AEF: Global Challenges Summit has established an effective international platform for discussing the most important current issues. This is a significant event, which has no comparisons in entire Eurasia, says Latvian publicist, Vladimir Reshetov.

VLADIMIR RESHETOV, LATVIAN PUBLICIST:

 - The Astana Economic Forum is the largest venue not only in Central Asia, but also in the global scale. For example, the issues on digital transformation or the digitalization of economy as it is called in Kazakhstan has been discussed. This has been successfully solved in Latvia for several years. Of course, another interesting topic voiced by President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev is educating the younger generation and the youth training in order to allow them to grab the opportunities presented in the modern world.

Experts are interested in the five global trends announced by the President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the AEF. Member of the German National Parliament, Andreas Jahn highlights the relevance of the five trends. He opined that the most modern trend is the energy revolution. The parliamentarian also noted that Kazakhstan and Germany have a single goal, which is to switch to clean energy.

ANDREAS JAHN, SECRETARY, FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, GERMAN BUNDESTAG:

 - In Germany, we closely observed the Astana Economic Forum. Nursultan Nazarbayev highlighted five important trends. The first is digital transformation which focuses on our future. Germany pays a lot of attention to this topic. We live in a time when artificial intelligence, block chain and auto vehicles have become part of our daily lives. As the President said it is necessary to be up to date.

Renewable energy is no less important. Germany has long been introducing innovations and developing renewables. This can become our common topic and we can further cooperate in this area.

The introduction of the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC) was was presented at the AEF. World experts said that the event is large-scale and is significant for the development of the finance sector. In addition, they said that the AIFC is a strategic move to help attract investments into Kazakhstan, which in turn will drive the economic growth of the country. Head of the Eurasian sector of the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies, Yuri Kofner says the AEF has been transformed from a leading regional platform into a global expert site.

YURI KOFNER, EXPERT, RUSSIA’S HIGHER SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS:

 - Over the past years, the Astana Economic Forum has grown from a regional forum to a significant and big Eurasian Economic Forum. Today, the platform is claiming the status of an international leading forum and this all fits into Kazakhstan’s policy and into President Nazarbayev's initiatives which implies not only making Kazakhstan a leader in the region, but also one of the most developed countries in the world by 2050.

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