SEMINARS IN ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN & TASHKENT,
UZBEKISTAN 23-27 MARCH 1998
BI organised two seminars, in Almaty, Kazakhstan
and Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the main message of both being project
finance. The seminars focused in particular on "unlocking
value" in the oil and gas sector. Dr Andreas Prindl of Nomura
Bank International led the team.
Each centre had a combination of a morning seminar,
two workshops during the afternoon, followed by an evening reception.
The guest lists were co-ordinated by the National Bank in each
country (NB this is not the Central Bank in Uzbekistan), in conjunction
with the Posts.
In Almaty the event was held in a hotel, including
the reception. In Tashkent the event was held at the Banking and
Finance Academy, with the reception being held at the Ambassador's
Residence. Press was handled by both Posts, with the press release
originally being produced by the Corporation of London's Press
Office on behalf of British Invisibles. Subsequent press coverage
is being monitored by the Posts.
The format of seminar, workshops, press conference
and reception worked well. The format of reception varied. In
Almaty everyone attending the seminar was invited. In Tashkent
government officials and local representatives of international
organisations were also invited. Workshops worked particularly
well in Tashkent, where questions were asked of the audience.
The audience was also closer to the speakers (lecture theatre
used). Registration worked well in both centres, with help from
both Posts and National Bank in Uzbekistan. Presentations were
for the most part good, although with hindsight the level of some
was aimed too high for the audience.
Seminars felt to be a success by both Posts
and team. Good attendance in both centres (between 80-100). Audience
appreciated format. Found presentations and discussions to be
useful and interesting. Do not like to be lectured to, and did
not feel that we had lectured. British Invisibles' close relationship
with the Posts in both countries helped enormously with the organisation.
A follow-up lunch was held at Nomura Bank International
in May for all participants.