Afghanistan's Emerging Modern Economy, Presented by Men and Women Who Are Building It

Co-organized by the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, the CAMCA Network and Rumsfeld Foundation

This Forum was the first in the series of events offering glimpses of the new Afghanistan which our press neglects, in the words of men and women who are building it.


Ms. Zuhal Atmar, President and Owner of Gul-Mursal Waste Paper Recycling Factory, the first woman run recycling plant in Afghanistan

Mr. Farshid Ghyasi, President and CEO of NETLINKS Inc. Afghanistan; Partner at, the leading e-commerce website in Afghanistan

Mr. Assadullah Zamir, Founder of Abreshum Venture; Founder of solar energy companies Akbar Zahir and Lunar; CAMCA Network Member

Mr. Zabihullah Ziarmal, CEO of CEFE Group International; Founder & President of the World Trade Centre Kabul; First Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce in Afghanistan; CAMCA Network Member


S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at American Foreign Policy Council 

When: Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The event was livestreamed on the CACI Facebook page and is now available on YouTube

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Developing Capital Market and Regional Funding Institutions in CAMCA: Important Tool for Post Covid-19 Recovery

A joint event of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, the CAMCA Network and Rumsfeld Foundation

The post Covid-19 economic recovery should be driven by private sector development, and the process will require significant funding sources from different private sources. What are the regional potential sources of funding? What government policies could facilitate enhancement of these funding institutions? What are the opportunities for the foreign private funding institutions to join forces with the regional Players?


Dr. Mamuka Tsereteli, Senior Fellow, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute


Baurzhan Bektemirov, Chief Economist, Astana International Financial Center (AIFC) and Member of the Management Board of AIFC Authority        

Atabek Nazirov, Chairman, Capital Market Development Agency of Uzbekistan      

Nika Kurdiani, Deputy CEO, TBC Bank, Georgia 

Abdullo Kurbanov, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Alif Capital, Tajikistan, CAMCA Network Member

Ahmad Yama Bassam, Co-founder of Arden and Bassam Partners LLC and the World Bank International Resident Banking Advisor to Bank-E-Millie Afghan, Afghanistan

Irmuun Demberel, Vice President of the Mongolian Economic Cooperation Confederation, CAMCA Network Member

When: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 10am EDT

The event was livestreamed on the CAMCA Regional Forum Facebook Page and is also available down below 

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Kyrgyzstan - Plenty of Symptoms, but What's the Disease and How to Cure it?  

A joint event of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, the CAMCA Network and Rumsfeld Foundation

Moderator :

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


- Azim Azimov, Founder and CEO of Media Kitchen; Political Commentator; CAMCA Network Member

- Dr. Almazbek BeishenalievMinister of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic; Director of the Regional Institute of Central Asia in Bishkek; CAMCA Network Member

Zarina Chekirbaeva, Candidate for the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic from “Bir Bol” political party; Former Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kyrgyzstan; CAMCA Network Member

- Dr. Johan Engvall, Researcher, Swedish Defense Research Agency;Senior Research Fellow, the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program

- Talant Sultanov, Founder and the Chair of the Kyrgyz Chapter of the Internet Society; Expert at the Center for Strategic Initiatives in Bishkek; CAMCA Network Member

When: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 10am EDT

The event was live-streamed on the CACI Facebook page and is now available on Youtube

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In lieu of our in-person annual gathering, the CAMCA Regional Forum organizers  are hosting a virtual e-CAMCA Week.

The June 2020 CAMCA Forum, to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, was postponed until June 2021. In its place, CACI and the Rumsfeld Foundation organized the e-CAMCA week of online events and publication. Find recordings of the e-CAMCA Week virtual events held over June 15th-19th at the CAMCA Forum YouTube Channel, as well a variety of original #CAMCAweek publications and resources for our CAMCA Forum community at,. 




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The Value of CAMCA 

A joint statement on the value of the CAMCA Regional Forum by three distinguished regional representatives: Amb. Tedo Japaridze, Sen. Sodyq Safoev and Amb. Hafiz Pashayev

Welcome Letter

Letter from Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

 and Dr. S  Frederick Starr for

e-CAMCA Week 2020 participants

Meet CAMCA Entrepreneurs

View features of some successful regional entrepreneurs from our CAMCA Network

"Caucasus & Central Asia Post COVID-19" Series- Volume I

The Strasbourg Policy Centre's Series brings together statesmen and scholars that reflect on how the current pandemic affects the economy and power distribution in the region bridging the Atlantic and the Pacific economies

Digital Transformation in the CAMCA Region

A jointly authored article by two CAMCA Network members - Mariam Lashkhi, Deputy Chairperson of Georgia’s Innovation & Technology Agency, and Talant Sultanov, Co-Founder of the Internet Society-Kyrgyz Chapter

Post COVID-19: Challeges & Opportunities for the Region

A comprehensive collection of brief commentaries on the short and long-term impacts – economic, political and social – of the COVID-19 pandemic on the CAMCA region.  Contributors to this unique publication include more than 20 experts and professionals from over 10 countries representing think tanks, business, academia, government and more.  Read these wide-ranging perspectives, including insights directly from the region, curated for our CAMCA Forum community.

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On June 26, CACI Director, Dr. Svante E. Cornell discussed the recent e-CAMCA (Central Asia, Mongolia, Caucasus, Afghanistan) regional conference organized by CACI and the Rumsfeld Foundation, the region's response to COVID-19, progress with political and economic reforms, risks and opportunities for regional states with regard to China-U.S.-Russia competition in the region.

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