SOURCE: Caspian Strategy Institute

Caspian Strategy Institute

September 19, 2013 12:20 ET

World Leaders Gather to Discuss the Southern Gas Corridor at the Caspian Forum in New York on September 25, 2013

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Sep 19, 2013) - Influential voices of the academic, business and policy world will gather in New York City to participate in the Caspian Forum, a platform that explores the foundations for a prosperous, secure and democratic Euroasia region. The Forum will be moderated by the Emmy Award-winning journalist Charlie Rose, and will take place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, on September 25, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

"World leaders will discuss Southern Gas Corridor's strategic importance and its benefits for European Energy Security. TANAP (Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project) is the landmark achievement and first phase of this initiative. The idea was created years ago, but could not be implemented. With the leadership of Azerbeijan and Turkey, the dream became reality," the Secretary General of the Caspian Strategy Institute, Mr. Haldun Yavas, said today.

Initially proposed by the European Commission in 1994, and signed into agreement in 2012, the TANAP project has been billed as a "revolution in the energy history" of Eurasia. Its goal is to streamline a direct route for Caspian energy resources to the European and Middle Eastern nations.

The Forum's distinguished keynote speakers include: Ahmet Davutoğlu, Foreign Minister of Turkey; Elmar Memmedyarov, Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan; Maia Panjikidze, Foreign Minister of Georgia; Carlos Pascual, the US State Department's Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs; Ditmir Bushati, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania; Evangelos Venizelos, Deputy Prime Minister; Emma Bonino, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy; and Zlatko Lagumdzija, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers.

National and local media along with esteemed energy professionals, academia and executives are invited to attend the event which is expected to attract upwards of 500 distinguished guests and experts in the field. 

About the Caspian Strategy Institute: The Caspian Strategy Institute, a global think tank, is an independent, non-profit policy institute based in Istanbul, Turkey. The institute's mission is to produce genuine research and data on the broader Caspian Region, as well as to contribute to the policy and business environment with strategic recommendations on energy, international affairs, security, education, economic, cultural and environmental issues.

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