Group photo 2 Eurasia Forum 2010 (452x362)

The first Eurasia Emerging Markets Forum took place from 23 to 25 January 2010 in Thun, near Bern, in Switzerland.

The Forum was jointly chaired by Joseph Deiss, Former President of the Swiss Confederation, Switzerland, Michel Camdessus, Governor, Emeritus, Banque de France and Former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and, Grigori A. Marchenko, Governor of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The Forum aimed to follow the structure of the Eurasia Emerging Markets Forum Inaugural Meeting which was held in January 2009 at the Study Center of the Swiss National Bank in Gerzensee, Switzerland. It was a closed door meeting which was limited to about 50–55 participants in order to facilitate frank and open exchanges of ideas.

The discussions focused on the following themes:

  • Impact of Global Economic Crisis on Central Asia
  • Investment Climate and Prospects
  • Trade and Transport Integration
  • Importance of a Prosperous Central Asia
  • Regional Cooperation and Economic Integration

Forum Information:


2010 Eurasia Forum Background Papers

Connecting Central Asia and the Caucasus with the World

By Johannes F. Linn, Brookings Institution.

Central Asia’s Oil and Gas Reserves: To Whom Do They Matter

By Martha Brill Olcott, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Trade and Transport in Central Asia

By Richard Pomfret, University of Adelaide.

The Global Economic Crisis of 2008-09 in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Mongolia

By Pradeep K. Mitra.

How Bad Are Central Asia?s Business Environments and What Can Be Done About Them?

By Dennis de Tray, Results for Development Institute.

Rivalry and Competition in Central Asia

By Martha Brill Olcott, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.