ASTANA SEEKS TO UNITE EFFORTS IN SEARCH FOR ANTI-CRISIS SOLUTIONS
Astana, February 16: A new communication platform, created at the initiative of President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in January this year, has brought together more than 500,000 visitors from 128 countries of the world, including more than 6,000 regular visitors, in their search to find ways out of the global economic crisis.
The platform, called G-Global, has been set up on the website http://g-global.aef.kz visited by more than 3,000 people a day. The site holds the second position in the list of economic and analytical sites and is more sought after in the web search engines than other economic web forums.
Murat Karymsakov, Chairman of the Association of the Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists (EECS), presented the G-Global communication platform at a press conference on February 15 attended by government officials, representatives of non-government organisations, research institutions and business circles, as well as the diplomatic corps, international expert and mass media.
Among the guests representing the academia were Hanon Barabaner, Rector of the Institute of Economics and Management from Estonia, Nuriddin Kaumov, Director of the Economic Research Institute of the Ministry of Economic Development of Tajikistan, Mikhail Fedorov, Head of the Ural State Economic University, Russia.
The G-Global international virtual project was established under the aegis of the Astana Economic Forum (AEF), itself a dialogue platform where competent parties discuss key issues of global economic trends, prospects of economic development, stability and security, along with instruments and methods to strengthen integration processes.
G-Global, in its turn, aims to set the stage for effective on-line discussions on how to develop appropriate mechanisms to overcome the existing global financial and economic challenges. It allows Internet users worldwide to share their views on the website, embracing expert reviews, debates, business projects, polls and general discussion forum.
“In other words, G-Global is a multifunctional platform creating conditions for the global expert community for interactive, open and public deliberations on critical issues of the world economy,” Karymsakov said.
Murat Karymsakov also spoke about the pace of preparation for the 5th Astana Economic Forum to be held on May 22-24 in Astana. He called upon the attendees to become active members of the G-Global community in their search for anti-crisis solutions for the world.
Addressing the press conference, First Vice-President of the International Academy of Investments and Director of the Institute for Strategic Research in Integration Problems of the EurAsEC Anatoly Spitsyn noted that over the two decades of reforms Kazakhstan has demonstrated efficient social and economic policy, managing to increase the role of government.
“Things which are taking place in Kazakhstan can serve as an example of a creative and unique breakthrough when national interests are pursued while the country is integrating into the world economy in a very difficult period of its development,” Spitsyn said.
The Head of the Institute of Economics and Management in Tallinn Barabaner Hanon said the communication platform is based on a thorough analysis carried out during and after the last Astana Economic Forum.
President Nazarbayev’s proposal “to form a new institution of G-Global is a manifestation of both his wisdom and courage,” Hanon said.
The G-Global project was supported by seven Nobel Prize winners who visited the AEF in 2011, including Robert Mundell, John Nash, Roger Kornberg, Eric Maskin, John Aumann, James Mirrlees, Finn Kydland, as well as by the UN European Commission, Reinvented Bretton-Woods Committee, Club de Madrid, representatives of international organizations, business, education and scientific circles.