Joji Tokeshi, the current director of ADB’s Resident Mission in Afghanistan and previously Country Director of ADB’s Tajikistan Resident Mission. Mr. Tokeshi will provide up-to-date economic insights from the field in Afghanistan.

The Forum is preceded by a reception and refreshments at 5 p.m.  The program will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. and will conclude at 7:00 p.m.

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 atwww.silkroadstudies.org.

“The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 188 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

“The Asian Development Bank, founded in 1966 with HQ in Manila, Philippines, is an organization of 67 member countries. It aims for an Asia and Pacific free from poverty. ADB in partnership with member governments, independent specialists and other financial institutions is focused on delivering projects that create economic and development impact. ADB is active in creating the framework for the private sector to be involved in investing in new projects that underpin development and improve the lives of the 1.7 billion people in the region who live on less than $2 a day.” http://www.adb.org/about/key-facts.