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Kazakhstan Investment Summit 2016

Working towards economics diversification

Wednesday May 25, 2016 from 11:30 to 19:30 (UTC +06:00)

Palace of Independence - Tauelsizdik Avenue 52, Astana, Kazakistan


Wednesday May 25, 2016 from 11:30 to 19:30 (UTC +06:00)


Palace of Independence
Tauelsizdik Avenue 52, Astana, Kazakistan

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The Economist Events’ inaugural Kazakhstan Investment Summit will analyse the progress made by the country on its route to delivering on economic diversification, discuss the improvements needed and explore where the investment opportunities lie.

Taking place alongside the Astana Economic Forum, the event will examine how Kazakhstan is planning to futureproof its economy, attract international investment and strengthen the rule of law and its institutions.

Join the conversation @EconomistEvents via #EconKZInvest

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Between 2000 and 2011, Kazakhstan's economy grew by an average of 8.4 per cent. The country’s foreign policy has proven effective in balancing international interests as Kazakhstan continues to forge its path into international and regional organisations.

But Kazakhstan also faces hurdles to its growth ahead. The ongoing slump in oil prices, the contraction of the Russian economy and the economic slowdown of China, have led to slower growth, reduced external demand, increased inflation rates and currency depreciation.

Kazakhstan plans on buffering these negative trends in the long-term by investing in the diversification of the economy to avoid continued overreliance on oil. The political will to implement structural economic reform and improve the business environment exists. The Nurly Zhol (Bright Path) economic stimulus programme seeks to modernise the industrial sector and propel infrastructural development.

Key industries for the diversification of the economy have been identified and detailed action plans have been launched. To be successful, however, these ambitious plans must be supplemented by governance reform, clear strategies for attracting FDIs, and proving to foreign investors that the institutional system is transparent and accountable.

Karim Massimov

Prime Minister, Republic of Kazakhstan

Erbolat Dossaev

Minister of National Economy, Republic of Kazakhstan

Daron Acemoglu

Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dmitry Pankin

Chairman of the Management Board, Eurasian Development Bank

Jeffrey Sachs

Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Kuandyk Bishimbayev

Chairman of Managing Board, Baiterek

Why attend?

The event will bring together up to 120 national and international senior –level attendees from sectors including telecommunications, finance, manufacturing, education, construction, energy and agribusiness. The Summit is free to attend, places are strictly limited to allow for optimum networking opportunities.

  • Discover where the investment opportunities lie, following the country’s plan for economic diversification.
  • Learn how Kazakhstan is planning to futureproof its economy and strengthen the rule of law and its institutions.
  • Hear from world class speakers on opportunities and challenges of doing business in and with Kazakhstan.
  • Network with key international and local stakeholders from range of industries.
  • Take part in interactive, sector specific roundtables with senior government leaders and form basis for your future business ventures.
  • Gain full access to the Astana Economic Forum, offer valid only to participants of the Summit. 

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