Agenda

07:00-8:30
Business breakfast AIFC (by invitation)
09:00-10:00
Registration
11:00-12:30
Plenary Session
12:30-13:30
Lunch for Forum participants/ Private lunch from companies
09:00 - 10:30
New Normal in Global Economy: Trade Wars and Protectionism
Session partner: Reinventinge Bretton- Woods Committee
Congress Center Hall 2

New Normal in Global Economy: Trade Wars and Protectionism

Initiators: Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee

Today, there is a transition from the dominant liberal order, on which the modern world economy was based, to a more populist, protectionist and nationalist platform. From the economic point of view, this is largely characterized by a rebalancing of global trade policy after a nearly thirty-year cycle of hyper-globalization. The WTO and the global trading system were subject to severe blow, and at present time, the WTO future as an effective coordinator and the world trade arbiter does not look promising, and trade wars and protectionism will impede its functioning.

Issues for discussion:

  • How will the ongoing trade war affect the global economy in 2019?
  • Will new participants be involved in rebalancing the global economy?
  • What strategies should countries choose in order to avoid the negative effect of a trade war?
  • How realistic is the creation of an alliance for multilateralism?
  • What reforms are needed due to the fact that Kazakhstan plans a ministerial meeting of the WTO in 2020?
  • How countries can strengthen their domestic growth engines, including consumption and investment, and reduce dependence on foreign markets?

Moderator:

  • Henning Wopel, Head of the Hamburg Institute of International Economics

Speakers:

  • James Bacchus, Professor Emeritus, University for Global Affairs, Director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunities at the University of Central Florida, Ex-Chairman of the WTO Appeals Body, Ex-Member of the US Congress;
  • Anne Krueger, Professor of International Economics at Johns Hopkins, Ex-First Deputy Managing Director of the IMF and the World Bank Chief Economist;
  • Sergey Glazyev, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation;
  • Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Professor, Ex-Vice Chairman of the Planning Commission of India
09:00 - 11:45
Kazakhstan: OECD Country Overview
Session partner: OECD
Congress Center Hall 4

Kazakhstan: OECD Country Overview

Initiators: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 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-Initiators: Center for Trade Policy Development JSC

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (hereinafter - the OECD) was established in 1948. Its headquartered is located in Paris (France). José Angel Gurria Treviño is the Secretary-General from 2006 till the present time. The OECD main goal is to pursue a coordinated policy aimed at ensuring sustainable economic growth and improving the living standards of member states. Kazakhstan’s cooperation with the OECD began in 2008 as part of the Eurasian Competitiveness Program that includes 13 countries of Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Eastern Europe. Today, the country's cooperation with the organization is carried out within the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Kazakhstan and the OECD.

Currently, the OECD carries the work to completion of two publications on Kazakhstan and Central Asia. Within the “Going for Growth in Kazakhstan” presentation by the OECD, the “Product Market Regulation (PMR)” Project deliveries will be shown. Within the “Enhancing Regional Connectivity in Central Asia” presentation by the OECD International Transport Forum, the “Optimization of local value chains” Project deliveries will be shown.

The session provides an opportunity to present these works in the broad context of cooperation between the OECD and Kazakhstan focusing on the role of Kazakhstan in expanding cooperation of the OECD with the region.

Moderator:

  • William Thompson, Head of the Eurasia Division, OECD Global Relations Secretariat

Speakers:

  • Andreas Schaal, Director, OECD Global Relations Secretariat;
  • Roman Sklyar, Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Jari Kauppila, Head of the Quantitative Policy Analysis and Forecasting Division, OECD;
  • Ruslan Dalenov, Minister of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Alan de Serres, Deputy Director, OECD Economics Department
09:00 - 10:15
Artificial intellect: solutions for people, cities and industries
Session partner: IER / BCG
Congress Center Hall 5

Artificial intellect: solutions for people, cities and industries

Initiators: Economic Research Institute JSC, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

After decades of research and individual pilot projects, the artificial intelligence (AI) has become one of the levers of economic growth. Companies and organizations have successfully begun to apply the AI to a wide range of current and innovative processes, products and services. The AI is critical for business to solve the problem of growing complexity associated with digitalization and big data.

Today, the potential of applying solutions based on artificial intelligence to improve the quality of life of people and the development of cities is already obvious. Intelligent transport systems, smart energy solutions, smart homes are designed to increase the efficiency and throughput of infrastructure, reduce the costs associated with it, and optimize the use of infrastructure by people. Health services can make it easier for people to access health services, personalize treatment and lifestyle guidelines to ensure longevity.

But despite the scientific progress in the AI technology development and the economic effect of introducing this technology into everyday life, there are a number of serious difficulties and risks that cannot be ignored.

Difficulties of the AI implementation are divided into several sections: from data collection, infrastructure and security to regulatory and moral issues.

Issues for discussion:

  • What are the opportunities and benefits of using artificial intelligence-based solutions for the benefit of people, development of cities and economies?
  • What need to be done so that these decisions go beyond pilot implementations and can become an integral part of daily life and work processes?
  • How to manage the growing risks of cybersecurity in business and politics?
  • Where is the best balance between preserving the right to personal data protection and obtaining personalized products and services?
  • How to organize the development of sustainable model and optimization mechanisms for AI and the related infrastructure?

Moderator:

  • Andreas Lundmark, Partner and Managing Director of BCG, Head of BCG Gamma in the Northern Europe

Speakers:

  • Ina Vanka, Founder and CEO, Artificial Intelligence Governance;
  • Lee Jin Wook, Vice President, Samsung Electronics and CEO of Samsung Research Institute in Russia, Representative of BCG Gamma;
  • Representative of Kazakhstan business;
  • Representative of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan
09:00 - 11:45
First in Kazakhstan Forum for Sustainable Development Goals
Session partner: UN/ ADB
Congress Center, Main hall for plenary sessions

First in Kazakhstan Forum for Sustainable Development Goals    

Initiators: Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Economic Research Institute, United Nations Agency, 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 undertaken to ensure the achievement of sustainable development for its present and future generations. In 2018, with the assistance of the UN agencies and the Asian Development Bank, Kazakhstan introduced an institutional architecture to assist in the SDGs achievement for 2030, including the Coordination Council, five working groups (people, a planet, prosperity, peace, partnership) and a coordination office. Kazakhstan’s national approach and achievements in the field of SDGs will be presented in the form of a Voluntary National Report at the High-level Political Forum at the UN Assembly in July 2019. In order to study international best practices in achieving the SDGs, Kazakhstan needs an active partnership and exchange of experience between the Government and international experts. The “First Kazakhstan Forum on Achieving the SDGs” will bring together experts from the Government, business circles, development partners and famous personalities promoting sustainable development at one site. The speakers will provide practical solutions for Kazakhstan to make progress on the SDG agenda. The focus of this event is the six Goals to be discussed at the 2019 High-level Political Forum (SDG 4: Quality Education; SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth; SDG 10: Reducing Inequality; SDG 13: Fighting Climate Change; SDG 16: Peace of Justice and Effective Institutions; and SDG 17: Partnership in Achieving the Goals).

Issues for discussion:

Social Development

 

  • What are the most important areas for Kazakhstan to achieve the SDG by 2030?
  • How can governments and international organizations finance the SDG?
  • What are the key opportunities for SDG business in Kazakhstan or other Central Asian countries?
  • Which areas do you see the synergy between the Goals?
  • What are the main problems of the SDG localization in Kazakhstan?
  • Which areas the SDG can be regionalized in the Central Asia?
  • How important is the SDG propaganda?
  • How important is it not to leave anyone behind the Kazakhstan strategy development?

Economic Growth

  • How are the SDGs reflected in long-term social development strategies?
  • What are the most important indicators to measure the SDG contribution to social development?
  • How can sustainable business contribute to social development?
  • Can you describe a specific example of a business involved in the SDG implementation and contributing to social development?
  • How profitable is it to invest in a business involved in the SDG implementation and contributing to social development?

Welcome speech:

  • GulsharaAbdykalikova,Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan

 

Session 1. How do the SDGs contribute to social development?

Moderator:

  • Jeffrey Sachs -Professor, Earth Institute, Columbia University

Speakers:

  • Ohood Al-Roumi, Minister Of State For Happiness, Uae
  • Ms. Mirjana Spolarich Egger, UNDP Regional Director for Central Asia;
  • Aidyn Rakhimbayev, Chairman of the Board and shareholder, “BI Group” Holding;
  • Ms. Alaa Murabit, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Ambassador;
  • Samal Islyamova, Actress, Winner in the “The Best Female Role” nomination at the 71st Cannes International Film Festival

 

Session 2. How do the SDGs contribute to social development?

Moderator:

  • RakhimOshakbayev, Headof the Talap Applied Research Center, Astana, Kazakhstan

Speakers:

  • MadinaZhunusbekova, Vice Minister of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Karin Sluis,CEO, Witteveen + BOS, Winner of the CEO 2018 European Award for SDG commitment
  • Shixin Chen, ADB Vice President
  • Jacques Attali, French Economist, Writer and Politician
  • DinaraSeytzhaparova,CFO, Almaty International Airport
09:00 - 10:15
Global Silk Way - Forum of the cities mayors
Session partner: G-global
Congress Center Hall 1

Global Silk Way - Forum of the cities mayors

Initiators: G-Global International Secretariat, Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists Association, Kazakh National University named after Al-Faraby, International Academy of Silk Road Sciences, Global Silk Road Association

Co-initiators: Institute for Sustainable Development named after Ban Ki-moon, BBC, AIFC, Silk Road Chamber of Commerce and Industry, China Overseas Development Association, JUMORE GROUP, Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce, “Techgarden” Autonomous Cluster Fund, China Chamber of International Commerce, Silk Road Countries Alliance.

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 a history of wide cultural interaction and interchange between the peoples of the East and the West. It argues that only close cooperation and mutual enrichment of cultures are the basis of peace and progress for all the mankind.

The Forum of Mayors of the cities of the Global Silk Road countries 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 peoples of the Silk Road countries in the areas of business and economics, culture and art, science and education, tourism and recreation, literature and media, women, NGOs and international organizations.

Issues for discussion:

  • Economic cooperation of the Silk Road countries;
  • Joint efforts to form the Silk Road transport and logistics hub;
  • Implementation of the “One Belt - One Way” Project;
  • Digital Silk Road Project;
  • Urban tourism and trade development;
  • City Ecology;
  • Development of small and medium business;
  • Smart-city technologies

Moderator:

  • Sergey Stanovkin- Head of the BBC World News Regional Offices in Eurasia

Speakers:

  • Welcome speech: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Ulfat Mustafin, Head of the City District Administration, Ufa city (Republic of Bashkortostan);
  • Mikhail Kolvart, Chairman of Tallinn City Council (Estonia);
  • Illyan Todorov, Governor of the Sofia Region (Bulgaria);
  • Vangjush Dako, Mayor of Durres city (Albania);
  • Ketevan Bochoroshvilli, General Director of “Anaklia”;
  • Julien Warfay, Deputy Mayor of Durres (Albania);
  • Vadim Aikin, First Deputy Chairman of the Government, Saratov Region (Russia);
  • Wallop Suwandi, Advisor to the Mayor of Bangkok;
  • Igor Shpektor, Mayor of Vorkuta City District;
  • Zsolt Wintermantel, Mayor of Újpest (4th district of Budapest) (Hungary);
  • Sergey Cheryomin, Minister of the Government of Moscow, Head of the Foreign Economic and International Relations of Moscow Department;
  • Fang Wei, Mayor of the city of Lianyungang;
  • Nurtay Abykayev, First Vice-President of the International Academy of Sciences of the Silk Road;
  • Kairat Kelimbetov, Head of AIFC;
  • Serik Nugerbekov, Head of the G-Global International Secretariat;
  • Johnny Hon, Founder and Executive Chairman, Global Group International Holdings Ltd.;
  • Raymond Yip, Deputy Executive Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council;
  • Mohamed Mezgani, Secretary General of the International Union of Public Transport;
  • Mark Uzan, Executive Director of the Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee;
  • Lu Jianzhong,Chairman of the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce;
  • Christopher Campbell - Holt, Registrar and Head of the AIFC Court and the International Arbitration Center;
  • Monica Frohler, CEO of the Ban Ki-moon Center for Global Citizens;
  • Cui Weihong, Executive Secretary General of the Committee of the Silk Road International Academy of Sciences;
  • Igor Runov, Secretary General of the International Road Transport Union (IRU);
  • Hanon Barabaner, Estonian economist, Head of the Economics and Management Institute (ECOMEN), honorary citizen of Tallinn;
  • Sanjar Kettebekov, CEO of the TechGarden Autonomous Cluster Fund;
  • Roni Tom Andreas, CEO of Ducatus;
  • Shif Hemka, CEO of the Sun Group;
  • Mark Ginsburg, CEO of Bank of memories, TEDx speaker;
  • David Chen, Creator of the first humanoid robot Sophia, Co-founder of Hanson Robotics;
  • Alexander Mashkevich, President of the Eurasian Industrial Association, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation PLS;
  • Yu Jianglong, Secretary General of the China International Chamber of Commerce;
  • Bernd Hallier, Professor, Doctor, General Director of the European Trade Institute;
  • Galimkair Mutanov, Head of the Kazakh National University named after Al-Faraby;
  • Zeynolla Urazbaev, Head of the Kazakh University of Business and Technology;
  • Kobogon Atyshev, Member of the G-Global Coordination Council;
  • Mikhail Korb, Secretary General of the Estonian Centrist Party;
  • Rafis Abazov, Provost of the Kazakh National University named after Al-Faraby, Head of the Sustainable Development Institute named after Ban Ki-moon

 

09:00 - 10:15
Smart cities as the foundation of digital economy
Session partner: Kazakhtelecom, JSC
Congress Center Hall 3

Smart cities as the foundation of  digital economy

Initiators: Kazakhtelecom JSC

Modern cities are the centers of gravity and the engines of progress in all spheres of life. The smart cities concept is considered as a common discussion topic and a new zone of cooperation between market participants and public institutions. The integration of digital technologies with the cities infrastructure will improve the status and attract investments localizing high-tech business.

As part of the "Digital Kazakhstan" state program, a typical concept of "smart cities” has been developed. It is being implemented in five largest cities of Kazakhstan. These are such projects as Smart Astana, Smart Karaganda, Smart Ontystuk, Smart Almaty, Smart Aktobe.

Issues for discussion:

  • Ways of the smart cities concept implementation;
  • Smart cities infrastructure;
  • Smart technologies implementation impact on the economy and megacities development;
  • Application potential in the cities of Kazakhstan;
  • Cases and foreign practices

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

  • Alexander Gorbatko, Deputy Head of the Information Technology Department of the City of Moscow, responsible for the communications and television industry development, elaboration and implementation of the Information City program and many other issues on information technology development;
  • Gevork Vermishya, CEO, MegaFon;
  • Kuanyshbek Yessekeyev, Chairman of the Board, Kazakhtelecom JSC - the Kazakhstan Multiservice Operator;
  • Sebastian Tolstoy, President of Ericsson in Eastern Europe and Central Asia;
  • One of the Akims (Mayors) of large cities (Astana, Almaty, Shymkent)
09:00 - 10:15
Role of the state in creating a modern ecosystem for affordable housing
Session partner: Baiterek
Hilton Astana Hall

Role of the state in creating a modern ecosystem for affordable housing

Initiators: Baiterek National Management Holding JSC

As international experience shows, it is important to apply new construction methods, modern materials, fundamentally different approaches in designing the mass construction. The introduction of modern technologies, transformation of housing in a high-quality living environment with various recreational and social amenities increase housing access for the population, and create a comfortable environment for living.

The state participation in creating a modern ecosystem of affordable housing is of key value. The governments of many countries, together with the international community, are looking for various ways to solve both traditional problems (housing shortages, uncontrolled increase in territories, disadvantaged areas, inappropriate delivery of communications and social facilities), and new issues related to environmental sustainability and innovation.

The Republic of Kazakhstan is implementing the state program “Nurly Zher”. The Baiterek National Management Holding JSC stimulates supply and demand in the housing market within this program. At the same time, experience obtained from such countries as Singapore, Turkey and South Korea is remarkable, where the single state operator comprehensively implements mass housing construction with all the necessary benefits for the population.

Ultimately, the creation of a sustainable and comprehensive urban economy, the transformation of housing construction into a modern ecosystem of affordable housing will contribute to productive employment and decent work for all, creating jobs and equal access for the population to economic and productive resources and opportunities.

Issues for discussion:

  • State participation in creating a modern ecosystem of affordable housing for the population;
  • Urban solutions using modern technologies and digitalization of the construction industry;
  • Transformation of the housing unit of Baiterek National Managing Holding JSC (Kazakhstan Mortgage Company, Baiterek Development, Housing Guarantee Fund) into a single housing construction operator in view of the best foreign practices.

Moderator:

  • Zhaksybek Kulekeyev, Expert, Applied Economics Research Center

Speakers:

  • Roman Sklyar, Minister of Investment and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Anuar Omarhodzhayev, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Baiterek National Managing Holding, JSC;
  • Lee Chae Kwang, President, Housing Security Corporation (Korea Housing & Urban Guarantee Corporation);
  • Yap Chin Beng, Senior Advisor to the Housing and Development Board of Singapore;
  • Charles Phua, CEO and Chief Strategic Director, Solaris Strategies Singapore, Chairman of the Solaris Management Consultants Consortium
09:00 - 13:15
WTO RegionalForum for Free Economic Zones
Session partner: KZ Ministry of Finance
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.

Moderator:

  • Marat Sultangaziyev, Chairman of the State Revenue Committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • German de Melo Ponce, Representative of the European Commission Customs Law Department;
  • Directors of the State Revenue Committee Departments, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • WCO accredited experts;
  • Representatives of the Eurasian Economic Commission and other international organizations

Speakers:

  • Viktar Zubik, Head of the Customs Operations and Control Department, Gomel (Belarus);
  • You Chihanhui, Senior Officer, Department of Free Trade Zones and Special Customs Zones (China);
  • Saroj Kumar Behera, Executive Director of the Indian Customs Service;
  • Nur Izza Kasym, Customs Senior Officer, Malaysia;
  • Hong Lip Goh, Policy and Research Officer, Singapore Customs;
  • Sau Fung Lee, Deputy Head of Affiliate (Singapore);
  • Mallika Irene Suganthy James, Senior Customs Officer (Sri Lanka);
  • Christopher Edwards, Regional Director for Central Asia, USAID

To be confirmed:

  • Directors of Customs, Tax and other administrations of the invited countries (Hong Kong, Italy, China, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, European Commission, Eurasian Economic Commission, World Bank, International Chamber of Commerce)

 

 

 

10:30 - 11:45
Development of entrepreneurship in silk way countries: problems and solutions
Session partner: Global Silk Road Association
Hilton Astana Hall

Development of entrepreneurship in silk way countries: problems and solutions

Initiators: “Global Silk Road” International organization, “Silk Road” International Institute of Logistics and Business

Kazakhstan is positioning itself as a logistics hub located in the heart of Eurasia, and opens up transit routes between China, Eastern Europe and Asia. Kazakhstan has specific tasks for development of transit corridors through the country. The event will discuss topical issues of sustainable entrepreneurship in businesses in the Silk Road countries, economic partnerships and solving internal problems of the transport and logistics infrastructure, optimizing industry regulation, and customs administration. This will lead to an intensive growth of interregional cargo transportation, improve the logistic position of the regions with no access to the sea, as well as the whole of Central Asia.

Issues for discussion:

  • Trade Issues. Conditions necessary to develop the entrepreneurship and business in the Silk Road countries: economic, political and free competition;
  • Export promotion: tax incentives: subsidies, concessional loans, assistance in solving infrastructure issues, stimulating foreign direct investments;
  • Ways to reduce administrative barriers to business in the Silk Road countries

Moderator:

  • Yerkhat Iskaliyev, Member of the Board of Trustees, "Silk Road" International Institute of Logistics and Business; Chairman of the Transport Logistics Subcommittee, "Atameken" National Chamber of Entrepreneurs; Member of the Presidium, "KAZLOGISTICS" Union; Deputy Chairman, ALE Global Silk Road Association

Speakers:

  • Bolat Smagulov, Chairman of the Global Silk Road International Organization;
  • Kuralay Kanakhina, Representative of the Foreign Trade Chamber of Kazakhstan;
  • Leo Wu, CEO, China National Vehicle Import and Export Corporation;
  • Representative of the Chamber of Commerce of China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Italy;
  • USAID representative
10:30 - 11:45
International Cooperation Development in Ensuring the Sustainable Green Growth in Central Asia and Kazakhstan
Session partner: G-global
Congress Center Hall 1

International Cooperation Development in Ensuring the Sustainable Green Growth in Central Asia and Kazakhstan

Initiators: G-Global International Secretariat, International Center for Green Technologies and Investment Projects, Astana International Financial Centre, Green Economy and G-Global DevelopmentCoalition, Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Association of Environmental Organizations of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Currently, all countries in the world have expressed their desire to follow the path to sustainable development.

The green economy has been determined as the main tool for sustainable development i.e. a system of economic activities related to the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services led to an increase in human well-being over the long termand not exposing future generations to significant environmental risks or ecological deficit. The focus on the "green" economy has determined the start of a new technological order replaced the carbon and eco-wasteful one. The concept of "green economy" provides an integrated link and harmonization between three components of sustainable development - economic, social and environmental. At the same time, the "green" economy model supplements but not cancel the model of sustainable development.

Issues for discussion:

  • New sectors of "green" business and reforms of state and international policies to create legal, economic and institutional conditions for transition to sustainable "green" economic growth;
  • Clean technology transfer mechanisms, joint investments and demonstration projects for transition to a "green" economy and 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 built-up environment including smart city technologies and environmental design;
  • Climate resilience, climate and disaster risk reduction, and adaptation to the effects of climate change including introduction of risk management systems and insurance.

 Moderator:

  • AydarKazybayev,Managing Director, Administration of Astana International Financial Centre;
  • AygulSolovyova,Chairman of the Board of the ALE "Association of Environmental Organizations of Kazakhstan", Member of the Parliament Mazhilis of the Republic of Kazakhstan (4th-5th convocations)

Welcome speech

  • KanatBozumbayev, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • AliyaNazarbayeva, Chairman of the Presidium of the Association of Environmental Organizations of Kazakhstan.

Speakers:

  • Ban Ki-moon, the 8th UN Secretary-General;
  • Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO (2009-2017);
  • Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank Group Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships;
  • Rae Kwon Chung, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate;
  • Tareq Emtairah, Head of the UNIDO Energy Division;
  • Rapil Zhoshybayev, Head the International Center for Green Technologies and Investment Projects;
  • Saltanat Rakhimbekova, Chairman of the Board of the ALE "Green Economy and G-Global Development Coalition", Member of the Council on transition to a green economy under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Kairat Kelimbetov, AIFC Managing Director;
  • Mikhail Yulkin, General Director, ANCO "Center for Environmental Projects";
  • Evgeniy Teslya, Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development, RMDG; Deputy Director General for Sustainable Development of the “Bureau of Technology”;
  • Guy Eames, Chairman of the Russian Green Building Council;
  • Rza Nuriyev, Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group in the Central Asian and Caspian regions

 

10:30 - 11:45
Industry 4.0 and Competitiveness of Kazakhstan
Session partner: MNE / IER / НАТР
Congress Center Hall 5

Industry 4.0 and Competitiveness of Kazakhstan

Initiators: Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Economic Research Institute JSC, Qaz Tech Ventures JSC»

The Fourth Industrial Revolution affects the entire structure of the global economy starting from the labor productivity, trade and human capital efficiency to possible changes in the structure of society and the new state participation in the digital transformation process.

The World Economic Forum representatives (WEF) and members of the Government of Kazakhstan proposed a joint initiative to conduct a study on the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the competitiveness of the EEU countries on the example of Kazakhstan. The WEF study results will be used as a basis for programs to improve competitiveness and introduce trade policy both in Kazakhstan and the EAEU.

Issues for discussion:

  • The impact of new technologies on the competitiveness of Kazakhstan and the EEU countries;
  • Measuring the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the competitiveness of countries;
  • Prospects for the research results use to elaborate the future economic policies of Kazakhstan and other EAEU countries;
  • Potential risks for Kazakhstan in competitiveness during the Fourth Industrial Revolution elements implementation;
  • Recommendations to support more equitable economy between the EEU countries and Kazakhstan;
  • Other opportunities for economic cooperation between the EAEU countries and Kazakhstan in the era of the fourth industrial revolution.

Moderator:

  • Erlik Karazhan, Chairman of the Board, Economic Research Institute JSC

Speakers:

  • Kenneth Rogoff, Professor of Economics, Harvard; IMF Chief Economist (2001-2003);
  • Dmitry Peskov, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on Digital and Technological Development issues
10:30 - 13:15
Global Conference: Transformational Leadership in a Changing World
Session partner: Kazakhstan state service and anti-corruption Agency / APA
Congress Center Hall 3

Global Conference:  Transformational Leadership in a Changing World

Initiators:Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption, Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The training of new formation leaders capable to solve the integration tasks is a topical agenda for any national government. What a public servant should be, what skills and qualities he/she should possess to meet the challenges of the modern world and become a facilitator of reforms in Kazakhstan - the key issues of the “Transformational Leadership in a Changing World" global conference.

Issues for discussion:

Global trends in the new formation leaders training

  • Leadership Transformation: from professional to strategic and digital thinking;
  • Transformation of public administration: reengineering of business processes from strategic to innovative public administration;
  • Transformation of society: open mind, active interaction of civil society with the public sector, open government

Modern leader skills for innovative public administration (practical case conference)

  • Integration of the transformational leadership principles (transparency, scenario planning, alternative vision);
  • Agile leadership and public administration

Moderator:

  • Fatima Zhakypova, Rector of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Speakers:

  • Asset Issekeshev, Executive Director, Fund of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Alik Shpekbayev, Chairman, Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption;
  • Datuk Chris Tan, Managing Director, PEMANDU Rus LLC;
  • Garegin Manukyan, Senior Officer on the Government and Public Administration issues, Government Agencies and Digital Management Division, United Nations Department on Economic and Social Affairs;
  • Ali Cebaa Al Marri, Executive President, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum School of Government;
  • Lim Soo Hoon, Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Finance of Singapore and Senior Research Fellow at the Singapore Public Service College.
10:30 - 11:45
Plenary session New economy and Kazakhstan increasing capacity for investments Kazakhinvest
Session partner: Kazakhinvest - A.U.Mamin, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
The St. Regis Astana
10:45 - 12:15
Focus on the Developing Countries: How to Ensure Their Transition to the High-Income Countries
Session partner: Reinventinge Bretton- Woods Committee
Congress Center Hall 2

Focus on the Developing Countries: How to Ensure Their Transition to the High-Income Countries

Initiators: Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee

Since the last global financial crisis, most developing markets pursued better prudential policies, strengthened economic structures, and created financial security systems as a buffer against adverse shocks. However, emerging markets have become more prone to dollar appreciation and increasing international risks. High borrowing in foreign currency, the ongoing process of normalization, along with the "contagion" effect from the escalation of new neoprotectionism trend, have become factors of the current uncertainty of emerging markets.

Emerging markets, in many ways, have become the beneficiaries of economic globalization. However, the liberal order is replaced by protectionism in the global economy. Trade wars, protectionism, uncertainties in the global economy, volatility in energy prices, normalization of monetary policy, and geopolitical risks slow down the growth of emerging markets.

This session will discuss the main structural challenges of the global economy, fast-growing markets and developing countries, key priorities and directions of reforms, as well as ways to more effectively reforms implementation and progress.

Issues for discussion:

  • How will these processes affect the growth of fast-growing markets? Which reforms can trigger emerging markets for more sustainable growth?
  • Can the significant increase in debt in emerging economies, most of which are denominated in US dollars, be considered as the largest risk in the financial system?
  • How can middle-income countries move to higher-income countries and overcome the middle-income trap? Will these changes be possible only with the advent of new technologies and Industry 4.0?

Moderator:

  • Hans-Paul Bürkner, Chairman, The Boston Consulting Group

Speakers:

  • Massimiliano Castelli, Managing Director, Head of Strategy, Global Sovereign Markets, UBS Global Asset Management;
  • Klaus Mangold, Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Rothschild&Co Russia and the CIS, Independent Director of Baiterek Holding;
  • José Antonio Ocampo, Member of the Board of the Central Bank, Ex-Minister of Finance of Colombia, Ex-Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations for Economic and Social Affairs;
  • Yaroslav Lisovolik, Senior Managing Director, Head of Research at Sberbank Investment Research;
  • Chatib Basri, Head of the Mandiri Institute, Ex-Minister of Finance of Indonesia
12:00 - 13:15
ESports as a niche in global digital economics. How Can Kazakhstan Integrate Into the Global E-Sports Market?
Session partner: Kazakhtelecom, JSC
AIFC

ESports as a niche in global digital economics. How Can Kazakhstan Integrate Into the Global E-Sports Market?

Initiators: Kazakhtelecom JSC, Kazakhstan eSports Federation

eSports has recently become an independent rapidly developing industry, as well as a niche for digital economies of various countries. Currently, the eSportsis a dynamically developing type of sport inextricably linked to: telecom, video games production industry, special equipment and devices, online platforms, broadcasting games on the air (the so-called "streaming"), advertising and other types of commercial activities.

For this reason, more and more world-famous companies (such as Intel, HP, Alibaba Group, Adidas, Procter & Gamble, MasterCard, Castrol, Audi, Mercedes, Mail.ru Group, etc.) show great interest in eSports to promote their products and services, the image of the company and the employer. In 2017, the eSports market was estimated at USD 655 million, in 2018 this figure was USD 906 million, and by 2021, experts predict it to be USD 1.6 billion, while the world eSportsaudience can reach about 557 million people.

Despite the dynamic growth, the global development can be considered as being at an early stage, and Kazakhstan has significant chances to occupy a leading position in a certain niche of the system of conducting eSportsevents, as well as in the financial infrastructure of eSports. For example, Kazakhstan has the opportunity to concentrate on eSports tourism, direct human and financial resources to promote Kazakhstan as the eSports capital of the region in key eSports disciplines, the ability to host international cyber arbitration based on the AIFC. At the local level, there is an opportunity to create an independent industry and a popular sport, commercialized due to popularity among young people, mass coverage for advertisers and investors.At the same time, the subject matter is relevant in view of the active development of "Digital Kazakhstan" State Program, officially recognizing eSportsdiscipline, regional championships, market stakeholders, international venues development - Astana Hub, AIFC, Astana IT University on the basis of the Expo, etc., as well as the availability of infrastructure for international events.

The purpose of this Plenary Session is to discuss, together with the international guests of eSports from the economic point of view, the place of eSports in the global digital economy, global trends in the eSports market, the reasons for the interest of large companies and various countries, issues and ways to effectively integrate into the global eSports market, elaboration of specific conclusions and further steps for Kazakhstan.

Issues for discussion:

  • Reasons for the eSports development as a sport and industry in the world;
  • Reasons for the interest of large companies and various states, the structure of the eSportsmarket and related industries;
  • Global trends, main market players, cases and foreign experience;
  • Specifics and stages of the eSports development - as a sports discipline and a new branch of the digital economy of Kazakhstan;
  • Requirements to Kazakhstan for the eSports financial institutionalization, involvement of local and foreign market players, systematic development of sports and Kazakhstan teams, eSports tourism and integration into the global market.

Moderator:

  • Bauyrzhan Sadiyev, Director of Development, Kazakhstan eSportsFederation

Speakers:

  • Emin Antonyan, Chairman of the Board, Computer Sports Federation of Russia;
  • Kuanyshbek Yessekeyev, Chairman of the Board, Kazakhtelecom JSC, President of the Kazakhstan eSports Federation;
  • Kenneth Fok, President of the Asian Federation of Electronic Sports;
  • Cheng Wu, Vice-President, Tencent Holdings Limited (investment company, part of the world's largest Chinese investment holding company), CEO of the Tencent Pictures, Vice-Chairman of Huayi Tencent Entertainment Company Limited;
  • Ma Xiaoyi, Senior Vice President, Tencent Group, Member of the Board of Directors, TJ Sports (Chinese company in the eSports business);
  • Niccolo Laurent, CEO, RIOT Games (video game industry company, League of Legends developer);
  • Jason Fung, Alisports Global Electronic Sports Director (Alibaba Group subsidiary in the sports industry);
  • Kang Yang, Vice President of ImbaTV Global Business (Chinese streaming service), Chief Business Officer of the South Korean eSports team MVP (CSGO discipline);
  • Alexander Chegrynets, Development Director of the StarLadder tournament operator
12:00 - 13:15
Financing mechanisms for future climate: new approach to infrastructure for sustainable development in Central Asia
Session partner: OECD / KZ MNE
Hilton Astana Hall

Financing mechanisms for future climate: new approach to infrastructure for sustainable development in Central Asia

Initiators:Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Center for Development of Trade Policy JSC

Co-Initiators: United Nations Environment Program, World Bank Group

Infrastructure plays a key role in promoting sustainable, inclusive growth and integration of Central Asia into the world economy. The infrastructure created today will also determine the Central Asia’s ability to meet its climate and sustainable development goals. Infrastructure investment requirements in the region are estimated at USD 492 billion for a period of 2016–2030. There is a unique opportunity to promote sustainable infrastructure projects that support economic growth, and are compatible with sustainable development and climate goals.

Powered by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations Environment Program and the World Bank Group have joined their forces in the framework of the “Financing Mechanisms for a Future Climate: New Infrastructure Approach” initiative to develop transformation programs for governments to align incentives and finance infrastructure for achieving climate and development goals.

Moderator:

  • William Thompson, Head of the Eurasia Division, OECD Global Relations Secretariat

Speakers:

  • Ruslan Dalenov, Minister of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Andreas Schaal, Director of OECD Global Relations Secretariat;
  • Anthony Cox, Deputy Director, OECD Environment Directorate;
  • Roman Sklyar, Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Kanat Bozumbayev, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Liliya Burunchuk, Director for Central Asia, World Bank;
  • Jürgen Keinhorst, Head of the Division for Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus, and the Middle East and North Africa; the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety of Germany
12:00 - 13:15
PLENARY STRATEGIC SESSION "G-GLOBAL PLATFORM”
Session partner: G-global
Congress Center Hall 1

PLENARY STRATEGIC SESSION "G-GLOBAL PLATFORM”

Initiators: G-Global International Secretariat, UN, UNDP, UNCTAD, BBC World News, Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists Association, Madrid Club, “Global Citizen" Institute of Sustainable Development named after Ban Ki-moon.

Co-Initiators: Silk Road International Academy of Sciences, International Center for Green Technologies and Investment Projects, Islamic Development Bank, Global Silk Road Association

The G-Global International Secretariat is a non-governmental organization that promotes international initiatives of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Nursultan Nazarbayev in order to improve the efficiency of the global community through a single, open and equal dialogue of the peoples of the world. Over the past 7 years, the G-Global has become a recognized and reputable international center that brings together more than 30 thousand scientists, practitioners and experts from 147 countries.

The G-Global International Secretariat is:

❖       Qualified as an adviser to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC);

❖       Qualified as an Observer of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD);

❖       Member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Sustainable Development named after Ban Ki-moon;

❖       Partner of the Madrid Club.

The G-GLOBAL Secretariat activity is focused on the consolidation of the global expert community to search for new models of global growth and meet the challenges of our times in the context of global transformation of the world.

Issues for discussion:

  • Promotion and institutionalization of the projects of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Nursultan Nazarbayev at the UN site together with the international partners;
  • Presentation and discussion of the concept for further development of the G-Global International Project for 2018-2021;
  • International scientific and practical conferences management for each project in order to develop proposals and recommendations of the expert community on their further implementation at the international level;
  • Holding global forums, online conferences, interactive sessions in collaboration with the UN agencies and key partners in the regions;
  • Foundation of the G-Global club to further G-Global project promotion;
  • Further online promotion at the G-Global interactive platform;
  • Based on the conference outcomes, to send a message to the heads of states and governments, the UN General Assembly, international organizations with a proposal to jointly hold the G-Global Forum in 2021 in the year of the 30th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Moderator:

  • Petër Stoyanov,Ex-President of Bulgaria

 Speakers:

  • Welcome speech: Asset Issekeshev, Executive Director of the First President Fund of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Ban Ki-moon, the 8th UN Secretary-General;
  • Hienz Fischer, the 11th Federal President of Austria (2004-2016);
  • Maria Helena, General Secretary, Madrid Club;
  • Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO (2009-2017);
  • Roza Otunbayeva, President of the Kyrgyz Republic (2010-2011);
  • Oh-Seok Hyun, Ex-Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance of the Government of the Republic of Korea;
  • Arancha Gonsalez, Executive Director of the International Trade Center (ITC);
  • Sergey Stanovkin, Head of the BBC World News regional offices in Eurasia;
  • Kairat Kelimbetov, AIFC Managing Director;
  • Rae Kwon Chung, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (2007);
  • Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank Group Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships;
  • Eric Lu, Chairman of the Board, Jumore;
  • Dmitriy Godunov, Regional Coordinator for Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD);
  • Ariel Cohen, Atlantic Council Leading Expert

 

12:00 - 13:15
The Transformation of Cities in the Age of Industry 4.0
Session partner: Akimat of Nur-Sultan
Congress Center Hall 4

The Transformation of Cities in the Age of Industry 4.0

Initiators:Eurasian Economic Commission, Ministry of Digital Development, Defense and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) is the standing regulatory body of the Eurasian Economic Union from February 2, 2012.

The main purpose of the Eurasian Economic Commission is to provide conditions for the EAEU functioning and development, elaboration of proposals for further integration development.

Currently, five countries are represented in the EEC: the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and the Russian Federation. The EEC has the status of a supranational governing body and it is guided by the interests of the member-states of the Eurasian Economic Integration Project as a whole not motivating its decisions with the interest of any national government. Commission decisions are binding on the territory of the EAEU member countries.

The decision on the EEC establishment is based on the understanding that five countries together are able not only to reduce the negative effects of global instability, but to actively position themselves in foreign markets as well. The Eurasian Economic Union is open to participation for other states that share the goals of this union and are ready to assume the required obligations.

The most important feature of the Commission is that all decisions taken are based on a collegial basis. The Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission consists of 10 members (2 members (Minister) of the Commission Board from each member state), and a Chairman selected one them.

A Chairman and the Commission Board members are appointed for a term of 4 years by decision of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council at the level of heads of states with possible extension of powers. The Board makes decisions by voting.

The EEC activities are structured by functional areas coordinated by the Commission Board members (Ministers): Economics and Financial Policy, Trade, Customs Cooperation, Competition and Antimonopoly Regulation, Integration and Macroeconomics, Industry and Agriculture, Technical Regulation, Energy and Infrastructure, Domestic Markets, Informatization, ICT. Each direction is a section of industries and spheres of economic activity. The EEC members of the Board and Departments cooperate with authorized national authorities within the framework of their activities.

Commission maintains a comprehensive dialogue with key partners.The intergovernmental dialogue level is the first one envisaging the building of an effective interaction with national authorities in the process of developing and making decisions. The second level of dialogue is a direct form of working with the business communities.

The EEC main professional principles are the non-politicization, balance of interests, efficiency and transparency.

The EEC takes an active position in the international arena with a view to representing the activities of the Eurasian community and involving key partners from the European and Asian-Pacific regions into the integration processes.

Issues for discussion:

  • Eurasian ecosystems, digital transformation of the economy - a new form of the EAEU relations;
  • Basic principles and approaches to building an ecosystem of digital transport corridors. An integrated approach to implementation of the ecosystem concept of digital transport corridors in the concept of digital transformation of the economy and transport industry as a whole. Approaches to solving problems of state and business interests harmonizination in the course of the digital transport corridors ecosystem concept implementation;
  • General principles of organization and information support of the economic processes of transport activities;
  • Project of Introduction and Mutual Recognition of Electronic Supporting Documents in the EEU Member States;
  • Electronic supporting documents as a business simplification;
  • Transparent electronic interaction with business

Moderator:

  • Alexander Petrov, EEC Assistant Member of the Board (Minister) on Domestic Markets, Informatization, Information and Communication Technologies

Speakers:

  • Karine Minasyan, EEC Member of the Board (Minister) on Domestic Markets, Informatization, Information and Communication Technologies;
  • Tigran Tigranyan, Assistant to the EEC Chairman of the Board;
  • Pavel Tkach, Assistant to the EEC Chairman of the Board;
  • Bikesh Kurmangaliyeva, Executive Director, Kazakhtelecom JSC;
  • Maxim Gall, Deputy Head of the Project Office for the “Digital Economy” National Program implementation, Analytical Center under the Government of the Russian Federation;
  • Murat Akhmetov, Vice-President for IT and Innovations, Transtelecom JSC;
  • Representative of the State Revenue Committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Astana Hub representative
12:00 - 13:15
Technologies and innovations in the oil and gas industry: international experience and perspectives of localization and development for Kazakhstan
Session partner: Dasco Consulting Group / National Oil and Gas Forum of Russia
Congress Center Hall 5

Technologies and innovations in the oil and gas industry:  international experience and perspectives of localization and development for Kazakhstan

Initiators: Dasco Consulting Group, National Oil and Gas Forum

The economic development of the country is impossible without modern technologies in key industries. At the same time, many technological solutions are developed abroad, and the cost of their import may be incompatible with the economic growth model. One of the decisions is to reduce the cost of technology by transferring the key elements of creating the technological solutions value to the country.

The targeted public policy is required to identify priority areas for the localization of technologies and development of local content, create incentives and provide infrastructure and legislative support. The history knows a number of examples when a country turned from a technology importer into a niche exporter of unique technological solutions created within it.

Issues for discussion:

  • What industries of the country need localization of technological solutions? And which of them could become a testing ground for development and export of new unique solutions?
  • Problems of technological solutions localization and the prospects for creating unique new developments according to the example of the oil and gas industry of strategic importance for Kazakhstan;
  • New opportunities for the oil and gas industry in the context of the modern trends in technological development, such as Industry 4.0, and their impact on production efficiency, job creation and prospects for the country's economic development

Speakers:

  • Kanat Bozumbayev, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Vagit Alekperov, CEO, Lukoil;
  • Malcolm Forbes-Cable, Vice President, Upstream Consulting, Wood Mackenzie;
  • Olivier Lazare, Head, Shell Company in Kazakhstan;
  • Murat Zhurebek, Chairman of the Board, PSA 
12:00 - 13:15
KGIR
Session partner:
The St. Regis Astana
13:30 - 16:15
Topical Issues of the Multilateral Trading System: Solutions and Adaption to New Realities
Session partner: KZ Minitry of National Economy/ WTO
Hall 1

Topical Issues of the Multilateral Trading System: Solutions and Adaption to New Realities

Initiators: Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva

Co-Initiators: World Trade Organization (WTO)

The emerging global risks in world trade, the uncertainties associated with this tension, reduce business sentiment, undermine the confidence of business and investors, and therefore predict major disruptions in the global value chains. The intensification of the conflict of powers, the crisis state of the multilateral trading system will have profound consequences for the entire world economy.

The annual growth of protectionism in the global economy is of particular concern. According to the WTO, within the period from October 2017 to October 2018, about 140 new restrictive measures were taken by WTO members, including raising tariffs, increasing the number of quantitative restrictions, imposing taxes on imports, tightening customs regulations, etc.

As the only global international organization dealing with trade rules, the World Trade Organization (WTO) faced not only the challenge of increasing trade opposition and protectionism, but also the stagnation of advancing the negotiation agenda on both the current Doha Round agenda and the new world trade rules.

The issues on adaptation of the multilateral trading system to the current realities of world trade and the development of the global economy, the need to formulate future rules for digital trade regulation, promoting investment, and developing small and medium enterprises have become topical.

Most WTO members stand for more effective performance of three key functions of the Organization: the negotiation, monitoring and dispute resolution functions. In this regard, in September 2018, the G20 trade ministers supported the need to reform the WTO in order to address the current and future challenges of the multilateral trading system, including the reform of the WTO judicial body. At the same time, the WTO dispute resolution system is highly appreciated by the WTO member countries, given that in 2018 the number of appeals to the WTO judicial body was twice as high as the same indicator of 2017.

In this historic period for the multilateral trading system, Kazakhstan received the right to hold the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference (the highest body of the WTO) in 2020 and to contribute to building confidence in the WTO, maintaining its relevance, and strengthening international cooperation.

Besides the current issues of the Doha Round, the main agenda issues of the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference in Astana will be reforming the Organization and creating new international trade rules in the field of electronic commerce, investment promotion, support for the integration of small and medium enterprises into global trade.

Issues for discussion:

  • Further development of the world trade in the face of growing protectionism;
  • Improving WTO functions;
  • Improving WTO rules for the purpose of updating with the current realities of the global economy;
  • Further steps to prepare for the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference.

Moderators:

  • Zhanar Aytzhanova, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva;
  • Victor Do Prado, Head of the WTO Trade Negotiations Department

Speakers:

  • Carl Brauner, Deputy Director-General of the WTO;
  • Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD);
  • Denis Shea, US Permanent Representative to the WTO;
  • Mark Vanheukelen, Permanent Representative of the European Union to the WTO;
  • Zhang Xiangchen, Permanent Representative of China to the WTO;
  • Junichi Ihara, Permanent Representative of Japan to the WTO;
  • Gennadiy Ovechko, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the WTO;
  • Didier Chambovi, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the WTO
  • David Walker, Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the WTO, facilitator of discussions on reforming the WTO dispute settlement system;
  • John Ford, Permanent Representative of Guyana to the WTO, Chairman of the Special Session on Agriculture;
  • Rufus Yerkes, President of the US National Foreign Trade Council, Ex- Deputy Director General of the WTO;
  • Bernard Hackman, Professor of Economics at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, Author of the book “The Future of the Global Trade Order” (2017.)
  • Khalil Hamdani, Visiting Professor, Geneva Institute of International Relations, Ex-Director of the Investment, Trade and Development Department, UNCTAD;
  • Patrick Low, Visiting Professor, University of Hong Kong; Trade Expert, Ex-Chief Economist, WTO;
  • Daniel Crosby, King & Spalding partner, Geneva;
  • Hamid Mamdu, Senior Consultant, King & Spalding LLP, Geneva; Ex-Director of the Trade in Services and Investment Department, WTO
  • Christian Pauletto, Professor at the International Institute of Geneva;
  • Neil Meeger, Managing Director of the WTO Law Advisory Center
13:30 - 14:45
Eurasian Economic Union for Business: Investment Expectations, Opportunities, Prospects
Session partner: EEC
Hall 3

Eurasian Economic Union for Business: Investment Expectations, Opportunities, Prospects 

Initiators: Business Development Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission

Eurasian economic integration has provided business with significant opportunities to liberalize access to a large common market. But entrepreneurs do not or cannot take full advantage of the EAEU.

Creation of a necessary ecosystem for business in the EAEU is a fundamentally important task to be solved to increase the competitiveness of goods and services, and accelerate the economic growth rate. At the same time, one of the main problems for business development in the EAEU is the various obstacles, lack of awareness and non-use of opportunities provided by the EAEU law, as well as special conditions to regulate the business processes in each country of the Union.

What is the contribution of integration processes in the development of business in Eurasia?

How to assess the positive impact of the Eurasian integration project on improving the business climate in the EAEU as a whole and in each country?

How to achieve a synergistic effect when investing and doing business using Eurasian integration and competition of jurisdictions?

How to transform the tightening tendency of the domestic regulation and national protectionism forces into the centripetal integration forces, and focus the investment potential on the Eurasian space?

Issues for discussion:

  • Impact of Eurasian integration processes on positions of the EAEU countries in international rankings (Doing Business, The Global Competitiveness Index);
  • “Index of business freedom” in an integration association: an idea and possible approaches to development of methodology and monitoring;
  • How to scale the best national practices and mechanisms to achieve the most favorable investment climate in the Eurasian format?
  • How to increase the level of mutual trust of national businesses and regulators of the Union countries: implementation, harmonization, administrative cooperation?
  • Supranational business advocacy tools: the established base and the need for expansion;
  • The “life cycle” nuances of doing business in the EAEU (creation, operation, termination);
  • Regional integration or national protectionism: how to prevent confrontation of trends using the advantages of the single market and the “business and investment” guarantees of the Union Treaty?

Moderator:

  • Galiya Dzholdybaeva, Head of the EEC Business Development Department.

Speakers:

  • Tigran Khachatryan, Minister of Economic Development and Investments of the Republic of Armenia;
  • Dmitry Krutoy, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Belarus;
  • Ablay Myrzakhmetov, Chairman of the Board, Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan (NCE RK);
  • Oleg Pankratov, Minister of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic;
  • Maxim Oreshkin, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation;
  • Andras Horvai, Director and the World Bank Group Permanent Representative in the Russian Federation, Europe and Central Asia;
  • Andrey Belyaninov, Chairman of the Board, Eurasian Development Bank (EDB);
  • Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
13:30 - 14:45
Big Data Conference
Session partner: IER / Kazakhtelecom
Hall 4

Big Data Conference

Initiators: Economic Research Institute JSC, World Bank, Kazakhtelecom JSC

Experts have spent decades trying to improve the quality of life in cities, from electronic bicycles to paying for congestion.

The smart city is the technology to improve results in all aspects of city life and improve the quality of services that cities offer to their residents.

In order to become a smart city, the cities need reliable data to base their long-term solutions on.

The expansion of big data and development of the Internet of Things (IoT) technology have played an important role in the smart city initiatives implementation. Big data gives cities the ability to get valuable information from a large amount of data collected from various sources, and the IoT make it possible to integrate sensors, radio frequency identification and Bluetooth into the real world using the high-network services.

The combination of IoT and big data is an unexplored research area that has set new and interesting challenges to achieve the goal of future smart cities.

In this session, the Economic Research Institute, JSC together with the World Bank and Kazakhtelecom JSC plan to describe modern communication technologies and intelligent applications used in the context of smart cities. The visions of big data analytics to support smart cities are discussed with an emphasis on how big data can fundamentally change the urban population at different levels. In addition, a future big data business model for smart cities has been proposed, and business research and technology research objectives have been identified. This study can serve as a guide for researchers and industries for the future progress and development of smart cities in the context of big data.

By installing sensors in the urban infrastructure and creating new data sources, including from citizens using their mobile devices, the Smart City managers can use big data analysis to monitor and predict city life in new ways.

This conference on big data analysis and data science will provide the AEF-2019 with presentations of original research results (case studies), as well as the exchange and dissemination of innovative, practical ideas for the smart cities development. The conference covers all aspects of data science, data mining, including algorithms, software, systems and applications.

“Big Data and Smart Cities” attracts researchers and developers from a wide range of fields related to the data science, such as data mining, machine learning, statistics, data visualization, pattern recognition, databases and data storage, knowledge-based systems and high performance computing. In addition to the scientific program, poster presentations will be presented at the conference, as well as the panels on the big data application in urban life. The conference will announce the innovative approaches of leading global companies that solve today's key problems in data management in smart cities.

Issues for discussion:

  • Data security;
  • Planning development of smart cities based on data;
  • Transport and big data;
  • New trends (case studies);
  • Sustainable development of smart cities based on big data

Moderator:

  • Jane Tredwell, Global Practice Manager for Transport and ICT, World Bank

Speakers:

  • Prasanna Lal Das, Leading Economic Specialist, World Bank;
  • Randeep Sudan, Senior Advisor on Digital Strategy and Government Analytics, World Bank (Singapore);
  • Andrew Stott, Senior Strategy Advisor, Ex-Director for Transparency and Digital Interaction for the Government of the United Kingdom (United Kingdom);
  • Vitaly Sattarov, Expert of Skolkovo, Founder of the Ubic company
13:30 - 14:45
Financial Connectivity: Role of Financial Centres in 21 Century
Session partner: AIFC
Hall 5

Financial Connectivity: Role of Financial Centres in 21 Century

Initiators: Astana International Financial Centre

While the globalization process is still controversial in developed countries, the regional integration continues to be an important aspect for Eurasia. Kazakhstan is located at the intersection of the main Eurasian routes, and it can become a new center aimed at promoting regional interconnectivity. Moreover, today, the market has taken such a position that competition takes place not between countries, but between financial centers / hubs. The role of regional financial services centers will be to connect East and West, and promote the overall development.

Issues for discussion:

  • Opportunities and risks of the development integration processes of the financial sector in the region;
  • How can financial centers attract investment flows and establish themselves as a regional leader and international center for the economy revival of the New Silk Road?
  • What is the impact of current trends in the world markets on the financial centers strategic development (fintech, green finance, responsible financing, etc.)?

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

  • Kairat Kelimbetov, AIFC Managing Director;
  • Stanley Fischer, Vice Chairman of the US Federal Reserve System (2014-2017);
  • Марк Yeandle, Director, Z/Yen (TBC);
  • Yakov Mirkin, Chairman of the Board of Directors, IC Eurofinance; Head of the International Capital Markets Department, Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
  • Wiebke Schloemer, Director of the International Finance Corporation for Central Asia and Europe;
  • Christopher Campbell-Holt, Registrar of the AIFC Court and the International Arbitration Center

 

13:30 - 17:45
International Conference in honour of the 100th Anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO) for review and discussion of the Report by the Global Commission on the Future of Work
Session partner: Ministry of Labour and Social Protection
Main hall for plenary sessions

International Conference in honour of the 100th Anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO) for review and discussion of the Report by the Global Commission on the Future of Work

Initiators: Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan, subordinate organizations, Kazakhstan Federation of Trade Unions, Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan, republican associations of employers and employees.

Since May 31, 1993, the Republic of Kazakhstan is a member of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and in view of the priorities of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan the cooperation programs with the ILO have been concluded since 2000. The basis for the priority areas of cooperation programs was the promotion of the ILO Global Jobs Pact principles.

The ILO promotes the ratification and implementation of international labor standards, provides information and analysis on labor and social issues.

The most important areas of ILO activity are: assistance in improving the legal and legislative framework in the field of labor and social issues, employment development, poverty reduction, labor protection and social dialogue, addressing pressing current problems through policy development and technical assistance providing advice, recommendations and other orientation and training programs.

Representatives of Kazakhstan are invited from time to time to participate in international conferences, seminars, symposia in various countries to gain more visual, practical experience in the work and social protection development. Training courses offered by the ILO International Training Center in Turin also contribute to improvement in this area.

Kazakhstan has ratified 24 ILO Conventions (8 - fundamental, 4 - directives, 12 - technical out of 177) in the field of international labor standards. According to the ILO, it is a high achievement, since in the last 7 years, Kazakhstan has ratified 6 conventions.

Kazakhstan continues to expand its international obligations as a member state of the ILO, including through accession to international legal instruments.

At the same time, the world of work is transformed every day under the influence of technological advances: the artificial intelligence, automation and robotics development followed by creation of opportunities to improve the quality of working life, expanding choice, reducing the gender gap and solving many other problems.

However, these the world of work changes require new challenges in the labor market and the improvement of existing principles of social and labor relations to be aimed at increasing investment in the human abilities development. 

Session 1: Report of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Labor

Issues for discussion:

  • Current trends and future professions: what professions will be in demand in 5-7 years?
  • Creating an effective system of vocational education throughout life
  • Main recommendations of the ILO Global Commission report on the future of labor

 

Session 2: Development of the social and labor sphere in the new digital reality within the Industry 4.0

Issues for discussion:

  • Scientific and technological revolution, its impact on the labor market
  • Negative impact of the new technologies implementation as a labor power release factor from the production and unemployment
  • Ways to ensure universal employment security in conditions of the information technology development and automation

Session 3: Efficient and safe work

Issues for discussion:

  • Economic incentives to improve working conditions. International experience and domestic practices;
  • Management of occupational risks in the system of safety and labor protection, as an important tool for improving working conditions;
  • Modern labor protection management systems. Legal framework and general requirements for development, implementation and operation.
13:30 - 14:45
World in the Era of technological revolution: how industry 4.0 influences on global growth?
Session partner: Reinventinge Bretton- Woods Committee
Hall 2

World in the Era of technological revolution: how  industry 4.0 influences on global growth?

Initiators: Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee

We live in the era when robotics, artificial intelligence, automation, digital platforms and other innovations completely change the fundamental nature of economic activity. The most valuable eight companies in the world are the technological enterprises. Due to the market capitalization of USD 4.7 trillion and a new type of workforce, these companies can have a huge macroeconomic impact. In turn, these events can change the financial system and the economy as a whole. The discussion will address key business, technical and ethical issues related to the new era of the fourth industrial revolution.

Issues for discussion:

  • What impact will the technology era have on the global financial system and the economy as a whole?
  • What are the key business, technical and ethical issues relevant in the era of the fourth industrial revolution?
  • What consequences will robotics, artificial intelligence, automation, digital platforms and other innovations have for the labor market and human capital?

Moderator:

  • Yanking Yang, Deputy Editor, China Business News

Speakers:

  • Paul Romer, Professor of Economics at the School of Business named after Stern, New York University, World Bank Chief Economist (2016-2018), Nobel Prize Winner in Economics 2018;
  • Herman Gref, President and Chairman of the Board, Sberbank of Russia, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation (2000-2007);
  • Xavier Sala i Martín, Professor of Economics at Columbia University, Founder of the Global Competitiveness Index
13:30 - 17:45
Cyber & Digital Security-2019
Session partner: MDDDAI KZ
Hilton Astana Hall

Cyber & Digital Security-2019 

Initiators: Ministry of Digital Development, Defense and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan/ Kaspersky Lab

Development of information and communication technologies (ICT) plays a crucial role for the economic and socio-political development of each country individually and of humanity as a whole. However, the ICT development not only creates the opportunities for growth and development, but creates threats to international and national security. Interstate confrontation that has passed into the information sphere is fraught with conflicts leading to informational wars that can become an extreme form of manifestation.

Today, the international information security is defined as “the state of international relations precluding the violation of world stability and creation of a threat to the security of states and the world community in the information space”.

Issues for discussion:

  • Current condition of legislative base of Information Security in the Republic of Kazakhstan and in the world;
  • Map of threats for Kazakhstan and the world;
  • Measures of technological protection of critical objects of the information and communication infrastructure of the Republic of Kazakhstan (KVOIKI): regulator's point of view;
  • Foreign legislative and practical experience in state defense;
  • Best practices of state defense;
  • Evolution of technology from the basic protection to prediction of threats;
  • Responsibles within the organizations;
  • Instructions of the Operational Information Security Center, professional upgrading, work regulations;
  • Measures of the KVOIKI technological protection;
  • Digital identity, digital casts, personal security;
  • Industrial safety at the junction of personnel and technology

Moderators:

  • Dmitry Goloburda, Information Security Committee, Ministry of Digital Development, Defense and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Yevgeny Pitolin, Executive Director, Kaspersky Lab - Kazakhstan, Central Asia & Mongolia;
  • Andrey Beklemishev, IDC Vice President

Speakers:

  • Information Security Committee, Ministry of Digital Development, Defense and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • National Security Committee (Republican State Enterprise "State Technical Service");
  • National Information Technologies JSC (NIT JSC);
  • Government for Citizens Corporation;
  • STM (Turkey);
  • TransTelecom;
  • Kaspersky Lab;
  • Infowatch;
  • Palo Alto;
  • ALE “Center for Analysis and Investigation of Cyber Attacks”;
  • Positive Technologies;
  • International University of Information Technology (IUIT);
  • Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU);
  • Kazakh National Technical University named after Satpayev (KazNTU);
  • Eurasian National University named after Gumilyov (ENU)

To be confirmed:

  • The Estonian Information System Authority (RIA) (Estonia);
  • CyberSecurity Malaysia (Malaysia);
  • CyberX (Israel);
  • Group IB;
  • Cisco;
  • Honeywell;
  • Schneider;
  • Eltex Алатау;
  • Checkpoint;
  • Kazakhstan Internet Association;
  • Kazakhstan Association of IT Companies;
  • Association of Information Security Experts in Central Asia.
  • T&T Security
  • Akmal Security
  • Documentolog

 

13:30 - 14:45
Informal Economy. Digital Payments as a Factor forIncreasing Economic Transparency
Session partner: Visa
Hilton Meeting room 3
13:30 - 17:45
Regional Meeting: Inclusive Growth Policy. Countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia region, member states of the Eurasian Economic Union and Mongolia
Session partner: National Bank of Kazakhstan / International Monetary Fund
The St. Regis Astana

Regional Meeting: Inclusive Growth Policy. Countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia region, member states of the Eurasian Economic Union and Mongolia

Co-Initiators:Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan, International Monetary Fund

High rates of economic growth in 2000–2014 allowed the countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia region (CCA) to make progress in reducing poverty. However, since 2014, growth has slowed, and therefore policies should now be more focused on achieving strong, sustainable and inclusive growth. The policy of inclusive growth is aimed at stimulating the growth of the number of jobs, increasing labor productivity, increasing private and foreign investment, therefore, reducing poverty and inequality. The policy of inclusive growth includes measures related to tax policy and income management, the structure and quality of expenditures, financial regulation of the management system and increasing the degree of transparency. The CCA countries are already engaged in the policy of inclusive growth reflected in the economic strategy documents adopted throughout the region. However, more is needed to plan, implement and evaluate inclusive policies.

Issues for discussion:

  • How to mobilize enough income to cover the social and capital expenditures needed to stimulate inclusive growth, given the generally low tax rates in the countries of the region?
  • How to strengthen the financial sectors and change for the better the business models of banks that are not yet sufficiently affordable?
  • How to achieve significant changes in terms of stimulating private sector activity in a region where commodity exports and the public sector dominate?
  • How to improve the management system and increase transparency to strengthen the administrative efficiency of government bodies?

Moderator:

  • Mark Horton, Deputy Director of the Middle East and Central Asia IMF Department, Head of the IMF Mission in Kazakhstan

Speakers:

  • Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund;
  • Jihad Azour, Director of the Middle East and Central Asia IMF Department;
  • Yerbolat Dossayev, Chairman of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan
13:45 - 17:40
AEF Talks
Session partner:
AIFC
14:15 - 15:30
Towards G30: Outlooks by Rating Agencies
Session partner: IER
Congress Center Hall 3

Towards G30: Outlooks by Rating Agencies 

Initiators: Ministry of National Economy, Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption, Economic Research Institute, Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The major strategic task is the entry of Kazakhstan into the global top thirty of the world's strongest economies. Kazakhstan is entering a new period of development, and the main emphasis is on ensuring breakthrough scientific, technological and economic development, reducing the level of corruption, and increasing the level and quality of life of the population. The work carried out by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan to improve the competitive potential of the country is directly reflected in well-known world rankings such as the WEF competitiveness rating (GIC), IMD, WB Ease of Doing Business ranking (“Doing Business”), Transparency International, etc.

Today, Kazakhstan is a member of the top thirty “best” rated by “Doing Business” taken the 28th place. It is out of the categories of the most corrupt countries of the world according to Transparency International, and it shows steady growth in the PRS Group and IHS Markit ratings.

However, the country's position in other global ratings is not so strong. Moreover, the retention of the achieved results also requires a systematic work to improve the competitiveness of the country in view of the existing challenges and opportunities.

In this regard, the discussions with representatives of the world rating agencies on the issues related to promotion of Kazakhstan on the way to the top 30 is required.

Issues for discussion:

  • Kazakhstan is on the way to the 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 world rankings;
  • Global ratings: influence on the agenda and state development strategy;
  • Leaders in the world rankings: secrets of success and retention of positions of the best countries;
  • Global ratings: yesterday, today, tomorrow (prospects for development of global ratings and preparation of Kazakhstan for these changes)

Moderator:

  • Marat Shibutov, Member of the Board of Trustees, "Transparency Kazakhstan" Public Fund

Speakers:

  • Madina Zhunusbekova, Vice-Minister of the Ministry of National Economics of the Republic of Kazakhstan * (Brief greeting);
  • Alik Shpekbayev, Chairman of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption * (Brief greeting);
  • Anastasiya Kalinina, Head of the Eurasian Direction of the World Economic Forum;
  • Arturo Brice, Professor of Finance at IMD, Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center;
  • Ben Slay, Senior Advisor, UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS (RBEC);
  • Christopher McKee, Chief Executive Officer, PRS Group
14:15 - 15:30
Key Food Security Factors. Kazakhstan and OIC Countries
Session partner: G-global
Congress Center Hall 1

Key Food Security Factors. Kazakhstan and  OIC Countries

Initiators: G-Global International Secretariat, Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, KazAgro, UNDP, FAO, Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists Association, Islamic Development Bank.

Agriculture in Kazakhstan is one of the most promising sectors of the Kazakhstan economy. It can give a real new impetus to diversification strategy for its exports.

Kazakhstan is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious state and it supports the global process aimed at developing a dialogue between the civilizations and religions. The active participation of the country in the OIC activities along with other large regional and global organizations, is becoming increasingly important at the current stage. Kazakhstan joined the OIC in 1995 within the 50th session of the UN General Assembly. Adhering to the “Eurasian” concept, the Kazakhstan carries out foreign policy activities not only to balance its international cooperation with the Europe and Asia, but to pursue a more active policy in both directions. Favorable prospects were opened due to the presidency of Astana in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in 2010 and leadership in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in 2011.

Issues for discussion:

  • Increasing irrigated lands: sustainable land use;
  • Increased exports of meat and agriculture;
  • Digitization in agriculture: digital farms;
  • Concept of the Agro-Industrial Complex development in each region;
  • AIC long-term programs: sectoral programs in animal husbandry and crop production;
  • PPP in agriculture;
  • Development of a Wholesale Distribution Centers network (WDC) in the large cities;
  • Providing experience 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 the OIC Member States;
  • Coordination, definition 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.

Moderator:    

  • Bashir Jama Adan, Head of Agriculture and Food Security, Islamic Development Bank

Speakers:

  • Welocme speech: Omarov Saparkhan, Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Aidarbek Saparov, First Vice-Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO (2009-2017);
  • Shiv Khemka, President, Sun Group;
  • Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank Group Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships;
  • Nabil Gangi, Deputy Regional Representative, Europe and Central Asia Region, FAO;
  • Waheed Qaiser, Chairman and CEO of Inclusive Payment Solutions and President of Maxim Corporate Finance LLP;
  • Yerlan Baydaulet, IDB Executive Director (2011-2014);
  • Nur Abdi, Head of the Agricultural Department, Islamic Development Bank
14:15 - 15:30
Digital Transformation – New Form of Relationship in EAEU
Session partner: EEU EEC/KZ MDDDAI
Congress Center Hall 4

Digital Transformation  –  New Form of Relationship in EAE

Initiators: Astana International Financial Centre

While the globalization process is still controversial in developed countries, the regional integration continues to be an important aspect for Eurasia. Kazakhstan is located at the intersection of the main Eurasian routes, and it can become a new center aimed at promoting regional interconnectivity. Moreover, today, the market has taken such a position that competition takes place not between countries, but between financial centers / hubs. The role of regional financial services centers will be to connect East and West, and promote the overall development.

Issues for discussion:

  • Opportunities and risks of the development integration processes of the financial sector in the region;
  • How can financial centers attract investment flows and establish themselves as a regional leader and international center for the economy revival of the New Silk Road?
  • What is the impact of current trends in the world markets on the financial centers strategic development (fintech, green finance, responsible financing, etc.)?

Moderator:

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

Speakers:

  • Kairat Kelimbetov, AIFC Managing Director;
  • Stanley Fischer, Vice Chairman of the US Federal Reserve System (2014-2017);
  • Марк Yeandle, Director, Z/Yen (TBC);
  • Yakov Mirkin, Chairman of the Board of Directors, IC Eurofinance; Head of the International Capital Markets Department, Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
  • Wiebke Schloemer, Director of the International Finance Corporation for Central Asia and Europe;
  • Christopher Campbell-Holt, Registrar of the AIFC Court and the International Arbitration Center
14:15 - 17:00
Reward and recognition: how to motivate public servants in the 21st century
Session partner: UN Development Program / ACSH / GSPP NU
Congress Center Hall 5

Reward and recognition: How to motivate public servants in the 21st century

Organisers:United Nations Development Program in Kazakhstan, Astana Civil Service Hub, Graduate School of Public Policy at Nazarbayev University

The ability of governments and civil service to effectively respond to new challenges and rising citizens’ expectations, in the 21st century, characterised by a high degree of uncertainty, complexity and volatility, is becoming crucial. Thus, the civil service that is flexible and effective to respond to changing conditions is a key factor in ensuring decent life for the people, by enabling inclusive growth and by guaranteeing the efficient functioning of cities. This was reflected in the SDGs adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015.

Therefore, in building an effective civil service, particular attention is given to the quality of human resource, the principles of meritocracy, and motivation. These are priority issues on the reform agenda of most governments, including the member countries of the Astana Civil Service Hub. However, the speed, pace, and depth of reforms in these areas differ as they stem from their specific priorities, conditions and challenges.

At the same time, governments should take into account the similarity of challenges for the countries of the region caused by global trends and due to common culture and history. Thus, in issues of motivation, remuneration and assessment systems, peer learning, best practices and research activities play an important role.

In this regard, experiences and knowledge sharing on these issues is of paramount importance for governments and responsible public bodies of the countries in the region. Representatives of government agencies of various countries, including the member countries of the Astana Hub, will speak at the panel session. The key speaker of the panel session is Professor James Perry, one of the founders of the public servants’ motivation theory. He is the author of such publications as Civil Service Systems and Public Service Motivation.

Objective: Presentation and discussion of the progress, achievements, problems and results of recent research, as well as regional and global trends in motivation, remuneration and assessment of civil servants.

Key Issues:

  • Identification of progressive, effective and innovative tools in the system of motivation, remuneration and assessment of civil servants’ performance
  • Discussion of global trends and the results of recent research in motivation, remuneration and evaluation of civil servants
  • Analysis of specific country examples, cases and reforms aimed at improving the remuneration system and civil servants’ performance appraisal
  • Summarizing the lessons learned from developing and introducing new tools in motivation, remuneration and performance appraisal of civil servants
  • Building awareness of the participating countries on the current trends in the development of motivation systems and the practical implementation results in other countries
  • Strengthening the network of experts in motivation, reward and performance appraisal

Moderators:

 

  • AlikhanBaimenov, Chairman of the Steering Committee of Astana Civil Service Hub
  • GulmiraRaissova, Chairperson of the Coordination Council of the Association of HR Managers of Kazakhstan

Speakers:

  • AlikhanBaimenov, Chairman of the Steering Committee of Astana Civil Service Hub
  • 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
  • Shigeo Katsu, President of Nazarbayev University
  • AlikShpekbayev, Chairman of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Civil Service and Anti-Corruption
  • James L. Perry, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Paul H. O’Neil School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington, USA
  • GulmiraRaissova, Chairperson of the Coordination Council of the Association of HR Managers of Kazakhstan
  • Basskaran Nair,Visiting Professor of the Graduate School of Public Policy at Nazarbayev University
  • Catherine Kardava, Director of Civil Service Bureau of Georgia, member of the Steering Committee of Astana Civil Service Hub
  • AlonaPaseka, Head of the Unit of International Cooperation and Protocol Department of the Administrative Support for the National Civil Service Agency of Ukraine
  • ZhandosKhassen, Head of staff motivation, evaluation and development Division of the Civil Service Department at the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption
  • PanosLiverakos, Technical Advisor for the ACSH and UNDP in Kazakhstan

 

14:15 - 15:30
Water as a factor of growth and security in Central Asia
Session partner: MoA
Hilton Meeting room 3

Water as a factor of growth and security in Central Asia

14:15 - 17:00
Women in science, innovation and business
Session partner: Expo & Women / BCG
Congress Center, Main hall for plenary sessions

Women in science, innovation and business

Initiators: Expo&Women International Organization, BCG, UNDP with support of the National Commission for Women's Affairs and Family and Demographic Policy under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Strategic partners: International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) (Headquarters in the UAE), Silk Road Chamber of Commerce and Industry (China)

There is a growing demand for strengthening the women's position and their influence on the modern world. Today, many developed countries have realized the need for an inclusive economy based on the women's capital development.

Women economic empowerment, growth of gender equality increase productivity, economic diversification and income equality. According to the International Monetary Fund, raising the gender balance will contribute to the GDP growth in developed countries such as Canada and Japan by 4%, and in developing countries - up to 30-32%. The gender balance has a positive effect on a number of business factors, such as innovation, key business performance indicators, the overall organizational and financial success of companies, and the growth of the social business component.

The rapid development of science and technology entails a huge demand for talents that companies hardly manage to satisfy. At the same time, women are an insufficiently involved pool of talents not always effectively used by the companies. Worldwide, women make up 36% of graduates in the field of natural sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics, but they hold only 25% of jobs and 9% of leadership positions in these areas. However, the increase in the number of women in “technological” workplaces allows not only to meet the growing demand for talents. Increasing gender balance brings real operational and financial benefits to the business. Companies with gender balance are more innovative and sustainable.

A BCG study, conducted in 2018, revealed interrelation between a higher level of diversification among managers and the effectiveness of business innovation. The companies with more diversified management are more successful in business innovation. Such managers provide almost half of the company's revenue through innovative products and services: it is almost 20% higher than the revenue of the companies with more uniform management staff.

Moreover, according to the study, the companies with more diverse management staff achieve better financial performance in general: their earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) are about 10% higher than in other companies.

Nevertheless, there is still a gender inequality problem in the economy and business. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Report 2018 study in view of the current state and without critical measures, the gender gap in 108 countries around the world will not close for another 108 years, and in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia - another 124 years.

The global trends are to be considered as they influence the sociocultural development of mankind and transform the position of women in modern society.

Such Session topic will make it possible not only to bring up to date the issues highlighted, but suggest the ways to resolve them as well. Within the period of 27 years, Kazakhstan has made great achievements in gender equality, however, there are still problems that need to be addressed. For example, restricting equal access to finance, land, real estate and technology. There are still gender wage gaps between men and women, access to high-paying jobs, leadership positions, especially in the rural areas.

Issues for discussion:

  • What is the role of women in science, innovation and business and what are effective ways to increase women's contribution to economic development?
  • What are the successful practices of international organizations, governments and businesses in reducing the gender gap?
  • How can women leaders influence gender balance and success of their organization?
  • What are the opportunities to integrate the efforts of the women's community in promoting the gender balance and, thereby, ensuring sustainable development in society, science, innovation and business?

Moderator:

  • Rakhim Oshakbayev, Head of Talap Applied Research Center

Speakers:

  • Gulshara Abdykalikova, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Chairman of the National Commission for Women's Affairs and Family and Demographic Policy under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Bruno Balvanera, Managing Director, EBRD for Central Asia;
  • Asly Kurbay, Partner and Managing Director, BCG;
  • Celia García-Banos, Program Specialist, Center for Policy and Finance, IRENA;
  • Zhang Yin, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Nine Dragons Paper Holdings, China;
  • Assel Ayapova, Head of Global Innovative Program for Development of Drones Application, AES Corporation;
  • Alexandra Akkirman, Government and Public Relations Manager of the Coca-Cola Company in Central Asia and the Caucasus;
  • Alena Tkachenko, Co-founder and CEO of Nommi Company, Co-founder of the Love to Code programming school;
  • Saltanat Rakhimbekova, Chairman of the Presidium, “Expo & Women” International Organization
14:15 - 15:30
The Era of connectivity: role of private sector
Session partner: Reinventinge Bretton- Woods Committee
Congress Center Hall 2

The Era of connectivity: role of  private sector

Initiators: Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee/ European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Central Asia is the most interconnected region connecting Europe and Asia. Infrastructure opportunities and economic corridors of the region are one of the key geographical sources of growth. Being in the center of global corridors between China, Europe and Russia, the Central Asia is a single economic and trade route. At the same time, within Central Asia, the countries have a low level of trade relations. Today, connectivity plays a key role in the region development, so the “Belt and Path” initiative and the strategy for Europe and Asia interaction have a number of investment, infrastructure and trade opportunities for business.

Issues for discussion:

  • How will new technologies change connectivity in Eurasia?
  • What technologies will affect connectivity (transportation, logistics, etc.) in Central Asia?
  • What opportunities arise with improving connectivity in Central Asia?
  • What is the importance of the private sector and regulators in this process?

Moderator:

  • Mattia Romani, Managing Director for Economics, Policy and Management, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Speakers:

  • Mustafa Mastur, Minister of Economy of Afghanistan;
  • Baygalmaa Gochosuren, Deputy Chief of Presidential Administration, Mongolia;
  • Massimo de Andres, C.P.M. Director General, Center for Economic Research, GEI Chairman of the Business Economists Italian Council;
  • Alexey Grom, President, Eurasia Cargo Rail Alliance;
  • Taleh Ziyadov, General Director, Port of Baku;
  • George Lam, Chairman of Cyberport, Non-Executive Chairman - Hong Kong and ASEAN Region, Chief Advisor to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Asia;
  • Yerlan Absatov, General Director, KAZLOGISTICS Union of Transport Workers of Kazakhstan
14:15 - 15:30
Key national indicators: a tool for sustainable development
Session partner: Account Committee
Hilton Astana Hall

Key national indicators: a tool for sustainable development

Initiators: Accounts Committee for Control over Execution of the Republican Budget

Sustainable growth is a progress in achieving not only economic, but social, cultural, environmental and other spheres. The state of a country, its population and its institutions can be measured in various ways. The macroeconomic indicators are widely used to measure development of countries, but they do not consider all the social progress elements. The definition of key national indicators contributes to improving the quality of government activity and, ultimately, raising the standard of living of the population. The goal of the national indicators system is to systematically apply measures and report on various aspects of well-being that are important to citizens. They are also needed 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 series of studies and collected international best practices. Given the roles and responsibilities of national governments in ensuring effectiveness and accountability, the Supreme Audit Institutions can play an important role in identifying the ways to address key national objectives. One of the tools needed to solve problems and achieve national results is the development of performance assessment systems based on key indicators that allow to assess conditions and trends, evaluate progress towards the desired results and show whether goals have been achieved. These results can be used as information in strategic planning to enhance accountability of performance assessment, and facilitate effective policy analysis and program evaluation.

Issues for discussion:

  • Balance, consistency and integrity of the key national indicators system - Supreme Audit Institutions opinion;
  • Decomposition of national indicators by state government levels;
  • Auditing and monitoring the achievement of national indicators at the implementation stage - theory and practice;
  • Participation of Supreme Audit Institutions in applying key national indicators;
  • Professional level of public auditor for a qualitative assessment of the national key indicators system

Moderator:

  • Natalya Godunova, Chairman of the Accounts Committee

Speakers:

  • Valeriy Patskan, Chairman of the Auditing Chamber of Ukraine;
  • Levon Yeolyan, Chairman of the Chamber of Auditors of the Republic of Armenia;
  • Yanar Holm, State Controller, Estonia;
  • Adel Azar, Chairman of the Court of Accounts, Islamic Republic of Iran;
  • Zekeriya Tuysuz, Vice President of the Court of Accounts, Turkey;
  • Kudrin, Chairman of the Auditing Chamber of the Russian Federation;
  • Dmitry Zaitsev, Auditor of the Auditing Chamber of the Russian Federation;
  • Kharib Said Al-Amimi, Chairman of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI);
  • Javaid Jehangir, Auditor General of Pakistan, Secretary General of the Supreme Audit Institutions of the Economic Cooperation Organization
14:15 - 15:30
AEF Talks
Session partner:
AIFC
14:15 - 17:00
KGIR
Session partner:
The St. Regis Astana
14:15 - 17:00
WTO RegionalForum for Free Economic Zones
Session partner: KZ Ministry of Finance
Rixos President Astana Hotel
15:00 - 16:15
Innovations — Future of EAEU's Car Industry
Session partner: EEC
Congress Center Hall 3

Innovations —  Future of EAEU's Car Industry

Initiators: "Avtonet" National Technology Initiative (RF), Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The automotive industry, as one of the most science and capital-intensive engineering industries, have a high cooperation potential and is included in the list of priority types of industries by the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union.

The "Innovation - the future of the EAEC automotive industry" Panel session of the Astana Economic Forum will discuss key challenges and trends in the modern automotive industry: development of digital technologies, environmentally friendly (e-vehicles), self-driving and connected transport, new solutions for urban mobility.Attention will be paid to government promotion of innovation in the automotive industry. Speakers will talk about innovative approaches to implementation of technological solutions, including self-driving vehicles, integration of the global automotive IT solutions to the Eurasian market.

Among the issues discussed: the legal regulations in the automotive sector, automotive brands development strategy on the EAEU territory; use of the Connectivity based services; use of the self-driving technology in the world and the EAEU: 5G, V2X, C-V2X, DSRC and others.

Issues for discussion:

  • Support for the electric transport development in the EAEU member states;
  • Implementation of the state policy in the automotive industry;
  • Development of the advanced services market and other services based on the intelligence systems, platforms and networks in logistics as well as people, things and regulatory initiatives in the field of smart transport;
  • Electric transport development;
  • Urban mobility evolution;
  • Implementation of plans for the Nissan company development in the EAEU territory;
  • Strategy for the trucks digitalization development;
  • Main trends of the self-driving vehicles industry and cities. Connected vehicles: towards the future

Moderator:

  • Alexander Gurko, Co-Head of the Working Group for Development and Implementation of the NTI Autonet Road Map, NCP GLONASS President

Speakers:

  • Alexander Subbotin, Minister of Industry and Agribusiness of the Eurasian Economic Commission;
  • Roman Sklyar, Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Alexander Morozov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation;
  • Alexander Gurko, Co-Head of the Working Group for Development and Implementation of the NTI Autonet Road Map, NCP GLONASS President;
  • Igor Antarov, Managing Partner, MOSCOW TESLA CLUB;
  • Yana Arzhanova, Government Relations Director, Volvo Group
  • Tatyana Gorovaya, Government Relations Director, Nissan Manufacturing RUS, LLC;
  • Vakhtang Partsvania, Government Relations Director, Scania;
  • Pavel Kozlov, Business Development Director, HERE TECHNOLOGIES;
  • Andrey Vasilevsky, Head of the Embedded Automotive Solutions Laboratory, Yandex;
  • Andrey Lavrentiev, President of the Kazakhstan Auto Business Association;
  • Representative from the "Atameken" National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan

 

 

15:00 - 16:15
Response to Territorial and Spacial Development Challenges
Session partner: IER
Hilton Meeting room 3

Response to Territorial and Spacial Development Challenges

Initiators: Center for Regional Studies, Institute for Economic Research JSC; Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The challenges of the regional spatial development and the responses have always formed the population settlement system and the economic centers of the states. In the modern world, the administrative borders of countries are the natural obstacle to the sustainable and inclusive development of regions. How to connect domestic and foreign markets? What interventions help to increase the value added and reduce costs? What policies are needed to take advantage of urbanization and the expansion of cities and settlements, and encourage cross-border trade?

Coordinated spatial planning contributes to better availability of markets, increasing spatial concentration and reducing inequalities in access to basic public services. The economic integration of cities and towns, as well as other settlements into global production chains, increases competition at the local and country level, increases company productivity and attracts foreign investment.

Today, the territories and space development must consider both external and internal factors. In our session we will discuss successful practices of spatial development basing on the international experience, exchange experience and knowledge with experts for the subsequent adjustment of the policy in terms of spatial development of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Issues for discussion:

  • New factors of spatial development, their territorial impact and ways to solve them in the context of Kazakhstan;
  • Examples from international experience on globalization and economic integration;
  • Application in Kazakhstan;
  • Public policy coordination system and its impact on spatial and regional development;
  • Examples from international experience in organizing a spatial policy coordination system at the national, regional and local levels;
  • Application of the most effective spatial policy tools in Kazakhstan
  • Examples from international experience on the effective development of mono- and small cities, remote and depressed settlements with depleting natural resources and managed urbanization measures;
  • Discussions on measures and means to achieve the level of the developed countries urbanization in Kazakhstan

Moderator:

  • Zuber Petr, Head of the Spatial Development Department of the Warsaw Institute, Project Manager of the Polish National Spatial Development Concept, Member of European and National Bodies dealing with cohesion and territorial issues, including the Spatial Development Committee of Poland, former Director of the Structural Policy Coordination Department of the Ministry of Regional Development of Poland

Speakers:

  • Ruslan Dalenov, Minister of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Sergey Perapechka, Head of The Boston Consulting Group in the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Zhandosov Oraz, Director of the “Rakurs” Center for Economic Analysis;
  • Alan Mitchell, Executive Director, International Center for Municipal Services, KPMG;
  • Alter Rolf, Senior Researcher at the Hertie School, Member of the Advisory Board for the Global Risks Report of the World Economic Forum, former Director of the OECD Public Administration and Territorial Development;
  • Irina Bogomolova, Professor, Volgograd State Technical University;
  • Scholl Bernd, Professor of Spatial Planning and Development, Institute of Spatial and Landscape Planning at ETH Zurich;
  • OECD representative on the spatial policy and urbanization
15:00 - 16:15
Creating of innovative ecosystems for green growth: science, education and technology
Session partner: IGTIC
Congress Center Hall 4

Creating of innovative ecosystems for green growth: science, education and technology

Initiator: International Center for Green Technologies and Investment Projects, Non-Commercial Joint-Stock Company

Co-Initiators: Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Association of Environmental Organizations of Kazakhstan.

The International Center for Green Technologies and Investment Projects was established on behalf of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to promote the Green Bridge Partnership Program, implement the Concept of Kazakhstan on transition to a green economy, support achievement of strategic development plans of Kazakhstan up to 2025 and 2050 in terms of technological modernization through the transition to the best available technologies.

The panel session is devoted to one of the most discussed topics of recent times, namely the "green" economy. This topic attracts attention of scientists, environmentalists, and economists around the world, and is discussed at various forums and conferences. A green economy is an opportunity to increase the well-being and comfort of people with minimal environmental damage. 

Issues for discussion:

  • Discussion and development of proposals for systemic training of future specialists (students) of higher educational institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the "green" economy issues;
  • Introduction of a new academic discipline "Green Knowledge and Technology" in higher educational institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Development of special training and retraining programs;
  • State regulation in the environmental field, industrial policy, energy saving and energy efficiency based on the BAT principles;
  • Transition to technological rationing according to the BAT principles;
  • Economic efficiency and economic justification for BAT introduction;
  • Implementation of the best available technologies as a tool for sustainable community development.

Moderator:

  • Kanat Baigarin, Advisor to the President of the Nazarbayev University

Speakers:

  • Askar Mamin, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Kanat Bozumbayev, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Kulyash Shamshidinova, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Bakytzhan Zhumagulov, Deputy of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Aliya Nazarbayeva, Chairman of the Presidium, Association of Environmental Organizations of Kazakhstan, a public figure of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Rapil Zhoshybayev, Head of the International Center for Green Technologies and Investment Projects;
  • Adnan Amin, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency;
  • Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Environment and Climate Change of the United Arab Emirates;
  • Maria Rebecca Ballestra, Founder of the World Earth Festival;
  • Kumi Kitamori, Head of Green Growth and Global Relations, Environment Directorate, OECD;
  • Dmitry Skobelev, Head of the Best Available Technologies Bureau Russia;
  • Wolfram Russell, Rector of the University of Stuttgart;
  • Lee Jang Moo, President of Seoul National University;
  • Mungo Park, Chairman and Co-Founder, CleanEquity Monacco;
  • Greg Horovitt, Author of "The Rainforest. A secret of the next Silicon Valley creation";
  • Rakhman Alshanov, President of the Higher Educational Institutions Association of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Yerlan Sydykov, Rector of the Eurasian National University named after L.N. Gumilyov
15:00 - 16:15
Session in study (on human capital development)
Session partner: Ministry of Education and Science / Ministry of Health (MES)
Congress Center Hall 5
15:00 - 16:15
Global Economy Slowdown: How to Escape the Global Recession?
Session partner: Reinventinge Bretton- Woods Committee
Congress Center Hall 2

Global Economy Slowdown: How to Escape the Global Recession?

Initiators: Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee

The world economy is no longer synchronized. The world's two largest economies wage a trade war, the Europe is experiencing Brexit, the global economy is slowing down, the world trade is declining, protectionism is rapidly increasing, the number of cross-sanctions is not decreasing. All the mentioned above along with the geopolitical risks lead to a potential crisis that can befall the global economy in 2019.This process becomes more intense due to the current normalization of monetary policy in developed countries that may adversely affect the national currencies of emerging markets. The global markets are entering a new era of volatility as the world adapts to higher interest rates after a decade of ultra-soft monetary policy.

This session will discuss the review of the world economy and the prospects for sustainable growth in the coming years amid a series of impending uncertainties, and key experts will answer the main questions that affect all the world markets today.

Issues for discussion:

  • What are the lines of a new global economy in the context of full protectionism?
  • How will protectionism affect the growth of the global economy?
  • Can these processes cause a new global economic downturn resulting the trigger of financial crisis of fast-growing markets (signs of crisis are already being felt in the largest developing economies: Argentina, Turkey, etc.)?

Moderator:

  • MarcUzan,Founder and CEO, ReinventingBrettonWoodsCommittee

Speakers:

  • Ruslan Dalenov, Minister of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Maurice Obstfeld, Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley, IMF Chief Economist (2015-2018);
  • Justin Lin, Professor, National School of Development of the Peking University (China), World Bank Chief Economist and Senior Vice President (2008-2012);
  • Sayuri Shirai, Professor, Keio University, Member of the Policy Board, Bank of Japan

 

15:45 - 17:00
Роль розничных инвесторов в экономике
Session partner: Freedom Finance
Congress Center Hall 1
15:45 - 17:15
Central Asia: Global, Infrastructural, Economic and Trade Corridor
Session partner: Reinventinge Bretton- Woods Committee
Congress Center Hall 2

Central Asia: Global, Infrastructural, Economic and Trade Corridor

Initiators: Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee

The future of Central Asia will depend on the ability to withstand the global factors of building an efficient infrastructure connecting international economic corridors to increase trade between countries within the region.

The purpose of this session is to identify the possible measures to reduce the impact of global and regional economic risks on the economies and national currencies of the Central Asia countries.

Issues for discussion:

  • How can the Central Asia countries raise the level of trade relations within the region?
  • How can the Central Asia countries strengthen economies and take advantage of new opportunities for cooperation, connectivity and Industry 4.0.?
  • How can the Central Asia countries build effective infrastructures connecting international economic corridors?

Moderator:

  • Georgi Kvirikashvili,PrimeMinister of Georgia (2015-2018)

Speakers:

  • Bandar Mohammed Hajjar, President of the Islamic Development Bank;
  • Joachim von Amsberg, Vice President for Policy and Strategy, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank;
  • Vazil Hudak, President of the European Investment Bank;
  • Dmitry Pankin, President of the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank;
  • Andrey Belyaninov, Chairman of the Board, Eurasian Development Bank (EDB)
15:45 - 17:00
Сессия по образованию
Session partner: Ministry of Education and Science KZ
Congress Center Hall 4
15:45 - 17:00
Final Discussion: Challenges, risks of contradiction (by invitation)
Session partner: IER
Congress Center Hall 3
15:45 - 17:00
Participation of civil society in welfare policy
Session partner: International Institute for Environment and Development
Hilton Astana Hall

Participation of civil  society in welfare policy

Initiators:Ministry of Information and Public Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Economic Research Institute JSC

The ability of developing countries to transform national welfare into the well-being and quality of life of citizens plays a key role in the modern economy. The indicative per capita income and insufficient quality of life of citizens is the evidence of the lack of quality of economic growth.

Socio-economic inequality of citizens is the result of the society and the state development as a whole. Having set a goal to enter the top 30 of the most developed countries in the world, the Kazakhstan adopted the standards of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Membership in this organization requires high rates of investment, scientific research, labor productivity, business development, population living standards.

Kazakhstan takes high positions in various world rankings. At the same time, the objective reality and the level of citizens' well-being at this stage do not allow us to say that the well-being and standard of living in the country meets world standards. Despite the economic growth of Kazakhstan in recent years, the social policy has remained aloof. As a result of this state of affairs, a huge differentiation in the social position of various groups of Kazakhstani population arose.

In such realities of today's world, the position and influence of civil society plays a significant role in the development and well-being of citizens. Today, the non-governmental sector is a necessary bridge, a kind of buffer zone between the state and the population. Public control over the state budget implementation, an objective assessment of the current situation, proposals for the legislation being formed, healthy criticism and participation in the government’s policies are essential tools for the effective growth of the well-being of citizens.

Issues for discussion:

  • Implementation of the UN sustainable development goals;
  • Development of the civil society institutions participation in monitoring and implementation of the UN SDG indicators until 2030;
  • Development trends and the future of civil society in Kazakhstan;
  • Effective civil society involvement in welfare policies

Moderator:

  • Rauan Kenzhekhanuly, Executive Director, "Ulttyk Audarma Byursy" Public Fund;
  • Sayasat Nurbek, Political Scientist

Speakers:

  • Dauren Abaev, Minister of Information and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University;
  • Salamon Leicester, Director of the Center for Civil Society Studies at The Johns Hopkins Institute;
  • Darmen Sadvakasov, Director of Dasco Consulting Group LLP;
  • Olzhas Khudaybergenov, Founder of the CSI;
  • Saule Mektepbayeva, Head of CSI Legal & Tax;
  • Mims Davies, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sport and Civil Society of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
15:45 - 17:00
Role of Student Entrepreneurship ENACTUS in Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Session partner: ENACTUS Kazakhstan
AIFC

Role of Student Entrepreneurship ENACTUS in Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals

16:30 - 18:00
Open Discussion: Collapse Risks of the Global Cooperation System
Session partner: Reinventinge Bretton- Woods Committee
Congress Center Hall 2

Open Discussion: Collapse Risks of the Global Cooperation System

Initiators: Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee

 The world is entering a new geopolitical phase being not only multi-polar, but multi-conceptual as well. The idea that there are certain standards and institutions the major world powers may gradually come to (and smaller states may follow after them) has ceased to be considered an axiom. All this brings new dangers: military tensions, disruptions in the economy and trade, destabilization of the feedback between changing international relations and the internal political landscape of individual countries.

The liberal world order created by the United States just over seven decades ago is crumbling. Perennial geopolitical alliances are changing. Developing countries are facing enormous economic challenges, and the whole world may enter a phase of a major recession.

 Trade wars clearly demonstrate the WTO instability in resolving conflicts between its largest members. At the same time, there is an active strengthening of regionalization processes and decline in the role of international institutions. It becomes easier and faster for countries to find a compromise at the regional level with more favorable conditions and interests of all the parties. The global system transformation is gradually turning into a fragmented model of regional blocks. Thus, a system of regional blocs with pronounced leaders fragments the entire global system from within.

Issues for discussion:

  • What are the main risks of the global cooperation system collapse?
  • New technologies lead to the rapid decentralization of power. At the same time, the world is on the threshold of a large-scale technological revolution and protectionism. What consequences does this process have?
  • How the world can find a balance between the seemingly competitive forces of sovereignty and security, technology and society, as well as equality and prosperity?

Moderator:

  • Peter Frankopan, Senior Researcher at the Oxford University, Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research

Speakers:

  • Askar Mamin, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Stanley Fischer, Vice Chairman of the US Federal Reserve System (2014-2017), Head of the Bank of Israel (2005-2013);
  • Sergey Glazyev, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation;
  • Carlo Monticelli, Vice Governor, Council of Europe Development Bank;
  • Vladimir Yakunin, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, Ex-President of the Russian Railways OJSC;
  • Peter Burian, EU Special Representative for Central Asia;
  • Riaz Khokhar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan (2002-2005)
16:30 - 17:45
CAREC Corridors for the Future
Session partner: ADB
Congress Center Hall 1

CAREC Corridors for the Future

Initiators:Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Many examples of successful economic corridors in other countries, especially in Asia, demonstrate the strength of regional economic corridors in mobilizing private and public investment, promoting high-quality growth and job creation, increasing export knowledge and creating examples for the rest of the country.

The economic recovery and the favorable regional dynamics observed recently in the Central Asia are the subject to a new impetus of the regional economic cooperation. Within the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation program (CAREC), the Almaty-Bishkek Economic Corridor is an example of success, creating opportunities for joint projects in agriculture, tourism, health care and transport. The cross-border agglomeration will make it possible for enterprises to specialize, work and achieve greater diversification and competitiveness exporting goods and services to the world. In order to spread the dynamic progress in the corridor development, CAREC initiated a new economic corridor between Kazakhstan (Shymkent), Uzbekistan (Tashkent) and Tajikistan (Khujand).

Issues for discussion:

  • What are the main costs and benefits of economic corridors?
  • How to choose “winning” regional corridors that have a greater chance of success? What are the reasons for successful corridors?
  • What is the best way to integrate corridors into the urbanization plan?
  • What is the best way to integrate special economic zones and industrial parks in the development of a regional economic corridor?
  • What type of policies, as well as public and private investments are necessary for corridors to reach potential in the context of the Central Asia? Should the policy promote specific sectors and areas or should it provide only a general favorable basis for the corridor development?
  • How can the CAREC Program support development of regional economic corridors between the CAREC countries?
  • Fergana Valley is one of the main agricultural / horticultural industries and one of the most densely populated areas in Central Asia. How can this area contribute to the development of economic corridor?
  • What will be the most effective institutional arrangement for coordinating and managing a regional economic corridor that crosses more than one country that includes subnational entities?

Moderator:

  • Safdar Parvez, Head of the Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Division of the Central and West Asia Department

Speakers:

  • Shixin Chen, the ADB Vice President;
  • Liliya Burunchuk, Regional Director for Central Asia, World Bank;
  • Ruslan Dalenov, Minister of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Avtandil Alybayev, Deputy Minister of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic;
  • Shukhrat Vafayev, Executive Director of the Fund for Reconstruction and Development and Deputy Chairman of the State Committee on Investments of Uzbekistan;
  • Nematullo Khikmatullozoda, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Tajikistan;
  • Aradna Aggarwal, Professor at the Copenhagen Business School;
  • Leading business expert from Kazakhstan

 

16:30 - 18:30
Digitisation in Agriculture: From Precision to Smart Farming
Session partner: UN FAO / KZ MoA / EEC
Congress Center Hall 4

Digitisation in Agriculture: From Precision to Smart Farming

Co-Initiators: Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

The world has already entered the era of digital globalization, defined by data streams that contain information, ideas and innovations. According to the experts' forecasts, by 2020, 25% of the world economy will move to the digitalization technologies implementation allowing the state, business and society to function effectively. Upon completion of industrialization, the developed countries successfully modernize their economies. They rapidly develop innovative technologies with the artificial intelligence, automation and digital platforms dominated. Today, the global expenditures on scientific and technological development is about USD 2.0 trillion with the annual increase of an average of 4.0%.

Digital technology in Kazakhstan is considered as the main way to diversify the national economy, its reorientation from the raw material to the industrial service model.

Such industries as agriculture and, in particular, plant breeding, cloning in crop and livestock ensuring large-scale production and consumption to detriment of the environment, lose their significance. Smart agrotechnologies are coming in place that are provided through machine learning and neural networks, digital platforms, 3D printing, robotics, biosensors and Big Data. Opportunities to modernize the industry are enormous. Agriculture in the world is turning from a traditional into a high-tech industry able to create new markets for innovative solutions and developments not previously existed to solve a large number of practical problems. The time has come when the intelligent digital solutions should help the country's agriculture to cope with the problems of increasing labor productivity in the industry and its sustainable development. Agriculture is the most vulnerable sector of the economy largely depending on the natural phenomena and climatic factors. Over the time, the climate change impact on world food security will increase. Intensity, seasonality and rainfall will become increasingly unpredictable that significantly will reduce the agrarian business ability to adapt to such changes. This fact can be added with the enormous damage caused to the country's economy as a result of droughts or floods caused by climate change. The AIC digitalization will make it possible to: reduce risks, adapt to climate change, increase crop yields and animal productivity, and plan field works in a timely manner. Reducing production costs, improving its quality and competitiveness based on the efficient use of resources and science-based approaches is the main task of the agriculture digitization. Providing the necessary information to rural producers will reduce transaction costs for the purchase and sale, simplify the supply chain of products from the field to the consumer, reduce the deficit in skilled labor. Rural entrepreneurs need to produce more food with less resources. Therefore, we need a significant breakthrough in the technology of agricultural production. Working the old-fashioned way, “by eye” or without digitalization in agriculture means losing global competition. In order to remain competitive in the market, a farmer must be able to predict supply for his products depending on demand and consumer preferences. In order to make the right or, as they say now, “smart” management decisions, the farmer must possess digital technologies such as satellite imagery, algorithms for differentiated field processing, high-tech sensors, mobile applications and the GPS systems.

Issues for discussion:

  • Increased financial accessibility for farmers;
  • Distribution of knowledge and information, increasing technology transfer, development of the agricultural sector state support institutions;
  • Satellite monitoring and biophysical parameters in the AIC;
  • Monitoring technologies to support precision farming for dairy and beef cattle breeding;
  • Digitization of organic agriculture

 Moderator:

  • Serik Ibrayev, Deputy Chairman of the Union of Farmers of Kazakhstan

Speakers:

  • Saparkhan Omarov, Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • James Azevedo Gorgen, Information Technology Department Senior Officer, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO);
  • Alexander Subbotin, Member of the Board, Industry and Agro-Industrial Complex, Eurasian Economic Commission;
  • Dauren Oshakbayev, FAO National Consultant, Director of the Agricultural Economics Research Program at the “Talap” Applied Research Center;
  • George Vozikiz, "Airbus" Sales Director for the Eastern Europe and Central Asia;
  • Andrey Andreychuk, Head of CROPIO in Europe, Middle East and Africa;
  • Aida Mullasheva, Director, Agrostream LLP;
  • Pavel Lushchak, Director, Naydarovskoe LLP;
  • Charlie Sheppi,President, Allflex Group for Europe, Middle East and Africa;
  • Valeriy Manachinskiy, Director, MSK-Omsk LLC (RF);
  • Gael Healy, Head of the Syngenta Company in Western Europe;
  • Hans Feyen, Head of Agro-Reinsurance in Europe and Central Asia, Swiss Re.;
  • Gerald Harrmann, Director, Organic Services GmbH.
16:30 - 17:45
Government Roles in Venture Capital Development
Session partner: Baiterek
Congress Center Hall 5

Government Roles in Venture Capital Development

Initiators: Baiterek National Management Holding JSC, QazTech Ventures JSC, e27 Singapore

A number of developing countries have taken practical measures to consolidate the state and business efforts to ensure international competitiveness and development of the innovation ecosystem.

The pace of innovative technologies and products is directly dependent on the level of the venture capital industry development that establish a healthy investment climate. Digitalization of the economy, implementation of a new stage of industrialization, development of high-tech goods and high value-added services require joint efforts of both state and business. The state must guarantee the strength of the venture capital fund business, as well as minimize the risks of investors.

Such countries as Singapore and Korea have successfully adopted a venture strategy having launched several state-supported funds that not only support start-up and experienced entrepreneurs, but also develop the country's innovation ecosystem. Successful international experience determines the importance of state programs that support the venture entrepreneurship development as a catalyst for launching the venture process in the country.

Based on successful international experience, Kazakhstan takes an important step towards the its innovation ecosystem development and international competitiveness by launching its first venture capital fund of QazTech Ventures funds.

QazTech Ventures will focus on the following strategic directions.:

  • Venture capital investment market development;
  • Technology Consulting;
  • Business incubation system development

Issues for discussion:

  • Venture investments as a trigger for digital transformation of the country;
  • State participation in the venture capital industry development;
  • Successful experience of Singapore and Korea in the venture capital industry and the innovation ecosystem development;
  • Selection of the best venture investment strategy for Kazakhstan;
  • Prospects for the effective innovation infrastructure development based on the Singapore experience

Moderator:

  • Tadeus Ko, Co-Founder and Director of e27 Singapore

Speakers:

  • Adil Nurgozhin, Managing Director, Baiterek National Managing Holding JSC;
  • Gan Von Jack,Managing Director, Jubilee Capital Management;
  • Poon Arj Chayratana, Executive Director, National Innovation Agency of Thailand;
  • Edwin Chou, Assistant Executive Director, Enterprise Singapore;
  • Marat Omarov, Chairman of the Board, QazTech Ventures JSC;
  • Mon Ibrahim, Deputy Minister, Information and Communication Technology Department, Philippines;
  • James Tan, Managing Partner, QazTech Ventures

 

16:30 - 17:45
25 Years of Eurasian Integration: From Idea to Implementation
Session partner: EEC
Congress Center Hall 3

25 Years of Eurasian Integration: From Idea to Implementation

Initiators: Eurasian Economic Commission

The Eurasian Economic Commission is a standing regulatory body of the Eurasian Economic Union established to ensure conditions for operation and development of the Eurasian Economic Union, as well as to develop proposals for economic integration.

This year the Eurasian project is 25 years. The Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union was signed five years ago on May 29.

The main stages of the Eurasian Integration Project formation such as Free Trade Zone, Eurasian Economic Community, Customs Union, Common Economic Space, signing of the Union Treaty in May 2014 were passed within this period. All the aforesaid became the practical embodiment of the idea expressed 25 years earlier by the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Today, a rapidly changing world is facing unprecedented economic challenges, such as protectionist trade and economic policies, sanctions, as well as new trends. The global architecture is changing in a big way, and people become aware of the fact that large regional associations and their partnerships will determine the rules that the world trade will be built on.Therefore, the states are aware of the need to create partnerships for incorporation into global economic processes. In this regard, in the conditions of the world economy transformation, the idea expressed more than two decades ago was far-sighted, and the Eurasian Economic Union foundation was a timely step by the member states. Over a 5 years period of its operation, the Union has been recognized at major international sites, and it is an active participant in international relations. The agreements with China, Vietnam, Iran as well as memorandums with governments of the different continents countries have been concluded on behalf of the EEU.

The Union has gained a solid institutional and regulatory framework, and the integration processes in the EAEU space demonstrate steady planned development.

Despite the impact of global economic challenges and the growth of global and regional instability, the Union is successfully developing. There is an increase in almost all key indicators - GDP, industrial production, agriculture, freight and passenger turnover; unemployment is decreasing.

Today, after almost five years from the beginning of the Union’s operation, it is possible to assess the current level of integration, note the achievements on the way to the Union formation, and discuss the prospects of its development.

Issues for discussion:

  • How the expectations from the Eurasian Integration Project implementation were justified, in particular, the expectations of those who stood at its source?
  • What assessment can be given to the current level of Eurasian Economic Integration within the Eurasian Economic Union?
  • What positive effects did the Eurasian Economic Union achieve after 5 years of its operation?
  • What are the priorities and prospects for the further development of the Eurasian Economic Union?

Moderator:

  • Tatiana Valovaya, Member of the Board (Minister) for Integration and Macroeconomics of the Eurasian Economic Commission

Speakers:

  • Timur Suleimenov, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Alikhan Smailov, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Igor Petrishenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus;
  • Oleg Pankratov, Minister of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic;
  • Maxim Oreshkin, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation;
  • Igor Shuvalov, Chairman of the State Corporation “Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)”;
  • Alexey Likhachyov, Director General, "Rosatom" State Atomic Energy Corporation;
  • Viktor Khristenko, President of the Business Council of the Eurasian Economic Union;
  • Alexander Shokhin, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs;
  • Andrey Slepnev, General Director of the Russian Export Center Joint-Stock Company;
  • Lim Jock Hoi, ASEAN Secretary General;
  • Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP);
  • Jing Liuqin, Managing Director, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank;
  • Borge Brende, President of the Davos World Economic Forum;
  • Matthias Schepp, Chairman of the Board, Russian-German FTC;
  • Robert Urazov, CEO, Manpower and Professional Communities Development Agency "Young Professionals (WorldSkills Russia)"
16:30 - 17:45
Expert Council on digitalization in Kazakhstan Digitalization for sustainable social development
Session partner: MDDDAI KZ
Hilton Meeting room 3

Expert Council on digitalization in Kazakhstan Digitalization for sustainable social development

Initiators:Ministry of Digital Development, Defense and Aerospace Industry, "Zerde" National Information and Communication Holding, JSC

In 2018, the International Expert Council on Digitization in Kazakhstan (hereinafter - the Council) under the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan was created in order to achieve high-quality implementation and achieve the target indicators of the “Digital Kazakhstan” State Program.

The main task of the Council is to develop proposals, provide advice and expert opinions on development of digitalization in the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as projects, activities and programs in the field of information and communication technologies.

Issues for discussion:

  • Digital technologies for accelerated socio-economic development

Moderator:

  • Andrey Beklemishev, IDC Vice President

Speakers:

  • Liam Maxwell, Director of Government Transformation, Amazon Web Services;
  • Robert Farish, IDC Vice President in Russia and CIS;
  • Jane Tredwell, Head of Digital Development at the World Bank;
  • Bruno Lanvin, INSEAD Executive Director;
  • Ivar Tallo, Founder and First Director of the e-Governance Academy;
  • Yasmin Mahmoud, Digital Economy Transformation Consultant;
  • Jeff Merritt, Head of the WEF IoT and Connected Devices

 

19:00-20:30
Official dinner on behalf of the Government of Kazakhstan (by invitation)