Kazakh Foreign Ministry and AIFC adopt joint Roadmap
The document first and foremost targets at the 'Astana' International Financial Centre's (AIFC)development and promotion.
Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov and Governor of the AIFC Kairat Kelimbetov held an official meeting during which a joint order between the Kazakh Foreign Ministry and the AIFC to approve the Roadmap of the development and promotion of the 'Astana' International Financial Centre was signed, BNews.kz correspondent reports.
"The heads of the Foreign Ministry and the AIFC have discussed the ways to implement and reach the tasks set by the head of state in the Address. The President set the task before the Ministries, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to devote special attention to the importance to facilitate the 'Astana' International Financial Centre's activities. We have immediately started to implement and reach the tasks set. I would like to note that the AIFC has the agreements with the Foreign Ministry reached in 2016 in its formative stage. The Roadmap adopted two years ago implies the diplomatic service's facilitation during the AIFC's organization, institutional formation, the establishment of international contacts. We elevate to a qualitatively new level in cooperation and partnership with the AIFC," said the Minister.
He also noted that the Foreign Ministry's diplomatic representative offices abroad aimed at providing worthy support for the AIFC's efforts in the international arena.
"In this regard, I am glad that we work with the AFIC together as one team. And, as we have adopted the new Roadmap of Cooperation, that includes aspects of our multilateral and diverse interaction in detail, the diplomats have one more tool to actively develop economic diplomacy," said Kairat Abdrakhmanov.
According to him, the AIFC's development is very important for the Ministry in terms of the International Financial Centre's strategic importance for Kazakhstan.
"We did and will keep doing all we can so to turn Astana into a regional financial capital. This is a completely new sector that should be a driver in the country's economy," said the head of the Ministry.
Kairat Kelimbetov, in his turn, thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Kairat Abdrakhmanov for the facilitation in the AFIC's formative stage.
"In the last week, the Address of the head of state was announced that underlined that all government agencies should receive full assistance in the 'Astana' International Financial Centre's formation. On the first working day of this week, we have prepared the relevant plan with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Why do we make it public? It is because the joint work we hold regards to our interaction with all potential partners of ours and with the AIFC's potential participants, as well as to the focus on the markets the AIFC defines for itself. They are primarily our neighbouring countries, China and Russia, interaction within the Eurasian Economic Union, interaction within meetings of the heads of state of Central Asia, interaction within the CIS, as well as interaction with the Global Financial Markets," said Kelimbetov.