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XII Astana Economic Forum - Inspiring Growth: People, Cities, Economies

Within two days, from May 16 to May 17, in the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan –Nur-Sultan, global leaders and leading international experts will come together to discuss the most important problems of the world economy and develop recommendations for solving them for Kazakhstan.

The agenda of the Forum includes a discussion of key issues of the world economy, the development of new industries and technologies, as well as the global challenges facing Kazakhstan and other countries of the world.

The main theme of XII Astana Economic Forum - INSPIRING GROWTH: PEOPLE, CITIES, ECONOMICS. Participants will discuss new ways of sustainable growth, human capital development and capacity building of cities as an international knowledge and innovation centres.

AEF events traditionally take place in the format of panel sessions, round tables, conferences and business dialogues. A total 50 sessions are planned at the forum.

The most important events at the site of the XII Astana Economic Forum will be: sessions with participations of country’s leader, International Conference in honor of the 100th anniversary of the International Labor Organization (ILO) to study and discuss the report of the global commission on the future of labor, an interim meeting on the preparation of the 12th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO supreme body) in 2020, the first Kazakhstan forum on sustainable development goals under the auspices of the UN, a strategic session with the participation of the world intellectual elite and the government of Kazakhstan under the auspices of the G-Global International Secretariat, a round table of ministers of finance and heads of central banks of the countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia region Member States of the Eurasian Economic Union and Mongolia.

This year, about 3 thousand people will take part in the AEF-2019, which will be held at the EXPO Congress Center and Hilton Astana. Half of them are foreign delegates from 100 countries of the world. Among the international guests who have confirmed their participation to date: Paul Romer, Nobel laureate in economics in 2018, Chief economist at the World Bank (2016-2018),Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Stanley Fisher, US Federal Reserve Deputy Chairman (2014-2017), Rae Kwon Chung, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2007, honorary professor at Incheon State University (Republic of Korea), Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nokia, founder of F-Secure Corporation, German Gref, President and Chairman of the Board of Sberbank of Russia, Armida Alisjahbana Executive Secretary of United Nations, executive secretary Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP).

The participation of such well-known politicians and experts in the AEF-2019 is an indicator not only of the growing interest in the event itself, but also a symbol of readiness for open dialogue and mutual cooperation. About two hundred speakers will speak at the forum in two days.


Registration for participants and accreditation for media representatives are already open on the forum web-site:


About the Forum

The Astana Economic Forum is an annual business highlight of Eurasia.

For 11 years of its operation, the Astana Economic Forum (AEF) has gained a status of one of the most influential international platforms for discussing the recovery and development of the global economy and financial system. The Forum was attended approximately 50 000 delegates from 150 countries across the world, among them are over 20 Noble Prize Laureate and 30 top-level foreign politicians.

In the framework of the congress, more than 300 memorandums and agreements were signed and totaled over US$ 20 billion.

The subject of the AEF is updated annually and covers a wide range of problems and tasks of global development and also sets coordinates for a wide field of discussions.


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