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AEF-2018 panel session discusses current problems of the “green economy”

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The panel session “Green Economy: A New Model of Sustainable Growth” took place today within the framework of the XI Astana Economic Forum. The Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev addressed the participants with a greeting.

The session covered issues of development of renewable energy sources and environmental impact control, introduction of resource-saving technologies, tools of the “green economy”, attracting investments in high-tech and knowledge-based industries. There was a rich open dialogue between all those interested in promoting the sustainable development policy.

Among the participants of the panel session moderated by R. Zhemkov, Director-General of the International Fund “Eurasian Media Forum”, were such well-known world politicians as the President of the Global Green Growth Institute, the VIII UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Nobel laureate Rae Kwon Chung, the UNDP Resident Representative in Kazakhstan Norimasa Shimomura, former Minister for Industry, Energy and Digitalization of France Eric Besson.

The Kazakh side was represented by Minister of Energy Kanat Bozumbayev, Chairman of the Presidium of the Association of Environmental Organizations of Kazakhstan Aliya Nazarbayeva, Head of the International Center for Green Technologies and Investment Projects Rapil Zhoshybayev.

One of today’s challenges is to ensure economic growth, social stability and environmental balance in the long term. This is one of the cornerstone issues of global security, and Kazakhstan, as a country with huge natural resources, understands its responsibility in ensuring sustainable development and global energy security, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan noted.

Bakytzhan Sagintayev presented the International Center for Green Technologies and Investment Projects, created at the initiative of President Nursultan Nazarbayev, to the forum participants.

The Center was created on the premises of the International Exhibition Expo: Future Energy held last year in Astana and is a continuation of the Green Bridge Partnership Program, designed to strengthen green economic growth in the region.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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