The meeting was also attended by Asset Issekeshev, Head of the Presidential Administration, Bakhyt Sultanov, Mayor of Astana, and Kenneth Bruce James Anderson, an architect and designer. The project for the construction of a World Trade Center in the capital of Kazakhstan was presented to the Head of State. It is planned to be fully financed by foreign investment. Nursultan Nazarbayev highlighted that the current meeting is a continuation of the negotiations that took place on the sidelines of the Kazakhstan-European Business Forum in Brussels in October last year. "In Brussels, we discussed your proposals and agreed to meet again. In view of the extensive experience of the World Trade Centers Association in implementing such projects, I am sure that our cooperation will be fruitful for both parties. I want the project to be consistent with the mood, spirit of our capital and fit harmony with its architecture," said the President of Kazakhstan.
Rolf Draak, a Board Member of the World Trade Centers Association, thanked the Head of State for the opportunity to meet and discuss the project for the construction of a new building in the capital. In turn, Mehran Eftekhar, Group Finance and Corporate Services Director at Nest Investments Holdings, emphasized that Astana is of particular strategic importance in the process of expanding the company's trade and economic ties. "Our investment group owns 18 major world trade centers. We know how to build and how to manage such objects. Kazakhstan and Astana, in particular, are a crucial place in our strategic expansion due to their involvement in the big One Belt One Road project," said Eftekhar. At the end of the meeting, Nursultan Nazarbayev approved the presented project of a new World Trade Center building and charged the Mayor of Astana, Bakhyt Sultanov, with starting the joint work on the implementation of it.