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17/07/2017

Astana International Financial Centre and Malaysia Debt Ventures Berhad signed Memorandum of cooperation

Today, within the framework of the International Specialized Exhibition "EXPO-2017", the Astana International Financial Centrе organized a business seminar in conjunction with GreenTech Catalyst Sdn Bhd (Malaysia). The seminar dedicated to the issues of Islamic and "green" finance and will last until July 23rd, 2017 in the Malaysia pavilion.

14/07/2017

The Astana International Financial Centre will develop an ecosystem to enable blockchain solutions for the CIS region.

The Astana International Financial Centre has announced the creation of a working group together with Deloitte, Waves, Juscutum, and Kesarev Consulting to develop an ecosystem to enable blockchain solutions for the CIS region.

11/07/2017

Astana International Financial Centre and DDCAP Group signed a Memorandum of cooperation

Today Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) and the DDCAP Group (the UK) organised a seminar at the Pavilion of the UK within the framework of the International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017, with the participation of the Lord Mayor of London, Dr Andrew Parmley and the Governor of AIFC Kairat Kelimbetov.

11/07/2017

Astana International Financial Centre and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) held a forum on financial technologies

Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) jointly with the Department of International Trade of Great Britain held a forum on financial technologies.

10/07/2017

The world bestseller "BERLIN 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev and the most dangerous place on Earth" was translated and published in Kazakh

Today the book by famous American journalist and political scientist Frederick Kemp "BERLIN 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev and the most dangerous place on Earth" translated and published in the Kazakh language was presented to the audience.

28/06/2017

Astana International Financial Centre will actively cooperate with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

Today the top managers of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) met with the members of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP).

26/06/2017

The Governor of the Astana International financial centre Kairat Kelimbetov met with Lord Harry Woolf

Today the Governor of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) Kairat Kelimbetov met with The Rt Hon The Lord Woolf CH, the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and one of the most influential and distinguished judges in recent British legal history.

23/06/2017

Astana International Financial Centre, Mayor's office of Astana city, Autonomous Cluster Fund “Park of Innovative Technologies” and “Jumore” company signed a Memorandum of Understanding

Today the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), Mayor's office of Astana city, Autonomous Cluster Fund “Park of Innovative Technologies” (ACF) and “Zhejiang “Jumore” E-commerce Co. Ltd” (Jumore) company was held at the EXPO specialized exhibition territory within the framework of the Zhejiang Province Day in the pavilion of the People's Republic of China.

23/06/2017

Astana International Financial Centre and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development signed Letter of Intent

Today during the visit of the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Sir Suma Chakrabarti, in the framework of 30th Plenary Session of the Foreign Investors' Council chaired by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Governor of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) Kairat Kelimbetov and Sir Suma Chakrabarti signed a Letter of Intent between the AIFC and EBRD.

21/06/2017

Approaches to the development of the Astana international financial centre were presented at the Advisory Council of AFK

Today the Governor of the Astana international financial centre (AIFC) Kairat Kelimbetov presented approaches to the development of the financial centre at the enlarged meeting of the Advisory Council of the Association of Financial Organizations of Kazakhstan (AFK). Members of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic Kazakhstan "Atameken" and AFK Council participated in this event.

09/06/2017

«Zhejiang “Jumore” E-commerce Co. Ltd» launches the AIFC Pavilion on “JUMORE” platform

Within the official visit of the Chairman of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping to the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Astana International Financial Centre and the Chinese company «Zhejiang “Jumore” "E-Commerce Co. Ltd» announced the official launch of the AIFC Pavilion on “Jumore” platform.

08/06/2017

Representatives of the Dubai International Financial Center Courts visited the AIFC

The Governor of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) Kairat Kelimbetov met with representatives of the Dubai International Financial Center Courts (DIFC).

08/06/2017

Astana International Financial Centre and Shanghai Stock Exchange signed Shareholders’ Agreement

Today during the state visit of President ofPeople’s Republic of China Xi Jinping to Kazakhstan and His meeting with thePresident of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, Astana International FinancialCentre Authority (AIFC Authority) and Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) announcedthe signing of Shareholders’ Agreement to become primary shareholders of AIFCExchange.

06/06/2017

The representatives of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) met with the heads of diplomatic missions in Kazakhstan

Today the representatives of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) met with the heads of diplomatic missions in Kazakhstan. Ambassador and diplomatic representatives from more than 30 countries took part in the meeting.

29/05/2017

Astana International Financial Centre JSC & Nasdaq Signed Technology Deal for New AIFC Exchange

Today Astana International Financial Centre JSC (AIFC) and Nasdaq, Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) 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.

29/05/2017

The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) established the Astana Financial Service Authority (AFSA)

Today, the first meeting of the Astana Financial Service Authority (AFSA) Board of Directors was held. During the meeting of the Board of Directors, a number of key management decisions were adopted to ensure the functioning of the AFSA as an independent financial regulator of the AIFC. In addition, acts on the registration and accreditation of the AIFC participants were reviewed.

25/05/2017

The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) presented the publication of Shariah Islamic finance standards

Today the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) held an official presentation of the full publication of the Shariah Standards of the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI).

16/05/2017

Delegation of the Astana International Financial Centre met with representatives of Chinese financial institutions

Delegation of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) led by Kairat Kelimbetov, Governor of the AIFC, had meetings with Liu Shiyu, Chairman of China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), Wu Qing, Chairman of the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE), Vice President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and representatives of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) during the visit to People’s Republic of China for participation in the “One belt, One Road” Summit.

15/05/2017

Astana International Financial Centre and Tsinghua University signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation

Ceremony of signing a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation between the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) and Tsinghua University took place today in Beijing. According to the signed document, AIFC and Tsinghua University will engage in cooperative educational and research activities for the mutual benefit of both institutions. This includes training programmes and joint research programmes for the AIFC’s employees.

15/05/2017

AIFC Delegation met with representatives of Hangzhou E-commerce Industry Internet Park

Kairat Kelimbetov, Governor of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) met with the Xia Minghan, President of Hangzhou Electronic Commerce Industry Park (HECIP) during the visit to China for participation in “One Belt, One Road” Summit.

15/05/2017

The AIFC and «Zhejiang «Jumore» E-commerce Co. Ltd» signed a Memorandum of Understanding

Today the Astana International Financial Centre and «Zhejiang «Jumore» E-commerce Co. Ltd» signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The parties agreed on assistance in attracting direct investments in projects implemented as part of the "One Belt, One Road" initiative, and development of the stock market.

13/05/2017

The AIFC was presented to the European and Polish Business Circles

IX European Economic Congress ended its session in Katowice, Poland. Prime-minister of Poland, President of European Parliament, Mayor of Katowice, European politicians and heads of government organizations, in addition to representatives of big international companies, financial organizations, and investment funds, all participated in the forum.

05/05/2017

The Legal Advisory Council was established under the Astana International Financial Centre

The first meeting of the Legal Advisory Council (“the Council”), an advisory body established under the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), was held at the Kazakhstan Embassy in London, UK.

28/04/2017

Annual deficit of funding “green” projects equates to $100 million

According to the results of the research carried out within the framework of the BIOFIN global initiative, the shortage of funds for activities to preserve biodiversity in the Republic of Kazakhstan equates to more than $100 million annually.

17/04/2017

The Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan established the Commission on the AIFC’s issues

The Commission on the Astana International Financial Centre issues was established by the order of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev. The Commission is an advisory body to the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

12/04/2017

The issues of tapping international capital markets and attracting investment to the Kazakhstan stock market were discussed in Astana

Today the international conference “Tapping international capital markets” organised by the Astana International Financial Centre conjointly with BNY Mellon, FTI Consulting and international law firm Kinstellar was held in Astana.

05/04/2017

The Astana International Financial Centre and Moscow Exchange signed a Memorandum of Understanding

Today, on 5th of April 2017 during the Exchange Forum 2017 organized by Moscow Exchange, the Governor of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) Kairat Kelimbetov and the Chief Executive Officer of Moscow Exchange (MOEX) Alexander Afanasiev signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the AIFC and MOEX.

03/04/2017

15 employees of the AIFC and the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan will take semi-annual internship in London

Today the programme of professional internship for employees of the AIFC and the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan was presented at the Supreme Court in Astana.

29/03/2017

Kairat Kelimbetov is appointed as a Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Board of Governors of the Islamic Development Bank

The Governor of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) Kairat Kelimbetov is appointed as a representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Board of Governors of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). The corresponding amendment to the Resolution of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan was made on March 24, 2017, and is put into effect from the date of its signing.

28/03/2017

The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) joined the exclusive association of international financial centres

The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) joined the exclusive association of international financial centres (Vantage Financial Centres). This was announced during the official presentation of the 21st edition of the Global Financial Centers Index (GFCI) in Milan, which determines the competitiveness rating of financial centers. http://www.longfinance.net/images/gfci/gfci_21.pdf

27/03/2017

The VII Championship of Kazakhstan on sports "Chto? Gde? Kogda?" was held in Astana with the support of the AIFC

The VII Championship of Kazakhstan on sports "Chto? Gde? Kogda?" was held in Astana with the support of the AIFC. The key partner of the Championship is AIFC Bureau for Continuing Professional Development (www.aifc.edu.kz).

14/03/2017

The Islam Finance News CIS Forum took place in Astana

Today, the Islamic Finance News Forum (IFN) CIS, organized by the "Astana" International Financial Center (AIFC) in partnership with REDmoney Group, was held in Astana.

22/02/2017

“GREEN FINANCING FOR SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION” INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

The event aims to create a dialogue platform for private sector involvement in biodiversity conservation and sustainable land use. We hope that during the conference we can find donors/investors for our projects.

21/02/2017

Kairat Kelimbetov, Governor of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) met with Lu Hongxiang, the Chairman of Jumore

Today, Kairat Kelimbetov, Governor of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) met with Lu Hongxiang, the Chairman of Jumore.

07/02/2017

IFN CIS Forum 2017

Astana International Financial Center (AIFC) in partnership with REDmoney events, will be organizing the IFN (Islamic Finance News) CIS Forum on the 14th March 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

16/01/2017

“Astana” International Financial Centre signed MoU between financial institutions of United Arab Emirates during the official visit of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to UAE

Today the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev during his official visit to UAE visited Abu Dhabi’s International Financial Centre

15/12/2016

Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) and Fintech Group Israel signed a memorandum of understanding

During the official visit of Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu to Kazakhstan, Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) and Fintech Group Israel signed a memorandum of understanding to commence collaboration in promoting the development of financial technologies (fintech) ecosystem in Kazakhstan and the region.

14/12/2016

Nasdaq is supporting AIFC in its development

Representatives of NasdaqInc, one of the largest exchange groups in the world, conducted a two-day joint workshop with Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC). In the framework of this event the Prime-Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Sagintayev met Nasdaq team and discuss future joint cooperation with AIFC.

13/12/2016

The Astana International Financial Centre, Ministry for Investments and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan signed a Memorandum of Understanding

Astana International Financial Centre (hereinafter – AIFC), the Ministry for Investments and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan (MID RK) and the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan (ME RK) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in accordance with the decision adopted at the plenary session of the Foreign Investors Council under the President of Kazakhstan on 27 May 2016 to establish a new exchange infrastructure, including exchange platform for subsoil user companies.

12/12/2016

Astana International Financial Centre and Samruk-Kazyna JSC signed a Memorandum of Understanding

Today, the Astana International Financial Centre (hereinafter - AIFC) and Samruk-Kazyna (the Fund) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) within the framework of the Joint Action Plan of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the creation and development of the Astana International Financial Centre in the long term, approved by Decree of the Government dated May 30, 2015 №393 (with amendments and supplements, September 8, 2016 №530).

12/12/2016

The Astana International Financial Centre and Union of legal entities «Association of Financiers of Kazakhstan» signed a Memorandum of Understanding

Today the Governor of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) Kairat Kelimbetov and the Chairman of the Union of legal entities "Association of Financiers of Kazakhstan" (AFK) Magzhan Auezov signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the development of Astana as an international financial centre, and creating conditions for the development of the financial industry and associated professional services in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

11/12/2016

Launching a study into a green financing system in Kazakhstan

On 27 May 2016 at the 29th meeting of the Foreign Investors Council, the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, noted the need for the development of green financing tools and the creation of favourable conditions for participants engaged in the "green" economy.

07/12/2016

The delegation of the Astana International Financial Centre visited the United Arab Emirates, the State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Bahrain

In order to enhance the cooperation and learn from the best practices of the international financial centres the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) delegation visited the United Arab Emirates, the State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Bahrain during 4 - 6 December 2016.

30/11/2016

The Astana International Financial Centre, the Ministry of Information and Communication of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Mayor’s Office of Astana signed a Memorandum of Cooperation

Today within the framework of the International Forum and Exhibition ASTEX Astana Smart City 2016 the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), Ministry of Information and Communications and Mayor’s Office of Astana signed a tripartite Memorandum of mutual cooperation.

16/11/2016

Daniel Yergin presents Kazakh edition of “The Quest” in Astana

Today a Pulitzer-winning author Dr. Daniel Yergin presented the Kazakh edition of his book “The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World” with the assistance of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC).

11/11/2016

AIFC delegation holds talks with South Korean financial institutes

The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) held negotiations and signed a number of bilateral agreements with financial institutions of South Korea within the framework of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev's state visit to Seoul.

10/11/2016

AIFC Representative met with investors in Hong Kong

The Astana International Financial Centre representative participated in the seminar organised by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) upon the invitation of John Tsang, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

09/11/2016

The AIFC delegation held negotiations with Japanese financial institutions

During the official visit of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to Japan on November 7-9, the AIFC delegation led by Kairat Kelimbetov, Governor of the Astana International Financial Centre conducted negotiations with the Japanese financial institutions.

04/11/2016

The delegation of the Astana International Financial Centre visits the People's Republic of China

From 3 to 5 November 2016, a delegation of the Astana International Financial Centre visits the People's Republic of China to meet with the Chinese financial institutions representatives.

26/10/2016

AIFC became partner of IFFO under Hong Kong Government

Astana International Finance Centre became a partner of the Infrastructure Financing Facilitation Office (IFFO) under the Government of the Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China Hong Kong.

25/10/2016

Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) and Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) signed a MoU to cooperate in the development of the private sector

During the visit to the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) headquarter in Jeddah (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) the representatives of the Astana International Financial Centre met with President of IDB Dr. Bandar Muhammad Al-Hajjar and the executives of IDB Group companies. The meetings resulted in signing of the memorandum of understanding and cooperation between AIFC and ICD.

18/10/2016

AIFC holds Investor Day in London

Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) in cooperation with TheCityUK, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the UK held the Investor Day in London (United Kingdom).

17/10/2016

AIFC launched the professional development program in the US

During the visit of delegation of the Astana International Financial Centre “Astana” (AIFC) to New York the official launch of the professional development program AIFC took place. The event was held with the support of the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the United Nations.

15/10/2016

Astana International Financial Centre and Nasdaq sign MOU

In New York, as part of the visit of the delegation of Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), the Governor of AIFC, Mr. Kairat Kelimbetov, and the President and Chief Operating Officer of Nasdaq Inc., Ms. Adena Friedman have signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

04/10/2016

Secretary of State of the Republic of Kazakhstan Gulshara Abdykalikova met with the AIFC professional development programmes participants

Today Secretary of State of the Republic of Kazakhstan Gulshara Abdykalikova and the Governor of the Astana International Financial Centre Kairat Kelimbetov met with the AIFC professional development programme participants. This pilot programme was designed for the AIFC employees within the framework of the Bolashak Presidential international scholarship.

28/09/2016

The AIFC delegation visits Malaysia

In the direction of the development of the legal framework for regulating the activities of Islamic financial institutions, issuance and circulation of Islamic securities, the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) continues active cooperation with participants and regulators of the financial markets, the global leaders in the field of Islamic finance.

20/09/2016

The Astana International Financial Centre and Shanghai Stock Exchange signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation

A joint delegation of the Shanghai Stock Exchange and Silk Road Fund of China visited Astana upon the invitation of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) in order to share experience on the development of the stock exchange and capital market, as well as expansion of cooperation in the investment area.

14/09/2016

The Governor of the AIFC met with the Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong SAR

Today Kairat Kelibetov, Governor of the AIFC met with John Tsang, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, who led the Hong Kong’s business delegation during the visit to Kazakhstan.

13/09/2016

The Governor of the AIFC met with the representatives of government and business community of Singapore

The delegation of Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) held negotiations with officials of the Government and the heads of financial organizations of the country during the visit to the Republic of Singapore.

02/09/2016

Visit of Lord Harry Woolf

Lord Harry Woolf former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, a mediator and arbitrator of Blackstone Chambers, first President of the Qatar Financial Centre Civil and Commercial Court, member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights and Vice-Chairman of All Party Parliamentary Group by invitation of Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) has visited Kazakhstan

02/09/2016

AIFC held negotiations with the delegation from Hong Kong SAR

During September 1-3, 2016, the delegation of business people from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China visited the Republic of Kazakhstan upon the invitation of the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC) in order to explore opportunities for establishing cooperation in investment and financial technologies.

31/08/2016

The Astana International Financial Centre and the Qatar Financial Centre Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation

Today, the delegation of Qatar headed by the Chairman of the Qatar Central Bank, Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud Al-Thani, visited the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) and met with Kairat Kelimbetov, Governor of the AIFC. The Governor briefed about the main directions of the financial centre and the future prospects of mutual cooperation.

05/07/2016

The delegation of the AIFC took part in the launching ceremony of the IFFO and FCC in Hong Kong

On 4-5 July, 2016 the delegation of the Astana International Financial Centre took part in the launching ceremony of the «Infrastructure Financing Facilitation Office» (IFFO) and Financial Cooperation Conference (FCC) in Hong Kong, which was jointly organized by Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and Boao Forum for Asia (BFA).

24/06/2016

The AIFC presented a set of educational-methodical and dictionary-reference literature for the financial and banking sector in the Kazakh language

The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) jointly with the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan presented the "Kazakh-Russian-English dictionary of finance and banking terms, “Phrasebook for bank employees and consumers of financial services" in the 12 most widely spoken languages of the world, as well as teaching aids for the study of the Kazakh language in the financial and banking fields.

27/05/2016

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the AIFC signed a letter of intent with regard to Green Financial System for Kazakhstan

Today on the sidelines of the Foreign Investors Council’s plenary session the EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti and the AIFC Governor Kairat Kelimbetov signed a letter of intent with regard to Green Financial System for Kazakhstan.

27/05/2016

AIFC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on financial education, professional training and qualification of specialists, as well as promotion of professional standards in finance and business in Kazakhstan.

27/05/2016

The Astana International Financial Centre and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding

Today Norimasa Shimomura, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Kazakhstan and Kairat Kelimbetov, the Governor of the Astana International Financial Centre signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

26/05/2016

Meeting of the Management Council of Astana International Financial Centre

The first meeting of the Management Council of Astana International Financial Centre was held in Astana on 26 May 2016

26/05/2016

The Astana International Financial Centre and Bloomberg L.P. signed a Memorandum of Understanding

Today, within the framework of the IX Astana Economic Forum, the AIFC Authority and Bloomberg L.P. signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

26/05/2016

The Astana International Financial Centre and Thomson Reuters sign Memorandum of Understanding

Astana, May 26, 2016 – Today JSC “Astana International Financial Centre Authority” (AIFC Authority) and Thomson Reuters signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) within the auspices of Astana Economic Forum.