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Ambassador Umarov’s Trip to Chicago 0

Posted on May 22, 2013 by KazCham

Ambassador Kairat Umarov continues his outreach presenting investment opportunities in Kazakhstan’s non-extracting industrial sector throughout the United States with his trip to Chicago, Illinois, on May 16-17.

In Chicago, the Ambassador attended the 8th Annual Silk Road Conference hosted by the Central Asian Productivity Research Center and the Northern Illinois University. In his welcome speech to the Conference participants, Ambassador Umarov highlighted investment climate and opportunities of doing business in Kazakhstan. The Ambassador also announced major steps to build upon the country’s industrial sector as an attractive market and destination for foreign investments. While attending the Conference, which was held at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Kairat Umarov met with representatives of local American companies which expressed their interest in delivery on potential bilateral projects.

In addition to the Conference, Ambassador Umarov met with Chicago’s top business circles and civic leadership during the private business round table arranged by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. The Council is a nonpartisan and independent organization with a corporate membership consisting of 100 major multinational corporations of Chicago and Midwest region. The Ambassador delivered remarks on the country’s development and its strategic directions with a following Q&A session. He also had detailed informal discussions with a select group of executives and companies, which showcased their existing and future projects in Kazakhstan.

The Ambassador in conclusion of his trip met with the leadership of the Office of Trade and Investment of the State of Illinois and Representative Office of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Both institutions are considered a strategic partner of the Kazakhstan Embassy in contributing to a business dialogue between Kazakhstan companies and Illinois’ corporate leadership. “Illinois’s manufacturing economy and its technology industry clusters make the state an important partner for Kazakhstan,” Ambassador Umarov said.

Parties also discussed possibility of sending bilateral trade missions, which would pave the way for long term and mutually beneficial trade and investment relations between Kazakhstan and the State of Illinois. “We would like to bring together our businessmen and industry leaders to develop the long term relationships that would help fuel economic growth in both Kazakhstan and Illinois”, Ambassador Umarov said.

The visit of Ambassador Umarov to Chicago has been an important opportunity for the Illinois larger community to build on knowledge about Kazakhstan and its investment potential, as for the Embassy – to develop relationships with prospective American investors. The visit has efficiently connected Kazakhstan and the State of Illinois and helped to open the doors to a more extensive and diversified business dialogue on new investment opportunities.


News Bulletin of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Special  Issue No 31,  May 22, 2013


Posted on March 30, 2011 by KazCham


CHICAGO, IL—With the continuing annual theme of “Global Energy Security”, the “Sixth Annual Silk Road Conference” is  returning to Chicago on Wednesday, July 20, 2011.

The annual successful event will be held at the conference facilities of Kent School of Law,  Illinois Institute of Technology, 565 W. Adams St.

Focus will be on business growth resulting from expanding energy economies . The morning sessions will be presented by diplomats from countries located along the historic Silk Road, which has changed dramatically in the last decade  from camel trade  routes to expanding highways, railways, gas and oil pipelines, and airports.

Confirmed countries include: Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, and Romania (Nabucco pipeline).

The afternoon sessions will be presented by foreign business executives, representatives from foreign chambers of commerce, and academicians from prominent institutions. The sessions will be highlighted  by discussions focusing on timely  financial and legal aspects of  doing business in this region, including China.

Table top exhibits will be open from registration at 8 AM, throughout the day, until 5 PM.  Registration fees are:

  • members of the four sponsoring organizations, $35.00;
  • non-members, $45.00; and
  • students, $20.00.

Sponsoring organizations are the Central Asia Productivity Research Center, which  held the original  Silk Road Conferences in Turkey and Azerbaijan;  the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the World  Trade Center-Illinois;  and Northern Illinois University’s prominent  College of  Business.

For registration and exhibit information, phone: 708-246-5556, or e-mail: lepinske@sbcglobal.net.


Harry Lepinske

Phone: 708-246-5556


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