VIth ASTANA ECONOMIC FORUM – May 22-24, 2013

astana economic forumOn May 22-24, 2013, Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan and located in the very heart of the Eurasian megacontinent, is hosting the VIth Astana Economic Forum.

Initiated back in 2008 by Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev, The Astana Economic Forum has become an outstanding annual event, and is now recognized as such among global leaders in economic thought and ideas. At the event, the most sophisticated intellectuals in the world come together to address issues of utmost importance and discuss possible solutions for present-day economic, financial and social challenges in the world.

The number of delegates poised to take part in the Forum for the upcoming year is expected to reach a record-high, topping 8,500 from 100 different countries. Leading speakers are to include current and former heads of state and governments, top executives of international corporations and associations, renowned economists and other experts including a number of Nobel laureates, and representatives of mass media from around the world.

The VIth Economic Forum is to focus on five aspects that set the trends in the current economic situation:

1. Commodity price settings and economic growth in 2013

2. Infrastructure, innovation and technology

3. Global competitiveness

4. Social development

5. Financial systems, Risks and Policy response

The Forum is also set to feature what has become known as “Dialogue of global leaders” – along with a number of individual interviews. Television debates are to become standard parts in the Forum for the following years.

As to date, 45 outstanding figureheads including Nobel laureates and upper-rank political leaders have already confirmed their commitment to take part in the Forum.

One of the Forum’s highlights is expected to be a World Anti-Crisis Conference, to be held in cooperation with the UN. A draft for a World Anti-Crisis Plan for the UN is set to be discussed, formulated and signed.

The Forum also intends to adopt an open letter to UN member states with recommendations for states’ contributions to improvement and further development of the world economy. The letter is also planned to be sent to the organising committees of the G8 and G20 summits, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the UN and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The recommendations are to be elaborated by leading experts in international economics, finance and communication through the virtual channel

The 2013 Forum is also to facilitate informal meetings and brainstorms. Parallel to the Forum, an exhibition on industry and innovation will give businesses the opportunity to present themselves to each other and to delegates and visitors. A number of memorandums and contracts involving private enterprise, state and supranational organisations is expected to be inked on the occasion.

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