12 August 2020
Embassy of Pakistan
Topic : Webinar on “The Geostrategic and Geo-economics Evolving Situation in South & Central Asia”
Date: 13 August 2020
Time: 1200 hrs Kazakhstan Standard Time/ 1100 Pakistan Standard Time
List of Speakers
1. Ambassador Imtiaz A. Kazi, Ambassador of Pakistan in Kazakhstan
2. Ambassador Akan Rahkhmatullin, Ambassador of Kazakhstan in Pakistan
3. Mr. Iftikhar Lodhi, Assistant Professor, Nazarbayev University (moderator)
4. Ms. Akbota Zolasbekova, Vice Rector, Eurasian National University
5. Dr. Shabir Ahmad Khan, Director Center for Excellence on Central Asia, Peshawar University
6. Ms. Farhat Asif, President, Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies
7. Mr. Iskinadar Akylbayev, Executive Director,
8. Mr. Paltore Yktiyar - Dean of the faculty of Oriental Studies, Kazakh National University
The geopolitical and geo-economics connections between Central and South Asia go back to millennia. Indeed, the most prominent and longest ruling dynasty – the Mughals –in South Asia originated from the Fergana valley. Islam reached to Central Asia through Southwest Asia. These historical connections were severed due to long time regional developments for the most part of the 20th century. The century-long geopolitical conflict between British Empire and the erstwhile Soviet Union left the two regions apart until 1990s.
In the aftermath of the Cold War, there were earnest hopes that the two regions would be interconnected meaningfully through various opportunities. Unfortunately the regional dynamics have not been so conducive in availing the untapped potential despite huge prospects of regional and interregional cooperation and integration. Nevertheless, given that the destiny of the two regions is intertwined for which Pakistan offers the shortest route to the open seas and to the international markets for the Central Asian States. The hydrological potential and hydrocarbon resources of the central Asian states have a natural market in South Asia. Likewise various products specially in textiles, food and fruits, pharmaceutical, sports, surgical goods and numerous others products of the South Asian region at a competitive prices can supply the needs of the Central Asian markets and bring regional and inter-regional trade to new heights. People to people contacts, tourism, cultural and literary heritages can be binding factors between the two regions.
However, the geopolitics of the region and longstanding unresolved conflicts continue to hold the two regions hostage. This is high time for the regional actors to take control of their destinies and forge greater regional cooperation based on interregional interests and understandings.
This webinar intend to discuss the venues, areas, snags and issues available for further regional cooperation and how the states of the two regions can overcome these hurdles (way forward).