Agenda

07:00-8:30
AIFC BUSINESS BREAKFAST «AIFC – REGIONAL FINANCIAL HUB» (BY INVITATIONS ONLY)
09:00-10:00
Registration
11:00-12:30
Plenary Session
12:30-13:30
Lunch for Forum participants/ Private lunch from companies
10:30 - 12:00
Managing the soft landing of the world economy
Session partner: Reinventinge Bretton- Woods Committee
Congress Center
Moscow Hall

Managing the soft landing of the world economy

Organiser: The Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee (RBWC)

The world economy is no longer synchronized. Two biggest economies are in trade war, Europe under the Brexit, slowing global economy, declining global trade, protectionism rapidly enhanced, cross-sanctions increasing, exacerbated by geopolitical risks is apparently a ready-made recipe for a potential crisis that global economy can face in 2019. This process is being heated by the current normalization of monetary policy in developed countries, which may negatively affect the national currencies of emerging markets. Global markets are entering a new era of volatility as the world adjusts to higher interest rates after a decade of ultra-loose monetary policy.

Key Issues:

  • What will the contours of the new global economy look like in the context of full-scale protectionism?
  • How will protectionism affect the growth of the global economy?
  • Can these processes cause a new global economic recession, that could be triggered by the financial crisis of emerging markets (signs of crisis are already evident in the largest developing economies: Argentina, Turkey, etc.)?

Moderator:

  • John Defterios, Emerging Markets Editor and Anchor, CNN Business

Speakers:

  • Maurice Obstfeld, Professor of economics, University of California, Berkeley, Chief Economist at the IMF (2015-2018)
  • Justin Lin, Professor, National School of Development, Peking University, People's Republic of China, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank (2008-2012)
  • Stanley Fischer, Vice-Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Board of Governors (2014-2017), Governor of the Bank of Israel (2005-2013)

 

 

 

13:30 - 14:45
The Eurasian Economic Union for Business: Investment Expectations, Opportunities, Prospects
Session partner:
Congress Center
Dubai Hall

The Eurasian Economic Union for Business: Investment Expectations, Opportunities, Prospects

Organizer: Business Development Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission

Eurasian economic integration has provided significant business opportunities to liberalize access to the large common market. But entrepreneurs are not in a hurry or unable to take fully advantage of the benefits offered by the EAEU.

Development of the essential business ecosystem in the EAEU is a critical challenge for the boosting goods and services competitiveness and therefore for accelerating economic growth.

At the same time, a major concern for business development in the EAEU is the existence of various obstacles, lack of awareness and unused legal capacity granted under the EAEU law, as well as special regulatory environment for business processes in each country of the Union.

What is the contribution of integration processes to business development in the Eurasian space?

How to assess the positive impact of the Eurasian integration project on improvement of business climate in the entire EAEU region and every country individually?

How to achieve synergy in business and investments, through Eurasian integration and jurisdictional competition.

How to transform the tendency of tightening domestic regulation and the centrifugal forces of national protectionism into centripetal integration forces and to focus on investing potential in the Eurasian space?

Issues for discussion:

  • The influence of Eurasian integration processes on the positions of the EAEU countries in international rankings (Doing Business, The Global Competitiveness Index).
  • “Business freedom index” in an integration association: the concept and possible approaches to developing methodology and monitoring?
  • How to scale up the best national practices and mechanisms for achieving the most favorable investment climate to Eurasian format?
  • How to increase mutual confidence of national businesses and regulators of the EAEU countries: implementation, harmonization, administrative cooperation?
  • Supranational business advocacy tools: established framework and need for increased
  • The nuances of the business "life cycle" in the EAEU (establishment, operation, decline).
  • Regional integration or national protectionism: how to prevent the conflict of trends taking advantage of the single market and the “business-investment” guarantees of the Treaty on EAEU?

Moderator:

  • Stanislav Naumov, Head of the Secretariat of the EAEU Business Council 

Speakers:

  • Galiya   Joldybayeva, Director of the Business Development Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission 
  • Amangeldy Issenov, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) 
  • Danil Ibraev, President of the Kyrgyz Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs 
  • Yevgeniy Bolgert, Deputy Chairman of the management board of the “Atameken” National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan
  • Stefka Slavova, Lead Economist of the Department of Finance Competitiveness and Innovation of the World Bank’s Central Asia Regional Office
  • Oleg Goshchansky, Chairman, Managing Partner, KPMG in Russia and the CIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13:30 - 17:45
WTO Regional Forum for Free Economic Zones
Session partner: Ministry of Finance KZ
Rixos President Astana Hotel

WTO RegionalForum for Free Economic Zones

Initiator:Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Co-Initiators: World Customs Organization, Japan Customs, USAID

Kazakhstan’s customs service applies trade facilitation measures and effective customs control, including administration of free economic zones (FEZ). The scope of the FEZ administration and regulation is an important area of work in customs, because these zones apply a diversified approach to the economy development and focus on both the domestic and foreign markets. They offer many simplifications, including infrastructure, tax and customs benefits, and more simplified administrative procedures.

At present, there are 12 FEZs operating in the Republic of Kazakhstan (1-port, 1-logistics, 1-FEZ, the limits of which fully or partially coincide with sections of the customs border of the Eurasian Economic Union). In this regard, the Republic of Kazakhstan is very interested in studying the experience of successful countries and learn their effective management and customs administration of the FEZ.

This international event with the invited customs services of the WCO member-states, international organizations, government agencies and business representatives will serve as a further and effective impetus for successful regulation and administration of the FEZ not only in Kazakhstan and the European region, but also in other WCO regions.

Experience exchange will make it possible to minimize the risks of losses in the modern trade facilitation tools development, and achieve the expected goals in infrastructure and economy development of industries and regions located in these areas.

Issues for discussion:

  • International experience of FEZ customs administration;
  • Problems in the FEZ customs administration;
  • Customs administration experience for bonded warehouses in the FEZ territories.

Moderators:

  • Marat Sultangaziev, Chairman of the State Revenue Committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Kenji Omi, Technical Attaché, Research Unit, WCO
  • Satoko Kagawa, Technical Officer, procedure and facilitation sub-directorate, WCO

Speakers:

  • Ana B.Hinojosa, WCO General Secretary Deputy – Director of Compliance and Facilitation Directorate
  • Kenji Omi, Technical Attaché, Research Unit, WCO
  • Satoko Kagawa, Technical Officer, procedure and facilitation sub-directorate, WCO
  • German de Melo Ponce, Representative of the Customs Legislation Department of the European Commission
  • Christopher Edwards, USAID/Central Asia Regional Mission Director
13:30 - 14:45
Informal economy. Digital payments as a factor of increasing economic transparency
Session partner: Visa
Hilton
3 Tokyo Hall

Informal economy. Digital payments as a factor of increasing economic transparency

Organisers: Global payment technology company Visa

Informal economy limits government ability to provide services, damages competition and fosters unfair labor practices. Moving these transactions into the formal economy could bring a wide array of benefits, including less poverty, more job security, and greater access to social benefits as well as additional tax revenue to boost the development of infrastructure, education, and healthcare.

Governments around the world are focused on improving their understanding of the informal economy and addressing the fiscal and social challenges that come with widespread prevalence of the informal economy.

Research into the informal economy boosts awareness of its size and impact, as well as the role of digital payments in reducing it, which in turn can contribute to the growth of GDP and tax revenues.

A.T.Kearney, commissioned by Visa, conducted a study “Digital Payments and the Global Informal Economy”, which analyzed the scope and impact of the informal economy, as well as the role of digital payments in reducing
it. According to the study, 23% of the global economy is conducted outside the purview of governments and tax authorities, which leads to unrecorded income in the amount of more than 10.7 trillion US dollars a year.

Participants of “Informal economy. Digital payments as a factor in improving economic transparency” panel session will discuss the benefits of introducing digital technologies to increase transparency, strengthen consumer confidence and accelerate economic growth, and share successful practices in introducing innovative initiatives, research results and forecasts of financial transparency development in Central Asia when switching to digital payments.

Key issues:

  • How do digital payments stimulate an inclusive economy and help maintain transparency for all market players?
  • Barriers the “informal economy” can create to a national economy.
  • What measures in the field of digital payments can be taken to overcome the barriers?
  • What transparency tools / technologies will reduce the share of the informal economy?
  • What role can governments of Central Asia play in speeding up the transition to a digital economy and increasing transparency?

Moderator:

  • Konstantin Pak, Director for development of financial Sector, Association of Financiers of Kazakhstan

Speakers:

  • Andrew Torre, Regional President of Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa CEMEA, Visa
  • Vira Platonova, Senior Vice President and Group Country Manager, CISSEE, Visa
  • Saken Sarsenov, Chairman of the Management Board, Kazpost JSC

 

 

13:30 - 14:45
Trade wars and the emergence of new economic curtain for the global economy?
Session partner: Reinventinge Bretton- Woods Committee
Congress Center
Moscow Hall

Trade wars and the emergence of new economic curtain for the global economy?

Organiser: The Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee

The world is transiting fromthe dominant liberal order, that served as the basis for the modern world economy, to a more populist, protectionist and nationalist platform. In economic terms, this is largely characterized by the rebalancing of global trade policy, after a nearly thirty-year hyper-globalization cycle, that was driven by the world trade. The WTO and the global trading system were severely hit, the future of the WTO as an effective coordinator and arbitrator of world trade does not look promising now and trade wars and protectionism will impede its functioning.

Key Issues:

  • How will the ongoing trade war affect the global economy in 2019?
  • Will new players be involved in rebalancing the global economy?
  • What strategies should countries choose to avoid the negative effect of the trade wars?
  • Is establishment of an alliance of Multilateralism realistic?
  • What reforms will be required in the light of Kazakhstan hosting the WTO ministerial meeting in 2020?
  • What should countries do to strengthen their domestic growth drivers, including consumption and investments, reducing their reliance on external markets?

Moderator:

  • Yanqing Yang, Deputy Editor in Chief, China Business News

Speakers:

  • Opening remarks: Marc Uzan, Founder and Executive director, RBWC
  • Mehmet Şimşek, Turkish politician and economist, former Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey
  • James Bacchus, Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs and Director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity at the University of Central Florida, Former Chairman of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization, Former Member of the Congress of the United States
  • Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Professor, Former Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of India
  • Henning Voepel, Director, Hamburg Institute of International Economics

 

 

13:30 - 14:45
Development of human capital in health sector
Session partner: Ministry of Education and Science / Ministry of Health (MES)
Congress Center
New York Hall

Development of human capital in health sector

Organisers: Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Human capital development strategies are one of the most important components to strengthen health systems. Health systems effectiveness and the quality of medical services in the world depend on the availability of an adequate number of qualified specialists in health organizations and regions of the country, performance indicators of industry workers, which are determined by their knowledge, skills and motivation, and by scientific and technological development level.

Global practice shows that at the present stage the decisive factor in the economic growth of a state is investment related to the human capital formation and development. According to the World Bank’s study of 192 countries’ economies, only 16% of economic growth is contingent on physical capital, 20% - natural, 64% - human capital.

In accordance with the definition of the World Health Organization (WHO), health workers are people whose main activity is aimed to improve health. They include specialists providing medical services (doctors, nurses, pharmacists and laboratory technicians), as well as administrative and auxiliary personnel. There are about 60 million health workers in the world. About two-thirds of them provide medical services (providers), and one-third performs administrative and supportive functions.

The industrial and innovative development of any country, including Kazakhstan, requires tremendous expenditures and resources in the quality training and development of human capital. After all, only highly skilled workers and successful entrepreneurs are a powerful guarantor of achieving high economic efficiency of any society.

Educational, scientific, health care and cultural branches and areas constitute the socio-economic basis for sustainable economic development. Therefore, in modern Kazakhstan, state functions are changing towards increased expenditures and investments in education, science, health care, social security, new jobs creation and housing policy.

A human being has always been and continues to be the core of the human capital, but now this human being is an educated, creative and enterprising person with a high level of professionalism. They are people who have education, professional experience and qualifications that determine the possibilities and limits of the necessary changes. The knowledge and creative potential of workers are becoming a major factor of the economic system effectiveness, the absence of which makes it almost impossible to reach technical and economic progress.

Thus, the main objective is to form human capital, susceptible to innovation, ready to be included in scientific and production processes in the context of rapidly changing technologies.

Key Issues:

  • Sectoral qualification framework formation in health care.
  • Human resource management: current global trends and situation in Kazakhstan.
  • New global challenges in higher education
  • Systematic approach for better education results

Moderator:

  • Olzhas Abishev, Vice Minister of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Speakers:

  • Yelzhan Birtanov, Minister of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Pavel Chernykh, Director of the Skills and Competence Center “SkillCenter”, expert of United Nations from Russia conducting the project of the development of education, expert in the World Bank project on employment and competencies
  • Gulmira Raissova, Chairperson of the Coordination Council at the Association of HR Managers of Kazakhstan
  • Dainius Pavalkis, Rector of the NJSC “Medical University Astana”
  • Xin Shi, Director of research, “Karaganda Medical University” NCJSC, Karaganda, Kazakhstan

 

 

13:30 - 16:15
International conference in Celebration of 100 years of ILO to consider and discuss the Report of the Global Сommission on Future of Work
Session partner: Ministry of Labour and Social Protection
Congress Center
Beijing Hall

International conference in Celebration of 100 years of ILO to consider and discuss the Report of the Global Сommission on Future of Work   

Organisers: The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The Republic of Kazakhstan has been a member of the International Labor Organisation (ILO) since May 31, 1993.

ILO, one of the oldest UN specialized agencies, celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019. As an ILO member country, the Republic of Kazakhstan is holding the conference in honour of this event.

The priorities for cooperation programs are based on principles of the ILO Global Jobs Pact.

ILO facilitates ratification and implementation of international labour standards, provides information and analysis on labour and social issues.

The most important areas of ILO operations include: assistance in improving the legal and regulatory framework on labour and social issues, employment development, poverty reduction, health and safety and social dialogue, addressing current issues through policy formulation and technical assistance through advice, recommendations and other guidance and training programmes.

To comply with the international occupational standards, Kazakhstan has ratified 24 ILO Conventions (8 fundamental, 4 Directive, 12 out of 177 technical.

Labour environment is being improved every day under the influence of technological progress – artificial intelligence, automation and development of robotics, which in turn creates opportunities for improving the quality of working life, expanding choices, reducing the gender gap and addressing many other issues.

However, these changes in the environment pose new challenges to the labour market and require improvements of the existing principles of social and labour relations, that should be aimed at increasing investments in skills development.         

Topic of the session:

Session 1: The Future of Work

Key Issues:

  • Key recommendations of ILO’s Global Commission report on the future of work
  • Increasing investment in labour market institutions
  • Decent work as a means of achieving sustainable development
  • Current trends and future professions: What professions will be in demand in 5-7 years?
  • Establishing an effective system of lifelong learning

Session 2: Development of the social and labour environment within the new reality in the framework of Industry 4.0

Key Issues:

  • Industrial revolution and its impact on the labour market
  • Ways to ensure universal employment security in the conditions of the development of information technology and automation
  • Prospects of digitalization in the social and labour relations

Moderators:

  • Session 1: Daulet Argandykov, Partner, Dasco Consulting Group
  • Session 2: Nariman Mukushev, Vice Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Speakers:

Welcoming speech:

  • Gulshara Abdikalykova, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Session 1:

  • Berdybek Saparbayev,Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Sherzod Kudbiev, Minister of Employment and Labor Relations, Uzbekistan
  • Bakytzhan Abdirayim, Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Graham Minton, Director of Member Service and Communications Development at International Social Security Association (ISSA)
  • Sergei Perapechka, Partner and Managing Director, Head of Public Sector Practice Area in CIS, BCG Kazakhstan
  • Michael Harms, Director General of the Eastern Committee of German Economy

Session 2:

  • Giovanni Capannelli, Country Director of the Kazakhstan Resident Mission, Asian Development Bank
  • Marat Atnashev, Rector, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
  • Michael Ahern, Partner, Leader of Tax & Legal Services, PwC Eurasia
  • Susanna Hayrapetyan, the World Bank Program Leader for Human Development in Central Asia
  • Paiza Suiumbaeva, Director of the Department for Labour Migration and Social Welfare of the Eurasian Economic Comission

 

13:30 - 16:15
Current systemic challenges confronting the multilateral trading system: possible solutions and adaptation to the new realitiesCurrent systemic challenges confronting the multilateral trading system: possible solutions and adaptation to the new realities
Session partner:
Congress Center
London HalL

Current systemic challenges confronting the multilateral trading system: possible solutions and adaptation to the new realities

Organisers: Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations Office and International Organizations in Geneva, World Trade Organization (WTO)

The multilateral trading system embodied in the WTO is currently confronted with unprecedented challenges. These include, amongst others, unilateral trade actions and counter measures amidst global trade tensions; increases in protectionist sentiments, including a new high in import-restrictive measures that increases uncertainty; blockage of appointments of Appellate Body members.

These challenges have direct negative knock-on effects on businesses and investment worldwide. Indicators show that businesses are holding off on job-creating investments, and export orders are on the decline. The prevailing situation is not only dampening business and investor confidence in the global market place; it is also impacting on global growth and job creation. Currently, two-thirds of global trade takes place today through global value chains. This illustrates the potential for knock-on effects and disruption and deterioration in trade relations resulting from protectionist measures.

Against this backdrop, the rules and institutions that facilitate trade seem increasingly fragile. The three main functions of the WTO are affected: (1) the monitoring of existing commitments seems unable to fully contain trade tensions and increasing restrictive measures; (2) the impasse on the appointment of Appellate Body members threatens to bring the dispute settlement system to a halt; and (3) the negotiating pillar of the WTO has delivered modestly, and current rules do not fully reflect modern economic realities.

One argument being made is that the trading system allows distortive trade practices to go unchecked – and that the system needs to change. There is a belief among some that the trading system is not addressing important issues in the global marketplace – issues which did not exist at the time the WTO was established.

Responding to these challenges and ensuring that the trading system remains relevant to the current realities has become a pressing issue.

Many agree that the system needs to be more efficient, more effective and more responsive to today's challenges – which include some of "old" challenges that are left unaddressed. Therefore, many are talking about the need to update the system – i.e. about WTO reform. Leaders are increasingly aware and engaged on global trade and WTO issues. There is renewed engagement from many Members on systemic issues, bringing more focus on the WTO and how it can be improved. This is positive and could potentially help find a path to solutions facing the System.

During this historic period for the multilateral trading system, Kazakhstan has been accorded the privilege to host the 12th Ministerial Conference of the WTO in June 2020 and thereby contribute to building confidence in the WTO, maintaining its relevance, and strengthening multilateral trade cooperation.

In addition to continuing to address the Doha issues, the main focus of the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference in Nur-Sultan will be to contribute to addressing the current challenges confronting the WTO and the multilateral trading system – including the various reform issues identified by Members. It is also hoped that Members will register substantial progress on the issues under the Joint Statement Initiatives from the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires – the establishment of new rules on trade-related aspects of electronic commerce, investment facilitation for development and supporting the better integration of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) into global trade.

Key Issues:

  • How to further strengthen the multilateral trading system in the face of global trade tensions and growing protectionism
  • How to further improve the functioning of the WTO in its three core pillars: monitoring; dispute settlement and negotiations
  • Improving/developing new WTO rules to ensure that global trade rules are relevant to the current realities of the global economy
  • Further steps in preparation for the 12th Ministerial Conference of the WTO

Part I

Moderator:

  • Victor do Prado, Director of the Council and Trade Negotiations Committee WTO

Speakers:

  • Junichi Ihara, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Japan to the WTO
  • David Walker, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the WTO
  • Luc Pierre Devigne, Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Regional cooperation and OSCE, European External Action Service (EEAS)
  • Mark Linscott, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center
  • Ekaterina Mayorova, Director of the Department for Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
  • Michael Hahn, Professor at the University of Bern; Director of the Institute for European and International Economic Law; Director at the World Trade Institute
  • Niall Meagher, Managing Director, Advisory Center for WTO Law (ACWL)

Part II

Moderator:

  • Christian Pauletto, Professor at the International University in Geneva (IUG)

Speakers:

  • Ernst Ulrich Petersmann, Emeritus Professor at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy
  • Maxim Medvedkov, Head of trade policy department in National University Higher School                       of Economics
  • Daniel Crosby, Partner, King & Spalding LLP
  • Khalil Hamdani, Visiting Professor at the Lahore School of Economics
  • Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh, Senior Counsel, King & Spalding LLP
  • Robert McDougall, Director and Principal of Cadence Global Ltd
 
13:30 - 17:45
Cyber & Digital Security-2019
Session partner: MDDDAI KZ
Hilton
Singapore Hall

Cyber & Digital Security-2019     

Organisers: Ministry of Digital Development, Defense and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kaspersky Lab

The development of information and communication technologies (ICT) plays a crucial role for the economic and socio-political development of each country individually and humanity as a whole. However, the ICT development not only creates opportunities for growth and development, but also creates threats to international and national security. Interstate confrontation that has penetrated into the information sector can be followed by conflicts, that can turn into the extreme form of informational wars.

International information security today is defined as "the status of international relations, precluding the violation of global stability and the creation of threats to security of states and the world community in the information space."

Section 1. Digital Security State and Ecosystem

Key Issues:

  • The current state of the Informational Security legislation base in the Republic of Kazakhstan and in the world
  • Map of threats for the Republic of Kazakhstan and the world
  • Measures of technological protection of critical objects of information and communication infrastructure: the point of view of the regulator
  • Foreign legislative and practical experience in state defense

Moderator:

  • Dmitry Goloburda, Information Security Committee, Ministry of Digital Development, Defense and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Speakers:

  • Ruslan Abdikalikov, Deputy Head of Information Security Committee, MinistryofDigitalDevelopment, DefenseandAerospaceIndustryoftheRepublicofKazakhstan
  • Oleg Bil, Head of anti-malware research lab, State Technical Service, Committee of National Security of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Gani Nadirkhanov, DirectorforInformationSecurityDepartment, National Information Technologies JSC
  • Saken Zhumashev, Managing Partner, Head of Management and Risk Consulting, KPMG in Kazakhstan and Central Asia
  • GonenVardi, STM (Turkey

Section 2. Processes, technologies, personnel. The basics of digital security.

Key Isssues:

  • Best practices of state defense
  • Evolution of technology from basic protection to prediction of threats
  • Inside roles of IS officers
  • Information Security Operations Center teams, training, work regulations
  • Measures of technological protection for critical objects of information and communication infrastructure (KVOIKI)
  • Digital identity, digital fingerprints, personal security
  • Industrial safety on joints of personnel and technology

Moderator:

  • Evgeniy Pitolin, Managing Director, Kaspersky Lab – Kazakhstan, Central Asia & Mongolia

Speakers:

  • Evgeniy Pitolin, Managing Director, Kaspersky Lab – Kazakhstan, Central Asia & Mongolia
  • Rustem Khayretdinov, SVP, Infowatch первыйвице-президентГК InfoWatch
  • Gaziz Donenbay, Executive Director, TransTelecom
  • Timur Abdulmenov, Head of regional office, Infowatch
  • Kirill llganaev, Regional Manager for Central Asia, Palo Alto
  • Nazym Latypaev, systems engineer, Cisco
  • Ruslan Stefanov, ICS consultant, Honeywell

Section 3. Dialogue of society and business. Round table “Evolution of digital security”

Moderator:

  • Andrew Beklemishev, Vice President, Central Asia Region, IDC

Speakers:

  • Shavkat Sabirov, President, ALE Internet Association of Kazakhstan
  • Viktor Pokusov, Chairman, ALE InformationSecurityAssociationofKazakhstan
  • Arman Abdrasilov, Director, Center for analysis and investigation of cyber-attack (TSARKA)
  • Vitaliy Li, Chairman, Central Asian Association of information security experts
  • Arnur Tokhtabayev, Director, T&T Security
  • Baizhan Kanafin, Documentolog LLP
  • Dr. MakhmutTomanov, Advisor to Chairman of the Board of Directors, SC “Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunication”
  • Kalilallo Baitasov, Kazakh-BritishTechnicalUniversity (KBTU)
  • Erzhan Seitkulov, Director of Research Institute of Information Security and Cryptology,GumilevEurasianNationalUniversity (ENU)

 

13:45 - 18:10
AEF Talks (Public Lectures)
Session partner:
AIFC
(Mangilik El, bldg 55/23 С4.4),

Organisers: Astana EXPO-2017 NC JSC, Astana International Financial Center (AIFC), JSC Economic Research Institute, the Center of Excellence in the field of Media, Kazmedia Central

The First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy N. Nazarbayev proclaimed 2019 the “Year of Youth” and AEF Talks will allow Kazakhstan’s young people to participate in interesting discussion lectures with reputable scientists and politicians of the Astana Economic Forum. The content of lectures will reflect practical experience and knowledge of guest lecturers in the framework of the topic “Inspiring growth: people, cities, economies”.

AEF Talks provides open discussion lectures from well-known economists – the Forum guests – not only for young people, but for everyone (admission free).

Moderator:

  • MakhabbatYessen, journalist, Headofthe Center of Excellence in the field of media Kazmedia Ortalygy

Lecturers:

  • Jeffrey Sachs, Professor, Director of Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University
  • Vladislav Inozemtsev, Director of the Center of Post-Industrial Society Studies, member of the Scientific Council, Russian International Affairs Council
  • Muhammad Yunus, 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
  • Xavier Sala i Martin, Professor of Economics, Columbia University, the founder of Global Competitiveness Index
  • Hazem Galal, PwC’s Global Leader of Cities and Local Government Sector, PwC Partner in UAE
  • Vladimir Yakunin, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, Former Chairman of Russian railroads
  • Sergey Velesco, Educational dean cooperation degree programs at Mittweida University
  • Nicolas Gutierrez, Managing Director and Head of Resources and Industry X.0 department, Accenture in Russia
  • Mariya Grigoryeva, Managing Director, head of «Technologies» department, Accenture in Russia

 

14:30 - 16:30
Round table of finance ministers and governors of central banks of the countries of Caucasus and Central Asia, Eurasian Union countries and Mongolia “economic policy measures for inclusive growth”
Session partner: National Bank of Kazakhstan / International Monetary Fund
The St. Regis Astana

Round table of finance ministers and governors of central banks of the countries of Caucasus and Central Asia, Eurasian Union countries and Mongolia “economic policy measures for inclusive growth”

Organisers: National Bank of Kazakhstan, International Monetary Fund, The Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

High growth rates during 2000-14 helped CCA countries make progress in reducing poverty. However, growth has slowed down since 2014, and policies need to be increasingly focused on promoting strong, sustainable, and inclusive growth. Inclusive growth policies aim at stimulating job growth, productivity gains, and higher private and foreign investment and thereby reduce poverty and inequality. Inclusive growth policies include actions in tax policy and revenue administration, spending structure and quality, financial regulation and inclusion, the business environment, and governance and transparency. CCA countries are implementing inclusive growth policies, as per the economic strategy documents across the region. However, more needs to be done to plan, implement, and evaluate inclusive policies.

Key Issues:

  • How to raise sufficient revenue to cover the social and capital spending to boost inclusion, given the generally low tax rates in the region?
  • How to strengthen financial sectors and improve banking business models that do not foster sufficient financial inclusion?
  • How business environment improvements on paper could be translated into meaningful changes in promoting private sector activity in the region dominated by commodity exports and public sector?
  • How could governance and transparency be enhanced to strengthen public administration efficiency?

Moderator:

  • Mark Horton, Deputy Director of the IMF's Middle East and Central Asia Department, IMF Mission Chief for Kazakhstan, International Monetary Fund

Welcome speech:

  • Askar Mamin, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Erbolat Dossaev, Governor of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Keynote talk:

  • Christine Lagarde, Managing Directorof the International Monetary Fund

Discussion:

  • Finance Ministers and Governors of Central Banks

 

 

15:00 - 16:15
Big Data Conference
Session partner: IER / Kazakhtelecom
Dubai Hall
Congress Centre

Big Data Conference

Organisers: JSC Economic Research Institute, World Bank, JSC Kazakhtelecom

Experts have spent decades trying to improve the quality of life in cities, from electronic bicycles to paying for traffic jams.

The smart city is the technology of improvement in all aspects of urban life and improvement of quality of services that cities offer to their residents.To become a smart city, cities need reliable data on which long-term solutions will be based.

The expansion of big data and the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) technology have played an important role in the implementation of smart city initiatives. Big data give cities the ability to get valuable information from a large amount of data collected from various sources, and IoT helps integrating sensors, radio frequency identification and Bluetooth into the real environment, using high-network services.The combination of IoT and big data is an underexplored area that has set new and interesting challenges aimed at development of future smart cities.

During this session, JSC “Economic Research Institute” together with the World Bank and Kazakhtelecom JSC plan to discuss state-of-the-art communication technologies and intelligent applications in the context of smart cities. Visions of big data analytics to support smart cities are discussed with an emphasis on how big data can fundamentally change the urban population at different levels. In addition, a future big data business model for smart cities will be proposed, and business research and technology research objectives will be identified. This study can serve as a guide for researchers and industries for the future progress and development of smart cities in the context of big data.By installing sensors in the urban infrastructure and creating new data sources - including from citizens using their mobile devices - Smart City managers can use big data analysis to monitor and predict urban life in new ways.

This conference devoted to big data analysis and data science will provide presentation of original case studies and exchange and dissemination of innovative practical ideas for smart city development. The conference will cover all aspects of data science, intellectual data analytics including algorithms, software, systems and applications.

“Big Data and Smart Cities” attracts researchers and developers from a wide range of fields related to data science, such as data mining, machine learning, statistics, data visualization, imaging, databases and data storage, knowledge-based systems and high-performance computing. In addition to the scientific program, poster presentations will be presented at the conference, as well as panels on the application of big data in urban life. The conference will discuss the innovative approaches of leading global companies that solve today's key problems in data management in smart cities.

Key Issues:

  • Data security
  • Planning the development of smart cities based on data
  • Transport and big data
  • New trends (case studies)
  • Sustainable development of smart cities based on big data

Moderators:

  • Asset Tuyakbayev, Chief Transformation Officer, Economic Research Institute

Speakers:

  • Vitaliy Sattarov, Expert, Skolkovo; Founder of Ubic
  • Anton Musin, Managing Director, Accenture Kazakhstan
  • Wiebke Schloemer, Director for Europe and Central Asia at International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Vadim Lyu, Head of business marketing development JSC «Kcell»

 

15:00 - 16:15
Eye on emerging markets: how to ensure transition to high-income states?
Session partner: Reinventinge Bretton- Woods Committee
Congress Center
Moscow Hall

Eye on emerging markets: how to ensure transition to high-income states?

Organiser: The Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee

Since their respective last financial crises most EMEs have been implementing more prudent policies, made stronger their governance frameworks and created financial safety nets as a buffer against adverse shocks. Nevertheless, emerging countries have become more exposed to an appreciation of the dollar and to reversals in international risks appetite. High foreign currency borrowings, the ongoing normalization process along with the contagion factor added by escalating a new trend of neo protectionism have been the ingredients of current uncertainties faced by the emerging markets.

Emerging markets have in many ways become beneficiaries of economic globalization. However, the liberal order is now replaced by protectionism in the global economy. Trade wars, protectionism, uncertainties in the global economy, energy price volatility, monetary policy normalization, geopolitical risks slow down the growth of emerging markets.

Key Issues:

  • How will these processes affect the development of emerging markets, what reforms can emerging markets undertake for more sustainable growth?
  • Is the large increase of emerging-market debt, much of which is denominated in dollars, the biggest risk in the financial system?
  • How can middle income states transit to higher income countries and escape the middle income trap? Can these changes be brought only by new technologies and industry 4.0?

Moderator:

  • Massimiliano Castelli, Managing Director, Head of Strategy, Global Sovereign Markets, UBS Global Asset Management

Speakers:

  • Jose Antonio Ocampo, Member of the Board of Central Bank, FormerMinister of Finance of Columbia, Former UN Undersecretary-General for economic and social affairs
  • Yaroslav Lissovolik, Senior Managing Director — Head of Research at Sberbank Investment Research (CIB)
  • Chatib Basri, Director, Mandiri Institute, Former Minister of Finance, Indonesia
  • Bandid Nijathaworn, President and CEO of the Thai Institute of Directors, former deputy Governor at the Bank of Thailand

 

 

15:00 - 16:15
Innovation is the future of car manufacturing in Eurasian Economic Union
Session partner: EEC
Tokyo Hall
Hilton Astana

Innovation is the future of car manufacturing in Eurasian Economic Union

Organisers: Eurasian Economic Commission

Co-organisers: National technological initiative «Autonet», The Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, The Association of Kazakhstan Automobile Business (AKAB)

Key challenges and tendencies of modern car manufacturing industry such as digital technologies, «green» transport (electromobiles), unmanned and connected transport, new solutions for urban mobility will be discussed at the panel cession «Innovation is the Future of car manufacturing in EAEU» of the Astana Economic Forum. Special attention would be paid to State incentives for car manufacturing industry. Speakers will discuss innovative approaches to technological solutions including unmanned vehicles, integration of global IT solutions into Eurasian market.

The topics will include: legal and regulatory framework for car manufacturing industry, strategies of auto brand development in EAEU, implementation of Connectivity-based services, use of unmanned technologies in the world and in EEU: 5G, V2X, C-V2X, DSRC and others.

Key Issues:

  • Stimulation of green transport in EAEU countries;
  • Strategies of auto brand development in EAEU;
  • Implementation of Connectivity-based services;
  • Usage of unmanned technologies in the world and in EAEU: 5G, V2X, C-V2X, DSRC

Moderator:

  • Alexander Gurko,President “NCP GLONASS”, Co-Head of the Working Group for Development and Implementation NTI “Autonet”, Member of the Government Commission of the Russian Federation for modernization of the economy and innovative development

Speakers:

  • Alexander Subbotin, Minister for Industry and Agriculture of the Eurasian Economic Commission
  • Roman Sklyar, Minister of Industry and Infrastructural Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Alexander Morozov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
  • Frank W. Schauff, Chief Executive Officer, Association of European Businesses in Russia
  • Dina Akpanbaeva, Deputy Head of Industrial policy Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission
  • Andrey Lavrentiev, President of the Association of Kazakhstan Automobile Business
  • Anton Petrakov,Corporate Relations Director, “Yandex.Taxi”
  • Pavel Kozlov, Business development Director, HERE TECHNOLOGIES
  • Nikolai Odintsov, Vice President of the Trade Development Board, the GAZ Group

 

15:00 - 16:15
Building innovative ecosystems for green growth: science, education and technologies
Session partner: IGTIC
Congress Center
New York Hall

Panel Session «Building innovative ecosystems for green growth: science, education and technologies»

Organiser: Non-Commercial JSC International green technologies and investments center

Co-Organisers: Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Association of Ecological Organizations of Kazakhstan, National Engineering Academy of the Republic Kazakhstan

Today, “green economy” is one of the most discussed topics recently. This topic attracts the attention of scientists, environmentalists and economists around the world; it is discussed at various forums and conferences. Green economy is an opportunity to improve the well-being and comfort of people with minimal damage to the environment.

“Green economy” development is impossible without qualitative reforms in the system of training future specialists. The environmental education of the Republic is committed to reform, which requires a systematic approach. Transformation of education in Kazakhstan will be focused on ecologization only with the interaction and cooperation of interdepartmental institutions, educational institutes and specialists.

The Panel Session will create a dialogue platform to discuss the issues of training in the context of "green" technologies development and the transition to the best available technologies. 

Key Issues:

  • Discussion and providing recommendations for systemic training of future specialists (students) in universities of Kazakhstan on the issues of "green" economy
  • Introduction of a new academic discipline "Green Knowledge and Technology" in universities of Kazakhstan
  • Development of special skills training and retraining programs
  • State regulation of environment, industrial policy, energy saving and energy efficiency based on BAT principles
  • Transition to technological regulation according to the best available technologies’ principles
  • Economic efficiency and economic rationale for BAT implementation
  • Introduction of the best available technologies as a tool for sustainable community development

Moderators:

  • Ruslan Rakymbay, Founder and CEO at “Smart Advisory”

Speakers:

  • Bakytzhan Zhumagulov, Senate member of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Adnan Amin, honoured Director-General at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Aliya Nazarbayeva, Chairman of Presidium of the Association of Ecological Organizations of Kazakhstan (AEOK)
  • Rapil Zhoshybayev, Head of International green technologies and investments center
  • Anthony Cox, Deputy Director of the Environment Directorate, OECD
  • Evgeniy Gasho,Employee EIPC, Chief of laboratory for energy conservation at MPEI of Russian Federation
  • Craig Smith, Chief Executive Officer, DhahranTechnologyDevelopmentCompany
  • Fred Walti, President and CEO of NGIN, Co-Founder of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
  • Kristina Haverkamp, Managing Director in Dena(Deutsche Energie-Agentur)
  • Gudni Johannesson, Professor,Director general at Orkustofnun, the National Energy Authority of Iceland
  • Maria Rebecca Ballestra, Founder of the Festival for the Earth
  • Bakhyt Yessekina, Director of Scientific and Educational Center “Green Academy”
  • Saule Sagintaуeva,Rector, Almaty University of Energy and Communications

 

16:30 - 17:45
CAREC corridors for the future: learning from Economic Corridor Development in Asia
Session partner: ADB
Congress Center
London Hall

CAREC corridors for the future: learning from Economic Corridor Development in Asia

Organiser: Asian Development Bank (ADB)

The myriad examples of successful economic corridors in Asian countries show their power in mobilizing private and public investments, promoting high-quality growth and jobs, and raising the knowledge-intensity of exports. Economic recovery and favorable trend observed in Central Asia recently add further momentum to the development of regional economic corridors. The Almaty-Bishkek Economic Corridor under the Central Asia Region Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program is one example of creating opportunities for projects in agriculture, tourism, health, and transport through joint efforts. Cross-border economic agglomeration allows business to specialize, capture economies of scale and improve economic diversification and competitiveness. To expand regional economic dynamism, CAREC has also started the development of a new economic corridor among Kazakhstan (Shymkent), Uzbekistan (Tashkent), and Tajikistan (Khujand). The session will discuss the opportunities created by economic corridors development in the world and focus on promoting economic diversification in the CAREC region by engaging with the public and private sector.

Key Issues:

  • How to select “winning” regional corridors that have a high chance of success?
  • What are the prerequisites of successful corridors?
  • In what ways can cross-border special economic zones (SEZs) and industrial parks (IPs) promote economic corridor development?
  • What are the requirements for establishing successful SEZs and IPs?
  • What are the roles of the private sector for economic corridor development?
  • What policies are needed to maximize benefits of small and medium enterprises for participating in economic corridor development?
  • In what ways can development institutions and regional platforms like the CAREC Program support the development of regional economic corridor development?
  • What are effective institutional arrangements for managing a regional economic corridor that crosses more than one country and involves sub-national entities?
  • How to ensure coordinated role of governments at national, provincial and local level?

Moderator:

  • Werner Liepach, Director General of Central and West Asia Department, ADB

Speakers:

  • Madi Takiev, ViceMinister of National Economyof the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Zahid Hamdard, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Finance, Afghanistan
  • Gulru Jabborzoda, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Tajikistan
  • Shixin Chen, Vice President, ADB
  • Paul Vallely, Program Leader for Connectivity and Infrastructure, Central Asia Office in Almaty, World Bank
  • Aradhna Aggarwal, Professor of Copenhagen Business School

 

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15:00 - 16:15
The advisory board on digitalisation in Kazakhstan “Digitalization in achievement of sustainability in social development
Session partner:
International technopark
of IT-startups «Astana hub»

The advisory board on digitalisation in Kazakhstan “Digitalization in achievement of sustainability in social development

Organisers: The Ministry of Digital Development, Defense and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, «Zerde» National Infocommunication Holding JSC

In 2018 for proper implementation and achievement of target indicators of the National program “Digital Kazakhstan” the Advisory Board on digitalization in Kazakhstan (hereinafter - the Board) under the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan was established.

The main goal of the Board is to formulate suggestions, provide advice and expert opinions on the digitalization in the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as specific projects, activities and programs in information and communications technology.

Key Issue:

  • Digital technology for the enhanced social and economic development

Moderator:

  • Andrew Beklemishev, Vice President, IDC

Welcoming Speech:

  • Askar Mamin, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Speakers:

  • Robert Farish, Vice President, Russia and CIS, IDC
  • Jane Treadwell, Practice Manager, Digital Development Global Practice, World Bank
  • Yasmin Mahmood, Digital Economy Transformation Consultancy and Implementation
  • Ivar Tallo, Founder and the first Director of E-Governance Academy
  • Liam Maxwell, Director, Government Transformation, Amazon Web Services
  • Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director, Global Indices, INSEAD
  • Jeff Merritt, Head of IoT, Robotics & Smart Cities, The World Economic Forum

 

16:30 - 17:45
Response to the challenges of regional development
Session partner: Center of regional studies of JSC Economic Research Institute, Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Tokyo Hall
Hilton Astana

Response to the challenges of regional development

Organisers: Center of regional studies of JSC Economic Research Institute, Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The challenges of the spatial regional development and the responses have always dictated the settlement system and the economic centers of the states. In the modern world, the administrative borders of countries are a natural obstacle to the sustainable and inclusive development of regions. How to connect domestic and foreign markets? What interventions help increase added value and reduce costs? What policies are needed to take advantage of urbanization and the expansion of cities and settlements, to encourage cross-border trade?

Coordinated regional-spatial planning helps improving accessibility of markets, spatial concentration and improving equal access to basic public services. The economic integration of cities and towns, as well as other settlements in global production chains, increases competition at the local and country level, increases business productivity and attracts foreign investment.

Today, the development of territories must take into account both external and internal factors. During this session, we will discuss successful international practices of spatial development, exchange experience and knowledge with experts so that we could adjust regional development policy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Key Issues:

  • New factors of regional development, territorial impact thereof and ways to address them in the context of Kazakhstan
  • International examples of globalization and economic integration
  • The system of public policy coordination and its impact on regional development
  • International examples in organizing coordinating systems for coordinating spatial and regional policies at the national, regional and local levels
  • Application of the most efficient regional policies in Kazakhstan
  • International examples of efficient development of mono- and small cities, remote and depressed settlements with depleting natural resources and managed urbanization measures
  • Discussions of measures to manage urbanization

Moderator:

  • Dr. Piotr Zuber, Professor, University of Warsaw; Director of the Department of Structural Policy Coordination in the Ministry of Regional Development of Poland (2012-2015)

Speakers:

  • Yermek Alpysov, Vice Minister of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • SergeiPerapechka,  Partner and Managing Director, Head of Public Sector Practice Area in CIS
  • Dr. ErikS. Reinert, Professor, Tallinn University of Technology; Founder of The Other Canon Foundation
  • Dr. Krishna B. Kumar, Director of International Research and Senior Economist, RAND; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • Vasily Savin, Partner, Head of Practice for working with companies in the energy and utilities sector, KPMG in Russia and the CIS

 

16:30 - 17:45
25 years of Eurasian integration: From idea to reality
Session partner:
Congress Center
Dubai Hall

25 years of Eurasian integration: From idea to reality

Organiser: Eurasian Economic Commission

For the Eurasian Economic Union 2019 is marked by the 25th Anniversary of the Eurasian integration idea and the 5th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union.

During this period of time we passed the main stages of the Eurasian Integration Project – from the Free Trade Zone, the Eurasian Economic Community, the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space to the signing of the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union on May 2014. It became a practical realization of the idea of creation the Eurasian Economic Union announced by the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbaev 25 years ago.

Today, the rapidly changing world faces unprecedented economic challenges, such as protectionist trade and economic policies, sanctions, and new global trends lead by digitalization of the economy. The global architecture of the World is changing dramatically and there is a comprehension that rules of the global trade system will be determine by the major regional associations and partnerships. Therefore, for integration into global economic processes States are joining integration processes or creating partnerships. In this regard, the idea about the Eurasian Economic Union expressed more than two decades ago was far-sighted, and the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union was a well-timed move of our Member States. After 5 years of the functioning, the EAEU is recognized on the main international platforms and is an active participant in international relations. On behalf of the EAEU trade agreements were signed with China, Vietnam, Iran, as well as memorandums with governments of more than twenty countries around the World.

The Union has gained a strong institutional and regulatory structure, and the integration processes in the EAEU demonstrate a positive development.

Despite the impact of the world economic challenges, the rise of global and regional instability, the EAEU is developing successfully. We can observe the increase in almost of all the main indicators such as GDP, industrial production, agriculture, cargo and passenger traffic, the unemployment rate is reduced.

Today, after almost 5 years from the beginning of the Union's functioning, it is possible to assess the current level of integration, to note the achievements on the way of the EAEU formation, as well as to discuss the prospects for its development.

Key Issues:

  • To what extent did the expectations of the implementation of the Eurasian integration project, in particular the expectations of initiators of the project, come true?
  • What characterization can be given to the current level of the Eurasian Economic Integration within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union?
  • What positive effects did the Eurasian Economic Union achieve after 5 years of its functioning?
  • What are the priorities and prospects for further development of the Eurasian Economic Union?

Moderator:

  • Tatiana Valovaya, Member of the Board (Minister) on the Main Areas of Integration and Macroeconomics of the EEC

Speakers:

  • Alikhan Smailov, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Victor Khristenko, President of the Business Council of the Eurasian Economic Union
  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  • Robet Urazov, Director General of the Union «Young professionals (World Skills Russia)»
  • Frank Schauff, Chief Executive Officer, Association of European Business (AEB)
  • Christian Karl Harten, Executive Director of the German-Russian Foreign Trade Chamber

 

16:30 - 17:45
Role of the government in the venture capital development
Session partner: Baiterek
Congress Center
Beijing Hall

Role of the government in the venture capital development

Organisers: JSCBaiterek National Managing Holding, JSC QazTech Ventures, e27 Singapore

In a number of developing countries, practical measures have been taken to consolidate the efforts of the state and business to ensure international competitiveness and innovation ecosystem development.

The pace at which the world’s innovative technologies and products emerge directly depends on the level of venture capital development, which in turn forms a healthy investment climate. Digitalization of the economy, implementation of a new stage of industrialization, development of high-value-added goods and services require joint efforts of the state and business. The state should ensure the strength of the venture capital investments, as well as minimize the risks for investors.

Countries such as Singapore and Korea have successfully adopted a venture strategy by launching several government-backed funds that not only support novice and experienced entrepreneurs but also develop innovative ecosystem of the country. Successful international experience determines the role of the state and national programs that support the development of venture entrepreneurship as a catalyst for launching the venture process in the country.

With this in mind, Kazakhstan is taking a vital step towards developing its innovation ecosystem and international competitiveness by launching its first venture fund of funds - QazTech Ventures.

QazTech Ventures will focus on the following strategic directions:

-  Venture investment market development

-  Technological Consulting

-  Business incubation development

Key Issues:

  • Venture investments as a leverage for digital transformation of the country
  • The role of the state in the development of the venture capital industry
  • Successful experience of Singapore and Korea in the development of the venture capital industry and innovation ecosystem
  • Choosing the best venture investment strategy for Kazakhstan
  • Prospects for the formation of an effective innovation infrastructure based on the experience of Singapore

Moderators:

  • Thaddeus Koh, Co-founder and Director of e27 Singapore

Speakers:

  • Gan Fong Jek, Founding & Managing Partner at Jubilee Capital Management
  • Pun-Arj Chairatana, CEO at National Innovation Agency of Thailand
  • Edwin Chow, Assistant CEO of Enterprise Singapore
  • Marat Omarov, CEO of QazTech Ventures
  • Adil Nurgozhin, Managing Director of Baiterek National Managing Holding
  • James Tan, Managing Partner at Quest Ventures
  • Chan Lai Fung, Chairman, A*STAR

 

16:30 - 18:00
Open discussion: the world without multilateralism?
Session partner: Reinventinge Bretton- Woods Committee
Congress Center
Moscow Hall

Open discussion: the world without multilateralism?

Organiser: The Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee

The world is entering a new, alarming geopolitical phase, when it is not only multi-polar, but also multi-conceptual. The idea that all major economies (followed by smaller economies) would gradually come to certain regulations and institutions is no longer an axiom. All this brings new dangers: military tensions, disruptions in the economy and trade, destabilization of the feedback between changing international relations and the internal political landscape of individual countries.

The liberal world order established by the United States a little more than seven years ago is crumbling. Geopolitical alliances that existed for many years are changing. Developing countries are facing enormous economic challenges, and the whole world is probably entering a phase of the new major recession.

Trade wars clearly demonstrate the instability of the WTO in resolving conflicts between its largest members. At the same time, regionalization processes are getting enhanced and the role of international institutions is declining. It becomes easier and faster for countries to find a compromise at the regional level, where they can negotiate more beneficial conditions, and the interests of all parties are taken into account. The transformation of the global system is gradually turning into a fragmented model of regional unions. Thus, the system of regional unions with obvious leaders fragments the global system from inside.

Key Issues:

  • What key risks are associated with the collapse of the global cooperation system?
  • Technology is driving the rapid decentralization of power; the world is at the edge of full-scale technology revolution and protectionism. What impact will this process cause?
  • How can the world strike a balance between the seemingly competitive forces of sovereignty and security, technology and society, as well as equality and prosperity?

Moderators:

  • Peter Frankopan, Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research

Speakers:

  • Armen Sarkissian, The President of the Republic of Armenia
  • Alikhan Smailov, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Stanley Fischer, ViceChairman of the US Federal Reserve Board of Governors (2014-2017), Governor of the Bank of Israel (2005-2013)
  • Carlo Monticelli, Vice Governor, Council of Europe DevelopmentBank
  • Vladimir Yakunin, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, Former Chairman of Russian railroads
  • Marc Uzan, Founder and Executive director, RBWC
  • Riaz Khokhar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan(2002 – 2005)

 

 

 

 

16:30 - 18:30
Digital agriculture: from accurate agronomy to smart farms
Session partner: UN FAO / KZ MoA
Congress Center
New York Hall

Digital agriculture: from accurate agronomy to smart farms

Organisers: Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Digital globalization era based on the data flows with information, ideas and innovations has started. Based on the projections by 2020 25% of the global economy will transit to digital technologies that would facilitate the efficient functioning of states, businesses and society. Developed countries that have completed industrialization are successfully upgrading their economies. They are rushing to develop innovative technologies dominated by artificial intelligence, automation and digital platforms. Global research and technological developments total today around US.0 trillion and the average annual growth in 4.0%.

Digital technologies are considered by Kazakhstan as the main route to economic diversification, transferring from commodity-based to industrial-servicing model.

Traditional industries such as agriculture and, in particular, selection and cloning in crop and livestock production, ensuring mass production and consumption to the detriment of the environment, are no longer significant. Smart agrotechnologies are coming in place that are provided through machine learning and neural networks, digital platforms, 3D printing, robotics, biosensors and Big Data. Opportunities to modernize the industry are huge. Agriculture in the world is turning from a traditional into a high-tech industry, which is able to create new markets for innovative solutions and developments that did not exist before to solve a large number of practical issues. The time has come for the intelligent digital solutions to help the national agriculture cope with the problems of increasing labor productivity in the industry and its sustainable development. Agriculture is the most vulnerable sector for natural phenomena, which are largely dependent on climatic factors. Over time, the impact of climate change on global food security will grow. Intensity, seasonality and rainfall will become increasingly unpredictable, which will significantly reduce the ability of the agrarian business to adapt to such changes. We can add here the enormous damage caused to the country's economy as a result of droughts or floods due to climate change. Digitalization in AIS will: reduce risks, adapt to climate change, increase crop yields and animal productivity, and plan field work in a timely manner. Reducing the cost of production, improving quality and competitiveness based on the efficient use of resources and science-based approaches are the main tasks of digitization in agriculture. Providing the necessary information to rural producers will reduce transaction costs for the purchase and sale, simplify the supply chain of products from the field to the consumer, reduce the shortage in skilled labor. Rural entrepreneurs need to produce more food with less resources. Therefore, we need a significant breakthrough in the technology of agricultural production. Working the old-fashioned way, “by eye”, in agriculture without digitalization, means losing global competition. In order to remain competitive in the market, the farmer must be able to predict supply for his products depending on demand and consumer preferences. In order to make the right or, as they say now, “smart” management decision, the farmer should master digital technologies, such as satellite imagery, algorithms for differentiated field processing, high-tech sensors, mobile applications and GPS systems.

Key Issues:

  • Increased finance accessibility for farmers
  • Dissemination of knowledge and information, increasing technology transfer, development of institutions of state support for agriculture
  • Satellite monitoring and biophysical parameters in agriculture
  • The potential of monitoring technologies to support precision farming for dairy and meet cattle breeding
  • Digitalization of organic agriculture

Moderators:

  • Rakhim Oshakbayev, Director, TALAP, Nur-Sultan city, Kazakhstan

Speakers:

  • Saparkhan Omarov, Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Alexander Subbotin, Member of the Board for Industry and Agriculture of the Eurasian Economic Commission
  • Marcel Andriesse, Manager of Agro-reinsurance in Europe and Central Asia of Swiss Re.
  • George Dragan, Head of the commercial division of KAZBEK (Kazakhstan, Belarus, the Caucasus and Central Asia) Syngenta company
  • Gerald Herrmann, Director Organic Services GmbH
  • George Vozikis, Sales directorfor Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Airbus
  • Andrey Andreychuck, Head of EMEA region CROPIO

 

19:00-20:30
Official dinner on behalf of the Government of Kazakhstan (by invitation)
07:30-09:00
Business breakfast McKinsey & Company (by invitation)
07:00-08:30
Business breakfast by Kursiv news paper "Transperancy rating of the largest Kazakhstan Companies" (by invitation only)
Location: Astan Hilton Hotel
09:00 - 11:45
First in Kazakhstan Forum for Sustainable Development Goals
Session partner: Ministry of National Economy, Economic Research Institute, United Nations’ Agencies, Asian Development Bank
Congress Center
Nur-Sultan plenary Hall

Organisers: Ministry of National Economy, JSC Economic Research Institute, United Nations’ Agencies, Asian Development Bank

In 2015, the United Nations (UN) adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Like other UN member states, Kazakhstan has committed to ensure achieving sustainable development for its current and future generations. In 2018, with the assistance of UN agencies and Asian Development Bank, Kazakhstan introduced an institutional architecture to facilitate achieving the 2030 SDG targets, including establishment of the Steering Committee, five working groups (people, planet, prosperity, peace, partnership) and a coordination office.

Kazakhstan’s national approach and achievements towards the implementation of the SDGs’ targets will be presented in the form of a Voluntary National Review at the High-Level Political Forum at the UN Assembly in July 2019. An active partnership and experience exchange between international experts and government officials is needed for Kazakhstan to learn from international best practice in reaching the SDGs. The First Kazakhstan Forum on Achieving SDGs will involve experts from the government, business community, development partners, and prominent persons who promote sustainable development. Speakers will be asked to provide practical solutions for Kazakhstan to make advancements in the SDG agenda. The focus of the event is on the six SDGs which will be discussed at the 2019 High-Level Political Forum (SDG4: Quality education; SDG8: Decent work and economic growth; SDG10: Reduced inequalities; SDG13: Climate Action; SDG16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions; and SDG17: Partnerships on achieving the goals).

Aim: Contribute to enhancing the understanding about sustainable development goals and their contribution to the long-term economic growth and social development strategies of Kazakhstan and other Central Asian (CA) countries and develop a set of recommendations to the Government of Kazakhstan for further advancing nationalization of the Global 2030 Agenda.

Key Issues:

General

  • What are the most critical areas for Kazakhstan to achieve the SDG targets by 2030?
  • How can governments and international organizations finance SDGs?
  • Where are the key opportunities for SDG business in Kazakhstan or other CA countries?
  • In what areas do you see synergies between SDGs?
  • What are the main challenges for localizing SDGs in Kazakhstan?
  • In what areas can SDGs be regionalized in Central Asia?
  • How important is the advocacy for SDGs?
  • How important is leaving no one behind in Kazakhstan’s development strategy?

Economic growth

  • How are SDG targets being reflected in long-term economic growth strategies?
  • What are the most relevant indicators to measure SDGs’ contribution to economic growth?
  • How can sustainable business contribute to economic growth?
  • Can you describe a concrete case of SDG business contributing to economic growth?
  • How profitable is it to invest in SDG business contributing to economic growth?

Social development

  • How are SDG targets being reflected in long-term social development strategies?
  • What are the most relevant indicators to measure SDGs’ contribution to social development?
  • How can sustainable business contribute to social development?
  • Can you describe a concrete case of SDG business contributing to social development?
  • How profitable is it to invest in SDG business contributing to social development?

Session 1. National, Regional, and Global Contributions of SDGs

  • Welcoming speech: Askar Mamin, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Welcoming speech: Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

Moderator:

  • Jeffrey Sachs, Professor, Director of Earth Institute, Columbia University

Speakers:

  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  • Shixin Chen, Vice President, Asian Development Bank
  • Jacques Attali, French economist, writer and politician
  • Juan Manuel Santos, The President of Colombia (2010-2018), 2016 Nobel Peace Prize winner (2016)

Session2. How can SDGs Promote Economic Growth?

Moderator:

  • Rakhim Oshakbayev, Director, TALAP, Nur-Sultan city, Kazakhstan

Speakers:

  • Ms. Mirjana Egger, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Assistant Administrator of UNDP and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS
  • Tatyana Nemtsan, Chairman, Development Fund of Socially Significant Initiatives
  • Haukur Hardarson, Chairman and Founder, Arctic Green Energy Corporation
  • Dinara Seitjaparova, Financial Director, Almaty International Airport

Session 3. How can SDGs Promote Social Development?

Moderator:

  • Yerlik Karazhan, Chairman of Economic Research Institute JSC

Speakers:

  • Ms. Åsa Regnér, Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director
  • Ms. Alaa Murabit, SDG Ambassador for the United Nations
  • Susanna Hayrapetyan, Program Leader on Human Development in Central Asia, World Bank
  • Asset Akhmadiyev, Co-Founder of the social workshop “Green TAL”
09:00 - 13:00
Signing of the statute of Turkic Chambers Of Commerce And Industry
Session partner:
Rixos President Astana
Shanyrak Hall

Organiser: Secretariat of the Turkic Council, Chamber of International Commerce of Kazakhstan

Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey founded the Turkic Council on 3 October 2009.

The meeting of the Turkic business Council will be held on May 17, 2019 in Nur-Sultan city on the margins of the Astana Economic Forum. The meeting will be attended by the President of National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (Employers) Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Mammad Musayev, Chairman of the Board of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan "Atameken", Mr. Ablay Myrzahmedov, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Kyrgyzstan, Mr. Marat Sharshekeev and President of the Union of the Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), Mr. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu as well as Ambassadors of Member States to Kazakhstan, high-level officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and representatives of business community.

After discussions of the Parties on the agenda items of the Turkic Business Council, there will be a signing ceremony of the Statute establishing TCCI, which will operate in close cooperation with the Secretariat of the Turkic Council and further enhance economic relations among businessmen of the Member States.

Moderator:

  • Baghdad Amreyev, the Secretary General of the Turkic Council

Speakers:

  • Baghdad Amreyev, the Secretary General of the Turkic Council
  • Ablay Myrzakhmetov, Chairman of the Board of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan "Atameken"
  • Rifat Hisarcıklıoglu, President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB)
  • Ayan Yerenov, Chairman of the Board of the Chamber of International Commerce of Kazakhstan
  • Mammed Musayev, President of the National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (Employers) Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan (ASK)
  • Marat Sharshekeev, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic

 

09:00 - 10:15
Artificial intelligence: solutions for people, cities and sectors
Session partner: IER / BCG
Congress Center
Beijing Hall

Artificial intelligence: solutions for people, cities and sectors

Organisers: JSC Economic Research Institute, BCG

After decades of research and individual pilot projects, artificial intelligence (AI) has become one of the levers of economic growth. Companies and organizations have successfully begun to apply AI to a wide range of existing and innovative processes, products and services. AI is critical for business to solve the problem of growing complexity associated with digitalization and big data.

Today, the potential of applying solutions based on artificial intelligence to improve the quality of life of people and the development of cities is obvious. Intelligent transport systems, smart energy solutions, smart houses are designed to enhance the efficiency and throughput of infrastructure, reduce the associated costs, and optimize the use of infrastructure by people. Health services can ease access to health services, personalize treatment and lifestyle recommendations to ensure longevity.

However, despite the scientific progress in AI technology development and the economic effect of introducing this technology into everyday life, there is a number of serious challenges and risks, which, if disregarded, can minimise the positive effect of AI.

The challenges in introducing AI can be classified into several blocks from data collection, infrastructure creation and security to regulatory and legal issues and a moral and ethical issues.

Key Issues:

  • What are the opportunities and benefits of using artificial intelligence-based solutions for the benefit of people, the development of cities and economies?
  • What needs to be done so that these decisions go beyond the pilot implementations and can become an integral part of the daily processes of life and work?
  • At the same time, how to manage the growing risks of cybersecurity in business and politics?
  • Where is the best balance between observing the right to protection of personal data and obtaining personalized products and services?
  • How to organize the development of sustainable modeling and optimization mechanisms for AI and related infrastructure?

Moderator:

  • Alexander Jorov, Partner and Managing Director, BCG

Speakers:

  • Paul Romer, Chief Economist of the World Bank (2016-2018), Nobel Prize in Economics 2018
  • Dmitry Peskov, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on digital and technological development
  • Kuanyshbek Yessekeyev, Chairman of the Management Board of Kazakhtelecom JSC
  • Jane Treadwell, Practice Manager, Digital Development Global Practice, World Bank
  • George Randelov, CEE Multi-Country Public Sector Director, Microsoft
  • Joseph Ziegler Kenneth, CEO of "International technopark of IT-startups "Astana hub"

 

09:00 - 10:15
The world in technological age: how industry 4.0 affects global growth?
Session partner: Reinventinge Bretton- Woods Committee
Congress Center
Moscow Hall

The world in technological age: how industry 4.0 affects global growth?

Organiser: The Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee

We are living in an era where robotics, artificial intelligence, automation, digital platforms, and other innovations are completely changing the fundamental nature of economic activity. Eight of the world’s most highly valued companies are technology businesses. With a market capitalization of 4,7 trillion dollars, and a new type of workforce, these companies can have a huge macro impact. In turn, these developments have the potential to reshape the financial system and the economy as a whole. The discussion will address key business, technical, and even ethical issues related to the new age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Key Issues:

  • What impact will the technological era have on the global financial system and the entire economy?
  • What key business, technical and ethical issues will be relevant in the era of the fourth industrial revolution?
  • What implications will robotics, artificial intelligence, automation, digital platforms, and other innovations have on the labor market and human capital?

Moderator:

  • Klaus Mangold, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of TUI AG, and of the Supervisory Board of Knorr Bremse AG, Germany

Speakers:

  • Xavier Sala i Martin, Professor of Economics, Columbia University, The founder of Global Competitiveness index
  • Risto Siilasmaa, Chair of the Board of Directors, Nokia Corporation

 

 

 

 

09:00 - 10:15
«Global Silk Road - Mayors Forum»
Session partner:
Congress Center
Dubai Hall

Round table «Global Silk Road - Mayors Forum»

Organisers: International Secretariat of G-Global, ERG, “Eurasian economic Club of scientists Association”, KazNU named after Al-Farabi, International Silk Road Academy of Sciences, “Global Silk Road” Association

Co-Organisers:Ban Ki-Moon Institute for Sustainable Development, BBC World News, AIFC, Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce,China Overseas Development Association, JUMORE GROUP, China Chamber of International Commerce, “Techgarden” independent cluster fund, China Chamber of International Commerce

For many centuries the Great Silk Road brought various peoples together. This was expressed in the exchange of ideas and knowledge, the mutual enrichment of languages and cultures.

The history of the Great Silk Road is the history of a wide cultural and trade interaction between the peoples of the East and the West. It proves that only close cooperation is the basis of peace and progress for all of humanity.

The Forum of Mayors of the Silk Road countries Global Silk Road is an exclusive platform that brought together city and government leaders and industry experts to form a new quality of growth and development of regions/cities.

The purpose of the Forum is to unite the potential of the peoples of the Silk Road countries for the purposes of socio-economic and cultural interaction, trade and economic integration, as well as to link the European and Eurasian Economic Union with the initiative Belt&Road.

Key Issues

  • Economic Cooperation of the Silk Road Countries
  • Joint efforts in the formation of the Silk Road Transport and Logistics Hub
  • Conjugation of the EAEU with the project Belt&Road
  • Project “Digital Silk Road”
  • Urban tourism and trade development
  • City Ecology
  • Development of small and medium business
  • Smart-city technologies

Moderator:

  • Sergey Stanovkin, Head of BBC World News regional offices in Eurasia

Speakers:

  • Welcoming speech: Bakhyt Sultanov, Mayor of Nur-Sultan city
  • Sergey Cheryomin, Minister of the Government of Moscow, head of the Department of Foreign Economic and International Relations of the city of Moscow (Russia)
  • Mihhail Kõlvart, The Chairman of Tallinn City Council (Estonia)
  • Fang Wei, the Mayor of Lianyungang (PRC)
  • Hayk Marutyan,the Mayor of Erevan (PRC)
  • Xie Shaodi, Vice Mayor of Urumqi (PRC)
  • Wang Yanmin, Vice Mayor of Harbin (PRC)
  • Vallop Suwandee, Chairman of Advisers to Governor of Bangkok, Former Vice Mayor of Bangkok
  • Alexander Mashkevich, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Eurasian Resources Group
  • Raymond Yip, Deputy Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (Hong Kong)
  • Christopher Campbell-Holt, Registrar and Chief Executive, AIFC Court and International Arbitration Centre
  • Mihai Daraban, President of The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania
  • Shaylobek Mussakojoev, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic, Doctor of Economics, Professor
  • Vladimir Arkhipov, Mayor of Maardu (Estonia)
  • Dmitry Kulagin, Mayor of Orenburg (Russian Federation)
  • Maxim Dimitrievski, Mayor of Kumanovo (Republic of North Macedonia)
  • Igor Shpektor, Former Mayor of a municipal district of Vorkuta (Russia)
  • Zsolt Wintermantel, Mayor of Újpest (4th district of Budapest) (Hungary)
  • Vitaly Borodin, Vice Mayor of Kohtla-Järve
  • Serik Nugerbekov, Head of the International Secretariat of G-Global
  • Roberto Biagini, Advisor to the Mayor of Florence (Italy)
  • Piskurev Vladimir, Secretary-General of EECO
  • Anicet Gabriel Kotchofa, High Commissioner of the EECO for International Relations - Deputy Secretary General of the EECO
  • Sergey Velesco, Educational dean cooperation degree programs at Mittweida University
  • Dr.Bernd Hallier, Professor, President of the European Retail Academy (ERA)
  • Denis Tsyro, G-Global representative in Europe, Director of the School of Industry 4.0
09:00 - 10:15
Role of the government in creating a modern ecosystem of affordable housing
Session partner: «Baiterek»National Managing Holding JSC
Сингапур» залы
Hilton Astana

Role of the government in creating a modern ecosystem of affordable housing

Organiser: «Baiterek»National Managing Holding JSC

The global trend shows that total urbanization, as a characteristic of today, contributes to an increase in the urban population, the load on utilities and social infrastructure, puts pressure on cities.

All this necessitates the development of an environmentally friendly and energy efficient way of organizing life for the population with the necessary social and commercial infrastructure in cities and regions.

Based on international experience, new construction methods, modern materials, fundamentally different approaches in planning massive development should be used. The introduction of state-of-the-art technologies, transformation of housing into high-quality living environment with various recreational and social amenities ultimately increase the availability of housing and create a comfortable environment for living.

Here, the government's role in creating a modern ecosystem of affordable housing is essential. Today, governments of many countries, together with the international community are looking for a different way of solving both traditional problems (shortage of housing, uncontrolled developments, disadvantaged areas, utilities and social facilities being not available by the time of development), as well as new issues related to environmental sustainability and innovation.

The First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan- Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev initiated Nurly Zher National programme being implemented, that provides for Baiterek NMH JSC through its subsidiaries (Housing Construction Savings bank of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Mortgage Company, Baiterek Development, and Housing Guarantee Fund) stimulating demand and supply in the housing market. Systematic measures should be continued to increase the affordability of housing for people, and to achieve housing security index of 30 sq. m per resident by 2030.

The experience of countries like Singapore, Turkey and South Korea is remarkable, whereby the single state-owned operator comprehensively implements mass housing construction with all the necessary goods for the people.

Ultimately, the creation of a sustainable and comprehensive urban economy, the transformation of housing development into a modern ecosystem of affordable housing will facilitate productive employment and decent work for everyone; create jobs and equal access for the people to economic and productive resources and opportunities.

Key Issues:

  • The role of the government in creating a modern ecosystem of affordable housing
  • Urban solutions using state-of-the-art technologies and digitalization of the construction industry
  • Transformation of the housing department of Baiterek NMH JSC (Kazakhstan Mortgage Company, Baiterek Development, Housing Guarantee Fund) into an integrated housing construction operator following the best international practices.

Moderators:

  • Zhaksybek Kulekeev, Expert of the Center for Applied Economics Research

Speakers:

  • Kairbek Uskenbayev, First Vice Minister of Industry and Infrastructural Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • AnuarOmarkhojayev, DeputyChairmanoftheNationalManagingHolding«Baiterek» JSC
  • Yap Chin Beng, Lead Consultant of Singapore Cooperation Enterprise
  • Lee Chae Kwang, Chairman of the Board of Korea Housing and Urban Guarantee (Korea Housing & Urban Guarantee Corporation) (Republic of Korea)
  • Lyazzat Ibragimova, Chairman of the Board of “House Construction Savings Bank of Kazakhstan" JSC
  • Askhat Turkynbekuly, Director of Digitalization of the construction industry of BeInTech LLP

 

09:00 - 10:15
Smart cities as the basis of the digital economy
Session partner: JSC Kazakhtelecom
Congress Center
London Hall

Smart cities as the basis of the digital economy

Organisers: JSC Kazakhtelecom

Modern cities are centers of gravity for the population of the earth and the locomotives of progress in all spheres of life. The concept of smart cities is viewed as a common topic of discussion and a new area for cooperation between market players and public institutions. The integration of digital technologies with municipal infrastructure will improve the status and attract investments, localizing high-tech business.

As part of the state program "Digital Kazakhstan", a typical concept of "smart cities" has been developed, now being implemented in the five largest cities of Kazakhstan. These include Smart Astana, Smart Karaganda, Smart Ontustik, Smart Almaty, Smart Aktobe projects.

Key Issues:

  • The reasons for Smart Cities development and the evolution in urban management
  • Needs for functionals of smart cities and their priority in the evolution of urban management
  • The effects of smart technology on the economy and the development of megacities
  • Approaches to institutionalisation of Smart Cities services (who should do this)
  • Cases and international practices
  • Specifics and phases of implementation of Smart Cities technologies in Kazakhstan
  • Examples of implementation of Smart Cities in Kazakhstan and the next steps

Moderator:

  • Roman Savvin, Representative of Actility,the world largest company in production and support of IoT networks

Speakers:

Participation confirmed:

  • Aleksandr Gorbatko, Deputy Head of the Information Technology Department of the City of Moscow, responsible for the development of the communications and broadcasting, the development and implementation of the Information City program and many other issues of information technology development
  • Gevork Vermishyan, CEO of MegaFon
  • Kuanyshbek Esekeev, Chairman of the Board of multi-service operator Kazakhtelecom JSC
  • Jonathan Sparrow, Vice President of Cisco in Russia and the CIS, world leader in information technology and networks
  • Hazem Galal, Global partner of PwC, one of the world's largest companies providing audit and consulting services
  • Ilya Kuzmin, Deputy Head of the Department of External Economic and International Relations of the City of Moscow

 

 

09:00 - 11:45
AEF Talks (Public Lectures)
Session partner:
AIFC
((Mangilik El, bldg 55/23 С4.4)

Organisers: Astana EXPO-2017 NC JSC, Astana International Financial Center (AIFC), JSC Economic Research Institute, the Center of Excellence in the field of Media, Kazmedia Central

The First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy N. Nazarbayev proclaimed 2019 the “Year of Youth” and AEF Talks will allow Kazakhstan’s young people to participate in interesting discussion lectures with reputable scientists and politicians of the Astana Economic Forum. The content of lectures will reflect practical experience and knowledge of guest lecturers in the framework of the topic “Inspiring growth: people, cities, economies”.

AEF Talks provides open discussion lectures from well-known economists – the Forum guests – not only for young people, but for everyone (admission free).

Moderator:

  • Makhabbat Yessen, journalist, Headofthe Center of Excellence in the field of media Kazmedia Ortalygy

Lecturers:

  • Askhat Saduov, Deputy Head of the Center for Urbanism University
  • Dina Baitasova, (New Cultural Institution in Central Asia) Art historian, founder of TSE art destination
  • Jerome Sans, Curator - visionary, creative director and editor in chief of the French cultural magazine L’Officiel Art
  • Anshu Gupta, Indian social entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Schwab Foundation for the Social Entrepreneurship in 2012
  • Dr Hamza Ali Malik, Director of the Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, UN ESCAP
09:00 - 11:45
Kazakhstan: OECD country review
Session partner: OECD
Congress Center
New York Hall

Kazakhstan: OECD country review

Organisers: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD),International Transport Forum, Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Co-Organiser: JSC Center for Trade Policy Development

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (hereinafter - the OECD) was established in 1948 and is headquartered in Paris (France). Ángel Gurría has been the Secretary-General of the OECD since 2006. The main goal of the OECD is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world, and provide a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. Cooperation between Kazakhstan and OECD began in 2008 in the framework of the Eurasian Competitiveness Program, covering 13 countries of Central Asia, the Caucasus and Eastern Europe. Today, the country cooperates with the organisation under the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Kazakhstan and OECD.

The aim of the «Kazakhstan: OECD country review» session is to present and discuss the latest results of cooperation between the OECD and Kazakhstan:

  • The session will be opened with a welcoming speech by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Director of the OECD Global Relations Secretariat Mr. Andreas Schaal on economic reforms of Kazakhstan and the country's achievements in cooperation with the OECD
  • The OECD will present two high-profile publications on Kazakhstan and Central Asia as part of the session:
    - Regional connectivity: The OECD and ITF will launch the “Enhancing Regional Connectivity: Improving Freight and Transport Connectivity in Central Asia” report within the framework of the “Enhancing Local Value Chains” project;
    - Lifting barriers to economic growth: the OECD will present the “Going for Growth in Kazakhstan” report within the framework of the “Product market regulation (PMR)” project.
  • The aim of the session is to present these works in the broad context of OECD and Kazakhstan cooperation, with the emphasis on the role of Kazakhstan in expanding cooperation of the OECD with the region.

Moderator:

  • William Tompson, Head of the GRS Eurasia division at the OECD

Speakers:

  • Alikhan Smailov, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Andreas Schaal, Director of OECD Global Relations Secretariat
  • Jari Kauppila, Head of Quantitative Policy Analysis and Foresight at International Transport Forum at the OECD
  • Alain de Serres, Deputy Director of the OECD Economics Department
  • Ruslan Dalenov, Minister of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Berik Kamaliyev, Vice Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan

 

10:30 - 12:00
Plenary session new economy boosting Kazakhstan’s investment potential
Session partner: Kazakh invest - A.U.Mamin, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
The Ritz-Carlton

Plenary session new economy boosting Kazakhstan’s investment potential

Organisers: National Company «KAZAKH INVEST» JSC, Financial Times

 New technologies have brought along dramatic changes to our lives in the past 20 years. They disrupted whole industries, affected governance models, empowered entrepreneurs, consumers and policy-makers. They also levelled the playing field of global competition, giving countries across the globe a chance to excel by leveraging, first and foremost, their human capital. Kazakhstan is no exception. The government’s modernisation programme has proved conducive for innovation and elevated the country’s economy beyond its vast endowment of natural resources. How can the rise of new sectors further strengthen the country’s role as a business hub at the heart of Eurasia? What are the opportunities and challenges?

Key Issues:

  • How can the rise of new sectors further strengthen the country’s role as a business hub at the heart of Eurasia?
  • What are the opportunities. What the challenges?
  • International experience of countries and industries able to leapfrog development stages by leveraging their tech know-how

Moderator:

  • James Kynge, Global China Editor, Financial Times

Speakers:

  • Askar Mamin, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
  • Mehmet Şimşek, Turkish politician and economist, former Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey
  • Alain Pilloux, Acting Vice-President for Policy and Partnerships, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • Hans-Paul Burkner, Chairman, BCG
  • Joachim von Amsberg, Vice President for Policy and Strategy, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
  • Valery Vavilov, Co-Founder and CEO, Bitfury Group

14:30-16:00  ROUNDTABLE 1 KAZAKHSTAN’S PRIVATISATION DRIVE: BUILDING A CAPITAL MARKET THROUGH THE IPO OF STATE-OWNED CHAMPIONS

Organisers: National Company «Kazakh Invest» JSC, Financial Times

The initial public offering (IPO) of Kazatomprom, the world’s largest uranium producer, in November 2018 marked a landmark achievement for the country’s privatisation programme. Other major state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are now expected to go public and thus give new momentum to the government’s privatisation programme. Which Kazakh SOE will be next? What is the timeline for the remaining of the privatisation programme?

Key Issues:

  • Timeline of new planned IPOs
  • Governance overhaul of state-owned companies
  • Drawing from international best practice

Moderator:

  • Jacopo Dettoni, Deputy Editor, fDi Magazine

Speakers:

  • Alikhan Smailov, Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
  • Timothy Bennett, CEO, Astana International Exchange (AIX)
  • Galymzhan Pirmatov, CEO, Kazatomprom

14:30-16:00 ROUNDTABLE 2 BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN EUROPE AND ASIA: KAZAKHSTAN’S ROLE AT THE HEART OF THE NEW SILK ROAD

Organisers: National Company «Kazakh Invest» JSC, Financial Times

Sitting at the heart of the Eurasian continent, the country has emerged as a key transport link in the grand scheme of reviving the network of ancient trade routes also known as the Silk Road. What are the opportunities of becoming a transport and logistics hub for overland Asia-Europe trade? What are the challenges?

Key Issues:

  • What are the opportunities of becoming a transport and logistics hub for overland Asia-Europe trade? What the challenges?
  • The country’s achievements so far
  • On the ground experience of operators and companies

Moderator:

  • (To be determined)

Speakers:

  • Zhenis Kassymbek, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Gruia Stoica, President, Grampet Group
  • Vazil Hudak, Vice President, European Investment Bank
  • Chen Shixin, Vice President, ADB
  • Jens Dallendoerfer, Group Vice President Eurasia and Managing Director WILO Rus

14:30-16:00 DEEP DIVE 1 MINING: A YEAR AFTER THE REFORM

Organisers: National Company «Kazakh Invest» JSC, Financial Times

The new subsoil code approved in mid-2018 set the tone for future developments of the Kazakh mining industry. Has it prompted the expected changes in the country’s mining sector?

Key Issues:

  • Has it prompted the expected changes in the country’s mining sector?
  • What has yet to be done to unleash the country’s mining potential?

Moderator:

  • Henry Foy, Moscow Bureau Chief, Financial Times

Speakers:

  • Roman Sklyar, Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Victor Popov, Director, Dinatron
  • Qin Junman, Chairman, China Nonferrous Metal Industry’s Foreign Engineering and Construction Co. Ltd. (NFC)

14:30-16:00 DEEP DIVE 2 IN THE ERA OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Organisers: National Company «Kazakh Invest» JSC, Financial Times

Technology has disrupted the way we produce and consume energy. With renewable energy on the rise, energy from traditional fossil sources is also upgrading to match tightening global standards for efficiency and environmental friendliness. Kazakhstan is rich in fossil resources, and has potential for renewable energy too. Will the combination of both make the country a hub for the production of clean energy?

Key Issues:

  • Kazakhstan’s potential to contribute to the technological of energy production from both fossil and renewable sources.
  • How can the country become a hub for the production of clean energy?

Moderator:

  • Nastassia Astrasheuskaya, Central Asia correspondent, Financial Times

Speakers:

  • Kanat Bozumbayev, Minister of Energyof the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Rza Nuriyev, Partner & Managing Director Head of BCG in the Central Asia and Caspian regions
  • Vidmantas Janulevičius, CEO, Global BOD Group (GBG)

 

16:30–18:00 ROUNDTABLE 3 THE TRADE AND INVESTMENT DIVIDEND OF KAZAKHSTAN'S MULTI-VECTOR DIPLOMACY

Organisers: National Company «Kazakh Invest» JSC, Financial Times

The country’s crafty multi-vector diplomatic approach raised its international profile and also contributed to its success in the sphere of trade and investment. How can Nur-Sultan further strengthen its global status in a world fraught with geopolitical and economic tensions? What are the main implications for global businesses and governments alike?

Key Issues:

  • How can Nur-Sultan further strengthen its global status in a world fraught with geopolitical and economic tensions?
  • What are the main implications for global businesses and governments alike?

Moderator:

  • Jacopo Dettoni, Deputy Editor, fDi Magazine

Speakers:

  • Beibut Atamkulov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Ulf Schneider, Founder and Managing Partner, Schneider Group
  • Denis Van den Weghe, Honorary Consul of Belgium to Kazakhstan, member, Kazakhstan’s Association of Honorary Consuls
  • Ricky Tan, Chairman of the Board, KinderWorld International Group
  • Michael Harms, Director, Eastern-European Committee for economic relations

 

16:30–18:00 ROUNDTABLE 4 A BREADBASKET FOR EURASIA: UNLEASHING THE POTENTIAL OF KAZAKHSTAN’S AGRICULTURE

Organisers: National Company «Kazakh Invest» JSC, Financial Times

In a world facing growing demographic pressure, Kazakhstan vast steppe and irrigated land has the potential to play a key role in meeting the challenges of global food security. Is the country’s agribusiness sector on the verge of a new golden era?

Key Issues:

  • Is the country’s agribusiness sector on the verge of a new golden era?
  • Unleashing the potential of the country’s agriculture land
  • Adding value along the whole agribusiness value chain

Moderator:

Speakers:

  • Saparkhan Omarov, Minister of Agriculture of Kazakhstan of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Werner Liepach, Director General of Central and West Asia Department, ADB
  • Gaurav Dhawan, Chairman and CEO, Phoenix Global DMCC
  • Alois Schönberger, Chairman, Polcotton
  • Joshua Dixon, Vice President and General Manager - International Irrigation, Valmont Industries
  • Philip Jarvis, Director, Direct Agriculture
  • Thomas Welke, Vice president, AGCO
  • Alexander Subbotin, Member of the Board (Minister) for Industry and Agricultural Complex of the Eurasian Economic Commission

 

16:30–18:00 DEEP DIVE 3 DIGITALISATION CHANGING THE RULES OF THE GAME IN THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR

Organisers: National Company «Kazakh Invest» JSC, Financial Times

The rise of the Internet of Things, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, combined with the exponential capacity growth of computing devices has dramatically widened the range of tools available to public and private entities to pursue their mission. Public governance can be enhanced, private businesses can streamline their plans based on more accurate preliminary analyses and implementation phase. How is Kazakhstan adjusting to the ongoing technological revolution?

Key Issues:

  • How is Kazakhstan adjusting to the ongoing technological revolution?
  • The experience of the Digital Kazakhstan state programme

Moderator:

  • Nastassia Astrasheuskaya, Central Asia correspondent, Financial Time

Speakers:

  • Erlan Durmagambetov, CEO, National Infocommunication Holding Zerde
  • Jonathan Sparrow, VP & General Director for Russia and the CIS, Cisco
  • Dato’ Norhalim Bin Yunus, CEO, Malaysian Technology Development Corporation

 

16:30–18:00 DEEP DIVE 4 THE ASTANA INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE: A NEW FRONTIER FOR KAZAKH FINANCE AND FINTECH

Organisers: National Company «Kazakh Invest» JSC, Financial Times

The AIFC embodies the vision of making Kazakhstan a major financial centre ruled by English common law at the heart of Eurasia. What is the future of the city’s brand new financial centre? Can it become a hotbed for financial innovation and local fintechs?

Key Issues:

  • What is the future of the city’s brand new financial centre?
  • How can it become a regional financial centre?
  • Its role in fostering financial innovation and the development of local fintechs

Moderator:

  • John Defterios, Emerging Markets Editor and Anchor, CNN Business

Speakers:

  • Dr. Kairat Kelimbetov, AIFC Governor
  • Li Qingping, Chairwoman, China CITIC Bank Corporation Limited
  • Christian Pauletto, Professor, International University in Geneva (IUG)
10:30 - 11:45
Industry 4.0 and Competitiveness of Kazakhstan
Session partner: Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, QazTech Ventures JSC, JSC Economic Research Institute, World Economic Forum (WEF)
Congress Center
Dubai Hall

Industry 4.0 and Competitiveness of Kazakhstan

Organisers: MinistryofNationalEconomyof the Republic of Kazakhstan, QazTech Ventures JSC, JSC Economic Research Institute, World Economic Forum (WEF)

The Fourth Industrial Revolution affects the entire structure of the global economy, starting from labour productivity, trade and human capital efficiency to possible changes in the structure of society and the new role of the state in the digital transformation process.

Successful implementation of the fourth industrial revolution requires the enabling conditions including improvement of legal and regulatory framework and infrastructure as a whole.

Members of the Government of Kazakhstan and representatives of the World Economic Forum (WEF) proposed a joint initiative to develop new legal and regulatory framework in a most promising technological sector, Internet of Things that would ensure the required infrastructure for smart cities and fast industrial development.

The outcomes of the cooperation with WEF would be used as the basis for other technological programmes of enhancing competitiveness and creating enabling conditions for successful implementation of the elements of Industry 4.0, introduction of the trade policy both for Kazakhstan and EAEU.

Key Issues:

  • The impact of new technologies on the competitiveness of Kazakhstan and the EAEU countries
  • Measuring the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the competitiveness of countries
  • Potential risks for Kazakhstan in maintaining competitiveness when implementing elements of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Global digitalisation experience and introduction of the elements of the Fourth Industrial revolution.
  • Law making in IoT

Moderator:

  • Marat Omarov, Chairman of the Management Board of QazTech Ventures JSC

Speakers:

  • Roman Sklyar, Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Kenneth Rogoff, Harvard Professor of Economics, Chief Economist of the IMF (2001-2003)
  • Dmitry Peskov, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on digital and technological development
  • Kuanyshbek Yessekeyev, Chairman of the Management Board of Kazakhtelecom JSC
  • Anders Jonsson, Chief of Innovation Policies Section, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, EEC
  • Anastasia Kalinina, Head of the Eurasian team of the World Economic Forum

 

10:30 - 11:45
Development of International Cooperation to ensure “green” growth in Central Asia and Kazakhstan
Session partner:
Congress Center
London Hall

Development of International Cooperation to ensure “green” growth in Central Asia and Kazakhstan

Organisers:International Secretariat of G-Global, International Center for Green Technologies and investment projects, Astana International Financial Center, Coalition for “green” economy and G-Global development, Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, The Association of Ecological Organizations of Kazakhstan

Currently, all countries in the world have committed to follow the path to sustainable development.

The main tool for sustainable development is a green economy, that is, a system of economic activities related to the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services, that would lead to a better well-being in the long term, without exposing future generations to significant environmental risks or ecological scarcity. Relying on the "green" economy gave push to the new technological order, that replaced the carbon-based and eco-wasteful approaches. The concept of "green economy" provides a comprehensive interaction and harmony between the three components of sustainable development - economic, social and environmental. At the same time, the model of green economy is just a complement, not a replacement for the model of sustainable development.

Key Issues:

  • New industries of green business and reform of national and international policies to create legal, economic and institutional conditions for transiting to the sustainable green economic growth
  • Clean technology transfer mechanisms, joint investments and demonstration projects for the transition to green economy and the preservation of common ecosystems
  • Standards for green economy
  • Sustainable energy, its availability and efficiency
  • Adaptation to climate change and natural disasters
  • Access to sustainable energy sources, use of renewable energy sources, efficient energy consumption with fair and equitable access for all
  • Sustainable urban systems: “green” construction, “green” infrastructure, planning processes for the man-made environment, including smart city technologies and environmental design
  • Climate change resilience, reduction of climatic risks and emergency risks and adaptation to the climate change consequences, including introduction of risk management systems including insurance.

Moderators:

  • Aigul Solovyeva, Chairman of the Board of the ULE The Association of Ecological Organizations of Kazakhstan, Mazhilis parliamentarian of the Republic of Kazakhstan of the IV-V convocations

Speakers:

  • Welcoming speech: Sabit Nurlybay, ViceMinister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Rae Kwon Chung, The Global Energy Prize International Award Committee Chairman, Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Tareq Emtairah, Director, Energy and Climate Change, UNIDO
  • Craig Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Dhahran Technology Development Company
  • Rapil Zhoshybayev, Head of the International Center for Green Technologies and Investment Projects
  • Vincent Duijnhouwer, Associate Director, Senior Manager, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Department, EBRD
  • Guy Eames, Chair, Green Building Council, Russia
  • Aidar Kazybayev, Managing Director of the Astana International Financial Center
  • Saltanat Rakhimbekova, Chairman of the Board of the “Coalition for a Green Economy and “G-Global” Development, Member of the Council on the Transition to a Green Economy reporting to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

 

10:30 - 11:45
Development of businesses in the Silk Road Countries: problems and solutions
Session partner: Global Silk Road Association
Hilton
Singapore Hall

Development of businesses in the Silk Road Countries: problems and solutions

Organisers: International organization «Global Silk Road»,International Secretariat of G-Global

Co-organisers: International Logistics and Business Institute «Silk Road»,USAID Competitiveness, Trade, and Jobs Activity in Central Asia project (CTJ)

Kazakhstan has positioned itself as a logistics hub, located in the heart of Eurasia, opening up transportation routes between China, Eastern Europe and Asia. Kazakhstan faces the specific targets for the development of transit corridors through the country. The session will discuss topical issues of sustainable business development in the Silk Road countries, economic partnership, streamlining sector regulation, customs administration. This would lead to the intense growth of inter-regional transport, improve the logistics of the land-locked regions and all over Central Asia.

Key Issues:

  • Trade issues. The conditions fostering the development of entrepreneurship and businesses in the Silk Road countries: economics, politics and free competition
  • Export facilitation: tax incentives: subsidies, soft lending, assistance in solving infrastructure problems, and stimulating foreign direct investments
  • Ways to reduce administrative barriers for business between Silk Road countries

Moderators:

  • Bolat Smagulov, Chairman of the International association of the Global Silk Road

Speakers:

  • Siddique Khan, CEO of Globalink Logistics Ltd
  • Kaharman Jazin, President of the International center for cross-border cooperation «Khorgos»
  • Geoff Wright, Chief of Party, USAID Competitiveness, Trade, and Jobs Activity in Central Asia project (CTJ)
  • Larisa Kislyakova, Chairperson of Central Asia Transport and Logistics Partnership, Chair of the Board of the Union of Professional Consultants of Tajikistan NGO
  • Alexandr Yakovlev, Trade Representative of the Russian federation in the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Ayan Yerenov, Chairman of the Board, Foreign Trade Chamber of Kazakhstan LLP
  • Sanzhar Kettebekov, CEO of Autonomous cluster fund Tech Garden
  • Chen Shibo, Managing Director of OBORCloud cross-border trading company (PRC)
  • Ruslan Iskakov, Chairman of the Board, Board member of Export Insurance Company KazakhExport JSC
  • Kuralai Kanahina, Representative ofthe Chamber of International Commerce, Kazakhstan
  • Kairat Bekturgenev, Chairman of Made in Kazakhstan Association of Commodity Producers and Entrepreneurs ALE
  • Bauyrzhan Bakshilov, Chairman of ALE «Association of Agricultural products exporters»

 

10:30 - 13:15
«Transformational leadership in a changing world» Global Conference
Session partner: Kazakhstan state service and anti-corruption Agency / APA
Congress Center
Beijing Hall

«Transformational leadership in a changing world» Global Conference

Organisers: Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Civil Service and Anti-Corruption, Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

In the modern world exposed to global challenges, the consolidating role of the state is only growing. The training of "Brand-new Leaders", capable of solving complex tasks, is a topical agenda for any national government. The key issues of the “Transformational Leadership in a Changing World” global conference include the profile of a civil servant, the skills and qualities that a civil servant should have to meet the challenges of the modern world and to become a reform facilitator in Kazakhstan.

The rapid systemic changes in the business environment and civil society impose high standards on civil servants: the state they represent should be lead the changes, should be able to preempt the needs and meet the demands of the society through innovations.

The purpose of the conference is to develop proposals and recommendations for the formation of a new leadership culture capable of managing change.

Panel discussion 1

Global trends in the formation of "Brand-new Leaders"

Key Issues:

  • Leadership transformation: from professional skills to strategic and digital thinking
  • Transformation of public governance: reengineering of business processes from strategic to innovative public governance

Moderator:

  • Altair Akhmetov, Rector of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Speakers:

  • Aset Issekeshev, The Executive Director of the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbasy
  • Alik Shpekbayev, Chairman of Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Public Service Affairs and Anti-corruption
  • Lim Soo Hoon, Senior Fellow of CSC and Senior Advisor to Ministry of Finance Singapore
  • Garegin Manukyan, Senior Governance and Public Administration Officer, Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government, Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations
  • Marat Atnachev, Dean at SKOLKOVO - Moscow School of Management

 

Panel Discussion 2

Skills of the modern leader for innovative public governance (practical cases)

Key Issues:

  • Transformation of society: an open-minded civil society actively collaborating with the public sector, open government
  • Integration of the transformational leadership principles (transparency, scenario planning, alternative vision)
  • Agile leadership and public governance

Moderator:

  • Altair Akhmetov, Rector of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Speakers:

  • William H. Moser, the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Datuk Chris Tan, Managing Director of PEMANDU Rus LLC
  • Seppe Verheyen, Innovation & Special Initiatives Manager at the Emirates Diplomats Academy
  • Zhanar Taizhanova, Head of the Centre of Project Management in Public Management at the Academy of public administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Head of the republican “Adaldyq Alany” project office at the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-corruption

 

12:00 - 13:15
Cybersport is a niche in The Global Digital Economy. How can Kazakhstan integrate into the Global E-Sports Market?
Session partner: Kazakhtelecom, JSC
AIFC

Cybersport is a niche in The Global Digital Economy. How can Kazakhstan integrate into the Global E-Sports Market?

Organisers: Kazakhtelecom JSC, Kazakhstan Cybersport Federation Non-governmental organization (NGO)

Cybersport has recently become an independent, rapidly developing industry, as well as a niche for digital economies of various countries. Currently, eSports is a dynamically developing sport that is inextricably linked to: telecom, the industry of video games, special equipment and devices, online platforms, live broadcast of games (the so-called "streaming"), advertising and other commercial activities.

For this reason, more and more world-famous companies (such as Intel, HP, Alibaba Group, Adidas, Procter & Gamble, MasterCard, Castrol, Audi, Mercedes, Mail.ru Group, etc.) show great interest in eSports to promote their products and services, the image of the company and the employer. In 2017, the eSports market is estimated at US $ 655 million, in 2018 this figure was US $ 906 million, and by 2021, experts predict it to be US $ 1.6 billion, while the world eSports audience can reach about 557 million people.

Taking into account the fact that, despite the dynamic growth, global development can be considered as being at an early stage, Kazakhstan has significant chances to occupy a leading position in a certain niche of the system of conducting cybersport events, as well as in the financial infrastructure of eSports. For example, Kazakhstan has the opportunity to concentrate on “Cybersport tourism”, to direct human and financial resources to promote Kazakhstan as the cybersport capital of the region on key disciplines of cybersport, the possibility of accommodating international cyber arbitration on the basis of AIFC. At the local level, there is an opportunity to create an independent industry and a popular sport, commercialized due to popularity among young people, mass coverage for advertisers and investors. At the same time, the subject matter is relevant in view of the active development of Digital Kazakhstan State Enterprise, now officially recognizing cybersport discipline, holding regional championships, having market stakeholders, developing international sites - Astana Hub, AIFC, Astana IT University on the basis of Expo, etc., as well as the availability of infrastructure ready for international events.

The purpose of this plenary session is to discuss with the international guests of eSports from the economic side, in particular, the place of eSports in the global digital economy, global trends in the eSports market, the reasons for the interest of large companies and various countries, issues and ways to effectively integrate into the global eSports market, to develop specific conclusions and further steps for Kazakhstan.

Key Issues:

  • The reasons for the development of eSports as a sport and industry in the world
  • The reasons for the interest of large companies and various states, the structure of the market of eSports and related industries
  • Global trends, main market players, cases and foreign experience;
  • The specifics and stages of development of eSports as a sports discipline and a new branch of the digital economy of Kazakhstan
  • What is necessary for Kazakhstan for financial institutionalization of eSports, involvement of local and foreign market players, systemic development of sports and Kazakhstan teams, eSports tourism and integration into the global market

Moderators:

  • Stepan Shulga, "Head of eSports in international holding Parimatch"
  • Kuanyshbek Yessekeyev, Chairman of the Board of Kazakhtelecom JSC, President of the Kazakhstan Cybersport Federation NGO

Speakers:

  • Emin Antonyan, Chairman of the Board of the Federation of Computer Sports of Russia
  • Jason Fung, Global Director of e-sports Alisports (a subsidiary of Alibaba Group in the sports industry)
  • Yaroslav Meshalkin, Strategic communications director of ESforce cybersport     holding company (Mail.ru Group)
  • Andrei Mikheev, co-owner of U CAN COMPANY LLC and Chief business development officer

 

10:30 - 18:00
3RD KAZAKHSTAN GLOBAL INVESTMENT ROUNDTABLE 2019
Session partner: Kazakh invest - A.U.Mamin, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
The Ritz-Carlton

10:30-12:00  PLENARY SESSION NEW ECONOMY BOOSTING KAZAKHSTAN’S INVESTMENT POTENTIAL

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, 17 May

Organisers: National Company «KAZAKH INVEST» JSC, Financial Times

 New technologies have brought along dramatic changes to our lives in the past 20 years. They disrupted whole industries, affected governance models, empowered entrepreneurs, consumers and policy-makers. They also levelled the playing field of global competition, giving countries across the globe a chance to excel by leveraging, first and foremost, their human capital. Kazakhstan is no exception. The government’s modernisation programme has proved conducive for innovation and elevated the country’s economy beyond its vast endowment of natural resources. How can the rise of new sectors further strengthen the country’s role as a business hub at the heart of Eurasia? What are the opportunities and challenges?

Key Issues:

  • How can the rise of new sectors further strengthen the country’s role as a business hub at the heart of Eurasia?
  • What are the opportunities. What the challenges?
  • International experience of countries and industries able to leapfrog development stages by leveraging their tech know-how

Moderator:

  • James Kynge, Global China Editor, Financial Times

Welcoming Speech:

  • Askar Mamin, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Speakers:

  • Askar Mamin, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Mehmet Şimşek, Turkish politician and economist, former Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey
  • Alain Pilloux, Acting Vice-President for Policy and Partnerships, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • Hans-Paul Burkner, Chairman, BCG
  • Joachim von Amsberg, Vice President for Policy and Strategy, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
  • Valery Vavilov, Co-Founder and CEO, Bitfury Group

 

14:30-16:00 ROUNDTABLE 1 KAZAKHSTAN’S PRIVATISATION DRIVE: BUILDING A CAPITAL MARKET THROUGH THE IPO OF STATE-OWNED CHAMPIONS

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, 17 May

Organisers: National Company «KAZAKH INVEST» JSC, Financial Times

 The initial public offering (IPO) of Kazatomprom, the world’s largest uranium producer, in November 2018 marked a landmark achievement for the country’s privatisation programme. Other major state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are now expected to go public and thus give new momentum to the government’s privatisation programme. Which Kazakh SOE will be next? What is the timeline for the remaining of the privatisation programme?

Key Issues:

  • Timeline of new planned IPOs
  • Governance overhaul of state-owned companies
  • Drawing from international best practice

Moderator:

  • Jacopo Dettoni, Deputy Editor, fDi Magazine

Speakers:

  • Alikhan Smailov, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Timothy Bennett, CEO, Astana International Exchange (AIX)
  • Galymzhan Pirmatov, CEO, Kazatomprom

 

14:30-16:00 ROUNDTABLE 2 BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN EUROPE AND ASIA: KAZAKHSTAN’S ROLE AT THE HEART OF THE NEW SILK ROAD

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, 17 May

Organisers: National Company «KAZAKH INVEST» JSC, Financial Times

 Sitting at the heart of the Eurasian continent, the country has emerged as a key transport link in the grand scheme of reviving the network of ancient trade routes also known as the Silk Road. What are the opportunities of becoming a transport and logistics hub for overland Asia-Europe trade? What are the challenges?

Key Issues:

  • What are the opportunities of becoming a transport and logistics hub for overland Asia-Europe trade? What the challenges?
  • The country’s achievements so far
  • On the ground experience of operators and companies

Moderator:

Speakers:

  • Zhenis Kassymbek, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Gruia Stoica, President, Grampet Group
  • Vazil Hudak, Vice President, European Investment Bank
  • Chen Shixin, Vice President, ADB
  • Jens Dallendoerfer, Group Vice President Eurasia and Managing Director WILO Rus

 

14:30-16:00DEEP DIVE 1 MINING: A YEAR AFTER THE REFORM

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, 17 May

Organisers: National Company «KAZAKH INVEST» JSC, Financial Times

The new subsoil code approved in mid-2018 set the tone for future developments of the Kazakh mining industry. Has it prompted the expected changes in the country’s mining sector?

Key Issues:

  • Has it prompted the expected changes in the country’s mining sector?
  • What has yet to be done to unleash the country’s mining potential?

Moderator:

  • Henry Foy, Moscow Bureau Chief, Financial Times

Speakers:

  • Roman Sklyar, Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Victor Popov, Director, Dinatron
  • Qin Junman, Chairman, China Nonferrous Metal Industry’s Foreign Engineering and Construction Co. Ltd. (NFC)

 

14:30-16:00 DEEP DIVE 2 IN THE ERA OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, 17 May

Organisers: National Company «KAZAKH INVEST» JSC, Financial Times

Technology has disrupted the way we produce and consume energy. With renewable energy on the rise, energy from traditional fossil sources is also upgrading to match tightening global standards for efficiency and environmental friendliness. Kazakhstan is rich in fossil resources, and has potential for renewable energy too. Will the combination of both make the country a hub for the production of clean energy?

Key Issues:

  • Kazakhstan’s potential to contribute to the technological of energy production from both fossil and renewable sources.
  • How can the country become a hub for the production of clean energy?

Moderator:

  • Nastassia Astrasheuskaya, Central Asia correspondent, Financial Times

Speakers:

  • Kanat Bozumbayev, Minister of Energyof the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Rza Nuriyev, Partner & Managing Director Head of BCG in the Central Asia and Caspian regions
  • Vidmantas Janulevičius, CEO, Global BOD Group (GBG)

 

16:30–18:00 ROUNDTABLE 3 THE TRADE AND INVESTMENT DIVIDEND OF KAZAKHSTAN'S MULTI-VECTOR DIPLOMACY

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, 17 May

Organisers: National Company «KAZAKH INVEST» JSC, Financial Times

The country’s crafty multi-vector diplomatic approach raised its international profile and also contributed to its success in the sphere of trade and investment. How can Nur-Sultan further strengthen its global status in a world fraught with geopolitical and economic tensions? What are the main implications for global businesses and governments alike?

Key Issues:

  • How can Nur-Sultan further strengthen its global status in a world fraught with geopolitical and economic tensions?
  • What are the main implications for global businesses and governments alike?

Moderator:

  • Jacopo Dettoni, Deputy Editor, fDi Magazine

Speakers:

  • Beibut Atamkulov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Ulf Schneider, Founder and Managing Partner, Schneider Group
  • Denis Van den Weghe, Honorary Consul of Belgium to Kazakhstan, member, Kazakhstan’s Association of Honorary Consuls
  • Ricky Tan, Chairman of the Board, KinderWorld International Group
  • Michael Harms, Director, Eastern-European Committee for economic relations

 

16:30–18:00 ROUNDTABLE 4 A BREADBASKET FOR EURASIA: UNLEASHING THE POTENTIAL OF KAZAKHSTAN’S AGRICULTURE

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, 17 May

Organisers: National Company «KAZAKH INVEST» JSC, Financial Times

In a world facing growing demographic pressure, Kazakhstan vast steppe and irrigated land has the potential to play a key role in meeting the challenges of global food security. Is the country’s agribusiness sector on the verge of a new golden era?

Key Issues:

  • Is the country’s agribusiness sector on the verge of a new golden era?
  • Unleashing the potential of the country’s agriculture land
  • Adding value along the whole agribusiness value chain

Moderator:

Speakers:

  • Saparkhan Omarov, Minister of Agriculture of Kazakhstan of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Werner Liepach, Director General of Central and West Asia Department, ADB
  • Gaurav Dhawan, Chairman and CEO, Phoenix Global DMCC
  • Alois Schönberger, Chairman, Polcotton
  • Joshua Dixon, Vice President and General Manager - International Irrigation, Valmont Industries
  • Philip Jarvis, Director, Direct Agriculture
  • Thomas Welke, Vice president, AGCO
  • Alexander Subbotin, Member of the Board (Minister) for Industry and Agricultural Complex of the Eurasian Economic Commission

 

16:30–18:00 DEEP DIVE 3 DIGITALISATION CHANGING THE RULES OF THE GAME IN THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, 17 May

Organisers: National Company «KAZAKH INVEST» JSC, Financial Times

The rise of the Internet of Things, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, combined with the exponential capacity growth of computing devices has dramatically widened the range of tools available to public and private entities to pursue their mission. Public governance can be enhanced, private businesses can streamline their plans based on more accurate preliminary analyses and implementation phase. How is Kazakhstan adjusting to the ongoing technological revolution?

Key Issues:

  • How is Kazakhstan adjusting to the ongoing technological revolution?
  • The experience of the Digital Kazakhstan state programme

Moderator:

  • Nastassia Astrasheuskaya, Central Asia correspondent, Financial Time

Speakers:

  • Erlan Durmagambetov, CEO, National Infocommunication Holding Zerde
  • Jonathan Sparrow, VP & General Director for Russia and the CIS, Cisco
  • Dato’ Norhalim Bin Yunus, CEO, Malaysian Technology Development Corporation

 

16:30–18:00 DEEP DIVE 4 THE ASTANA INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE: A NEW FRONTIER FOR KAZAKH FINANCE AND FINTECH

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, 17 May

Organisers: National Company «KAZAKH INVEST» JSC, Financial Times

 The AIFC embodies the vision of making Kazakhstan a major financial centre ruled by English common law at the heart of Eurasia. What is the future of the city’s brand new financial centre? Can it become a hotbed for financial innovation and local fintechs?

Key Issues:

  • What is the future of the city’s brand new financial centre?
  • How can it become a regional financial centre?
  • Its role in fostering financial innovation and the development of local fintechs

Moderator:

  • John Defterios, Emerging Markets Editor and Anchor, CNN Business

Speakers:

  • Dr. Kairat Kelimbetov, AIFC Governor
  • Li Qingping, Chairwoman, China CITIC Bank Corporation Limited
  • Christian Pauletto,  Professor at the International University in Geneva (IUG)

 

 

 

12:00 - 13:15
Financing climate futures: rethinking infrastructure for sustainable development in Central Asia
Session partner:
Сингапур» залы
Hilton Astana

Financing climate futures: rethinking infrastructure for sustainable development in Central Asia

Organisers: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, JSC “Centre for Trade Policy Development”.

Co-organisers: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Bank Group

Infrastructure plays a critical role in facilitating sustainable, inclusive growth and integration of Central Asia into the global economy. The existing infrastructure is a prerequisite of Central Asia meeting its climate and sustainable development goals. Infrastructure investment needs in the region are estimated at USD 492 billion over the period of 2016-2030. This is a unique opportunity to promote sustainable infrastructure projects that support economic growth, and are compatible with sustainable development and climate goals.

With support of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the OECD, UN Environment Programme and the World Bank Group have joined initiated Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure to outline the transformation agenda for governments to fundamentally align incentives and finance for infrastructure towards meeting climate and development goals.

Key Issues:

  • What are the priority sectors that need policy support and capacity building for smarter infrastructure planning for enhanced connectivity in Central Asia?
  • How to balance socioeconomic development and climate mitigation and adaptation priorities in long-term development strategies? How to foster whole-of-government and cross-sectoral approaches for strategic infrastructure planning?
  • What cooperation is needed at the regional level to maximise social and economic benefits of national infrastructure planning?
  • How to create pipelines of bankable sustainable infrastructure projects in the region? How can development finance institutions support Kazakhstan and the broader region in planning and financing sustainable infrastructure projects?

Moderator:

  • William Tompson, Head of Eurasia Division, Global Relations Secretariat, OECD

Speakers:

  • Ruslan Dalenov, Minister of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Andreas Schaal, Director of the Global Relations Secretariat, OECD
  • Anthony Cox, Deputy Director of the Environment Directorate, OECD
  • Timur Toktabayev, Vice Minister of Industry and Infrastructural Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Sabit Nurlybay, Vice Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Lilia Burunciuc, Director for Central Asia, the World Bank

 

 

12:00 - 13:15
Plenary strategic session "G-global Platform”
Session partner:
Congress Center
London Hall

Plenary strategic session "G-global Platform”

Organisers: International Secretariat of G-Global, UN, UNCTAD, BBC World News, “Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists” Association”, Club De Madrid, Ban Ki-Moon Center for Global citizens

Co-Organisers: International Silk Road Academy of Sciences, International Green Technologies & Investments Center, Islamic Development Bank, “Global Silk Road” Association

The International Secretariat of G-Global is a non-governmental organization that promotes the international initiatives of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev with the aim to improve the efficiency of the global community through an integrated, open and equal dialogue of the peoples of the world. During 7 years of operations, G-Global has become a recognized and reputable international center that brings together more than 30 thousand scientists, practitioners and experts from 147 countries.

The International Secretariat G-Global:

-  has a high status of adviser to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

-  has the status of consultant observer of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

-  is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ban Ki-moon Institute for Sustainable Development

-  is a partner of the Madrid Club

The activity of the G-GLOBAL Secretariat is to consolidate the global expertise with the aim to search for new models of global economic growth and to meet the challenges of the time in the context of global transformation.

Key Issues:

  • Promotion and institutionalization of projects initiated by the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev on the UN platform along with international partners
  • Presentation and discussion the Further Development Concept of the International Project G-Global for 2019-2021
  • Organising international research and practical conferences for each project aimed at developing suggestions and recommendation by the expert community for their implementation globally
  • Organizing global fora, online conferences, interactive sessions in collaboration with UN agencies and key partners of the regions  
  • Establish G-Global Club to further promote and advocate the G-Global project
  • Further online promotion using interactive G-Global platform
  • Based on the outcomes of the conference to suggest to the Heads of State, Heads of Governments, the UN General Assembly and international organizations to jointly hold G-Global Forum in 2021, the year of thirtieth anniversary of Independence of Kazakhstan

Moderators:

  • Dr. Ariel Cohen, Chief expert of the Atlantic Council

Speakers:

  • María Elena Agüero, Secretary General of WLA Club de Madrid  
  • Roza Otunbayeva, the President of the Kyrgyz Republic (2010-2011)
  • Nurlan Akkoshkarov, SCO Deputy Secretary-General
  • Rae Kwon Chung, The Global Energy Prize International Award Committee Chairman, Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Nurtay Abykaev, President of Kazakhstan National Academy of Natural Sciences
  • Dr. Hyun Oh-Seok, Former First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance of the Republic of Korea
  • Sergey Stanovkin, Head of BBC World News regional Representation in Eurasia
  • Monika Froehler, CEO of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens
  • Murat Karimsakov, President of EECSA, First Deputy Head of the International Secretariat G-Global

 

12:00 - 13:15
Technologies and innovations in oil and gas industry: international experience, prospects of localization and development for Kazakhstan
Session partner: Dasco Consulting Group / National Oil and Gas Forum of Russia
Congress Center
Dubai Hall

Technologies and innovations in oil and gas industry: international experience, prospects of localization and development for Kazakhstan

Organisers: Dasco Consulting Group, The National Oil and Gas Forum (Russian Federation)

Economic development of the country is impossible without the use of modern technologies in key sectors. At the same time, many technological solutions are developed abroad, and the cost of importing them may be incompatible with the model of economic growth. One way out is to reduce the cost of technology by transferring the key elements of creating the value of technology solutions within the country. And whilst the transfer of a key link in the value chain of technological solutions – "Development or R&D" – is often unattainable in the medium term, the localization of certain elements of production is quite possible.

This requires a targeted public policy that will identify priority areas for the localization of technologies and the development of local content, create incentives and provide infrastructure and legislative support. With the successful localization of technology, history may give a number of examples when a country turned from a technology importer into a niche exporter of unique technological solutions created domestically.

Key Issues:

  • What sectors of the country need to localize technological solutions? And which of them could become a ground for testing, and later for development and export of new unique solutions for external world?
  • The issues of localization of technological solutions and prospects for creating unique new developments based on the example of the strategic oil and gas industry of Kazakhstan
  • New opportunities for the oil and gas industry in the context of modern trends in technological development, such as Industry 4.0, and their impact on production efficiency, job creation and prospects for economic development of the country

Moderators:

  • Darmen Sadvakassov, Managing Partner, Dasco Consulting Group
  • Maxim Nechayev, Consulting Director, IHS Markit

Speakers:

  • Olivier Lazare, Country Chair of Shell in Kazakhstan
  • Murat Zhurebekov, CEO of PSA LLP

Discussants and key participants of the Conference:

  • Asset Magauov, Vice Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Michael Lally, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs in Eurasia at the US Embassy’s Commercial Service
  • Kenneth Rogoff, Harvard Professor of Economics, Chief Economist of the IMF (2001-2003)
  • Alisher Abdykadyrov, Chairman of the Management Board of Kazakhstan Industry Development Institute JSC
  • Assylbek Zhakiyev, Atameken NCE representative for interaction with oil and gas operators
  • Nurlan Zhumagulov, General Director of the Union of Oilfield Service Companies
  • Aidar Dosbayev, Deputy General Director of TCO Future Expansion Project
  • Zarina Bakenova, Head of Government and External Relations at Shell
  • Daniyar Salimbayev, Director of GR department at Total E&P Kazakhstan

 

12:00 - 13:15
Transformation of cities in the fourth industrial revolution
Session partner: Akimat of Nur-Sultan
Congress Center
New York Hall

Transformation of cities in the fourth industrial revolution

Organisers: Mayor’s office of Nur-Sultan city, World Economic Forum

The technologies of the fourth industrial revolution have an increasing impact on the competitiveness, quality of life and resource efficiency of cities, as well as on urban management. Cities of developed and developing countries are increasingly introducing modern technological solutions, including developing comprehensive strategies for digital transformation. Recognized best practices in improving the efficiency of cities appear in the world, but a comprehensive understanding of the key success factors has not yet been reached. What could be effective standards for building a portfolio of solutions and creating successful urban development strategies in the epoch of the fourth industrial revolution? The session is held in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.

Key Issues:

  • How is the economic role of cities changing during the fourth industrial revolution?
  • What lessons need to be learned from the first experience of implementing comprehensive programs of digital urban transformation?
  • What effective digital technology solutions can be applied today to improve the competitiveness, quality of life and resource efficiency of cities, as well as to improve the efficiency of urban management and the involvement of residents?

Moderators:

  • Anastasia Kalinina, Head of the Eurasian team of the World Economic Forum

Speakers:

  • Bakhyt Sultanov, Mayor of Nur-Sultan city
  • Mikhail Kolvart, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn City
  • Vladimir Panov, Mayor of Nizhny Novgorod (Russia)
  • Fang Wei, Mayor of Lianyungang
  • Karl-Filip Coenegrachts, Deputy Mayor for Strategy and Chief Strategy Officer in the city of Ghent (Belgium), Director of Cities of People
  • Thomas Sevck, City and Brand Consultant
  • Alexander Idrisov, Founder and President of Strategy Partners
  • Dato’Sri Idris jala, CEO and President of PEMANDU Associates Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
  • Dominick Moxon-Tritsch, Chapter on regulation and state Bolt Company Policy

 

12:15 - 12:45
Exclusive conversation with Colombian Ex-President J.М. Santos “Peacekeeping is a basis of inspiring growth”
Session partner: Economic Initiatives Fund of Kazakhstan
Congress Centre
Press Centre

Exclusive conversation with Colombian Ex-President J.М. Santos “Peacekeeping is a basis of inspiring growth”

Organiser: Economic Initiatives Fund of Kazakhstan

”Bringing to an end a 52-year civil war that left more than 220,000 dead and displaced more than 6 million people”.

This may sound like a chapter from the history textbook that describes a turning point in the development of a country or a region.

However, it is all about the accomplishment driven by a famous politician, economist, journalist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient – Colombian ex-President Juan Manuel Santos.

Peacemaking, at first glance, may be perceived as a political phenomenon that has nothing to do with economics. However, this is a misjudgement. Peacemaking is an essential condition for inspiring growth that plays a far more important role than traditional growth drivers that occupy the minds of policy makers and scholars.

This agenda is highly relevant and interesting for Kazakhstan as the initiator of a number of regional and global peacekeeping initiatives. The session will be organized as an exclusive conversation with President Santos, during which he will share his experience in peacekeeping in terms of current and potential initiatives of Kazakhstan to achieve peace and security, and his vision of key factors for inspiring economic growth.

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the key to success in resolving complicated conflicts, chronic hotbeds of tension?
  • What is the recipe for global peace-keeping against the backdrop of the new economic reality, alleviating poverty, tackling inequality, hotbeds of social tension?
  • What is the key role of Kazakhstan, Central Asia and Greater Eurasia in maintaining global peace and security?
  • What up-to-date global challenges can form the basis for new peacekeeping initiatives of Kazakhstan?

Moderator:

  • Sayasat Nurbek, Political Scientist, National Geographic Kazakhstan Goodwill Ambassador; Consultant, National project office of the Global Happiness Coalition

Speaker:

  • Juan Manuel Santos, The President of Colombia (2010-2018), Nobel Peace Prize winner(2016)
14:15 - 15:30
Key national indicators: a tool for sustainable development
Session partner: Account Committee
Hilton
Singapore Hall

Key national indicators: a tool for sustainable development

Organiser: Accounts Committee for Control over Execution of the Republican Budget

Sustainable growth is a progress in not only economic, but also social, cultural, environmental and other achievements. The status of a country, its people and institutions can be measured in many ways. Macroeconomic indicators are widely used to measure the development of countries, but they do not take into account all elements of social progress. The identification of key national indicators contributes to improving the quality of government performance and, ultimately, to improving the standard of living of the people. The purpose of the national indicator system is to systematically apply measures and report on the various aspects of well-being that are important to citizens. They are also necessary for the integrated management of national strategies and the effective evaluation of their implementation at all stages.

The INTOSAI working group on key national indicators conducted a number of studies and collected international best practices. Given the roles and responsibilities of national governments in ensuring efficiency and accountability, Supreme audit institutions can play an important role in identifying ways to address key national challenges. One of the tools needed to address the challenges and achieve national development goals is the performance evaluation system based on key indicators that measure conditions and trends, progress towards the targets and, ultimately, indicate whether the goals are achieved. These results can be used as information in strategic planning, to improve performance evaluation and accountability reporting, and to facilitate effective policy analysis and programme evaluation.

Key Issues:

  • Well-balanced, consistent and wholistic system of key national indicators –the view of the Supreme audit institutions
  • Decomposition of national indicators by levels of government
  • Audit and monitoring of national indicators at the implementation stage – theory and practice
  • The role of Supreme audit institutions in the implementation of key national indicators
  • Public auditor skills for quality evaluation of the system of national key indicators

Moderators:

  • Natalya Godunova, Chairwoman of the Accounts Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Speakers:

  • Janar Holm, Auditor General of Estonia
  • Mohammad Naiem, Auditor General of Afghanistan
  • Dr. Adel Azar, President of the Supreme Audit Court of Iran
  • Vasily Gerasimov, Vice President of the Accounts Chamber of Belarus
  • Wang Yanbin, Director General of National Audit Office of the People’s Republic of China
  • Uzunöz İbrahim, Head of training department of the Turkish Court of Accounts
  • Giovanni Capannelli, Asian Development Bank Country Director for Kazakhstan
  • Suzy Yildiz, Senior program coordinator at Central Asia Regional Office, World bank

 

14:15 - 15:00
Global debates: new economic policy for developing countries
Session partner: Economic Initiatives Fund of Kazakhstan
Congress Centre
Press Centre

Global debates: new economic policy for developing countries

Organiser: Economic Initiatives Fund of Kazakhstan

Developing countries, despite an impressive growth in the early 2000s, have not yet recovered from the 2008 financial crisis. The rise of populism, which has led to growing protectionism and nationalism in developed countries, has had a negative impact on the development prospects of the Global “South”. Developing countries need to adopt new economic policy to achieve an inclusive economic growth.

The best minds of the planet in the area of development and implementation of economic policy will face in the framework of this debate session. One of the debaters is Kenneth Rogoff, a chief economist of the IMF from 2001 to 2003, who contributed to the emergence of global financial stability and developed recommendations on economic policies for countries on the verge of crisis. Dr. Rogoff will face Erik Reinert, one of the main creators of the New Other Canon Foundation's economic school. Dr. Reinert calls for abolishing the division of economists into “left” and “right”. He criticizes the neoclassic economic school and provides new explanations for the gap between rich and poor countries.

Discussion questions:

  • How can developing countries achieve economic success in the context of the current global instability? How will they face new global economic mega-trends? Should governments adopt protectionism or stick with liberal economic policy?
  • Should the state play an active role in creating new export industries? How effective is the policy of “picking winners” and provision of subsidies to specific companies?
  • What are the prospects of economic development for such energyexporting countries as Kazakhstan? How not to miss the "window of opportunity" and to join the club of developed countries?

Moderator:

  • Yerlik Karazhan, Chairman of Economic Research Institute JSC

Speakers/Debaters:

  • Kenneth Rogoff, Professor of Economics, Harvard University, Chief Economist of the IMF (2001-2003)
  • Erik Reinert, Professor at Tallinn University of Technology, Founder of the “Other Canon Foundation”

 

14:15 - 15:30
Water as a factor of economic growth and security in Central Asia
Session partner:
Tokyo Hall
Hilton Astana

Water as a factor of economic growth and security in Central Asia

Organisers: Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union in Kazakhstan, World Bank, International Water Assessment Center

Water availability with the appropriate quality is a key factor for improving the well-being of population of the world and a key parameter for sustainable development. In semi-arid regions like Central Asia, water is a key to generate sustainable economic development for all countries. This can, only be achieved through systemic transboundary cooperation based on mutual trust and understanding, following the concept of shared benefits.

This session aims at bringing together high-level representatives of Central Asian countries to discuss the national needs and visions towards “water as a factor of economic growth and security” under a regional lens.

Key Issues:

  • What is your water vision for Central Asia – and what benefits does your country expect from it (shared benefits, socio-economic benefits)?
  • What mechanism of water use can meet the economic needs of countries?
  • What should be the goal of a transboundary/ cross-sector agreement to ensure shared economic benefit and sustainable use of water?
  • How effective interaction of Central Asian countries on the integrated use of water and energy resources can be ensured?
  • How can the water potential be efficiently used for economic growth?
  • What steps need to be taken?

Chair:

  • Zhenis Kassymbek, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Moderator:

  • Guy Bonvin, Special Envoy for Water of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland

International Experts:

  • Ato Brown, Director of the Resident Mission of the World Bank in Kazakhstan
  • Christophe Bösch, Strategic Advisor, Geneva Water Hub
  • Luc Pierre Devigne, Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Regional cooperation and OSCE, European External Action Service (EEAS)

Speakers:

  • Saparkhan Omarov, Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Qahhorzoda Faiziddin Sattor, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Republic of Tajikistan
  • Silap Velbegov, Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan
  • Zarema Shaukenova, Director of the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Kokumbek Tashtanaliev, General Director of the Department of Water Management and Land Reclamation of the Kyrgyz Republic
  • Nozim Ernazarov, Head of Agency for Safety of Big Water Infrastructureunder MoWR of the Republic of Uzbekistan
  • Sanjar Valiev, Deputy Director, Strategic Institute of the Republic ofUzbekistan
  • Farrukh Tursunov, Head of Department, MFA of the Republic ofUzbekistan

 

14:15 - 15:30
Key national indicators: a tool for sustainable development
Session partner: Account Committee
Singapore Hall

Key national indicators: a tool for sustainable development

Organiser: Accounts Committee for Control over Execution of the Republican Budget

Sustainable growth is a progress in not only economic, but also social, cultural, environmental and other achievements. The status of a country, its people and institutions can be measured in many ways. Macroeconomic indicators are widely used to measure the development of countries, but they do not take into account all elements of social progress. The identification of key national indicators contributes to improving the quality of government performance and, ultimately, to improving the standard of living of the people. The purpose of the national indicator system is to systematically apply measures and report on the various aspects of well-being that are important to citizens. They are also necessary for the integrated management of national strategies and the effective evaluation of their implementation at all stages.

The INTOSAI working group on key national indicators conducted a number of studies and collected international best practices. Given the roles and responsibilities of national governments in ensuring efficiency and accountability, Supreme audit institutions can play an important role in identifying ways to address key national challenges. One of the tools needed to address the challenges and achieve national development goals is the performance evaluation system based on key indicators that measure conditions and trends, progress towards the targets and, ultimately, indicate whether the goals are achieved. These results can be used as information in strategic planning, to improve performance evaluation and accountability reporting, and to facilitate effective policy analysis and programme evaluation.

Key Issues:

  • Well-balanced, consistent and wholistic system of key national indicators –the view of the Supreme audit institutions
  • Decomposition of national indicators by levels of government
  • Audit and monitoring of national indicators at the implementation stage – theory and practice
  • The role of Supreme audit institutions in the implementation of key national indicators
  • Public auditor skills for quality evaluation of the system of national key indicators

Moderators:

  • Natalya Godunova, Chairwoman of the Accounts Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Speakers:

  • Janar Holm, Auditor General of Estonia
  • Mohammad Naiem, Auditor General of Afghanistan
  • Dr. Adel Azar, President of the Supreme Audit Court of Iran
  • Vasily Gerasimov, Vice President of the Accounts Chamber of Belarus
  • Wang Yanbin, Director General of National Audit Office of the People’s Republic of China
  • Uzunöz İbrahim, Head of training department of the Turkish Court of Accounts
  • Giovanni Capannelli, Asian Development Bank Country Director for Kazakhstan
  • Suzy Yildiz, Senior program coordinator at Central Asia Regional Office, World bank
14:15 - 15:30
Key factors of food security. Kazakhstan and OIC countries
Session partner:
Congress Center
London Hall

Key factors of food security. Kazakhstan and OIC countries

Organisers: International Secretariat of G-Global, Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, UNDP, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), “Eurasian economic Club of scientists Association”, Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB)

One of the most promising sectors of the economy of Kazakhstan is agriculture, since itcan give a truly new impetus to the exports diversificationstrategy .

The active participation of the Kazakhstan in the activities of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (hereinafter referred to as the OIC), along with other major regional and global organizations, is becoming increasingly important at the present stage. Kazakhstan joined the OIC in 1995 within the framework of the 50th session of the UN General Assembly. Adhering to the “Eurasian” concept, Kazakhstan carries out foreign policy activities in such a way as not only to balance its international cooperation with Europe and Asia, but also to pursue a more active policy in both directions. Favorable prospects for this were opened in connection with the presidency of Nur-Sultan city (Astana) in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in 2010 and leadership in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in 2011.

The Foreign Ministers Council welcomed “the initiative of the First President of the Republic pf Kazakhstan – Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev to create a new communication platform G-Global as the most influential force in setting international economic policy through expanding the number of countries participating in the search for global anti-crisis solutions." The resolution “calls upon the OIC General Secretariat and IDB in coordination with other OIC relevant institutions to consider the issue of participating in G-Global."

Key Issues:

  • Provision of expertise and technical know-how to Member States on various aspects of effective development of agriculture, rural areas, food security, and biotechnology development
  • Solutions to problems caused by desertification, reduction of forest area, erosion and salinization of soil, as well as ensuring sustainable social relations
  • mobilization and management of financial and agricultural resources in order to develop agriculture and improve food security in member states
  • Coordination, formulation and implementation of common agricultural principles, including through the exchange and transfer of relevant technologies
  • Stimulating investment within the OIC in agriculture and food security
  • New economic policy in agriculture
  • Increased irrigated land: Rational use of land
  • Digitalization in agriculture: digital farms
  • Concept of development of the agro-industrial complex of each region
  • Long-term programs of agrarian and industrial complex: branch programs in animal husbandry and plant growing
  • PPP in agriculture
  • Development of a network of wholesale distribution centers in large cities

Moderator:

  • Waheed Qaiser, Chairman of Chapterhouse Capital LLP; CEO of Bankers Confidence

Speakers:

  • Welcome speech: Aydarbek Saparov, First Vice Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Alexander Subbotin, Member of the Board (Minister) for Industry and Agribusiness at the Eurasian Economic Commission
  • Nabil Gangi, Deputy Regional Representative, Europe & Central Asia Region, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
  • Dr. Elvin Afandi, Principal Economist, Strategy & Policy Department, ICD, IDB
  • Kairat Nazhmidenov, Head of FAO Liaison and Partnership Office in the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Harry Nanda, Director of Media Gurus

 

14:15 - 15:30
Towards becoming a top thirty developed countries: the view by rating agencies
Session partner:
Congress Center
Dubai Hall

Towards becoming a top thirty developed countries: the view by rating agencies

Organisers: Ministry of National Economy, Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption, JSC Economic Research Institute, Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The strategic task of Kazakhstan is to become a global top thirty country. Kazakhstan is entering into the new stage of development, and the main focus is on ensuring breakthrough scientific, technological and economic development, reducing corruption, as well as improving the level and quality of life of the people. The Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan is striving to improve the competitive potential of the country which is directly reflected in the global rankings, such as the WEF competitiveness rating (GCI), IMD, World Bank's ease of doing business rating (“Doing Business”), Transparency International, etc.  

Kazakhstan today is a top thirty in the “Doing Business” rating, taking 28th place, has left the categories of the most corrupt countries of the world according to Transparency International, demonstrating steady growth in the PRS Group and IHS Markit ratings.

However, the country's position on other global ratings is not so strong. Moreover, maintaining the achieved results also requires a systematic work to improve the competitiveness of the country, taking into account the existing challenges and opportunities.

In this regard, the relevance of discussions with representatives of world rating agencies on a wide range of issues related to the promotion of Kazakhstan on the way to the top 30 is growing.

Key Issues:

  • Kazakhstan: towards becoming a top thirty: what has been done and what are the prospects?
  • Challenges and prospects for Kazakhstan in the context of increasing competition for leadership in global rankings
  • Global ratings: influence on the agenda and national development strategy
  • Leaders in global rankings: success factors and retention of positions by the best countries
  • Global ratings: yesterday, today, tomorrow (prospects for the development of global ratings and preparation of Kazakhstan for these changes)

Moderator:

  • Ben Slay, Senior Advisor to the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS

Speakers:

  • Arturo Bris, Professor of Finance at IMD, Director of the World Competitiveness Center IMD
  • Bakhytzhan Sarkeyev, Director of Center for Strategic Initiatives (CSI Group)
  • Ben Slay, Senior Advisor to the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS
  • Christopher Mckee, Chief executive officer, PRS Group
  • Madina Abylkassymova, Deputy Chairman of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan

 

 

 

14:15 - 15:30
Financial Connectivity: the Role of Financial Centres in XXI century
Session partner: Astana International Financial Centre
AIFC

Financial Connectivity: the Role of Financial Centres in XXI century

Organisers: Astana International Financial Center

While globalisation processes are challenged by national policies in developed countries, regional integration continues to be important for Eurasia. Kazakhstan being on the crossroads of main Eurasian routes can become a new hub for regional interconnectedness. The role of regional financial services hubs would be to connect East and West and add to the overall development. How Astana can benefit from integration processes, capture investment flows, and establish itself as a firm regional leader and international hub for Belt and Road Initiative?

Key Issues:

  • Opportunities and risks of integration processes of the financial sector development in the region
  • How financial center can attract investments and gain the reputation of the regional leader and international center for New Silk Road economy revival?
  • How the current trends of global markets can influence the development financial markets (fintech, green finance, responsible finance etc.)?

Moderator:

  • Sergey Stanovkin, Head of BBC World News offices in Eurasia

Speakers:

  • Dr. Kairat Kelimbetov, AIFC Governor
  • Julie Kussidi, Executive Director, EUROBAK
  • Christopher Campbell-Holt, Registrar & Chief Executive, AIFC Court & International Arbitration Centre
  • Hamza Ali Malik, Director of the Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, UN ESCAP
  • Dr. Ahmad M. Hasnah, President of Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar
  • Hazem Galal, Global Leader of PWC`s Cities and Local Government Sector, PwC Partner in UAE

 

14:15 - 15:30
Digital transformation – a new form of relations in the EAEU
Session partner: EEC
Congress Center
New York Hall

Digital transformation – a new form of relations in the EAEU

Organisers: Eurasian Economic Commission, Ministry of Digital Development, Defense and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) is a permanent supranational regulatory body of the Eurasian Economic Union.

The basis of the decision to establish the EEC lies in the understanding that the five countries together will not only be able reduce the negative impacts of global instability, but also actively position themselves in foreign markets. The Eurasian Economic Union is open to other States that share the goals of this Association and are ready to assume the required obligations.

The main purpose of the Eurasian Economic Commission is ensuring the functioning and development of the EAEU, and developing proposals for the further development of integration. Currently there are five EEC countries: The Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and the Russian Federation.

The digital transformation of supply chains, the introduction of a single format of electronic accompanying documents throughout the Eurasian Economic Union will accelerate the supply of products, including fresh products, and reduce administrative costs for businesses. This will lead to an increase in mutual trade. One of the tools is the use of cross-border trust space, electronic digital signature. At the same time, there are new business models and technologies that can solve these problems in the best way, so they require extensive discussion with market participants.

Key Issues:

  • Establishment of Eurasian digital ecosystems, digital transformation of the economy – a new form of relations in the EAEU
  • "Implementation and mutual recognition of electronic accompanying documents by the Member States of the Eurasian Economic Union" Project
  • Electronic accompanying documents for transparency and facilitation of doing business
  • Experience in the use of international standards in the creation of identification, marking and electronic data interchange systems in the context of the implementation of the EAEU Digital Agenda
  • Development of cross-border trust space in the EAEU, the concept of B2B, B2G
  • Models of cross-border trust space, application of B2G from the business point of view
  • Security trends for secure services in the digital environment for business and its interaction with government agencies, including the use of blockchain technologies
  • Experience of global pilot projects on cross-border electronic accompanying documents
  • Use of electronic digital signature for cross-border transactions

Moderators:

  • Alexander Petrov, Assistant Member of the Board (Minister) on domestic markets, information, information and communication technologies of the ECE

Speakers:

  • Tigran Tigranyan, Assistant Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission
  • Alexey Seregin, Deputy Director of the Republican Unitary Enterprise "National Center of Electronic Services", Republic of Belarus
  • Sergey Kiryushkin, CEO’s counsellor, "Gazinformservice" LLC
  • Ekaterina Silanteva, Consultant of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  • Bikesh Kurmangaliyeva, Executive Director of Kazakhtelecom JSC
  • Evgeny Yakushkin, Head of Electronic Resources Department of the Scientific and Engineering Republican Unitary Enterprise "The Inter-Branch Scientific and Practical Center for Identification Systems and E-Business Operations of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus"
  • Gennady Volnisty, Technical Director of the Scientific and Engineering Republican Unitary Enterprise "The Inter-Branch Scientific and Practical Center for Identification Systems and E-Business Operations of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus"
  • Taalai Baiterekov, Deputy Director of the EEC Information Technology Department
  • Alexander Sazonov, Project Leader at Kaspersky Lab JSC
  • Representative of the State Revenue Committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan

 

14:15 - 15:30
The age of connectivity: private sector dimension
Session partner:
Congress Center
Moscow Hall

The age of connectivity: private sector dimension

Organisers: The Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee/ The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Central Asia, a vast region at the heart of Eurasia, bridges the two ends of the continent – the wealthy Europe and the fast-growing Asia. Considered remote for centuries by many great powers after the demise of the original Silk Road, Central Asian countries historically had low integration into the global economy, and also low levels of intra-regional trade. But the story is changing: today it is one of connectivity and growth. Central Asia’s location between China, Europe and Russia made it part of such initiatives as the EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy and China’s Belt and Road. Enhancing hard and soft infrastructure and building economic corridors around it, as well as building stronger links between countries themselves, are now considered key sources of development for the region.

Key Issues:

  • How is connectivity in Eurasia going to change due to new technologies?
  • What technological developments will affect connectivity in Central Asia (transport, logistics, etc.)?
  • How will enhanced connectivity create new opportunities in Central Asia?
  • What would be the role of the private sector and the regulators in this process?

Moderator:

  • Mattia Romani, Managing Director of Economics, Policy and Governance, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development EBRD

Speakers:

  • Alexey Grom, President, Eurasian Rail Alliance
  • Eugene Seah, Chief Operating Officer of the Port of Baku
  • Yerlan Absatov, General Director of the Transport Union of Kazakhstan “Kazlogistics”
  • Massimo Deandreis, General Manager, S.R.M. Economic Research Center, Chairman, GEI Italian Council of Business Economists
  • Thomas Lamnidis, Partner and Vice President of KLC Law Firm

 

14:15 - 17:00
Reward and recognition: how to motivate public servants in the 21 century
Session partner: UN Development Program / ACSH / GSPP NU
Congress Center
Beijing Hall

Reward and recognition: how to motivate public servants in the 21 century

Organisers:United Nations Development Program in Kazakhstan, Astana Civil Service Hub, Graduate School of Public Policy at Nazarbayev University

The ability of governments and civil service to effectively respond to new challenges and rising citizens’ expectations, in the 21st century, characterised by a high degree of uncertainty, complexity and volatility, is becoming crucial. Thus, the civil service that is flexible and effective to respond to changing conditions is a key factor in ensuring decent life for the people, by enabling inclusive growth and by guaranteeing the efficient functioning of cities. This was reflected in the SDGs adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015.

Therefore, in building an effective civil service, particular attention is given to the quality of human resource, the principles of meritocracy, and motivation. These are priority issues on the reform agenda of most governments, including the member countries of the Astana Civil Service Hub. However, the speed, pace, and depth of reforms in these areas differ as they stem from their specific priorities, conditions and challenges.

At the same time, governments should take into account the similarity of challenges for the countries of the region caused by global trends and due to common culture and history. Thus, in issues of motivation, remuneration and assessment systems, peer learning, best practices and research activities play an important role.

In this regard, experiences and knowledge sharing on these issues is of paramount importance for governments and responsible public bodies of the countries in the region. Representatives of government agencies of various countries, including the member countries of the Astana Hub, will speak at the panel session. The key speaker of the panel session is Professor James Perry, one of the founders of the public servants’ motivation theory. He is the author of such publications as Civil Service Systems and Public Service Motivation.

Objective: Presentation and discussion of the progress, achievements, problems and results of recent research, as well as regional and global trends in motivation, remuneration and assessment of civil servants.

Key Issues:

  • Identification of progressive, effective and innovative tools in the system of motivation, remuneration and assessment of civil servants’ performance
  • Discussion of global trends and the results of recent research in motivation, remuneration and evaluation of civil servants
  • Analysis of specific country examples, cases and reforms aimed at improving the remuneration system and civil servants’ performance appraisal
  • Summarizing the lessons learned from developing and introducing new tools in motivation, remuneration and performance appraisal of civil servants
  • Building awareness of the participating countries on the current trends in the development of motivation systems and the practical implementation results in other countries
  • Strengthening the network of experts in motivation, reward and performance appraisal

Moderators:

  • Alikhan Baimenov, Chairman of the Steering Committee of Astana Civil Service Hub
  • Gulmira Raissova, Chairperson of the Coordination Council at the Association of HR Managers of Kazakhstan

Speakers:

  • Alikhan Baimenov, Chairman of the Steering Committee of Astana Civil Service Hub
  • Ms. Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Assistant Administrator of UNDP and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS
  • Shigeo Katsu, President of the Nazarbayev University
  • Alik Shpekbayev, Chairman of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Civil Service and Anti-Corruption
  • James L. Perry, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Paul H. O’Neil School of Public and Environmental Affairs of the Indiana University Bloomington, USA
  • Gulmira Raissova, Chairperson of the Coordination Council at the Association of HR Managers
  • Basskaran Nair, Adjunct Associate Professor of LKY School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore; Visiting Professor of the Graduate School of Public Policy of the Nazarbayev University
  • Catherine Kardava, Director of Civil Service Bureau of Georgia; member of the Steering Committee of Astana Civil Service Hub
  • Bakytbek Sagynbaev, an acting Director of the State Personnel Service of the Kyrgyz Republic
  • Alona Paseka, Head of Unit of the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service
  • Zhandos Khassen, Head of Unit of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption
  • Panos Liverakos, Technical Advisor for ACSH and UNDP in Kazakhstan

 

14:15 - 17:00
Women in science, innovation and business
Session partner: Expo & Women / BCG
Congress Center
Nur-Sultan plenary Hall

Women in science, innovation and business

Organisers: Expo&Women International Organization, BCG, UNDP, supported by National Commission for Women’s Affairs, Family and Demographic Policy reporting to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Strategic partners: International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

The global economy requires greater female empowerment and women’s influence in the world to be ever strengthened. Many developed countries have long recognized the need to build inclusive economies based on the developing and nurturing of female human capital.

The economic empowerment of women and increasing gender equality have the effect of improving productivity, promoting diversification and generally helping to overcome overall income inequality. According to the International Monetary Fund, improving the gender balance will contribute 4% growth to GDP in developed countries such as Canada and Japan and by up to 30%-32% for developing countries. Gender balance has a positive impact on innovation, key business performance indicators, the overall organizational and financial success of companies, and on many social aspects of business performance.

The rapid development of science and technology generates a huge demand for talent, which companies find hard to meet. Unfortunately, companies have far from always effectively leveraged the potential of women, who make up 36% of graduates majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics worldwide, yet only comprise 25% of the work force and 9% of managerial positions in these areas.

Over the past decade, many countries, including Kazakhstan, have achieved a lot in terms of gender equality. Still, there are problems awaiting solutions. For instance, limited equal access to financial assets, land, real estate, and technology. There are still gender gaps with regards to accessing high-paying jobs, leadership positions, especially in rural areas, resulting in wage disparities between men and women.

Key Issues:

  • What is the role of women in science, innovation, and business? What are the most effective ways to enhance the contribution of women to economic development?
  • What are the most successful practices of international organizations, governments, and businesses in terms of the reduction of gender gaps in diverse spheres of activity?
  • How can women managers contribute to the success of their countries or organizations?
  • What opportunities are there to integrate women’s efforts in promoting gender balance and, thus, ensure steady development in society, science, innovation, and business?

Moderator:

  • Rakhym Oshakbayev, Director, Talap Center for Applied Research

Speakers:

  • Gulshara Abdikalykova, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Roza Otunbaeva, first female President of the Kyrgyz Republic (2010-2011)
  • Bruno Balvanera, EBRD Managing Director, Central Asia
  • Asli Kurbay, Partner and Managing Director, BCG Istanbul
  • Celia Garcia-Banos, Associate Program Officer, Knowledge Policy and Finance Center, IRENA
  • Asel Ayapova, Director, Global Drone Program Manager, AES Corporation
  • Alexandra Akkirman, Public Affairs & Communications Manager, Central Asia & Caucasus, The Coca Cola Company
  • Gaukhar Nurgaliyeva, Head of the Eurasian Studies Laboratory of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
  • Talgat Narikbayev, M.Narikbayev KAZGUU University
  • Saltanat Rachimbekova, Chairman of the Presidium of the International Organization "Expo & Women"
  • Dr. Khainikamal (Kamila) Magziyeva, National Coordinator of the European Union Framework Programme on Research and Innovation “Horizon 2020” in Kazakhstan, Director of InExCB-KZ, Director of Kok-Saghyz TM Ltd

 

 

 

15:45 - 17:00
The role of Enactus student entrepreneurship in achieving the UN sustainable development Goals
Session partner: ENACTUS Kazakhstan
AIFC

The role of Enactus student entrepreneurship in achieving the UN sustainable development Goals

Organisers: Enactus Kazakhstan

The development of student entrepreneurship in the implementation of social projects aimed at achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals ensures the formation of future business leaders of the country.

Enactus students are outstanding young people in higher education.

With the support of domestic business leaders and teachers, students participate in the development and implementation of innovative business ideas, acquire practical skills in entrepreneurship, and develop their own creative abilities.

Enactus students' activities contribute to improving the living conditions of vulnerable people, develop business skills thus contributing to positive impact on the socio-economic status of the national and global economy.

The values of Enactus, namely, “integrity”, “passion”, “innovation” are the determining motives of the business activity of students.

Key Issues:

  • Main trends in the development of student entrepreneurship in Kazakhstan
  • Enactus as a form of attracting socially active students
  • Improving the support system for student entrepreneurship
  • Youth policy and entrepreneurship

Moderators:

  • Daurzhan Augambay, Director of «Aqyl-Kenes Consulting» LLP

Speakers:

  • Albina Yerzhanova, President of Enactus Kazakhstan, Ph.D., a member of the Council on Youth Policy under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Yusuf Madzhidov, Managing Director of ENACTUS Eurasia
  • Vitalie Vremis, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Kazakhstan
  • Alizhan Meyramov, student of the M. Narikbayev KAZGUU University, Astana
  • Amir Abdygalimov, 3rd year student of the Kazakh National University. Al-Farabi, Almaty
  • Karimzhan Suleimanov, 4th year student of M.Kh. Dulati Taraz State University, Taraz
  • Assel Kogabayeva, 3rd year student of the Kazakh National University. Al-Farabi, Almaty

 

15:45 - 17:00
Final Discussion: Challenges, risks of contradiction (by invitation)
Session partner: IER
Congress Center
Dubai Hall

Organiser: JSC Economic Research Institute

Summing up of the results, discussion of topical issues and recommendations of international experts of the Astana Economic Forum are particularly relevant for organizers.

The session will be attended by co-organizers of sessions, representatives of public authorities, international experts and Kazakhstani economists.

Discussion topics:

  • Discussion of the AEF-2019 international experts’ recommendations
  • Discussion of the AEF-2020 topic and focal points

Moderator:

  • Yerlik Karazhan, Chairman of Economic Research Institute JSC

Speakers:

  • Organisers of sessions and forum guests
15:45 - 17:00
Involvement of civil society in wellbeing policy
Session partner:
Singapore Hall
Hilton Astana

Organisers: Ministry of information and social development of Kazakhstan, JSC Economic Research Institute, ALE «Kazakhstan association of small and medium business «El tiregi», ALE «Civil Alliance of Kazakhstan»

The ability of developing countries to convert national welfare into well-being and quality of life of people plays a key role in the modern economy. The demonstrative per capita income and at the same time low quality of life of people speaks of the lack of quality of economic growth.

Socio-economic inequality of people results from the development of society and the state as a whole. Having set a goal to become a top 30 developed countries in the world, Kazakhstan adopted the standards of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Membership in this organization requires high growth of investments, scientific research, labor productivity, business development, population living standards.

Kazakhstan ranks pretty high in various world ratings. At the same time, the objective reality and the level of citizens' well-being at this stage do not prove that the well-being and standard of living in the country meets global standards. Despite the economic growth of Kazakhstan recently, social policy was left behind. This gave rise to a huge differentiation in the social status of various groups of Kazakhstani population.

Given the realia of today, the position and influence of civil society plays a significant role in the development and well-being of citizens. Today, the non-governmental sector is the bridge, a kind of buffer zone between the state and the population. Public control over the execution of the state budget, an impartial view of the current situation, proposals to the new legislation, healthy criticism and participation in the public policy are the necessary tools for the efficient growth of the people’s welfare.

Key Issues:

  • Implementation of UN sustainable development goals
  • Better involvement of civil society in monitoring and implementation of UN 2030 SDGs targets
  • Development trends and future civil society in Kazakhstan
  • Efficient involvement of civil sector in the well-being policy

Moderator:

  • Assylbek Kozhakhmetov, president of association of legal entities «Civil Alliance of Kazakhstan»

Speakers:

  • Dauren Abayev, Minister of information and social development of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Sayasat Nurbek, Political Scientist, National Geographic Kazakhstan Goodwill Ambassador; Consultant, National project office of the Global Happiness Coalition
  • Riccardo Pelizzo, Associate Professor & Vice Dean for Research, Nazarbayev University
  • Joseph Ziegler Kenneth, CEO of "International technopark of IT-startups "Astana hub"
  • Leila Akhmetova, Executive Director of the Organizing Committee of the HPAIR Asia Conference

 

 

 

15:45 - 17:00
Role of retail investors in the economy
Session partner: JCS "Freedom Finance"
Congress Center
London Hall

Role of retail investors in the economy

Organisers:  JCS "Freedom Finance"

The notion of retail investors is one of the most advanced tools to improve lives and well-being. Over the past decades, retail investments in developed countries have become a widely used capital management mechanism that outperforms static banking products and real estate investments. Also, taking into account the history of the devaluation of national currencies of the CIS countries, and annual inflation to effectively save and increase equity capital, retail investments should become a real intellectual opportunity for people in Kazakhstan.

Key Issues:

  • Current status of the stock market
  • Securities development issues
  • The issues of borrowing

Moderator:

  • Alina Aldambergen, CEO, JSC Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE)

Speakers:

  • Alina Aldambergen, CEO, JSC Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE)
  • Timur Turlov, Founder and owner of Freedom Holding Corp.
  • Alexander Afanasiyev, CEO, Moscow Stock Exchange (MOEX)
  • Robert Wotczak, First Vice President, CBNY Investment Services Corp.

 

15:45 - 17:00
Social development through agile education and science
Session partner: Ministry of Education and Science KZ
Congress Center
New York Hall

Organisers: Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan

In education: in 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals. A clearer global architecture for monitoring the progress of all significant aspects of countries’ development has been developed in contrast to the previously existing Millennium Development Goals. “Quality Education” is defined as the fourth SDG after such pressing goals as “No Poverty”, “Zero Hunger”, and “Good Health and Well-Being”. By this, the countries of the world once again confirmed that sustainable development is impossible without high-quality human capital, without its main source - education.

The First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbasy N.A. Nazarbayev, in his first Address to the people of the country, said: “The leading factor is the people themselves, their will, energy, perseverance, knowledge. This is the “golden key” that will allow us to open the door to prosperity and independence.” After 20 years, Elbasy in his Address entitled “The Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness” once again underlined that education should be the central element of the country's economic growth model.

Moreover, the Strategic Development Plan of the Republic of Kazakhstan until 2025, in particular “New Human Capital” reform, considers the development of human capital with high-quality and highly-demanded skills of the 21st century. Education system should be aimed at ensuring access and inclusiveness at all levels and at training personnel that meet both the current demands of the labor market and the future economy.

In order to meet international standards in education and science, Kazakhstan in 2017 joined the OECD’s Committee for Science and Technological Policy and Education Policy Committee.

Global trends indicate an increasing role of education worldwide. According to UNDP experts, it is during this longest period of life that the personality of a person is formed, the foundations of psychological stability and the potential for further development are laid.

Delayed resolution of education problems can lead to an unstable and tense social situation in the country.

In science: the significant role of science in the socio-economic development of society has always been recognized. In modern context, science is universally recognized as a key area of the national economy; national progress, welfare, and physical and mental health of a nation depend on the progress of science. Efficiency of the knowledge-based economy is innovation, which determines the competitiveness of goods and services, promotes sustainable development, helps to solve employment problems, improve the level and quality of life of the population.

Key Issues:

  • Do we train for the future? Are our graduates ready for the future?
  • Business education in schools of Kazakhstan: paradigms and perspective
  • Future Skills. The transformation of the world around us
  • Inclusive innovations (socially-oriented projects): as a modern trend in the development of science in Kazakhstan

Moderator:

  • Fatima Zhakypova, Vice Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Speakers:

  • Aida Sagintayeva, Dean of the Private Enterprise “Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education”
  • Almagul Mukhamedkhanova, Vice President of the National Academy of Education named after Y. Altynsarin
  • Yermek Kuzenbayev, Acting Chairman of the Board of JSC "Holding" Kasipkor"
  • Murat Sartbayev, Candidate of Biological Sciences; Director of the Project Management Unit, the project «Fostering productive innovation»
15:45 - 17:15
The new narrative of Central Asia: The Age of connectivity
Session partner: Reinventinge Bretton- Woods Committee
Congress Center
Moscow Hall

The new narrative of Central Asia: The Age of connectivity

Organisers: The Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee/ The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Central Asia, a vast region at the heart of Eurasia, bridges the two ends of the continent – the wealthy Europe and the fast-growing Asia. Considered remote for centuries by many great powers after the demise of the original Silk Road, Central Asian countries historically had low integration into the global economy, and also low levels of intra-regional trade. But the story is changing: today it is one of connectivity and growth. Central Asia’s location between China, Europe and Russia made it part of such initiatives as the EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy and China’s Belt and Road. Enhancing hard and soft infrastructure and building economic corridors around it, as well as building stronger links between countries themselves, are now considered key sources of development for the region.

Key Issues:

  • How is connectivity in Eurasia going to change due to new technologies?
  • What technological developments will affect connectivity in Central Asia (transport, logistics, etc.)?
  • How will enhanced connectivity create new opportunities in Central Asia?
  • What would be the role of the private sector and the regulators in this process?

Moderator:

  • Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia (2015-2018)

Speakers:

  • JoachimvonAmsberg, VicePresident,PolicyandStrategy,AsianInfrastructure Investment Bank
  • Vazil Hudák, Vice President, European Investment bank
  • Dmitry Pankin, President, Black Sea Trade and Development Bank
  • Bruno Balvanera, Managing Director for Central Asia, EBRD
  • Lilia Burunciuc, Regional Director for Central Asia, the World Bank
  • Luc Pierre Devigne, Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Regional cooperation and OSCE, European External Action Service (EEAS)

 

19:00-20:30
Private dinners hosted by forum partners