Kazakhstan: Internal Stability and External Pressures
The global financial and economic crisis has exposed deep problems in Kazakhstan's development. It has not used the windfall from high energy exports to improve infrastructure, attract investors, or build a diversified and equitable economy.
The speaker will examine the impact of the economic downturn on Kazakhstan - which threatens to severely undermine the country's banking system and drive away investors - and the government's strategies for combating the crisis. As speculation grows over the future of the regime, this roundtable will also consider the likely development of Kazakhstan's political system in the coming years, and the regional implications.
Alikhan Baimenov has been co-chairman of the AK ZHOL party of Kazakhstan since 2005. Previously, he held a number of positions in government including vice-chairman of the Committee on International and Inter-Parliamentary Relations of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan (1994-1995), first vice-minister of Labour and Social Protection (1995-1996), head of the Presidential Administration (1998-1999) and Minister of Labour and Social Protection (2000-2001).
Attendance at this event is strictly by invitation only.