Agenda

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
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
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

 

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

 

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 - 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 - 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 - 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)

 

 

 

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 - 15:30
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
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

 

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)