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13th ISSYK-KUL Forum   Last Updated ( Monday, 12 November 2007 )
The 13 ISSYK-KUL Forum on Central Asia and South Caucasus was organized for the third time at the International Centre Goa.
13th ISSYK-KUL Forum
The Forum,which started on 4th November annually brings together experts, policymakers and academicians from different parts of  Central Asia and the South Caucasus as well as Russia, the US, Japan, India and ASEAN. This is the third time the forum has been held in Dona Paula. The first forum was in September 1995 at Lake Issyk-kul in the Kyghyz, Republic, and has been held in several countries - Japan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Malaysia, China before settling in Goa.

The theme of this year’s meeting was “Strategic Dimensions and Internal Situation”.
One of the participants in the conference, Dr. Temuri Yakobashvili, Executive Vice President of the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies said  the forum is very important not just for Central Asia but also for the South Caucasus.

He said “we debate very important issues from oil to terrorism and the economic development in the region. On individual basis when representatives of the respective countries discusses the issues and the growing problems we can actually find mutual solutions for these problems”.

The purpose of these international gatherings, initiated in 1995 by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, has been to discuss the results of an analysis of the situation in the countries of these two regions which has been embodied in the papers presented at four sessions of the Forum: Security Challenges for the States of Central Asia and South Caucasus, Intraregional Stability and Prospects for Cooperation, Economic Trends of Central Asia and South Caucasus, Countries of Central Asia and South Caucasus as Energy Suppliers.

Another participant Dr. Migara De Silva, a senior economist of the World Bank Institute says the forum provides an important opportunity for high ranking policymakers and academics to openly discuss and debate the most timely political and economic reform issues.

He said   ”The people who participate are highly influential through different ways. So, when they hear the new economic and social developments they try to implement and influence decision making process in their countries”.

Dr. Fatima Kukeeva, Professor of International Relations at the Al-farabi Kazakh National university, Kazakhstan said they are also trying to learn lessons from the economic, social and IT development of India. She says “India is one the major Information technology hubs so a country like Kazakhstan would like to have take some models of the IT from India.

The Director and Chief Executive of the International Centre Goa, Mr.M Rajaretnam, who brought the Forum to Goa, said the 35 participants who attended are knowledgeable scholars and policy-makers. The Issyk-kul Forum has over the last 13 years built a good reputation as a platform for frank discussions on issues and problems of the region in a neutral place like Goa. He expressed the hope that Centre will become an important platform for discussions on, and training for Central Asia and South Caucasus.

S. Yasir
The International Centre, Goa