The 2015 Astana Economic Forum (AEF) took place in Astana, Kazakhstan on May 21-22, 2015. The Astana Economic Forum has become an effective dialogue platform for active work and exchange of views, fusing together the world's politicians, statesmen, economist and world-class experts aimed to solve the most pressing issues of socio-economic development. This year the agenda of the Forum was "Infrastructure: a driver of sustainable economic growth". In the conduct of this subject, participants discussed issues of modernization and development of infrastructure as an important factor for sustainable development in modern conditions.
Key activities of the Forum include the Plenary Session, Investment Forum, Asia and Europe Leaders Forum, Eurasian Economic Congress, Revival of the Silk Road, and the most important issues of modern agenda in the global economy. Approximately 3,000 representatives of political, economic and business circles coming from more than 80 countries participated and discussed various issues such as the global economic outlook, financial stability, employment, urbanization, public ethics and meritocracy, expansion of the world trade finding new opportunities for sustainable development.
In the Plenary Session on May 22, 2015, several dignitaries delivered their speeches including Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg; Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Jacob Frenkel, Chairman of JP Morgan Chase International; Kenneth Rogoff, IMF Chief Economist (2001-2003), Professor at Harvard University; Nouriel Roubini, Chairman of Roubini Global Economics, a professor at New York University; and Angel Gurria (Video Message), Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). For more details, visit its website at http://forum-astana.org.
A special panel on “Meritocracy and official ethics as key factors of government service effectiveness” was held on May 21, 2015. AAPA President (Prof. Pan Suk Kim) participated in this panel as a speaker on public service ethics and anti-corruption measures. http://forum-astana.org/en/programma/p/31/5118/.
International Graduate Research Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand on December 11, 2015