The largest US banks and companies want to invest in Astana IFC - Kazakh TV

The largest American banks and world-renowned companies showed their interest in becoming investors of the Astana International Financial Center. The AIFC triggered great interest of the business community after the visit of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to the United States. Then Nursultan Nazarbayev personally invited the American businessmen to Astana. The head of state noted that the AIFC intends to become a regional hub of green, Islamic and innovative financial instruments. Nasdaq, the world’s largest exchange platform, is the main partner of the Astana International Financial Center.

KAIRAT KELIMBETOV, GOVERNOR, ASTANA INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTER:

 - Through the Nasdaq platform, global asset managers and global investment banks will have access to privatization processes that are coming to our country. Until the end of this year, privatization of national companies that belong to the Samruk-Kazyna fund will begin. Of course, to many leading global American investment funds this is a very good opportunity to participate in development of the stock market of Kazakhstan.

As governor of the Astana International Financial Center, Kairat Kelimbetov noted, there are good opportunities for implementing investment initiatives. Investors attach importance to the legal aspect. The presence of an independent court and the International Arbitration Center will ensure protection of rights and interests of the participants of the AIFC.

KAIRAT KELIMBETOV, GOVERNOR, ASTANA INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTER:

- Previously, there was no such opportunity to work as part of so-called international law or general English law. Today many investors can use the adoption of the AIFC law. We are actively working with global giants in digital technologies, new financial technologies and we plan to announce opening of joint innovation platforms with companies like Microsoft, Mastercard and Visa by the end of the year.

To date, the AIFC is working with the United Nations to create a regional hub in financial technology. Moreover, cooperation with Silicon Valley companies and Bloomberg is growing. According to experts, it is the progress in financial and exchange areas that can lead Kazakhstan to the number of advanced economies of the world.

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