Kazakhstan will see another two cities similar to Astana and Almaty created shortly, Tengrinews.kz reports, citing President Nursultan Nazarbayev as saying September 10.
“We have set a task to create another two megapolises, as well as a number of smart green cities”, President said when speaking at the Eurasia Emerging Markets Forum in Astana September 10.
“Our choice is to develop urban agglomerations as powerful points of growth. In the long term we plan to shape urban agglomerations of global scale”, he said.
As of today there are two megapolises in Kazakhstan – the capital city Astana and Almaty. The population of Almaty is close to 1.5 million, with the population of Astana reaching 1 million, the President elaborated.
The Emerging Markets Forum was created as a not-for-profit initiative to bring together high-level government and corporate leaders from around the world to engage in dialogue on the key economic, financial and social issues facing emerging market countries.
The EMF hosts one global meeting and several regional meetings every year. Each meeting is structured around issues that are common to the emerging market economies. The EMF commissions policy experts to write background papers, which provide a starting point for discussion. Participants come from the absolute highest levels of the private and public sectors to engage in open dialogue and implement solutions.
The co-Chairmen of the Forum are Michel Camdessus, former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Haruhiko Kuroda, President of the Asian Development Bank, and Fidel V. Ramos, former President of the Philippines.
The last Global Meeting of the Emerging Markets Forum was held Oct 14-16, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.