A round table devoted to the 25th anniversary of the International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS) was held in the conference hall of the Pushkin Library in Samarkand on 13 September 2021. More than 50 researchers and practitioners from 19 countries, Director of UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office Ms. Krista Pikkat, and the Head of UNESCO Office in Tashkent Mr. Alexandros Makarigakis participated in the event.
Director of IICAS Dr. Dmitriy Voyakin presented a report on achievements, challenges and prospective areas of international academic cooperation in research of the cultural heritage of Central Asia. The presentation was followed by a series of thematic discussions, where participants could exchange views on enhancing cooperation with Member States, international and regional organizations. Special attention was paid to the prospects for admitting new member states, as well as raising awareness of the activities of IICAS at the regional and international level.