Panel Discussion: High-Tech Parks in Eurasia

Date: 10 March 2021
The Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of the Republic of Tajikistan, in collaboration with University of Central Asia (UCA) and StrategEast, is organising a dedicated panel discussion for different ministries, committees, public and private organizations including representatives of development partners to discuss and explore the Eurasian experience in the creation of High Technology Parks. During the panel discussion, experts from Eurasia will share their experiences on the important factors to be considered while creating a High-Tech Park, including the required basic infrastructures, competence, technology, and legal framework. 

Panel Moderator
2:00 PM (TJT) / 3:00 PM (KGT)
Farhod Bilolzoda, Deputy Minister of Industry and New Technologies, Republic of Tajikistan.
Shaukat Ali Khan, Chief Information Officer at the University of Central Asia.

2:02 PM (TJT) / 3:02 PM (KGT)
Welcome remarks by Chief Guest H.E. Sherali Kabir, Minister of Industry and New Technologies, Republic of Tajikistan

2:05 PM (TJT) / 3:05 PM (KGT)
Opening Remarks by Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi, Rector, University of Central Asia

2:08 PM (TJT) / 3:08 PM (KGT)
Opening Remarks by Anatoly Motkin, Founder and President of StrategEast Centre for a New Economy

Panel participants:
2:18 PM (TJT) / 3:18PM (KGT)

Konstantin Mikhel, VMP Vlasova, Mikhel and Partners Law office, responsible for IT legislation development - High Technologies Park (Belarus). Topic: How a new industry was built in Belarus, with an average salary of $2,200, exporting products worth $2 billion a year.  
Konstantin Mikhel has been practicing since 1995. He graduated with honors from the Belarusian State University, Law Faculty. According to the ratings of international legal guides Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Legal500, IFLR 1000, Who’s Who Legal Konstantin is one of the top Belarusian lawyers in corporate and commercial law and dispute resolution. He is a counsel under the largest investment projects in the Republic of Belarus.
Konstantin Mikhel is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), member of the Foreign Investment Advisory Council at the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus and the Advisory Council at the Tax and Duties Ministry of the Republic of Belarus, member of Best Lawyers Advisory Board. Konstantin is included in the Panel of Conciliators of the International Centre for Settlement Of Investment Disputes (ICSID, World Bank Group). He is an Arbitrator of the board for international and investment disputes of the Arbitration Center under the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP).

Avtandil Kasradze, Chairman at Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency, Tech Park (Georgia). Topic: Creation of the IT industry in accordance with the model of public-private partnership. 
After several months of Agency’s establishment, Avtandil Kasradze was appointed as a Deputy Chairman and later as a Chairman of GITA. Having more than 8 years experience in the legal field, Avtandil in parallel with all the Agency activities, he has been committed in formalizing the legal framework of the Agency. He was Senior Advisor of the Legal Department at the Chancellery of the Government of Georgia in 2014 and for 2 years Avtandil was Senior Adviser of the Department of Legal Drafting at the Ministry of Justice of Georgia.
In addition to the experience in state entities, Avtandil has working experience in international organizations as well as in NGOs. He was a Senior Legal Analyst Assistant at OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission. Avtandil’s responsibility in a non-governmental organization, Transparency International Georgia, was first Legal Analyst and later Election and Legal Expert. In the beginning of his career, he was running an NGO Association for Democracy Development. 
As for the international experience, Avtandil was a fellow in the Council of Europe (Venice Commission) in Strasbourg, France. For one year he was a research assistant at the Academic Department of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Lund University Sweden. Avtandil Kasradze has a Master’s Degree in International Human Rights Law at Lund University, Sweden and a Bachelor’s Degree of Law at Tbilisi State University, Georgia.

Dmytro Yeriomin, Member of the Supervisory Board of UNIT.City (Ukraine). Topic: How to build a high-tech park with funds from private investors.
Dmytro graduated from technical school, majoring in  Mechanical engineering, he holds a Master's Degree in Marketing and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the National Mining Academy in Dnepropetrovsk. Qualification of master in marketing and bachelor of economics. 
After working as an executive director of the Kyivreklama utility company and Deputy Head of the Department of Organizational-Analytical and Legal Support of the Kyiv Mayor, in 2012 he was invited to the team to develop the concept of the first Ukrainian innovation park, whose task was to create conditions for the development of high-tech industries in Ukraine.
Since 2014 has been working on the development of the first innovative town UNIT.City in Ukraine, which is a center of intellectual and technological business. In 2017, together with a partner, he founded a socially responsible educational project uData School, where future mathematicians study for free to work with data science.

Ana Chirita, Project Director at Tekwill (Moldova), executive director of ICT Association of (Moldova). Topic: The role of international financial organizations and development institutions in the creation of the IT industry in Eurasia.
As an advocate for the Moldovan IT community, she plays an important role in developing Moldova’s ICT industry. For the last 11 years, Ana has actively been involved in a series of initiatives aiming to advance the competitiveness of the ICT sector and promote the ICT as a core enabler for national economic development. Under her leadership, the Association became an important voice of the industry and a viable platform of dialogue and collaboration between the private sector, Government and development partners. 
Within the Association, Ana manages to attract all the interested stakeholders and necessary resources in order to address challenges important for the industry. The projects she is managing – Moldova ICT Summit, IT Career Promotion Campaign, Smart Classroom, Educational Initiatives, improving the legal and fiscal framework for ICT companies and many others – are meant to produce impact and strengthen the trust in Moldovan ICT industry. Starting 2015 Ana coordinates the Development of ICT Excellence Center in Moldova Project – Tekwill financed by USAID and Sweden! Starting 2020, Ana is a member of the Strategic Development Council of the Technical University from Moldova and Director for EU4Moldova: Startup City Cahul project financed by EU and Sweden.

Oleksandr Bornyakov, Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, Diia City Project (Ukraine). Topic: Creation of a fully virtual High Tech Park based on the model of a special legal regime.
Oleksandr Bornyakov was born in Bolgrad, Odessa region, and was fond of computers since childhood. Later this passion transformed into his major line of work. In the days of Mr. Bornyakov’s fledgling career, he worked in a company developing software for a retail pharmacy chain automation, as well as in a U.S. software development company and other IT companies. He received his first degree in Marketing at Kyiv National Aviation University in 2004.
Oleksandr continued his studies at the University of New Brunswick Canada and received an MBA in 2009. In 2019, he graduated from Columbia University of New York City with a Master of Public Administration degree. At the age of 26, he founded Adtelligent, a video ads monetization platform, which was recognized by Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ rating and was among 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the USA by Inc. 5000 in 2016-2017. Having 100+ active SaaS product customers, the company serves more than 20 million ads per day. The main markets are the United States, Israel and Ukraine. Oleksandr is also a co-owner of Intersog, an international software outsourcing company. Awarded TOP5 App Developers in Chicago by Clutch and TOP-10 by Odesa’s DOU Top Employers. 500+ successfully developed mobile apps, 12 million downloads in the App Store and Google Play. More than 170 IT specialists in the USA, Ukraine, Mexico and Bulgaria.Apart from the aforementioned Oleksandr is a Co-founder and a Managing Partner of WannaBiz Investment Fund. 580+ applications since 2012 and 20 funded startups, 11 of which have raised additional investment. Investment geography covers Ukraine, Central and Eastern Europe, Western Europe, USA, with up to $ 50,000 investment. The investment portfolio (assets under control and owned/managed companies) includes Kwambio, Reply IO, Rallyware, Influ2, Petcube, 3Dlook

4:28 PM (TJT) / 5:28 PM (KGT)
Closing remarks by Farhod Bilolzoda, Deputy Minister of Industry and New Technologies, Republic of Tajikistan and
Shaukat Ali Khan, Chief Information Officer at the University of Central Asia..

English with simultaneous Russian translation 

The lecture will start on Wednesday, March 10th, 2:00 PM TJT (GMT+5) | 3:00:00 PM KGT in Ismaili Center in Dushanbe, located at 47 Ismoili Somoni Street and zoom meeting via the following link: 

The Ministry of Industry and New Technologies is the central entity of the executive body. Its Charter was approved by a decree of the Government of Tajikistan on March 3, 2014. According to the Charter, the Ministry implements its activities in the direction of public policy, regulation of industry, fuel complex and development of new technologies, including the defense industry, machinery, chemicals, minerals, coal, building materials, light industry and food. Based on this, implementing the leadership, coordination and control of the industrial plants and factories, regardless  of ownership, are imposed on the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies. Within this  framework of  authority, the Ministry implements  international collaboration for the development of  various industrial sectors and signs memorandum of understandings.

StrategEast center for a new economy has the mission to reinforce the values of the rule of law and private property protection in Eurasian and Baltic countries through the transition from natural‑resource‑based to knowledge-driven economies. Its work is focused on the 14 countries that proclaimed or restored their independence after the collapse of the USSR: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. StrategEast is a registered 501(c)3 organization based in the United States with regional offices in Ukraine and Georgia.

The University of Central Asia was founded in 2000 as a private, not for profit, secular university under an International Treaty signed by the Presidents of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan; ratified by their respective Parliaments and registered with the United Nations. The University is a unique institution of higher education focused on the development of mountain societies, with its School of Arts and Sciences campuses in Naryn (Kyrgyzstan) and Khorog (Tajikistan), designed by award winning architect, Arata Isozaki. The Tekeli campus in Kazakhstan is currently in the planning phase. UCA’s Graduate School of Development has three research institutes, and its School of Professional and Continuing Education has graduated over 150,000 learners since 2006.

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