09:00 – 09:30 Registration

09:30 – 10:00

  • Greeting the participants of the Summit
  • Official photo


Moderator –

Welcoming remarks:

  • H.E. Mr. Alikhan Smailov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • H.E. Mr. Akylbek Zhaparov, Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Kyrgyz Republic – Head of the Administration of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic
  • H.E. Mr. Kokhir Rasulzoda, Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan
  • H.E. Mr. Serdar Berdimuhamedov, President, Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Turkmenistan
  • H.E. Mr. Abdulla Aripov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan
  • Ms. Jutta Urpilainen, European Union Commissioner for International Partnerships
  • Ms. Usha Rao-Monari, UN Under Secretary General and UNDP Associate Administrator

SESSION 1: Working better together for SDGs: Integration and cross-border issues in Central Asia

What common, cross-border issues and current challenges do the achievement of the SDGs in Central Asia face? What novel solutions are being put forward? In this session representatives from different countries will present narratives of their successful experiences. Such cases can be recreated in the regions to build nascent and burgeoning partnerships among states in Central Asia.

10:40 – 12:10

H.E. Ambassador Kestutis Jankauskas, Head of EU Delegation to Kazakhstan

Keynote Speaker:
Jeffrey Sachs, University Professor, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University (online)

Country experiences panel:

  • Alibek Kuantyrov, Minister of National Economy, Kazakhstan
  • Daniyar Amangeldiev, Minister of Economy and Commerce, Kyrgyzstan
  • Ashurboy Solehzoda, First Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Tajikistan
  • Muhammetgeldi Serdarov, Minister of Finance and Economy, Turkmenistan
  • Djamshid Kuchkarov, Deputy Prime-Minister, Minister of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction, Uzbekistan


  • What has been recently done on SDGs in Central Asian countries?
  • Overview of common and transboundary SDG issues in Central Asia
  • Working better together for SDGs: Role of CA SDG Platform

Open floor discussion

SESSION 2: Smart recovery: How to combine COVID-19 response strategies with acceleration towards SDGs?

Two challenges confront countries: how to implement strategies for a COVID-19 recovery in the near term and moving at a rapid pace to realize the SDGs in the longer term? The session will use the International Futures Model to present several scenario modelling results for Central Asia and policy responses will also be shared. All five countries will cover two themes – their experiences and lessons learnt on the steps and perspectives in the COVID-19 recovery and on national development planning.

12:20 – 13:50

Jean-François Marteau, World Bank Country Manager for Kazakhstan

Keynote Speaker:
Johannes F. Linn, Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution

Taylor Hanna, Senior Research Associate, Pardee Centre for International Futures at the University of Denver, “Recovery Scenarios: International Futures Modelling tells us?”

Country experiences panel:

  • Raimbek Batalov, Chairman, NCE RK “Atameken” of Kazakhstan
  • Almaz Isanov, Head of the Department of Political and Economic Research of the Administration of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Chairman of the Board of Directors of OJSC “Kyrgyztelecom”
  • Shohruh Muhammadzoda, Head of International Department “State Institution Formation and Development of Entrepreneurship”
  • Dovletgeldi Amanmuhammedov, Chairman of Turkmenistan State Statistics Committee
  • Obid Khakimov, Director of the Center for Economic Research and Reforms under the Administration of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Open floor discussion

SESSION 3: Digitalization of Public Services as an Accelerator for SDGs

How can digitalization of public services be an accelerator for realizing the SDGs? The focus of this session – stories about inclusive digitalization, making sure that no one is left behind. Countries will give practical examples of digitalization with a human face: E-fiscalization in Kyrgyzstan, Electronic courts in Uzbekistan, Strengthening public services for entrepreneurs and investors in Tajikistan.

15:00 – 16:30

Alikhan Baimenov, Chairperson of the Steering Committee of Astana Civil Service Hub

Guest speakers:

  • Mikhail Lomtadze, Chairman of the Board “Kaspi Bank”
  • Andre Correa d’Almeida, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • Dimitrios Dosis, President of Mastercard’s Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMEA) region

Country experiences panel:

  • Bagdat Mussin, Minister of Digital development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Asadullo Hakimzoda, Deputy Minister of Justice, Republic of Tajikistan
  • Sherzod Shermatov, Minister for Information Technology Development and Communication, Uzbekistan
  • Indira Sharshenova, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Digital Development of the Kyrgyzstan
  • Ekaterina Kardava, Director of Civil Service Bureau of Georgia
  • Hadjimurat Hudaigulyev, Chairman of Agency “Turkmentaragatnashyk”
  • Heon-Jun KIM, Head, Daegu Project Office, National Information Resources Service, Ministry of the Interior and Safety
  • Hannes Astok, Executive Director and Chairman of the Management Board at the Estonian e-Governance Academy


  • Trends in digitalization of public services: an accelerator for SDGs?
  • Inclusive digitalization: how to not leave anyone behind?
  • Country experience: 1-3 examples

Open floor discussion

16:40 – 17.30

Special session:
Roundtable on SDGs localization hosted by the Mayor of Almaty

How can we act locally focused on global and regional goals? The session will discuss measures and approaches on the drawing board for the mix of large and smaller cities’ development in Central Asian and for their transition to sustainable development by localizing SDGs. Also, on the agenda – increasing cooperation and partnerships between capitals and cities and joining forces to develop sound measures for regions to attain the SDGs. The session will benefit from experiences of other location around the globe.

The mayors invited to present at this round table come from the big and small cities that are experienced with SDG localization as well as participate in UNDP’s City Experiment Fund. These small and big cities share common issues pertaining their development and realization of SDGs.

Yerbolat Dossayev, Akim of Almaty city, Kazakhstan

Guest speakers:

  • Serdar Yilmaz, Global Lead, Decentralization and Sub-national Governance, World Bank (online)
  • Andre Correa d’Almeida, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Panel discussion speakers:

  • Nino Latsabidze, Mayor of Rustavi, Georgia
  • Kanat Bozumbaev, Mayor of Almaty Oblast, Kazakhstan
  • Almaz Mambetov, Mayor of Osh, Kyrgyzstan
  • Saadi Samadzod, Director of State Unitary Enterprise “Smart City
  • Shavkat Abdurazakov, Khokim of Namangan Region