The regional economic integration of the South Caucasus and Central Asia is at a turning point. Many different visions exist for bringing the region’s economies closer together, from a Eurasian Union to a New Silk Road. Yet few discussions have focused on identifying the drivers justifying these visions and exploring their potential future evolutions.
Through its Strategic Foresight practice, the World Economic Forum provides a unique, neutral platform and a powerful process to lead a strategic dialogue among regional stakeholders on the possible future pathways for the region’s economic integration.
The Scenarios for South Caucasus and Central Asia project provides a framework for constructive and open discussions among key stakeholders.
Through the Forum’s multistakeholder scenario planning methodology, the interactions are aimed at developing:
- New and systemic insights: In addition to producing scenarios for the region’s future economic integration, this project will also explore its systemic drivers and obstacles.
- A new and strengthened community of interest: Because the value of this project lies in its process, enhancing dialogue among the region’s stakeholders will be crucial to its success.The Forum has extensive experience in this regard and will continue to build on it.
- Policy and strategy impact: This process will support decision-makers across the region in determining their own policies and strategies for the economic future of the South Caucasus and Central Asia.
Approach and Output
The value of this project lies in the process. It involves a series of interviews, virtual and in-person workshops, high-level sessions at World Economic Forum events, and a final report summarizing the discussions.
The project builds on a dedicated 18-month process with key milestones linked to the different steps of the scenario planning methodology. The milestones coincide with the Forum’s main regional and global events.
World Economic Forum Strategic Dialogue on the future of the South Caucasus and Central Asia, Baku, Azerbaijan, 7-8 April 2013
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Dalian, People’s Republic of China, 11-13 September 2013
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014, Davos-Klosters, 22-25 January 2014
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Tianjin, People's Republic of China, 10 - 12 September 2014
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2015, Davos-Klosters, 21-24 January 2015
Publications and Online Materials
- The Scenarios for the South Caucasus and Central Asia report, to be launched in fall 2014
- A short video clip introducing the project’s findings
- Digital media strategy to promote outcomes of the process
For more information on the project and to get involved, please contact:
Kristel Van der Elst, Senior Director, Head of Strategic Foresight, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anastassia Aubakirova, Director, Head of Eurasia, E-mail: email@example.com
Stephan Mergenthaler, Associate Director, Deputy Head of Strategic Foresight, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Bishop, Senior Manager, Strategic Foresight, E-mail: email@example.com
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