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10:00–13:00 / HALL #237

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.

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.




17:00–19.00 / HALL #3

Issues to be discussed:
What internal and external factors led to Ukrainian Maidan and Crimea referendum?
How can events in Crimea be assessed from the international law perspective?
What does it take to change international borders?
What geopolitical shifts are we witnessing in the Eurasian space?
What is the impact of Ukraine/Crimea events on Kazakhstan?

Jiri Melich (Department of International Relations and Regional Studies)
Dennis Soltys (Department of Public Administration
Selbi Durdiyeva (School of Law)
Nargis Kassenova (Department of International Relations and Regional Studies)
Nygmet Ibadildin (Department of International Relations and Regional Studies)

Jiri Melich is Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and Regional Studies, KIMEP University. He received his PhDs from the Charles University (Prague) in 1979 and Carleton University (Ottawa) in 1999. He has done research and published in the areas of comparative politics, political theory, and global politics, with focus on the transformation and integration processes in the post-communist Eastern Europe and the European Union.

Dennis Soltys is Associate Professor at the Department of Public Administration and Municipal Government. He received his PhD in Political Science from University of Toronto (Canada) in 1995. His main research interests are comparative educational policy and development of civic society institutions in CIS countries – with concentration on Kazakhstan and Ukraine – and the public policy of Kazakhstan.  Recently he co-authored a book on implementing the Bologna Process in Kazakhstan (2013).

Selbi Durdiyeva is Adjunct Lecturer at School of Law, KIMEP University. She holds an LLM in International Private Law from KIMEP and LLM in International Human Rights Law and Law of Armed Conflict from Essex University (UK).

Nargis Kassenova is Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and Regional Studies, KIMEP University. She holds a PhD from Nagoya University (Japan). Her research interests include Eurasian geopolitics, Eurasian economic integration, Central Asian security and energy security. Her recent publications are: “Central Asia: Contemporary Security Challenges and Sources of State Resilience” with Alessandro Frigerio (2013) and “Kazakhstan and Eurasian Economic Integration: Quick Start, Mixed Results and Uncertain Future” (2012).

Nygmet Ibadildin is Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations and Regional Studies, KIMEP University. He received his PhD from the University of Tampere (Finland) in 2011. His research interests are political economy of resource rich countries, transition in post Soviet countries, institutional development

His latest published book is “Role of institutions in Kazakhstan in combating the resource curse” (2011).