KAZAKHSTAN’S ECONOMY: ENTERING THE TURBULENCE ZONE [Roundtable]

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THURSDAY, 13 NOVEMBER
10:00–13:00 / HALL #237
VALIKHANOV BUILDING / KIMEP

KIMEP Central Asian Studies Center (CASC)
Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Kazakhstan

Roundtable “Kazakhstan’s Economy: Entering the Turbulence Zone”

The discussion will focus on multiple challenges facing Kazakhstan’s economy at the moment: falling oil prices, exchange of sanctions between the West and Russia and worsening condition of the Russian economy, and internal constraints on economic development and effective crisis management. It will also address the issue of budget spending and how the economic crisis can affect social expenditures.

Program:
Moderator: Nargis Kassenova

09:30–10:00 Registration, Refreshments
10:00–10:10 Welcome note

10:10–10:30 Speaker 1 Nadeem Naqvi (KIMEP University):
Economic Effects of 2014 Crude Oil Price Fall on Kazakhstan

10:30–10:50 Speaker 2 Olzhas Khudaibergenov (Association of Economists of Kazakhstan):
Beyond Oil, Beyond Borders: External Factors Influencing Kazakhstan’s Economic Development

10:50–11:20 Questions & answers
11:20–11:40 Coffee break

11:40–12:00 Speaker 3 Sabit Khakimzhanov (Halyk Finance):
Internal Constraints on Countercyclical Policy

12:00–12:20 Speaker 4 Zhanibek Khassan (Zertteu Research Institute):
The State Budget as a Reflection of Government Policies: Declarations vs. Reality

12:20–13:00 Questions & answers / Closing
Language: English

Nadeem Naqvi is Professor at the Department of Economics, KIMEP University. In 1999-2000 he served as a consultant for the World Bank. His areas of research include International Trade, Theory of Value, Social Choice, Foundations of Individual Choice, Non-binary Preferences. He received his MA in Economics from Delhi School of Economics (1981) and Southern Methodist University (1983), and his PhD in Economics from the Southern Methodist University (1984).

Oraz Jandosov is Director of RAKURS Center for Economic Analysis. He held a number of high-level positions: he served as First Deputy Minister of Economy and Chairman of the National Agency on Foreign Investment (1993-94); First Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Kazakhstan (1994-96); Governor of the National Bank of Kazakhstan (1996-98); First Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the State Committee on Investment (1998-99); Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance (1999); President of Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company (KEGOC) (1999-2000); Deputy Prime Minister (2000-01); Chairman of the Board Of Kazakhstan’s Association of Financial Institutions (2001-2); Assistant to the President of Kazakhstan for economic and financial issues (2003); Chairman of the Agency for Regulation of Natural Monopolies and Protection of Competition (2003-4). In 2002-8 he was Co-Chairman of the Democratic Party of Kazakhstan “Ak Zhol” (later “Nagyz Ak Zhol”).
He holds a graduate degree in Economics from the Moscow State University (1986).

Sabit Khakimzhanov is Member of the Management Board at Halyk Finance since March 2013, Head of Research since 2008. Before joining Halyk Finance, Sabit Khakimzhanov taught economics at the University of Minnesota (1998-99), Bilkent University, Turkey (1999-2002), KIMEP, Kazakhstan (2002-2007), Kazakh-British Technical University, Kazakhstan (2007). He worked as a manager of technical assistance projects for USAID Central Asia (1995-96). In 2000s he consulted the World Bank, ADB, International Labor Organization, and the National Bank of Kazakhstan on matters of social security, labor market policy, finance and monetary policy. He has a degree in mining engineering from Kazakh Polytechnic Institute, a Candidate in Engineering degree from the Russian Academy of Sciences (1991), Master of Sciences and PhD degree in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota (1995, 1999).

Zhanibek Khassan is Director of Public Foundation “Zertteu Research Institute” He is an expert in the field of good governance, budget transparency and public accountability with nearly 10 years of experience in international development with background in providing technical support to civil society organizations on policy research, government accountability and transparency in public finance. He served as Director of the program for Soros Foundation at their Public Finance Transparency division providing technical oversight for the project in collaboration with government officials and international organizations such as International Monetary fund (IMF) and Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and local NGOs.

 

CHINESE ENERGY DIPLOMACY IN CENTRAL ASIA: TRENDS AND PROSPECTS

CHINESE ENERGY DIPLOMACY IN CENTRAL ASIA: TRENDS AND PROSPECTS

THURSDAY, 25 OCTOBER
16:00–17.30 / HALL#3
NEW BUILDING

BY ELZBIETA MARIA PRON
UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
School of Contemporary Chinese Studies
OSCE Academy in Bishkek

 

 

 

 

Over the past 20 years China has acquired a position of a major partner of Central Asian energy markets. Today, China is a second largest oil importer from Kazakhstan, important player in Turkmen and Uzbek gas sector, and an investor in Tajik and Kyrgyz energy transportation.

This lecture looks at Chinese energy relationships with states in the region. It examines the geopolitical context of the energy cooperation between China and Central Asia. While the bilateral energy relations will remain the main corridor in the near future, China is actively promoting the multilateral framework of the SCO Energy Club. This shift in Chinese energy diplomacy derives from the new geopolitical conditions after 2011, its increasing domestic demands and a relative vulnerability vis-à-vis its energy partners.

CURSED OF BLESSED BY RESOURCES OR INSTITUTIONS? [ROUNDTABLE]

CURSED OF BLESSED BY RESOURCES OR INSTITUTIONS?[ROUNDTABLE]

  • NIGMET IBADILDIN, Ph.D. (Department of International Relations and Regional Studies) “Political and economic risks in the management of natural resource revenues”
  • ELDAR MADUMAROV, Ph.D. (Department of Economics) “Resource endowment and economic performance: the role of institutions”
  • DENNIS SOLTYS, Ph.D. (Department of Public Administration)  “Institutionalization of environmental NGOs in Kazakhstan from a corporatist perspective”
  • Discussant: ANTON ARTEMYEV, Director of Programs, Soros Foundation Kazakhstan

THE ROLE OF TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS IN DEVELOPMENT OF THE CASPIAN REGION

THE ROLE OF TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS IN DEVELOPMENT OF THE CASPIAN REGION

THURSDAY, 21 APRIL
16:00–17.30 / HALL#1
NEW BUILDING

BY FIKRET PASHAYEV
KHAZAR UNIVERSITY

DETERMINANTS OF WELFARE SPENDING IN OIL-RICH KAZAKHSTAN

DETERMINANTS OF WELFARE SPENDING IN OIL-RICH KAZAKHSTAN

FRIDAY, 26 NOVEMBER
16:00–17.30 / HALL#111
VALIKHANOV BUILDING

BY MARCY McCULLAUGH
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY