Kazakhstan: Astana Economic Forum to have a new format and global agenda

ASTANA (TCA) — The XI Astana Economic Forum will be held from 17 to 19 May 2018. The main difference of the new Forum from the previous events will be a new format and a global agenda, Kazakhstan’s First Vice Minister of National Economy, Ruslan Dalenov, told a briefing on April 23, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

“The forum has been held for 10 years and has become an international platform that connects economic thought, idea and practice. For 10 years, more than 50 thousand delegates from 150 countries took part in the event. The Forum has a great effect: from attracting international investors to exchange of new ideas for the formation of the agenda of economic policy in Kazakhstan and in the world,” said Dalenov.

At the same time, according to the First Vice Minister, there is a need to restart the forum.

“The world is changing, Kazakhstan is being modernized, and therefore the forum must meet new challenges. The renewed forum should become one of the world’s leading summits on global challenges,” Dalenov said.

As organizers noted, the AEF will become a platform where representatives of the intellectual elite will discuss topical issues of the global agenda and make recommendations to address them.

The Forum will discuss the proposed 11 global themes: Unified Economy, Global Strategy, Urbanization, Sustainability, Clean Energy, Singularity, Digital World, Future of Money, Global Security, A New Mankind, Longevity.

The Forum invited world intellectual elite, leaders of global corporations, global start-ups, prominent futurists, foreign and domestic politicians, authoritative economists and scientists, and Nobel Prize laureates.

“The Astana Economic Forum is becoming one of the driving forces of the new system of international positioning of Kazakhstan in the world intellectual arena. Thanks to the forum, the country’s brand is being promoted through a global expert network,” Dalenov said.

Sergey Kwan