The Astana International Finance Centre (AIFC) was officially launched today on the former site of Specialised Expo 2017 Astana.
Marking the establishment of Astana as an internationally recognised financial centre, the formal opening of the AIFC concluded the Astana Finance Days, a multi-day forum organised on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Astana becoming the capital of Kazakhstan.
The President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, delivered the welcome speech at the ceremony, which gathered heads of state, political leaders and representatives from the world of business and finance.
In a video message, the Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales, congratulated President Nazarbayev on the establishment of the AIFC, which as a global hub for innovative and sustainable solutions, will serve as a “remarkable legacy” of Expo 2017.
“Expo 2017 contributed to making Astana a global centre for energy innovation and technological advancements, as well as the leading financial, economic and business hub that it is today. It is in the Expo 2017 spirit of innovation, dialogue and cooperation, that the AIFC will look outwards and gather experts and solutions from across the world”, stated the Secretary General.
The AIFC is located in two former Expo 2017 pavilions and began operations in early 2018. Established to boost foreign investments and strengthen Astana’s status as a Central Asian hub, the AIFC is one of several institutions now occupying the former Expo 2017 site, alongside the Future Energy Museum and the International Centre for Green Technologies.
Organised around the theme “Future Energy”, Expo 2017 Astana gathered 137 international participants (governments and international organisations) and drew nearly 4 million visitors between June and September 2017.