European Institute for Asian Studies
Kazakhstan: Entering a New Era of Modernisation
  • Start04:00 PM - Aug 29 2017
  • End06:00 PM - Aug 29 2017
  • Asia Platform, Rue de la Loi 26, 10th floor, 1040 Brussels
  • + 32 2230 81 22
  • alberto.turkstra@eias.org

Programme

15:30-16:00

16:00-16:10

Registration

Introduction by the Chair

Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

16:10-16:30

Keynote Adress

 

H.E. Mr Almaz KHAMZAYEV, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Belgium          and the European Union

16:30-17:15

Panel Discussion

Ms Iveta GRIGULE, Chair, Delegation for Relations with Central Asia, European Parliament 

Mr Pierre BORGOLTZ, former cooperation coordinator with Central Asia, European External Action Service (EEAS)

17:15-18:00

Q&A

18:00

Networking Reception


Kazakhstan: Entering a New Era of Modernisation

Kazakhstan has made tremendous progress in socio-economic development since gaining its independence 26 years ago. In January 2017, President Nazarbayev announced the country’s third modernization strategy, following their ambitious Strategy 2050 introduced in 2012, with the goal of becoming among the 30 most developed countries in the world in the medium-term, focusing on competitiveness, administrative reforms, industrial development, decentralizing state management, liberalization and diversification towards manufacturing and innovative industries and the services sector, in particular financial services.

This seminar, held on 29th August, commemorates the International Day against Nuclear Tests, first proposed by Kazakhstan. In 2016, President Nazarbayev released a “Manifesto: The World. The 21st century”, which calls for the gradual eradication of armed conflict through nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, and to initiate the Universal Declaration for a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World. Indeed, since its independence Kazakhstan has been working very hard towards the disarmament of its own country, permanently closing the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test site and leaving behind the nuclear legacy of the former Soviet Union. The country has been a very active advocate at the international level for nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament, taking advantage of its non-permanent position at the United Nation Security Council for the period 2017-2018. This initiative showcases Kazakhstan’s efforts in improving regional and global peace and stability.

 

This year furthermore sees Kazakhstan hosting a series of high-profile events, summits and exhibitions such as the 2017 EXPO, the establishment of the Astana international financial center following the closure of the EXPO (which aims to turn the capital into a major financial hub in the heart of Eurasia) and the inauguration of the IAEA Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Bank. 


In January 2017, President Nazarbayev announced the country’s third modernization strategy, following their ambitious Strategy 2050 introduced in 2012, with the goal of becoming among the 30 most developed countries in the world in the medium-term, focusing on competitiveness, industrial development, decentralizing state management, liberalization and diversification towards manufacturing and innovative industries and the services sector.



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