Developing Leaders in Kyrgyzstan
On 18 December, the American University in Central Asia (AUCA) hosted an event called Development Leadership Day, a one-day seminar for university students in Bishkek, during which companies from various sectors of the economy conducted training sessions focused on the theme “how to become a leader in today’s world.”
The event gave young people an opportunity to learn about the inner workings of companies, to develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills, and find out about career opportunities in Kyrgyastan’s job market.
The schedule looked as follows:
9:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:30 Opening remarks
10:30 – 11:15 Coca-Cola Bishkek Bottlers
11:15 – 12:30 UniCredit Bank, Namba training and consulting center
12:30 – 13:15 Lunch break
13:15 – 14:30 Kyrgyz Concept, Ermex, Promotank HQA
14:30 – 15:50 Natalia Georgievna Slastnikova (AUCA) – Public speaking training session
15:50 – 16:30 Discussion
16:30 – 17:00 Closing ceremony
Presenters included Azamat Akeleev, Ermek Niyazov, Daniyar Amanaliev, Natalia Slastnikova and representatives from UniCredtBank, KyrgyzConcept and other companies.
Here are some memorable quotes by the speakers:
Dinara Isakova, commercial director, Coca-Cola: “Don’t believe the people who tell you that accounting and finance are all about numbers and no creativity! The work as just as creative as painting or composing music.”
Ermek Niyazov, director of Ermex: “Why did I get into this business? Because my older brother once told me that everyone who worked with computers became rich!”
Azamat Akeleev, director of Promotank HQA: “People all around the world drink Starbucks coffee because they want to feel like successful individuals who can afford such a beverage. That’s the power of the brand.”
Chubak Boikonov, DLD participant: “The practical side of our education is lacking, especially for economists, who have to put up with outdated textbooks. Events like this give us a chance to see Kyrgyz entrepreneurship from the inside, and ask the questions that interest us.”
Daniyar Amanaliev, Kyrgyz Concept
Over 100 participants from universities and local businesses attended the event.
One of the organizers, Turarbek Omuraliev, said: “We hope the project will motivate our young men and women and give them the necessary knowledge to pursue new ideas in the coming year. By training leaders, we are laying the foundation for a stable future for our country.”
The event ended with a discussion titled “Perspectives on Internet Development in Kyrgyzstan.” Arzymat Aldayarov, an analyst with Kyrgyztelekom presented his view on lowering prices. He said, “Today, the market only features one monopolist – the external provider. This is our problem. If we want low prices and quality internet, we have to create a competitive environment.”
Encouraged by the level of participation, organizers promised that more similar events would be held next year.