In light of the successful launch of the AIFC, within the framework of the 20th anniversary of Astana, Official Launch is to be held on 5 July, with the participation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Within the scope of the AIFC Official Launch, the Astana Finance Days (AFD) multi-day event will take place from 3 July to 5 July, 2018, in Astana, as part of the official presentation of the Astana International Financial Centre. The purpose of the event is to create an open platform for the discussion of current issues and global economic trends.



Global Finance Forum (July 3-4, Congress Centre)

The two-day Global Finance Forum from 3 July to 4 July will organise an exclusive discussion of key financial sector development issues. A series of panel sessions will facilitate an open dialogue on the development of financial centres, the sustainability of the financial system, the development of local capital markets and financial capital management.

The forum will focus on Astana as the financial services hub for the "Belt and Road" Initiative and a significant-expertise and best-practices centre. The third item on the agenda is a new economy as part of the fourth industrial revolution. The panel sessions will shed light on modern regulators as well as global trends in financial technology, including cryptocurrency. The discussions will gather together representatives of central banks and regulators, academia, as well as heads of the largest financial institutions.

The Global Finance Forum will also present a book on global financial system sustainability with essays by the panel speakers.

Green Growth Forum / GEWR`2018 (July 3-4, Hilton Astana)

The International Energy Agency predicts that 44 trillion of energy investment dollars will be needed to keep the average global temperature rise to below 2C above pre industrial levels by the year 2100 as set out in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

Capital markets play an important role in achieving this goal. They can direct large-scale investments in sustainable projects: water treatment, waste management, renewable energy sources, clean transportation and others.

The Green Growth Forum will discuss global trends in green financing: the role of green bonds as a key tool in the debt capital market, as well as the efforts of international networks and the financial sector in developing a low-carbon economy.

Representatives of Kazakhstani and foreign political circles, UN programmes, international financial organisations, the Kazakhstani financial sector, development institutions, business communities are expected to attend the Forum.

Astana International Capital Markets Forum
(July 3, Congress Centre)

The 2nd Astana International Capital Markets Forum is an essential event for those looking to understand the key trends and developments of Kazakhstani capital markets with a focus on privatisation strategies, liquidity and new products for boosting the liquidity.

At this industry-leading conference, world-renowned business and opinion leaders, economists and financial decision-makers will come together for analysis, discussion and networking.

The key topics to be discussed include: privatisation strategy, liquidity, green bonds, cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence and digitalisation.

AIFC Law Conference
(July 4, Nazarbayev Centre)

The AIFC Law Conference will be held on 4 July 2018 at the Nazarbayev Centre Building in Astana during the official presentation of the AIFC. The aim of this conference is not only to introduce the AIFC Court and the AIFC International Arbitration Centre, and their services on dispute resolution, but to also provide an open platform for the discussion of contemporary issues and recent trends in litigation and legislative procedures. Moreover, it gives an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, and future perspectives in dispute resolution.

The conference shall cover discussions on topical issues relating to dispute resolution in the AIFC and its legal framework. The panel will consider the following issues:

  • services provided by the AIFC Court;
  • alternative dispute resolution at the AIFC International Arbitration Centre;
  • the AIFC legal framework that is based on the principles, legislation and precedents of the law of England and Wales and the standards of leading global financial centres.

Some of the expected guests and speakers include Rt Hon. The Lord Woolf CH (Chief Justice of the AIFC Court), Barbara Dohmann QC (Chairman of the AIFC International Arbitration Centre), Michael Blair QC (Chairman of the AIFC Legal Advisory Council) and other leading personalities in the field of dispute resolution and financial law.

Moreover, we expect attendance by participants from all over the world who are interested in the AIFC Court and International Arbitration Centre: politicians in the field of justice and courts from Kazakhstan and other countries; representatives of international courts and arbitration centres; representatives of leading companies, globally recognised law firms, leading universities; professors and lawyers; and other distinguished guests.

Global Silk Road Forum
(July 2-3, Palace of Peace and Harmony, Palace of Independence)

The Global Silk Road Forum is an interactive forum for opening opportunities for trade, business and investment. Within the framework of the event, practical instruments of export to the Silk Road countries will be discussed.

As well as investment attraction.

Eurasian Cooperation
(4 July, Congress Centre)

Key discussion topics include development within the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) and the role of the AIFC, as well as the impact of blockchain technologies and crypto-currencies on the implementation of the coordinated macroeconomic policy and the formation of a Common financial market within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) framework.

The 2018–2019 period is expected to be an era of the implementation of blockchain technology and the development of cryptocurrency regulation when we will observe how different countries shall introduce legislative regulation on turnover, investment, and cryptocurrency trading; including ICO, cryptocurrency exchanges, and its taxation; the creation of a legislation framework for blockchain projects.

The blockchain technology development and cryptocurrency agenda is an important issue for the member states of the EAEU and EEC. The objectives to create a common financial market and implement the digital agenda by 2025 within the EAEU framework are being performed. In addition, the wide use of cryptocurrency is likely to influence the monetary conditions and the macroeconomic stability in the EAEU countries and the EAEU as a whole.

At year-end 2017, the EEC started a series of events in the EAEU countries to discuss the essence of the new phenomenon of cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies, its impact on the macroeconomic stability of the member states, and the opportunity to develop the common regulation approaches for cryptocurrency on the territory of the EAEU.

The plenary session”Impact of Blockchain Technologies and Cryptocurrencies on the Implementation of the Coordinated Macroeconomic Policy and the Formation af a Common Financial Market Within the EAEU Framework” will be devoted to the following three key issues:

  • The role of digital financial technologies in the transformation of traditional economy. The use of blockchain technologies and cryptocurrency in the EAEU member states.
  • Government regulation of blockchain and cryptocurrencies: the experience of the EAEU member states.
  • Deepening integration in the EAEU within the context of the development of digital financial technologies: prospects for the creation of the EAEU financial jurisdiction.

The event will bring together the leading experts from the development institutions, government bodies, professional associations, research organisations, and financial institutions of the EAEU member states. The session will be moderated by the Member of the Board (Minister) for Integration and Macroeconomics of the EEC, Tatyana Valovaya.

Astana Islamic Economy Forum
(3–4 July, Congress Centre)

The main goal of the forum is to conduct a comprehensive and representative discussion on the economic and geopolitical growth of Muslim countries, their role in the global economy, the perspectives for the emergence of the new markets, as well as to discuss modern technologies and innovations in the field of finance.

The Forum will focus on the significance of Islamic finance, in support of one of the core pillars of the AIFC. The leading experts will discuss the main stages aimed at balanced economic growth by using the opportunities of Islamic finance and financial technologies to create a sustainable future.

The Transformers Roadshow by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) will take place on July 3. The Transformers will provide a platform to accelerate STI-led development initiatives across IsDB member countries.

On July 4, the forum will bring together captains of industry, leaders and representatives of international organisations, the leading Islamic financial institutions, as well as entrepreneurs, corporate executives and academics to discuss the current issues that affect and influence the global economy as well as explore new opportunities in the plenary sessions and business meetings.

Among the Astana Finance Days participants are heads of states and governments, ministers, policy makers, prominent figures, famous economists, representatives of leading financial organisations, regulators, central banks, development institutions, as well as world-recognised personalities in the field of finance.

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