Central Asian Economies and COVID-19: Bracing for Crisis

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Difficult times are upon us. Central Asian states are dealing with the outbreak of COVID-19 and bracing for the second “tsunami wave” – the impact of the pandemic on their economies.  With borders sealed, supply chain interrupted, prices on natural resources going down, and businesses forced to scale down or close, the unprecedented crisis requires strong and smart policies. Join Program Director Nargis Kassenova in conversation with Christian Josz, IMF Mission Chief for the Kyrgyz Republic, Roman Mogilevskii, Associate Director of the University of Central Asia Institute of Public Policy and Administration, and Darmen Sadvakassov, Managing Partner, Dasco Consulting Group, for a discussion on the state of affairs and key trends in Central Asian economies with the focus on Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, potential “windows of opportunities” for successful management of the crisis, and prospects for the regional development and economic cooperation and integration projects in Eurasia.

Christian Josz is the mission chief for the Kyrgyz Republic in the Middle East and Central Asia Department of the International Monetary Fund, where he has worked for the last 21 years with assignments on Senegal, Madagascar, Chad, Mali, the West African Monetary Union, Iraq and at the Executive Board. He also worked at the Ministry of Economy and central bank of Belgium, at the OECD, and in the private sector.

Roman Mogilevskii is Associate Director of the Institute of Public Policy & Administration at the University of Central Asia. He has extensive experience researching trade policy, public finance, social protection, and macroeconomics in Central Asia and Central Europe. He has held advisory positions at a variety of international organizations operating in Central Asia, such as the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Bank, and the European Commission. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Center for Social and Economic Research in Kyrgyzstan (CASE-Kyrgyzstan).

Darmen Sadvakassov is Managing Partner at the Dasco Consulting Group. He has many years of experience of working for Kazakhstan’s national energy company Kazmunaigas in the capacity of Director of the Department of Analytics and Forecasting and Director of the Department of Strategy and Coordination. He also served in the government as Head of the Sector of economic analysis and competitiveness of the Center for 
Strategic Research and Analysis, Administration of the President of Kazakhstan and Head of Planning and External Relations Department, Agency of the Republic of 
Kazakhstan for Civil Service Affairs.


Christian Josz, IMF Mission Chief, Kyrgyz Republic
Roman Mogilevskii, Associate Director, Institute of Public Policy and Administration, University of Central Asia
Darmen Sadvakassov, Managing Partner, Dasco Consulting Group
Moderator: Nargis Kassenova, Senior Fellow, Program on Central Asia; Associate Professor, KIMEP University

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