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Shanghai exchange to acquire 25.1 pct stake in Kazakhstan exchange

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The Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) said on Thursday it has signed an agreement with the financial centre of the Republic of Kazakhstan to acquire a 25.1 percent stake in the country's exchange. The Shanghai exchange will cooperate with the Astana International Finance Centre on strategy and technology consulting, business planning, product design and market expansion among other things, the SSE said in a statement on its website. Kazakhstan is a One Belt One Road country and an important partner, the statement said, referring to China's ambitious investment initiative to deepen links with Asia and beyond.

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AIFC Nasdaq

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Astana International Financial Centre JSC and Nasdaq Sign Technology Deal for New AIFC Exchange. Nasdaq, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) and Astana International Financial Centre JSC (AIFC) today announced a new, significant agreement. Nasdaq has been selected to power Kazakhstan's nascent stock exchange, the AIFC Exchange. The exchange is targeted to launch in late-2017 and will initially trade equities and fixed income with other asset classes for future phases. 

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Simplified registration process

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A simplified registration regime has been introduced, based on “one-stop-shop” principle for the issue of visas, work permits, and other documentary procedures in the territory of the AIFC.

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Simplified currency control, visa and employment regime

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A special visa regime up to 5 years is available for the employees of the AIFC bodies and participants, and similarly for their families. This will provide a great opportunity for the AIFC participants to employ foreign staff members without having to obtain quotas and permits. Visa-free entry for up to 30 days is available for citizens of OECD countries, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, the Republic of Singapore and the Principality of Monaco.

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Private banking

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High Net-Worth Individuals from Central Asia and EAEU own significant accumulated wealth; and mostly place their liquid assets on deposit, or use the services of foreign banks - due to the limited number of investment solutions in the local market. The AIFC supports the development of the Private banking sector in conjunction with the development of the asset management market and expertise. 

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Fintech

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FinTech is a segment of companies that provides new financial solutions by leveraging technology and is currently considered as the fastest-growing sector - with total investments growing from $3.9 billion (2013) to $19.1 billion (2015). The FinTech sector has a great potential to enhance the ever-evolving financial network by providing increased access to the financial system, increased competition, lower costs and improved risk management.

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Asset Management

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The AIFC promotes the development of Asset Management industry not just in Kazakhstan, but in the region as a whole. Astana has competitive advantages that can establish the city as a regional centre for asset management. These advantages include a significant amount of funds available for management, a favourable tax climate, as well as economicl and political stability. Global leading asset management firms are being attracted to the AIFC,to establish the required financial infrastructure for the creation of a successful financial centre.

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Capital markets

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Kazakhstan’s largest companies turn to international capital markets to meet their financing needs. With rapid economic growth and a highly attractive pipeline of IPOs/SPOs in the Central Asia, there is an increasing need for liquid and efficient regional stock market.

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Green finance

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"Green" finance — is a new and dynamic trend in the world of the financial industry, catalysing transition to the "green" economy and sustainable development. "Green" financial products and services consider environmental factors, provide support for environmentally responsible investments, and stimulate the development of low carbon technologies, projects, industries, and business.

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Transport accessibility

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Regular and convenient air services between Astana and leading international financial centers are being introduced, as part of phased liberalization of air transport regulations at Astana airport for foreign carriers, based on an "open skies" policy. Currently Astana is connected by direct flights with f Frankfurt-am-Main, London, Beijing, Dubai, and Seoul. 

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Islamic finance

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Islamic finance is one of the major strategic directions that provides financial solutions that are in accordance with Islamic law. Five countries – Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait – account for about 80% of the Islamic finance market. The AIFC aims to to become a regional hub for Islamic finance, creating favourable conditions for the operation and development of Islamic financial institutions.

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English within the AIFC

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All business activities will be conducted in English within the AIFC. Legislation shall be drafted and applied in English.

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Kairat Kelimbetov

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Kairat Kelimbetov, Governor Astana International Financial Centre will be speaking at  Ministerial Conference & the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development. MEETING THE CHALLENGE  OF SUSTAINABLE ENERGY. The energy ministerial conference will kick-off the Eighth Forum on 11 June 2017 and follow the official presidential opening of the EXPO 2017 “Future Energy” on 10 June 217.

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Astana Economic Forum

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The Forum is best known as a platform for international dialogue that enables constructive discussion of economic development issues concerning both Central Asia and the entire world in relation to changes witnessed in the global economy.

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Jacob A. Frenkel Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Group of Thirty

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Dr. Jacob A. Frenkel is Chairman of JPMorgan Chase International and a member of the J.P. Morgan International Council. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Group of Thirty (G-30) which is a private, nonprofit, Consultative Group on International Economic and Monetary Affairs.

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President of the EBRD Sir Suma Chakrabarti

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The EBRD's Board of Governors re-elected Sir Suma as President of the Bank for a second four-year term in 2016. He began his first term in 2012, having replaced Thomas Mirow. Sir Suma has extensive experience in international development economics and policy-making, as well as in designing and implementing wider public service reform.

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James C. Cowles Chief Executive Officer Europe, Middle East & Africa

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James C. Cowles was named Citi's Chief Executive Officer for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) in January 2013. Prior to assuming his current position, Jim was Chief Operating Officer for EMEA and Head of Western Europe at Citi. He has also served as Head of Markets for Citi in EMEA, Global Head of Equities and Global Head of Equity Capital Markets

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NATIONAL PLAN “100 PRECISE STEPS”

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100 Precise Steps National Plan is a response to the systemic domestic challenges and, at the same time, a revised strategy for Kazakhstan to enter the club of the 30 world most developed nations that has been adjusted to the recent global developments. The Five Reforms Proposed by President: New Modern State Apparatus: Rule of Law: Industrialization and Economic Growth: Nation of Shared Future: Transparent and Accountable Government.

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AIFC Free-of-lease offices

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Rent-free offices are provided to the participants of the AIFC for the first two years.

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AIFC Law

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Applicable law of the AIFC is guided by principles, norms and precedents of England and Wales`s law and standards of the leading international financial centers. Justice based on English law in AIFC will be rendered by independent AIFC`s Courts. International level judges of AIFC`s Court will have exclusive jurisdiction over disputes between the AIFC’s participants, Bodies and/or their foreign employees, disputes relating to operations carried out in the AIFC and regulated by the law of the AIFC, disputes transferred to the AIFC’s courts by agreement of the parties, except criminal and administrative proceedings.

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AIFC Tax Exeption

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Bodies and participants of the AIFC, as well as their employees, shall be exempted from tax payments, including corporate tax, individual income tax, land and property tax for the first 50 years.

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The Republican State Enterprise “Kazakhstan temir zholy”

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Kazakhstan’s railway industry is a developing sphere of its economy, the production and technical potential of which has been steadily increasing recently and provides employment for over 136 thousand people. The railway transport is a crucial part of the production infrastructure of the Republic of Kazakhstan to date. Geographic conditions of Kazakhstan (the lack of direct sea access and navigable waterways), vastness of territory, the structure of production of raw materials and distribution of productive forces and underdeveloped road infrastructure make the role of railway transport extremely important.

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PROREVIEW Business AIFC

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Astana International Financial Centre invites investors to Kazakhstan.

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NURSULTAN NAZARBAYEV Personal page

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Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a decree on the establishment of the Astana International Financial Centre. It will be based on the principles of English law, the preferential tax regime and an independent financial court. President Nursultan Nazarbayev is a constant participant of the most important conferences and forums of the world. The President of Kazakhstan delivers speeches at such high-level meetings as UN General Session, Nuclear Security Summit, World Economic Forum in Davos, etc. Now he is bringing the Expo 2017 Astana to the world stage. 

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Expo Astana 2017

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Expo 2017 is an International Exposition scheduled to take place between June 10 and September 10, 2017 in AstanaKazakhstan. The expo's theme is "Future Energy", and aims to create a global debate between countries, nongovernmental organizations, companies and the general public on the crucial question: "how do we ensure safe and sustainable access to energy for all while reducing CO2 emissions.

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Astana Solar

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“Astana Solar” LLP is a subsidiary of “Kazatomprom” a company implementing a projects on production of photovoltaic modules using Kazakhstani silicon “KazPV”. The purpose of the project is to create a fully vertically integrated production cycle of photovoltaic modules, form extraction and procession of silicon to assembly of solar panels. 

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Baiterek Tower

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Baiterek means the tree of life; it reflects one of the universal mythological conceptions of the world. Through its location and compositional structure monument “Astana - Baiterek” expresses cosmogonic perceptions of ancient nomads. Huge wings of Saint Bird Samruk close the sky while she is flying. She is destined for Baiterek, for the tree of life, to lay Golden egg – the Sun, which gives life and hope. And at the roots hungry dragon Aidakhar is waiting for his time, calling for the night to change to day and winter to change summer.

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Nazarbayev University

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Welcome to Nazarbayev University, a modern and rapidly developing international university located in the heart of Eurasia – Astana, the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan. This is the first university in Kazakhstan that is committed to working according to international academic standards and guided by the principles of autonomy and academic freedom. Our academic and research programs are designed in partnership with leading universities ranked among the top higher education institutions in the world.

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AIFC Website

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Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) is a financial hub for Central Asia, the Caucasus, EAEU, the Middle East, West China, Mongolia and Europe. The Centre will be situated within EXPO-2017 and supported by modern infrastructure & the latest technology.

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