• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024
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Hon. Kairat Kelimbetov

Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC)


Dr. Kairat Kelimbetov is the Governor of Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), a financial services hub operating in Kazakhstan. AIFC also includes Astana International Exchange (AIX), international court under English Common Law, Astana Financial Services Authority (regulator), Islamic Finance, and Green Finance Centre. Dr. Kelimbetov’s experience also include: Governor of the National Bank of Kazakhstan; Deputy Prime Minister; Minister of Economic development and Trade; CEO of “Samruk-Kazyna” JSC - Sovereign Wealth Fund; Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office; Minister of Economy; First Vice-Minister of Finance and Head of the Agency for Strategic Planning and Reforms. Dr. Kelimbetov played key role in developing numerous reforms and economic policies through national strategy “Kazakhstan 2020”. It helped provide clarity and vision for a young country in its economic development and in its new role as independent country. At a time of financial crises of 2008, Dr. Kelimbetov joined two national funds to create Samruk-Kazyna SWF that would incorporate all national companies as its subsidiary. Through his leadership in development of programs for major state-owned enterprises Kazakhstan was one of the first countries to exit from crises of 2008. During his term as a deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, he represented the country at the matters related to the World Trade Organization accession. As well as, advancing relations with members of Eurasian Economic Union, to expand trade. In domestic matters he oversaw the macroeconomic policy of the government. In 2015, under his management, the National Bank of Kazakhstan adopted a new monetary policy regime of inflation targeting. For the first time national currency adopted “free floating” strategy. Dr. Kelimbetov attended the Moscow State University and National Higher School of Public Administration under the President of Kazakhstan. He has earned his PhD at the Moscow State University and MS in Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University. Also, he was a Pew Fellow at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Sessions With Hon. Kairat Kelimbetov

Monday, 6 March

  • 07:30pm - 09:00pm (CST) / 07/mar/2023 01:30 am - 07/mar/2023 03:00 am

    Post-Pandemic: A new world economy?

    Lunch/Dinner Discussion Markets/Economics/Strategy
    As the COVID-19 pandemic moves to the rearview mirror, now is a good time to take stock of the changes it brought, their likely persistent future impacts. Highly efficient supply chains failed the resiliency test and are now being reexamined and recalibrated. Energy transition has gained momentum. Inflation has surged to levels not seen in four decades, catching central banks flat-footed, leading to a rethink of monetary policymaking. This dinner will feature insights from top economists and industry leaders on the post-COVID world, how it is different and what this means for the future of the global economy and supply chains. What are the macro lessons from the COVID era? How has the pandemic changed the way economists and all financial forecasters do their jobs? What have we learned about supply chain resilience and what changes lie ahead? As recalibration takes place, will the driving factor be costs, geopolitics, reshoring, or something else? What will be the lasting impacts of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the outlook? Is the era of lower for longer over? If so, what factors may push pressures on inflation and policy rates higher in the post-COVID era? How will central banks modify their playbooks?