The official launch ceremony of the AIFC with the participation of the Head of State and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan took place on July 5 last year in the EXPO Congress Center.
The official opening of Astana Finance Days of July 3-4 last year preceded in all strategic areas of the AIFC development, during which 7 forums took place, including 46 panel sessions and 2 master classes, at which 296 speakers spoke.
Within the framework of Astana Finance Days, an exhibition of digital initiatives of the AIFC Digital Exhibition was held, within which 24 stands on various topics were presented: the AIFC registration and supervision platform, the AIFC resident cards, crypto platforms, cybersecurity, Islamic fintech, digital projects of Samruk-Kazyna, program of fintech startups and others.
Within the framework of the Astana Finance Days, the AIFC signed 11 bilateral documents on joint cooperation. 22 B2B meetings were held with partners at the forum site. Also, 8 meetings of the AIFC Boards were held (AIX, AFSA Boards of Directors, AIFC participants, advisory boards, etc.)
During the official launch of the AIFC, 6,962 people from 73 countries of the world participated, including prominent political figures from countries of near and far abroad, heads of major international companies, development institutions and financial organizations.
Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
«Astana should become the main financial hub of the region, and in the future, become one of the leading financial centers of Asia».
«The creation of the AIFC is a sign of trust and acknowledgment of the high assessment by the international business community of the successful development path of our country».
«The Kazakhstan model of the AIFC embodied the best practices of global financial institutions. The centre will work with both non-residents and residents of the Republic of Kazakhstan. AIFC participants will get access to capital not only from Kazakhstan and the region, but from the whole world».
Bakhytzhan Sagintayev, Prime minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan
«Astana International Financial Centre with its unique geographic location will provide access to the markets of Central Asia, the EAEU, the Caucasus, the countries of the Middle East. It is also necessary to take into account that Astana is one of the key links of the new transcontinental routes of the global Initiative “Belt and Road”. Therefore, the AIFC will become a natural financial and economic bridge between Western China, Mongolia and the countries of Europe. All this opens up access to a gigantic market for more than 1 billion people».
Rustam Minikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan
«We are actively working with Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan is a leader in many areas. We take a lot from your country. Tatarstan will be an active partner. I would like to wish you successful work. All decisions are revolutionary».
Kairat Kelimbetov, Governor of the AIFC
«We have a Silk Road Fund among our shareholders. This is the largest organization that implements the initiative “Belt and Road” with a capitalization of 40 billion dollars. Today we listened once again that there is confirmation to invest in Kazakhstan about two billion dollars in various infrastructure and investment projects».
«Today, gaining speed, we are developing AIFC. It can be a regional hub for Central Asia and the Eurasian Economic Community. 20 years of history of Astana have shown that we can achieve amazing results. The main thing is not to lose this pace».
Jacob Frenkel, Chairman of JP Morgan Chase International
“There are several points critical to the success of the financial center being created. First, it is trust and transparency, secondly, adaptability and wise regulation, and thirdly, the ability to work in the conditions of new and emerging technologies. I am inspired by the fact that the AIFC management team understands the importance of these principles in achieving the strategic goal of creating the necessary infrastructure for the center in record time, which is unprecedented in creating such financial centers”
Mark Yeandle, director of Z / Yen, creator of the global ranking of financial centers
"Astana hit the index of competitiveness of financial centersThe Global Financial Centers Index by Z / Yen Grouprather quickly and is in it, it is quite unusual for such a young city. And the fact that Astana is in the index is an important and serious step. I think Astana has made incredible progress”.