AFSA issues Consultation Paper on the proposed ESG Debentures framework. Deadline for providing comments is 29 July 2024

The Astana Financial Services Authority (AFSA) has issued this Consultation Paper to seek suggestions from the market on the proposed ESG Debentures framework.

The framework introduces minimal standards of regulation and requirements for issuance and offering of green and sustainable debt instruments including sukuk under an overarching concept of the “AIFC ESG Debentures”. The intention is to provide clear guidelines to issuers, making it simpler to design and market these financial products while also helping investors identify sustainable investing opportunities.

The proposals in this paper will be of interest to current and potential AIFC participants who are interested in issuing or offering sustainable bonds and/or sukuk in or from the AIFC, including but not limited to Authorised Market Institutions, Authorised Firms and legal advisors.

We invite comments from interested stakeholders.

The deadline for providing comments on the proposed framework is 29 July 2024. Once we receive your comments, we shall consider if any refinements are required to this proposal.

AFSA prefers to receive comments by email at [email protected]

The Consultation paper can be accessed via the link:




The Astana Financial Services Authority (AFSA) is the independent regulator of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), which is established in accordance with the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On the Astana International Financial Centre” for the purposes of regulating financial services and related activities in the AIFC. AFSA administers the AIFC Regulations and Rules and is responsible for the authorisation, registration, recognition and supervision of financial firms and market institutions in the AIFC.

Over 2,700 firms from 78 countries are registered in the AIFC. These firms provide banking, insurance, investment, professional and other services. The range of financial services offered at the AIFC is comparable to the list of services available in long-established financial centers of the world, such as London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and others.

The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) is an independent jurisdiction with a favourable legal and regulatory environment and a developed infrastructure for starting and doing business, attracting investment, creating jobs and developing Kazakhstan’s economy. 


Contact information:

Public Relations and Communications Division of AFSA: +7 (717) 264 73 43; +7 7172 61-37-45 email: [email protected]

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