International journalists on AEF

A record number of journalists has covered the 11thAstana Economic Forum (AEF). More than 1,000 local and foreign journalists have participated in the forum. There are also more countries that participated in the forum with a total of 120 countries that accredited their representatives to the forum this year. Among the well-known media attendees include Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, Anadolu Agency Turkish television and radio company as well as Russian Business TV and the Kommersant newspaper. According to Spanish journalist James Russo, an important achievement of the AEF is the interim agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union and Iran.

JAMES RUSSO, CORRESPONDENT, EFE NEWS AGENCY:

 - The arrival of President Nazarbayev was very important. I had to cover that with video, text and photos on the same day and at the same time with the signing of Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union. Both of stories were published and printed. Video, text and photo.

At the forum, foreign correspondent and the Mergermarket’s Head of Russia and CIS coverage, Maria Petrova arrived in the capital of Kazakhstan. She writes on comprehensive privatization plan of companies, which could be one of the topics of discussions at the AEF between CEOs of Kazakh companies.

MARIA PETROVA, FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT, RUSSIA/CIS COVERAGE, MERGERMARKET:

 - This is a specialized publication. Our subscribers are mainly law firms, investment banks and funds that are interested in the various investment options in Kazakhstan, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). We are going to write about privatization, which is expected this year and the next three years. We also talk with various companies, including the ones that are interested in attracting foreign investors and set up joint ventures.

According to foreign journalists, the AEF has become a successful platform to solve global problems. Media experts highlight the idea of Kazakh President, Nursultan Nazarbayev on creating rules for the use of crypto-currencies as well as the development of Kazakhstan’s transit potential and the works of Astana International Financial Center.