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Welcome to World Affairs - The Journal of International Issues

World Affairs, is a leading journal, printed and published in India. The journal seeks to provide the much needed Asian and the developing world's perspective on issues of global significance. It stimulates interaction and debate between developed and developing nations.

The journal addresses a wide range of readers and reaches out to world leaders, politicians, industrialists, academics, students, and the general public while focusing on the changing socio-politico-economic situation and equations in the world today.

THE ASTANA ECONOMIC FORUM

In June of 2007 at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum in Russia, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev proposed the idea of a Eurasian Club of Scientists. The initiative was realized when the Astana-based Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists. Association, or EECSA, was established in 2008. It brought together economists, other academics, economic policy-makers, policy-implementers and representatives of civil society and international organizations to address issues of economic development. Another objective was to promote progress in Eurasia and the world. EECSA's members include renowned economists and other academics, politicians, government officials, and business leaders from more than 100 countries.

The Astana Economic Forum has become ECCSA’s main platform for dialogue on global economic problems and solutions.

The association’s main goal is to foster a comprehensive exchange of ideas, experience and knowledge about the global economic situation. Another goal is to promote economic-related research and to attract overseas investors to Kazakhstan. Moreover, EECSA also seeks to involve those interested in bringing innovation to Kazakhstan and to help facilitate economic and social projects in the country. Another aim of Association is early detection of impending financial and economic shocks. Still another is to draft recommendations for improving the international economic situation for leaders of the Group of 20 nations.

Venue of the VII Astana Economic Forum and the II World Anti-crisis Conference (May 21-23, 2014) - «Palace of Independence» and «Palace of Peace and Reconciliation», located at the new administrative center on the left bank of the Kazakhstan’s capital.

Astana – the heart of the state, the dream and the goal of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Astana has become the pride of the new Kazakhstan, a symbol of the approval of the national idea and reunification. Kazakhstan’s future is inextricably linked to the future of Astana, which until recently was seen as a "new capital", and now an integral part of the new image of Kazakhstan, a country aspiring to the XXI century. Our capital is now located in the center of the Eurasian continent, it surprises everyone with swift and powerful pace of construction, with unique beauty. Despite the fact that Astana is the world’s second coldest capital of the world, the average temperature in May is 20-27C higher than zero, this city can be considered as one of the most hospitable.

Registration for VII Astana Economic Forum and II World Anti-Crisis Conference is already open.

Every year Astana Economic Forum gathers over 7 000 delegates from 150 countries. The registration to the VII Astana Economic Forum is open now and as of today, over 320 high rank speakers have confirmed their attendance, including 7 deputy Prime Ministers, 60 Ministers and chairmen of Central Banks, 15 former heads of states and governments, as well as 14 Nobel Prize laureates, 50 leaders of international organizations and over 50 heads of research organizations.

One of the most significant events during the VII Astana Economic Forum is going to be the II World Anti-Crisis Conference – a major international event held in the year of 70th anniversary of the Bretton Woods Agreement and aimed at the development and adoption of the World Anti-Crisis Plan for UN member countries.

We invite you to see the program of the VII Astana Economic Forum and the II World Anti-Crisis Conference and register to the forum on our website astanaforum.org

PRESS RELEASE

VII Astana Economic Forum –Kazakhstan’s Sustainable Energy Strategy for International Peer Review

Astana, Kazakhstan, March 2014 – The 7th high-level panel discussion on Kazakhstan’s sustainable energy strategy during the conference in May, preceded by online discussions between experts, the organisers announced.

Heads of government agencies, international authorities and leading national scientists in the field of energy and green technologies are expected to attend these events.

The panel session on 22 May 2014 is being organized by the Kazakhstan National Academy of Natural Sciences in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan and ‘Parasat’ National Science and Technology Holding.

The discussions will focus on the document entitled “Sustainable Energy Strategy for the Future of Kazakhstan up to 2050”, which was drawn up by scientists from Kazakhstan, Russia, United States and Canada.

Building on the initiatives launched by Kazakhstan’s Head of State, Nursultan Nazarbayev, on Global Energy Strategy and EXPO-2017, supported by the international community, their goal was to develop a programme for achieving the “Kazakhstan-2050” objectives on sustainable energy.

The concept of the Strategy was presented and discussed in the framework of the VI Astana Economic Forum last year. The Strategy developers then held a series of meetings with the staff of the UN Secretariat and the UN Secretary General's office in order to consider the Strategy.

The result of these discussions was the approval of Kazakhstan’s decision to develop a National Energy Strategy. Representatives of the UN Secretariat noted that the developing strategy is “fully consistent with the spirit and letter of the Rio+20 outcome document ‘The future we want’, and the goals of the UN initiative Sustainable Energy for All up to 2030 (universal access to modern energy services, doubling the share of renewable energy, doubling energy efficiency).

In advance of the main panel discussion, the online conferences will feature certain key speakers (details attached).

Eurasian project of Nursultan Nazarbayev which has been brought to life

The book Eurasian project of Nursultan Nazarbayev which has been brought to life. To the 20th anniversary of the Eurasian project 1994-2014» was published in March of 2014. The Author of the book is well-known Kazakh politician and diplomat, the EurAsEC Secretary General, Doctor of Economics, Tair Mansurov.

On May 22, 2014 in Astana a presentation of the book «Eurasian project of Nursultan Nazarbayev which has been brought to life. To the 20th anniversary of the Eurasian project 1994-2014» will be held at a press conference of the Secretary-General of the EurAsEC T. Mansurov for media representatives accredited to the VII Astana Economic Forum. The book on a documentary basis comprehensively describes implementation of the «Project for the formation of the Eurasian Union of States» proposed by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in March of 1994 during the speech at the Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov.

Tair Mansurov consistently reveals the historical role of the Eurasian project as a key tool for effective economic and social development, which opens new opportunities and prospects for the post-Soviet countries. The publication is addressed to a wide circle of readers, scientists, specialists in public administration and international relations, as well as anyone interested in modern history.

The book sets forth in details the issues of philosophy of Eurasianism, considers the main aspects of this global project of Nursultan Nazarbayev, analyzes the main stages of economic integration of post-Soviet states which have become, in essence, the embodiment of this project: establishment of the Eurasian Economic Community, the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space and, in the long view, the Eurasian Economic Union.

Promotion of the Eurasian integration has become a matter of life of the Kazakhstan leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has managed to convince in the effectiveness of the integration ideas not only the Presidents of Russia Vladimir Putin and Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, but also other leaders of post-Soviet states. Now, with their active participation, the Eurasian project is being progressively implemented.

Today, on the 20th anniversary of the Eurasian project, it is worth to pay tribute to the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, whose appeal from the distant 1994 sounds contemporary and modern more than ever: «History gives us a chance to enter into the XXI century in a civilized way. One way is, in our view, implementation of the integration potential of the initiative on creation of the Eurasian Union, reflecting the objective logic of the post-Soviet space and the will of people to integration.

Astana is going to host the very first G-Global International Summit of Journalism May 20th-23rd, 2014 the very first G-Global International Summit of Journalism will be held in Kazakhstan. The event will be held within the framework of the VII Astana Economic Forum.

The International Summit of Journalism will be aimed at raising questions about the role of the journalism in the conditions of global crisis as well as innovations in media, existing and developing tools for journalistic work with vast and complex economic data and presentation of such complex information in ways that are both engaging and appealing to the audience.

As noted by the organizers – the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, info-communicative platform “G-Global”, Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists Association and “Success K” media agency – Summit is going to feature famous media personas, bloggers, international media holdings, academia and practitioners of the industry with vast experience in the field. The open dialogue platform will be become a basis for discussion of actual problems of the modern day journalism, especially one focused on economic and financial topics. In addition, current trends and developments in media, including technological innovations, will also be the focus of the discussion.

One of the anticipated events of the Summit is the G-Global Awards Ceremony with a $15,000 cash prize, themed as “New media-technologies and innovative instruments in presenting materials on economic issues”. Media holdings, periodicals, individual journalists, IT companies, individual developers and collaborative projects between journalists and developers are eligible to apply. The journalistic project, which will manage to present complex economic information through the use of new technologies and instruments so as to make it easier for comprehension and increase the engagement of the general public in the economic problems of the global community, will win. The competition and the Award Ceremony will be held within the framework of the VII Astana Economic Forum.

In addition, to increase the exchange of information and innovations between global media and technology, an International Media Exhibition (IMX) “Information without boundaries” will be held within the framework of the Summit. The exhibition will be a meeting point for outstanding media, developers, academia and practitioners of the industry with extensive experience in the field, who are ready to demonstrate their achievements, media tools and technologies and new practices of building information business and knowledge base in the field of economic journalism. If you would like to participate in the G-Global International Summit of Journalism, Competition or “Information without border” Exhibition, please visit our website www.g-globalmediasummit.org for more information or contact us directly.

Press Release

Sessions of the VII Astana Economic Forum (AEF) and the II World Anti-Crisis Conference (WAC) will be held in the form of online video conferences on G-Global info-communication platform from March 27 till April 30, 2014.

Astana, Kazakhstan, April 2014 – Delegates to the VII Astana Economic Forum (AEF) and the II World Anti-Crisis Conference (WAC), to be held in the Kazakhstan capital on 21-23 May, are invited to take part in a series of advance online video conferences.

Within a month, from now until the end of April, about 50 online video sessions are planned to be held on the G-Global info-communication platform. During this conferences on-line discussions will continue on the draft of the World Anti-Crisis Plan Concept that is scheduled to be adopted at the II WAC under the auspices of the UN General Assembly (Resolution A/RES/68/201 «International financial system and development» dated 20.12.2013).

For the first time in international practice, speakers at the VII AEF and II WAC will be able to discuss key issues, urgent problems of the world economy, as well as express their views concerning upcoming events in online mode. Video conferencing in online mode enables a maximum number of participants to conduct productive discussions, preparing the ground for the recommendations that will emerge from the sessions of the VII AEF and II WAC.

The schedule of online conferences can be found on the G-Global website through the following link:
http://www.group-global.org/files/58/c0646ac0ec018b4254c9aea34e2b/f6.pdf

Person of the month of G-Global in April is the Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics, 1996 «for research in the field of information asymmetry» - James Mirrlees

James Mirrlees is a leading expert on taxation, contract theory, moral hazard and information asymmetry. Mirrlees is considered as one of the pioneers of a new field of research related to access to information among participants in the process of making economic decisions. In 1996 the scientist together with William Vickrey won the Nobel Prize in Economics for their fundamental contributions to the economic theory of incentives and asymmetric information. Having made information asymmetry as the core of his research, James Mirrlees made significant contribution to solving the problem of optimal taxation. The Nobel Prize laureate is the author of many books and articles on a wide range of problems of economic theory and history, including monetary theory, the theory of taxation and institutionalism. One of the most important contributions of scientist to economic science was very accurate solution of the problem of optimal customs tariffs. Over thirty years of experience and achievements in development of the economic science in 1998 Mirrlees was knighted by the Queen of Great Britain.

He is president of the Econometric Society (1982), President of the International Atlantic Economic Society (1988-89). Since 2002 James Mirlees is the Professor Emeritus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and heads Morningside College of this University, as well as is an honorary professor of political economy at Cambridge University. James Mirrlees will answer questions of users on G-Global portal in online mode. We invite everyone to ask questions to the Nobel Prize Laureate and the Professor Emeritus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Cambridge University on the theme of the conference:
"The fight against poverty and hunger".

Link to online conference: http://www.group-global.org/en/person/view/132051

For reference: "Person of the month" is an interactive online conference of G-Global info-communication Internet platform. Splendid experts of modern age and world famous personae advise and answer questions of users of the portal www.group-global.org in online mode. All interested persons may take part in the discussion.

Press Release

VII Astana Economic Forum – Kazakhstan’s Sustainable Energy Strategy for International Peer Review

Astana, Kazakhstan, March 2014 – The 7th Astana Economic Forum (AEF) will feature a high-level panel discussion on Kazakhstan’s sustainable energy strategy during the conference in May, preceded by online discussions between experts, the organisers announced.

Heads of government agencies, international authorities and leading national scientists in the field of energy and green technologies are expected to attend these events.

The panel session on 22 May 2014 is being organized by the Kazakhstan National Academy of Natural Sciences in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan and ‘Parasat’ National Science and Technology Holding.

The discussions will focus on the document entitled “Sustainable Energy Strategy for the Future of Kazakhstan up to 2050”, which was drawn up by scientists from Kazakhstan, Russia, United States and Canada.

Building on the initiatives launched by Kazakhstan's Head of State, Nursultan Nazarbayev, on Global Energy Strategy and EXPO-2017, supported by the international community, their goal was to develop a programme for achieving the "Kazakhstan-2050" objectives on sustainable energy.

The concept of the Strategy was presented and discussed in the framework of the VI Astana Economic Forum last year. The Strategy developers then held a series of meetings with the staff of the UN Secretariat and the UN Secretary General's office in order to consider the Strategy.

The result of these discussions was the approval of Kazakhstan’s decision to develop a National Energy Strategy. Representatives of the UN Secretariat noted that the developing strategy is “fully consistent with the spirit and letter of the Rio+20 outcome document 'The future we want', and the goals of the UN initiative Sustainable Energy for All up to 2030 (universal access to modern energy services, doubling the share of renewable energy, doubling energy efficiency).

In advance of the main panel discussion, the online conferences will feature certain key speakers (details attached).

Presentation of the G-Global megaproject in China


At the Boao Forum for Asia-2014 (BFA) one of the most promising projects of Kazakhstan – info-communicative platform G-Global and the Astana Economic Forum – was presented to the world public. BFA, the main task of which is to promote economic cooperation in the Asian region, has become an excellent platform for the presentation of Kazakhstan's initiatives.

From April 8 to 11, 2014 a meeting of Boao Forum for Asia was held in Boao, Hainan Province of China (PRC). Within four days, delegates from 150 countries discussed the current issues of the world economy and politics, issues of joint building of a new future with regions of Asia.

Documents of the VII Astana Economic Forum, the II World Anti-Crisis Conference, Draft Concept of the World Anti-Crisis Plan and international info-communication platform G-Global were among the official documents of the BFA. This indicates the high interest of international partners of Kazakhstan in the further development and promotion of these projects.

A number of meetings with representatives of the Chinese media, such as "Boao Review", "Economic Daily", "China Economic Net" were held as part of the presentation of Kazakhstan's initiatives, with which it was agreed to hold joint debates on platforms of the upcoming VII Astana Economic Forum.

In addition, following the results of negotiations programs of the upcoming events – the VII Astana Economic Forum, II World Anti-Crisis Conference, Draft Concept of the World Anti-Crisis Plan and international info-communication platform G-Global, which will be posted in the media of the Republic of China, were given to participants of the Boao Forum for Asia - 2014. During the Boao Forum high-ranked Chinese and international delegates were invited to the VII AEF and II WAC.

For reference: BFA is a non-governmental and non-profit international organization. The Forum was established in 2001; its work is aimed at promoting economic cooperation in Asian region.

Contact details:

EECSA Media Coordinator
Dodesheva Aigerim:
Tel.: +7 (7172) 70 18 12
e-mail: a.dodesheva@astanaforum.org

Media agency «Success K»
Media-Coordinator:
Assel Mansurova
E-mail: a.mansurova@media-agency.kz
+7 (7172) 24 14 30
www.media-agency.kz