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Kazakhstan’s response to global challenges: domestic experts discuss the agenda of XI AEF

by May 4, 2018 Key Issues

The roundtable was attended by representatives of leading domestic centers for the study of economic development trends.

Opening the event, moderator of the round table, director of KazISS under the President, Zarema Shaukenova noted that “Kazakhstan is in the mainstream of world processes. And today we simply do not have time to develop and adapt slowly. Therefore, a model of accelerated modernization has been adopted.”

“The Head of State constantly raises big agendas, which should lead the country to a high level of development. The goal of Kazakhstan’s accession to the world’s 30 developed countries, the Five Institutional Reforms, a large-scale Modernization 3.0, New Opportunities under the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Modernization of Public Consciousness, the Social Initiatives are Kazakhstan’s answers to global challenges driven by the breakthrough in innovative development, implementation of bold institutional reforms and integration with the world,” Z. Shaukenova noted.

GVA Kazakhstan partner, Bulat Stolyarov, showed the presentation on the updated format of the forthcoming Forum. He spoke in detail about the program of the Forum, the main tracks, about well-known guests and participants of the congress in the world community

“The XI Astana Economic Forum is to be held under the aegis of global changes. Forming the Forum’s program, we are trying to consider the key mega-trends of the planet’s development through the optics of Kazakhstan’s reality, we will try to land on the soil of Kazakhstan and give answers to questions about clarifying the country’s development plan,” B. Stolyarov said.

At the same time, Bulat Stolyarov said that it was easy “to gather this congress, as Kazakhstan “sounds” in the world with its ideas, mega-projects, including Expo-2017, spiritual modernization, Astana’s anniversary, Astana Center, etc.

During the round table, a constructive dialogue was held on issues of technological renewal and digitalization, new paradigms of civil society, economic growth of Kazakhstan, and the social dimension of the future of Greater Eurasia.

According to the deputy director of KazISS under the President of Kazakhstan, Doctor of Political Sciences, Sanat Kushkumbayev, the Astana Economic Forum has always been and remains a synchronizing tool, striving to become a bridge between national economic policy and the global one. The political scientist is convinced that this year the final discussions of the Forum will assist the Kazakhstani experts and the Government in the preparation of the national development strategy for 2019-2020 and the outlook for the future.

As Deputy Chairman of the Board of JSC Economic Research Institute, Doctor of Economic Sciences, Shaharbanu Zhakupova said, the AEF has become a unique platform for checking whether we are heading in the right direction.

Among the global challenges, outlined in the agenda of the Forum, the speaker highlighted the Digital World trend. All reforms in our country today are aimed at adapting to these new challenges in the medium term, the expert believes.

In his speech, the chief researcher at KazISS under the President, Doctor of Economics, Vyacheslav Dodonov, tried to respond to a question about whether the slowdown in the world economy was the trend or an anomaly.

“The slowdown in global growth and, especially, financial crises have a strong impact on Kazakhstan through changing world commodity markets and this factor will intensify its impact on the country’s economy during the period of slowing growth and aggravation of the systemic problems of the world economy,” the expert believes.

Continuing the theme, director of the Center for Macroeconomic Research and Forecasting JSC “Economic Research Institute,” Doctor of Economic Sciences, Sarah Alpysbayeva, noted that the slowdown in world economic growth is completing the global super cycle.

In her opinion, Kazakhstan, thanks to timely measures and initiatives of the Head of State, successfully overcame all these difficulties.

“The growth of the economy in 2017 was 4%, which is a good indicator among the post-Soviet countries. To stay afloat, we need to remain competitive in world markets,” stressed S. Alpysbayeva.

In this regard, the economist S. Alpysbayeva singled out a number of state measures aimed at ensuring stable growth of the economy amid global changes, including the adoption of the national investment strategy, the EAEU Customs Code, and the reduction of business costs.

Head of the Socio-Economic Research Department at KazISS under the President, corresponding member of NAS RK, Doctor of Sociological Sciences, Professor Lyazat Nurkatova, spoke on socio-cultural transformations in the conditions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“We propose to discuss issues that are acute, urgent. Their solution is of great practical importance for the search for the development in Kazakhstan of the new industry � “senior help,” improving the quality of life of the older generation, the development of Kazakhstan’s life standard,” the speaker said.

Deputy Director of the Institute of Eurasian Integration, Doctor of Political Sciences, Natalia Kalashnikova, among 11 tracks of the AEF, highlighted the theme New Mankind. A serious pool of speakers will be presented at the Forum, including Francois Hollande, who heads France Trust to support initiatives that promote solidarity and create links between citizens. In this regard, the expert believes, Kazakhstan will have something to propose for discussion in terms of the social initiatives implemented in the country by the Heads of State with their projection on civil society.

“The Astana Economic Forum is an opportunity to exchange theory and practice, to measure human participation in global processes,” N. Kalashnikova said.

Director of the Center for Regional Studies of JSC Economic Research Institute, Kaisar Nigmetov, stopped in his speech on the problems of agglomerations in the framework of the Urbanization trend proposed for discussion at the AEF.

“According to the UN forecasts, by 2050 the urban population will be 67%. Four urban agglomerations are actively developing in Kazakhstan,” K. Nigmetov said.

In this regard, the expert expressed confidence that the discussions at the Urbanizationsession at the AEF will be extremely interesting and rich, and the mayoralties will gain invaluable experience in the development of smart cities.

During the discussion, Director of the Department of Sociological Studies of the Institute of Eurasian Integration, Botagoz Turekhanova, spoke on the social dimension of the future of Greater Eurasia, and Deputy Director of the Center for Studies of Modernization and Integration Processes of the Institute of Eurasian Integration, Dauren Bazarov, on the topic “Expo � AEF: New Vectors for Constructing Kazakhstan’s Reality.” It should be noted that the holding of Expo was one of Kazakhstan’s steps towards finding a response to the global challenge of Clean Energy.

For reference: XI Astana Economic Forum: Global Challenges Summit 2018 will be held in Astana on May 17-19. The updated AEF will be held in the Expo Congress Center and Hilton Astana.

The forum expects about 500 distinguished guests from 24 countries. Registration for participants is open on the Congress website.

At the same time, today the organizing committee of the Astana Economic Forum announced the contest “I am going to AEF-2018”, the winners of which will be given the opportunity to travel free of charge, stay and participate in the Astana Economic Forum.

Detailed information on the conditions of the competition is available on the official website of the forum.

Source: The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan