Promoting the economic transformation in Kazakhstan

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KAS Fellows Seminar in Burabay, July 22-24, 2016

At the end of July of 2016 the annual seminar for alumni-fellows of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS) took place. The event was held at Burabay, a popular recreational area close to Kazakhstan’s capital Astana.

At the outset Thomas Helm, director of the KAS foreign office in Kazakhstan and Mukhtar Yerman, PhD, member of the Mazhilis of the Republic of Kazakhstan could welcome 30 new KAS fellows that had won out over the roughly 500 applications within a month-long selection process.

Over the further course of the three-day seminar the new and former fellows and their partners had the opportunity to learn and exchange views about the current state and economic challenges of their country within a friendly atmosphere. The invited keynote speakers from both Kazakh and German political and economic backgrounds, including Arman Kashkinbekov, Vice Chairman of the Association for Renewable Energies Kazakhstan, Murat Abenov, Vice Chairman of the National Chamber of Commerce of Kazakhstan, Adil Jalilov, Director of the international journalists center MediaNet, Dirk Eppner, Finance & Supply Chain Manager of Beiersdorf AG in Central Asia and Johnny Kramer, Vice Ambassador at the German Embassy in Kazakhstan, delivered further insights and experience reports and called on the participants for joint discussions. Olzhas Khudaibergenov, Director of the Center for Macro-Economic Research provided a review on the state of the Kazakh economic transformation. A field trip to the surrounding area moreover gave

the participants a chance to personally discover the impressive landscape of Burabay and its historical relevance.

Aside from mere financial aspects the so-called “Sur-Place” scholarship of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation particularly involves chances for advanced education and networking among its fellows. Accordingly, the fellows seminar is especially supposed to rapidly impart a large amount of impressions and acquaintanceships and therefore help to grow as a group, collectively.

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