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Women's Economic Symposium Strategies for Success Agenda

Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
July 6, 2011


Central Asia and Afghanistan
Women’s Economic Symposium
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
July 18-20

Monday, July 18 Presidential Conference Center

10:15-10:45 am Opening Ceremony

10:45-11:30 am Opening Remarks

Welcome and Introduction by Symposium Moderator Eileen O’Connor

Opening Address by President of the Kyrgyz Republic Roza Otunbaeva

Video Address by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Remarks by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert O. Blake Jr.

11:30-11:50 am Keynote Address

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer

12:00-1:30 pm Lunch (Presidential Conference Center Dining Room)

Video Montage of Symposium Participants

1:30-3:30 pm Panel 1 – Economic Success through Entrepreneurship and Trade

Introductions by Moderator

Addressing the Business Environment

Jyldyz Galieva, Deputy Head of Bishkek Resident Office, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Accessing Finance

Jahan Taganova, General Director, Enar Supermarkets, Turkmenistan

Christopher Miller, Tajikistan Country Officer, International Finance Corporation

Expanding Markets through Trade

Zhanar Aitzhanova, Minister of Economic Integration, Kazakhstan

Rupa Ganguli, Founder, SPINNA

Building Capacity: Private Sector Internships, Mentoring & Advisory Services

Gulnara Kalikova, Senior Partner, Kalikova and Associates Law Clinic, Kyrgyz Republic

Moderated Audience Q & A and Commentary

3:30-4:00 pm Coffee Break

4:00-5:30 pm Concurrent Economic Breakout Sessions: Next Steps

Expanding Markets through Trade: Import-Export Opportunities and Challenges (Room 1)

Dinara Chochunbaeva, Director, Central Asian Crafts Support Association Resource Centre, Kyrgyz Republic

Rupa Ganguli, Founder, SPINNA

Addressing the Business Environment: Legal and Regulatory Reform Strategies (Room 2)

Matluba Uljabaeva, Chairman, Small and Medium Business Association, Tajikistan

Bakai Zhunushov, Director, “iCap Investment” Consulting Company, Kyrgyz Republic

Accessing Finance: Bank Loan Programs for Women/Accessible Microfinance (Room 3)

Christopher Miller, Tajikistan Country Officer, International Finance Corporation

Biljana Radjonic Ker-Lindsay , Gender Action Plan Coordinator, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Building Capacity: Women’s Business Associations, Private Sector Mentoring and Internships (Room 4)

Jamilya Jepbarova, Owner, Zemelena Enterprise, Turkmenistan

Shaktybek Imashov, Head, TAM/BAS Programme for Central Asia, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

6:00-7:30 pm Reception with President Roza Otunbaeva (Presidential Conference Center Dining Room)


Tuesday, July 19 Presidential Conference Center

8:30-8:35 am Arrival & Seating

Welcome by Symposium Moderator Eileen O’Connor

8:35-8:50 am Opening Remarks

Beksultan Tutkushev, Deputy Chair, National Medical Holding; Former Senator of the Kazakh Parliament

Nurjehan Mawani, Head of Representation in the Kyrgyz Republic, Aga Khan Development Network

8:50-10:20 am Panel 2 – Education for Opportunity and Leadership

Moderator Breakout Session Summary & Panel Introduction

Ensuring Market Relevant Training

Irina Muhamedova, Director, Entrepreneurship School of the Union of Entrepreneurs, Turkmenistan

Camilla Sharshekeeva, President, International University of Central Asia; Provost, University of Management and Design, Kyrgyz Republic

Keeping Girls in School

Irina Karimova, President, Academy of the Republic of Tajikistan

Inspiring Achievement through Camps for Youth

Leila Salimova, Program Manager, Sustainable Organizational and Community Development Projects, Peace Corps

Moderated Audience Q & A and Commentary

10:20-10:40 am Coffee Break

10:40-12:00 pm Concurrent Education Breakout Sessions: Next Steps

Ensuring Market Relevant Training: Higher Education Strategies, Technology Skills & Training (Room 1)

Nelly Simonova, Director, “Senti” Finance Company, Kyrgyz Republic

Dilbar Ashimbaeva, Creative Director and Principal Designer, Dilbar Fashion House

Keeping Girls in School: Government, Community & NGO Strategies (Room 2)

Zoya Prous, Director, “Perspective” NGO, Turkmenistan

Inspiring Achievement through Camps for Youth: Mutual Respect, Leadership, Education, Sports, Participation, and Rights (Room 4)

Nodira Turaeva, English Language Program Assistant, U.S. Embassy Tashkent

Ainura Sagynbaeva, Director, SIAR Research and Consulting, Kyrgyz Republic

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch (Presidential Conference Center Dining Room)

1:00-2:00 pm Panel 3 – Achieving Progress through Participation in Governance

Moderator Breakout Session Summary & Panel Introduction

Increasing Women’s Participation in Governance

Gulshara Abdykalikova, Minister, Labor and Social Protection, Kazakhstan

Supporting Women as Policy Makers

Damira Niyazaliyeva, Member of Parliament; Chairperson, Committee on Healthcare, Social Policy, Labor, and Migration Issues, Kyrgyz Republic

Promoting Economic Related Rights

Kanoat Khamidova, Director, Training Center of the Judicial Council, Tajikistan

Moderated Audience Q & A and Commentary

2:00-3:00 pm Concurrent Governance & Rights Breakout Sessions: Next Steps

Increasing Women’s Political Participation: Policy Platforms, Campaign Strategies, Quotas (Room 1)

Manizha Naderi, Executive Director, Women for Afghan Women, Afghanistan

Supporting Women as Policy Makers: Advocacy, Leadership and Policy Skills (Room 2)

Banur Abdieva, Director, “Leader” NGO, Kyrgyz Republic

Ainuru Altybaeva, Member of Parliament; Finance and Budget Committee, Krygyz Republic

Promoting Economic Related Rights: Inheritance & Ownership (Room 3)

Raushan Sarsembayeva, President, Association of Businesswomen, Kazakhstan

3:00-3:30 pm Coffee Break

3:30-4:30 pm Microenterprise Presentation

Success Stories, Challenges & Policy Recommendations

Shahid Punjani, Chief Executive Officer, Aga Khan Foundation, Kyrgyz Republic

Gulnara Shamshieva, General Manager, “Bai Tushum & Partners” Microfinance Company

Gulnara Kurmanalieva, Small Business Owner and Bai Tushum client

Maria Saitova, Small Business Owner and Bai Tushum client

4:30-5:30 pm Workshop: Technology Tools for Success

Business and Training Applications (Room 1)

Gulnara Djunushalieva, Director, School of Professional and Continuing Education, University of Central Asia


Workshop: Women and Land Rights

A Conversation on Practical Solutions (Room 4)

Chynara Arapova, Deputy Chief of Party, USAID Local Development Program

Karamat Orozova, Deputy Head of State Administration of Batken Oblast, Kyrgyz Republic

Sagipa Djusaeva, Programme Specialist, UN Women Sub-regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

7:00-9:00 pm Dinner Event: Furthering Fashion -- Entrepreneurship and the Textile Trade

Wednesday, July 20 Presidential Conference Center

8:15-8:30 am Arrival & Seating

Welcome by Symposium Moderator Eileen O’Connor

8:30-8:45 am Opening Remarks

Sanjar Mukanbetov, Deputy Minister, Economic Development and Trade, Kyrgyz Republic

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Susan Elliott

8:45-10:00 am Country Delegation Roundtables on Next Steps

Discussion of Breakout Session Next Step Proposals

10:00-11:00 am Final Plenary Presentations

Moderator Summary & Symposium Impressions

Symposium Action Plan Highlights by Symposium Steering Group

Private Sector, Government & Donor Commitments of Support

Announcements and evaluation forms

11:15-1:00 pm Reception at U.S. Ambassador’s Residence

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Pamela Spratlen

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