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USACC Fourth Annual Conference and Exhibition

Azerbaijan: Gateway to Eurasia. Land of Strategic and Commercial Alliances

September 11-12, 2000
Washington, D.C.

His Excellency Heydar Aliyev
President, Republic of Azerbaijan

And a Delegation of Cabinet Members and Senior Representatives from Azerbaijan, including:

Vilayat Guliyev, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Nadir Ahmadov, Minister of Communications
Natig Aliyev, President, SOCAR
Mr. Heydar Assadov, Deputy Minister of Finance
Heydar Babayev, Chairman, State Securities Committee
Mr. Fikrat Sadykhov, President, Azerkimya


DAY ONE - Monday, September 11

7.30 a.m. Opening of Exhibition

8.00 a.m. 9.00 a.m. Registration and Coffee

8.00 am- 9.00 am Opening and Tour of the Exhibition by H.E. Heydar Aliyev, President, Republic of Azerbaijan

9.00 a.m. 9.10 a.m. Opening Remarks by USACC Co-Chairmen
Messrs. Richard Matzke, Vice Chairman, Chevron Corporation and Reza Vaziri, President, RV Investment Group

9.10 a.m. 10.10 a.m. Keynote Address: Azerbaijan: Gateway to Eurasia. Land of Strategic and Commercial Alliances

His Excellency Heydar Aliyev, President, Republic of Azerbaijan

10.20 a.m. 11.45 a.m. Foreign Policy Priorities. US-Azerbaijan Relationships.

Chair: Dr. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia and Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins University
The Honorable Vilayat Guliyev, Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Honorable Hafiz Pashayev, Azerbaijan's Ambassador in the US
Ambassador Steve Sestanovich, Special Advisor to the Secretary of State on the Newly Independent States
Dr. Brenda Shaffer, Research Director, Caspian Studies Program and Azerbaijan Initiative, Harvard University

(from left to right) Dr. Brenda Shaffer, Ambassador Steve Sestanovich, Dr. Frederick Starr, Minister Vilayat Guliyev, Ambassador Hafiz Pashayev

11.45 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. Break

12.00 p.m. 1.30 p.m. Keynote Luncheon: The United States Assistance to Azerbaijan. Newly Established Bilateral Task Force on Economic Reform and Cooperation.

Ambassador Bill Taylor, Coordinator of the U.S. Assistance to NIS, U.S. Chair of the Task Force

Introduction: Mr. William White, Chairman, Frontera Resources and Vice-Chairman, USACC

A special ceremony to honor the work and contributions of American relief organizations in Azerbaijan

USACC Trustee and Ambassador Hafiz Pashayev presented certificates of appreciation to the representatives of American humanitarian organizations that have worked in Azerbaijan since the beginning of the Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict

2.00 p.m. 3.30 p.m. Transition to Market Economy. Analysis of Economic Performance and Perspectives. Status of Economic Reforms.

Chair: Mr. Alum Bati, Managing Partner, Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn
Mr. Heydar Assadov, Deputy Minister of Finance
Mr. Heydar Babayev, Chairman, State Securities Committee
Ms. Veronica Kalema, Analyst, The Economist Intelligence Unit
Ms. Judy O'Connor, Country Director for Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, The World Bank
Mr. Paul Shapiro, Principal Banker, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

3.30 p.m. 3.45 p.m. Coffee Break

3.45 p.m. 5.15 p.m. Caspian Oil Strategy. Potential of Hydrocarbon Resources and their Transportation to the World Market.

Chair: Mr. Richard Matzke, Vice Chairman, Chevron Corporation
Mr. Natig Aliyev, President, SOCAR
Ambassador John Wolf, Special Advisor to the U.S. President and Secretary of State on the Caspian Basin Energy Diplomacy
Mr. K. Terry Koonce, President, ExxonMobil Production Company
Mr. Wref Digings, Vice President, Main Export Pipelines, BP
Mr. Jay Kolb, Head of Baku and London Offices, Baker Botts LLP

6.15 p.m. 7.15 p.m.      Reception
State Room, Mayflower Hotel

(from left to right) Ambassador John Wolf, Minister Vilayat Guliyev, Ambassador Steve Sestanovich, President Heydar Aliyev, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski

7.30 p.m. 10.00 p.m.      Presidential Dinner
Grand Ballroom, Mayflower Hotel

Master of Ceremony: Richard Matzke, USACC Co-Chair


DAY TWO - Tuesday, September 12

7.45 a.m. - 9.00a.m. Opening of Exhibition and Coffee

9.00 a.m. 9.30 a.m. Prospects for Enhanced Commercial Relations between the United States and Azerbaijan.

Dr. Jan Kalicki, Counselor, U.S. Department of Commerce, Ombudsman for Energy and Commercial Cooperation with NIS

Introduction: Mr. Richard Moncrief, Chairman, Moncrief Oil International

9.30 a.m. 10.00 a.m. Coffee Break

10.00 a.m. 11.40 a.m. Potential Outside the Oil and Gas Sector. The Second Privatization Program. Importance of Economic Diversification.

Chair: Mr. Daniel Matthews, Partner, Baker&McKenzie
The Honorable Nadir Ahmadov, Minister of Communications
Mr. Fikrat Sadykhov, President, Azerkimya(Chemicals Plant)
Mr. Kenny Hawsey, Territory Senior Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Ms. Mara Bolis, Investment Insurance Officer, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

11.40 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.Break

12.00 p.m. 1.45 p.m. Keynote Luncheon: Oil and Politics in the Caspian Region

The Honorable Stanley Escudero, United States Ambassador in Azerbaijan

Introduction: Mr. Stephen Robertson, President, Bertling Logistics USA

1.45 p.m. 1.55 p.m. Closing Remarks by the USACC Co-Chairmen