We host the CAMCA Regional Forum in partnership with the Central Asia Caucasus Institute and the CAMCA Network. The Forum serves as a platform for region-wide discussions on means of advancing economic growth and social development in Greater Central Asia. A premier convening of rising leaders from all sectors of the 10 countries of the region, attendees include international leaders, stakeholders, policymakers, researchers, private sector executives and civil society representatives.
The CAMCA network is a collection of professionals committed to sharing ideas, knowledge, expertise, experience and inspiration across the 10 countries of Central Asia, Mongolia, the Caucasus and Afghanistan (CAMCA). This new generation of regional leaders values free market economic systems, good governance, the rule of law and basic human freedoms; supports the sovereignty of their countries and traditional national values; and also acknowledges the importance of regional and global cooperation. Initiated by alumni of the Central Asia-Caucasus Fellowship Program, members of the CAMCA platform believe in the value of a connected region and are driven to contribute to the development, prosperity and cooperation of the CAMCA region through a variety of joint activities and projects.
The next CAMCA Regional Forum will be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in June 2019 and will bring together interested regional and international representatives from all sectors to discuss the developments, challenges and opportunities across the region.
Building on previous alumni conferences, in 2013 the alumni of the Fellowship Program had the idea to expand their annual gatherings by developing a broader regional forum where other interested guests could participate alongside the Fellowship alumni. After the idea of the CAMCA Regional Forum was initiated by the Fellowship alumni, the Rumsfeld Foundation and Central Asia-Caucasus Institute agreed to support the Fellows in its creation and development. The CAMCA Regional Forum was established to create a platform for the young leaders of the alumni network to engage with a larger international audience invested in the future of the region. Focused on the key opportunities and challenges throughout the Greater Central Asia region, the first CAMCA Regional Forum in Astana, Kazakhstan in 2014 brought together alumni and other participants to discuss important subjects such as transportation, energy, and security, as well as ways to increase overall cooperation across borders. Since this inaugural Forum in 2014, CAMCA Regional Forums have continued and grown each year.