The 'Afghanistan: New Trade Horizons' business forum in Almaty sought to link Afghan and Central Asian businesses.
Uzbek businesspeople see great potential for their goods on the Afghan market.
Russia's 'unfriendly' economic policies towards its neighbours are becoming very costly for Kazakh businesses and aim to stymie legitimate market competition.
'Something is truly changing,' said one Uzbek.
The CAMCA forum connects professionals and young leaders with a broad international audience and attracts international funds to invest in the regions' future.
Fighting poverty and strengthening small- and medium-size businesses will help regional integration and fight radicalisation, say analysts.
Business owners in Central Asia are fuming over Russia's attempts to eliminate them from the Russian market.
The new mill will help feed livestock in southern Kyrgyzstan.
Uzbek farmers are learning about greenhouse management, food safety, fruit and vegetable exports, and other areas of agribusiness.
Tajik national Tolib Khasanov is the most recent farmer to sign with Ecolog International, which delivered more than 2,000 tonnes of food from southern Tajikistan in 2017 to feed the troops.