CENTRAL ASIA AND THE CAUCASUS: ECONOMIC OUTLOOK, CHALLENGES AND NEEDED REFORMS

FRIDAY, 23 OCTOBER
15:00–16:00 / HALL #237
VALIKHANOV BLD / KIMEP

“Central Asia and the Caucasus: Economic outlook, challenges and needed reforms”

Presenter: Dr. Jüha Kähkönen, Deputy Director of Middle East and Central Asia Department of the IMF

Panelist: Dr. Gautam Bhattacharya, Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics

Large external shocks, including lower commodity prices and slowdown in key trading partners, including Russia and China, has weakened economic growth prospects and raised vulnerabilities in the Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) Region. What are the challenges and policy tradeoffs facing policy makers? What would be the appropriate fiscal, monetary and exchange rate policies? How are the banking sectors faring? Which structural reforms are essential for medium-term growth and job creation?