The World Alliance of International Financial Centres (WAIFC) presented an Honorary Award to the First President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, on the creation of Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) and in recognition of his significant contribution to the development of global cooperation among international financial centres.
The ceremony held during the 2nd Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) ‘Finance Days'.
The award was accepted on behalf of the First President by the Governor of AIFC, Dr Kairat Kelimbetov, in a ceremony held on 5 July 2019.
In a speech to the WAIFC Board members Dr Kelimbetov noted the achievements of the AIFC in its first year of operation: "Following the decree of the First President, AIFC has been able to establish partnerships with most of the developed and the developing IFCs and Exchanges around the globe".
WAIFC, represented at the ceremony in Nur-Sultan by its Managing Director Dr. Jochen Beidermann, awarded the First President its principle Honorary Award in recognition of the AIFC's central role of attracting investments to the country's economy by creating an attractive and internationally open environment for investing in financial services, in developing the securities market of the Republic of Kazakhstan and ensuring its integration with international capital markets.