The Third Annual Meeting of the ECFA will take place at Cliveden House, in the county of Berkshire, on 6/7th October 2016

Following our highly rewarding gathering in Vienna last December, I am pleased to let our readers know that the Third Annual Meeting of the Advisory Council will take place at Cliveden House in Berkshire, home of Lord Astor and his family, on 6/7th October 2016.

This event promises to be our most ambitious yet and, I sincerely hope, potentially the most rewarding since our launch in Brussels two years ago.   We will be honoured by the presence of the Members of the ECFA Advisory Council and our much respected Chair, Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner, who will have her work cut out for her as she welcomes a panoply of exceptionally distinguished British guests.   I would also like to thank Lord Astor for the privilege of being guests at Cliveden House, one of the most beautiful stately homes in Britain.

The Third Annual Meeting occurs, as readers will be aware, in the aftermath of the astonishing result of the “Brexit” referendum. Accordingly, the focus of our deliberations will be on deepening political and economic relations between the countries of Central Asia and of Europe, with a special emphasis on how the United Kingdom views such matters going forward.

In addition to the reception and formal dinner held in the presence of Erlan Idrissov, Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan and the ECFA’s first Hon. President, we will be holding a round-table discussion focussing on European-Central Asian relations the following morning.   From everything that I can see so far, this promises to be an excellent Meeting with a great deal of intellectual meat to chew on.

I will keep you all informed of developments as they unfold.

Zhanbolat Ussenov