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


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


  • 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
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


  • 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)


  • 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


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


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


  • 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.


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


  • 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


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


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



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?


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


  • 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
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?


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


  • 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


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?


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


  • 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)


  • 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
Financial Connectivity: the Role of Financial Centres in XXI century
Session partner: Astana International Financial Centre

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.)?


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


  • 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


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


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


  • 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.