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The outbreak of COVID-19 will have profound economic consequences for the countries of Central Asia, from the price of oil and other major exports to the effects on entrepreneurs and businesses, domestic and multinational alike. The response measures taken now, by governments and by businesses themselves, will shape the future of citizens, countries, and the region as an interconnected whole for years to come.

Please join the Center for International Private Enterprise and representatives of the American Chambers of Commerce in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan for a timely discussion on the economic effects of COVID-19 and the constructive role of the business community in each country's ongoing response and long-term recovery.

This conversation will take place under Chatham House rules.


5:30 PM - 5:35 PM
Introductions of speakers and topic
5:35 PM - 6 PM
What is the current situation in regard to the economy and businesses in your country?
Includes key policy measures – quarantine/stay home order, stimulus, loans, etc
6 PM - 6:10 PM
How have individual businesses and the business community responded to the crisis?
6:10 PM - 6:20 PM
What is needed for recovery in the near-to-medium term?
6:20 PM - 6:30 PM
How do you think this will affect your country’s business environment and regional integration in the longer term?
6:30 PM - 6:55 PM
Audience Questions & Answers
6:55 PM - 7 PM
Brief Closing Remarks


  • Tatyana Bystrushkina (Executive Director of American Chamber of Commerce in Uzbekistan)

    Tatyana Bystrushkina

    Executive Director of American Chamber of Commerce in Uzbekistan


    Tatyana is a global leader with over 10 years of experience in emerging markets with business, government, international organizations and NGOs. Tatyana is a member of Public Council under the Agency of Ecology. As an Executive Director of AmCham in Uzbekistan Tatyana is involved in policy analyses for private sector development, improvement of investment climate and investment attraction, trade and regulatory reforms, regional cooperation, integration and trade facilitation. She was involved in Sustainable Development projects in the UK (research, policy analysis and design in the sphere of sustainable transport, renewable energy, climate change, solid waste management etc).
    Ms. Bystrushkina has recently earned a MSc Degree in Sustainable Development and Environmental Economics from University of St. Andrews, UK, focusing on policy development in Energy and Environment. Prior to this, Tatyana holds MA in International Business Management from Westminster International university in Tashkent and her BA in Philology from the Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages.
    Tatyana is the winner of multiple awards and scholarships including Chevening, MASHAV, Rumsfeld and is an advanced networker with 4000+ business and social entrepreneurs, academics and professionals in the United States, Central Asia, Mongolia, Afghanistan, and throughout the Middle East.

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  • Zarina Chekirbaeva (Executive Director of American Chamber of Commerce in Kyrgyzstan)

    Zarina Chekirbaeva

    Executive Director of American Chamber of Commerce in Kyrgyzstan


    Ms. Zarina Chekirbaeva is the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in the Kyrgyz Republic. She is also the CEO of Women in Tech Public Foundation. Prior to joining the AmCham, she was a Corporate Affairs Director at CJSC “Jerooyaltyn,” a gold mining company based in Kyrgyzstan. Her previous work experience also includes working at the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic, the National Democratic Institute Office in Bishkek, the Academy for Educational Development and the Eurasia Foundation Office in Washington, D.C. Ms. Chekirbaeva holds an MPA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (2006) and a BA in Business Administration from the American University of Central Asia (2002). She is also a graduate of the Asia Pacific Leadership Program at the East-West Center in Hawaii (2006). She is an alumna of several international leadership programs and is actively involved in several social projects in Kyrgyzstan. Since November 2013, Ms. Chekirbaeva has been a Regional Network Development Manager for the Central Eurasia Leadership Alliance (CELA).

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  • Sharaf Davlatov (Executive Director of American Chamber of Commerce in Tajikistan)

    Sharaf Davlatov

    Executive Director of American Chamber of Commerce in Tajikistan


    Mr. Sharaf Davlatov is the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Tajikistan. He is a skilled development professional with more than 15 years working in cross-functional environments in Tajikistan and abroad. Exceptional multilingual, communications and managerial skills in private and non-for-profit sectors.

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  • Caroline Elkin (Program Officer for Europe and Eurasia at CIPE)

    Caroline Elkin

    Program Officer for Europe and Eurasia at CIPE


    Caroline Elkin is a Program Assistant for Europe and Eurasia with the Center for International Private Enterprise, where she focuses on anti-corruption, corporate governance, and business advocacy programs. Prior to joining CIPE, she received a Fulbright fellowship to research the aftereffects of Soviet architecture and urban planning in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She holds a bachelor’s in International Studies and Russian from Dickinson College and speaks Russian and Kazakh.

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  • Eric Hontz (Deputy Regional Director for Europe and Eurasia of CIPE)

    Eric Hontz

    Deputy Regional Director for Europe and Eurasia of CIPE


    Eric Hontz is active in developing the capacity of business organizations in the region to advocate on behalf of member interests and helping these organizations to foster a culture of business growth. In prior roles, Hontz was an associate at a law firm and a vice president at an investment bank, where he reviewed complex alternative investment products. Hontz is a founding member of the board of a community development corporation which recently started Baltimore’s first innovation district and actively contributes to the Maryland Business Law Developments blog.

    Hontz holds Bachelor’s degrees in Russian and Political Science from the University of Montana, a JD and an MBA from the University of Maryland, and is licensed to practice law in Maryland. Hontz also spent time studying at the Russian State University for Humanities, holds a certificate from the Institute Organization Management for nonprofit management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and served in the Peace Corps in Severodonetsk, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine.

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  • Sanzar Kakar (Chairman at Afghanistan Holding Group)

    Sanzar Kakar

    Chairman at Afghanistan Holding Group


    Mr. Sanzar Kakar is the Chairman of Afghanistan Holding Group, a professional services firm in Afghanistan employing over 300 employees serving 700 international clients for over a decade. Mr. Kakar graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science Engineering and from Warwick Business School with a Masters in Business Administration. He first worked for Merrill Lynch as a Technology Analyst, creating a link for automatic reporting to the New York Stock Exchange. He started in Afghanistan as an Investment Associate for Acap Partners, setting up a $20 million venture capital facility and sourcing over 300 new opportunities for consideration. Mr. Kakar then joined as the Executive Advisor to the Attorney General’s Office of Afghanistan on a U.S. Department of State program to reorganize the institution and set up a national paper and computer criminal case management system spanning 7 justice institutions.

    Since 2009, Afghanistan Holding Group has provided professional business services to over 700 organizations across Afghanistan. Clients range from small companies, non-profits, and corporations to development institutions and government customers. Over 300 employees support clients step-by-step, providing assistance with licensing, visas, payroll, taxation, audit and procurement services. This powerful combination of education, experience and qualification uniquely places AHG to provide the highest level of service with unparalleled integrity, efficiency and accountability.

    Mr. Kakar speaks English, Pashtu and Dari.

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