About

Kazakhstan has come a long way in a few short decades. But the ambitious country has much further to go and bigger development dreams to achieve. The world-changing Covid-19 crisis presents both challenges to overcome as well as an opportunity for Kazakhstan to place itself at the heart of the new global economy and accelerate its digital transformation.

Since acquiring its independence in 1991, Kazakhstan has transitioned to upper-middle-income status, increased GDP per capita significantly and attracted $330 billion in foreign direct investment from more than 120 countries. Now a leading business hub and premier financial centre for the region, Kazakhstan has set its sights on becoming a top global investment destination.

Drives toward diversification and digitalisation have opened up sizeable opportunities for foreign investors in such sectors as manufacturing, mining and metallurgy, chemicals, financial services, agro-industry, alternative energy and cleantech, infrastructure, logistics, and digital industries.

All this sits against the backdrop of massive changes in global value chains and shifts in trade corridors which Kazakhstan is perfectly primed to take advantage of and which will continue to evolve post-crisis. Large infrastructure development programmes are being carried out to bolster Kazakhstan’s logistics capabilities, and foreign investors have a major role to play through participation in public-private partnerships and other vehicles.

The UK is identified as a vital strategic partner for Kazakhstan and the relationship between the two countries has gone from strength to strength in recent years. These links will only grow stronger as both counterparts look to post-pandemic economic recoveries and as the UK seeks to bolster its post-Brexit trade partnerships. The UK’s expertise in Kazakhstan’s key FDI sectors and project management skills are a perfect match for Kazakh resources and ambition; adding the third plank of access to the massive Chinese market makes the prospect of tri-party partnerships particularly exciting and lucrative. New Statesman Media Group, in association with Investment Monitor, is delighted to bring you a unique online event which will outline how strategic investors can partner with Kazakhstan for mutual benefit.

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Founded in 2008, Samruk-Kazyna (the Sovereign Welfare Fund of Kazakhstan), improves and protects the welfare of the people of Kazakhstan and supports the modernization of the national economy.
Playing a special role in economic development and diversification, Samruk-Kazyna drives progress through effective management of its investment portfolio.
In 2018, the Fund approved a new strategy and defined new development horizons, Samruk-Kazyna is now focusing its efforts on creating a diversified high-yield portfolio of investments and assets both in Kazakhstan and abroad. Samruk-Kazyna is focused on developing new industries in Kazakhstan and in investing jointly with industrial investors and funds. In order to carry out investments abroad, the Fund intends to establish partnerships with leading sovereign funds and investment companies, with the London office playing a key role.
The economic diversification, digital and technological modernization, achievement of high standards of corporate governance, transfer of assets to a competitive environment and improved approaches to investments will become a framework for further development of the Fund.
The assets currently managed by Samruk-Kazyna exceed US$65 billion, covering the main sectors of Kazakhstan’s economy.

“KAZAKH INVEST” National Company” JSC is the Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan, with a network of representatives abroad and local offices in the country’s regions. Having the Board of Directors chaired by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, KAZAKH INVEST harbours a broad range of competencies in project management and consultancy, often in cooperation with other government agencies, and performs the following roles:
- a single negotiator on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan when discussing the prospects and conditions for the implementation of investment projects in Kazakhstan;
- a “one stop shop” and a “hotline” for investors that provides a full range of services to support implementation of the investment projects from the very idea and throughout the whole life cycle of the production. This includes any interaction with the authorities, obtaining of investment incentives, various permits, approvals and other public services necessary for the implementation of investment projects and its further operation. It also pays an important role in establishing links and match-making between local suppliers, companies and foreign investors.

Speakers

Akhmetzhan Yessimov

Chief Executive Officer, JSC Samruk-Kazyna

Sir Suma Chakribarti

External Adviser to the President of Kazakhstan for Economic Development

Almas Aidarov 

Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Repulic of Kazakhstan

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne

LRAM ARCM Conservative Party

Dennis Fulling

Managing Director, Da Vinci Capital

Dr Robert Barnes

Chief Executive Officer, Turquoise

Kuanyshbek Yessekeyev

Chairman and Member of Management Board, Kazakhtelecom

His Excellency Erlan Idrissov

Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

James Assem

Managing Consultant, Water EMEA, Advisian, Worley Group

Kanat Kudaibergen

Chairman of the Management Board, National Mining Company Tau-Ken Samruk JSC

Lyazzat Borankulova

Managing Director for Strategy, Sovereign Wealth Fund of Kazakhstan, Samruk-Kazyna JSC

Meirzhan Yussupov

Chief Financial Officer, National Company Kazatomprom JSC

Bagdat Mussin

Minister of digital development, innovations and aerospace industry of Kazakhstan

Stephen Phipso

Chief Executive Officer, Make UK

Timothy Bennett

 Chief Executive Officer, Astana International Exchange

Wayne Evans

Managing Director, International Trade and Investment, TheCityUK

Yerzhan Tutkushev

 Managing Director on Logistics and International Cooperation, JSC Sovereign wealth fund of Kazakhstan - Samruk-Kazyna

Ros Lund

Mining Specialist, Department for International Trade

Courtney Fingar

Editor-in-chief of Investment Monitor

Jon Whiteaker

Senior Editor at Investment Monitor

Viola Caon

Senior Editor at Investment Monitor

Sebastian Shehadi

Political Editor and Senior Editor at Investment Monitor

Agenda


 8:30am BST
13:30pm (KZ)

Virtual Networking

 9:00am BST
14:00pm (KZ)

Opening Addresses

Mukhtar Tleuberdi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Kazakhstan
Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Chief Executive Officer, Sovereign Wealth Fund of Kazakhstan - Samruk-Kazyna JSC

 9:20am BST
14:20pm (KZ)

Keynote Speech

Suma Chakrabarti, Adviser to the President of Kazakhstan for Economic Development and Strategy

 9:40am BST
14:40pm (KZ)

Keynote Speech

Baroness Emma Nicholson, UK Trade Envoy to Kazakhstan

 10:00am BST
15:00pm (KZ)

Keynote Speech

William Russel, Lord Mayor of the City of London

 10:10am BST
15:10pm (KZ)

Presentation: Support for UK companies doing business with Kazakhstan

Richard Simon-Lewis, Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications, UK Export Finance

 10:20am BST
15:20pm (KZ)

Panel: Kazakhstan’s Role in the Post-Covid World and Relations with the UK

Almas Aidarov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Lyazzat Borankulova, Managing Director for Strategy, Sovereign Wealth Fund of Kazakhstan, Samruk-Kazyna JSC
Aiman Mukanova, Head of Central Asia, Corporate Banking Division for EMEA MUFG Bank Ltd.
Stephen Phipson, Chief Executive Officer, Make UK
Dennis Fulling, Managing Director, Da Vinci Capital
Moderated by Sebastian Shehadi, Senior Editor, Investment Monitor

 11:20am BST
16:20pm (KZ)

Panel: Doing Business in Kazakhstan - A ‘How To’ Guide

Baurzhan Sartbayev, CEO, Kazakh Invest
Ablay Myrzahmetov, CEO, National chamber of entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan "Atameken"
Rashid Gaissin, Partner, Head of Legal, KPMG in Kazakhstan and Central Asia
James Martin, CEO, AIFC Business Connect
Joachim Goldbeck, CEO, Goldbeck Solar
Moderated by Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-Chief, Investment Monitor

 12:20pm BST
17:20pm (KZ)

Networking Break

 12:35pm BST
17:35pm (KZ)

Presentations: Privatisation of State Assets in Kazakhstan - Opportunities on Offer
A look at the various assets being privatised

Yerzhan Tutkushev, Managing Director on Logistics and International Cooperation, JSC Sovereign wealth fund of Kazakhstan - Samruk-Kazyna
Mukhtar Avutbayev, Director at Business development Department, National Company KazMunayGas JSC
Meirzhan Yussupov, Chief Financial Officer, National Company Kazatomprom JSC
Moderated by Viola Caon, Senior Editor, Investment Monitor

 13:35pm BST
18:35pm (KZ)

Sector Deep Dives - Concurrent Sessions

Track 1: Financial services

Wayne Evans, Managing Director, International Trade and Investment, TheCityUK
Christopher Campbell-Holt, Registrar/CEO, AIFC Court and International Arbitration Centre
Timothy Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, Astana International Exchange
Dr Robert Barnes, Global Head of Primary Markets and CEO Turquoise, London Stock Exchange Group
Professor Alexander Van de Putte, Prof. Alexander Van de Putte, Chief Strategy Officer, Chairman of Corporate Governance & Stewardship, AIFC
Moderated by Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-Chief, Investment Monitor

Track 2: Mining and resources

Magzum Mirzagaliyev, Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of Kazakhstan
James Assem, Managing Consultant, Water EMEA, Advisian, Worley Group
Kanat Kudaibergen, Chairman of the Management Board, National Mining Company Tau-Ken Samruk JSC
Said Sultanov, Founding Partner, Aurora Minerals Group
Nigel Robinson, CEO, Central Asia Metals plc.
Ros Lund, Mining Specialist, Department for International Trade
Moderated by Jon Whiteaker, Senior Editor, Investment Monitor

 14:45pm BST
19:45pm (KZ)

Networking Break

 15:00pm BST
20:00pm (KZ)

Panel: The digitalisation drive and opportunities in Kazakhstan’s tech sector

Bagdat Mussin, Minister of digital development, innovations and aerospace industry of Kazakhstan
Adlet Nurgozhin, CEO of Astana Innovations JSC
Philippe Vogeleer, Group Head of External Affairs, Vodafone
Dauren Kereibayev, Managing Director for Digitalization and Transformation, Sovereign Wealth Fund of Kazakhstan - Samruk-Kazyna JSC
Kuanyshbek Yessekeyev, Chairman and Member of Management Board,
Askar Sembin, General Director, Almaty Tech Garden
Moderated by Edward Targett, Editor - Tech Monitor

 16:00pm BST
21:00pm (KZ)

Closing Addresses

His Excellency Erlan Idrissov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

 16:10pm BST
21:10pm (KZ)

Closing Addresses

His Excellency Michael Gifford, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Republic of Kazakhstan

 16:20pm GMT
21:20pm (KZ)

Closing Remarks

Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-Chief, Investment Monitor

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