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?

RECENT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CAUCASUS AND CENTRAL ASIA REGION

TUESDAY, 19 MAY
15:00–16:00 / HALL #237
VALIKHANOV BLD / KIMEP

By JUHA KÄHKÖNEN
Deputy Director
Middle East & Central Asia Department
International Monetary Fund (IMF)

The IMF releases its Regional Economic Outlook (REO) in the spring and fall of every year. In its latest update in April 2015, it analysed the impact of the fall in oil prices, the economic slowdown in Russia and developments in exchange rates in the Caucasus and Central Asia region. In this lecture Mr. Kähkönen will share his understanding of economic developments in the region.

Short biography of the speaker:

Mr. Juha Kahkonen is deputy director of Middle East and Central Asia Department, IMF, since March 2012. Oversees the department’s work on Egypt and the CCA (Caucasus and Central Asia) Mr. Juha Kahkonen has Ph.D. from Michigan (1982).

Mr. Juha Kahkonen has previously worked in the Research, Asian, Policy Development and Review, and European Departments. Past assignments include period as resident representative in India, work on advanced and emerging market countries in Asia (Japan, Singapore, Poland, and Thailand), heading IMF missions to Albania, Bulgaria, Turkey, and more recently Germany and Russia, and reviewing IMF work on some 50 countries representing all continents.
Prior to joining the IMF, in 1982–86, Mr. Juha Kahkonen worked as assistant professor at New York University, associate professor and professor at Helsinki School of Economics, and research advisor at the Bank of Finland.

DIFFERING VIEWS ON EXILE: THE ROLE OF “SPECIAL RELOCATION” IN POST-WAR SOCIETY

DIFFERING VIEWS ON EXILE: THE ROLE OF “SPECIAL RELOCATION” IN POST-WAR SOCIETY

FRIDAY, 25 FEBRUARY
16:00–17.30 / HALL#219
VALIKHANOV BUILDING

BY ISAAC SCARBOROUGH
FULLBRIGHT SCHOLAR