Astana International Financial Centre (hereinafter – AIFC, Centre) is a financial hub for Central Asia, the Caucasus, EAEC, the Middle East, the West China, Mongolia and Europe.
"I signed a decree on the establishment of the International Financial Center Astana. It will be based on the principles of English law, the preferential tax regime and an independent financial court"
— N. Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
"I signed a decree on the establishment of the International Financial Center Astana. It will be based on the principles of English law, the preferential tax regime and an independent financial court"
N. Nazarbayev
President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
The Centre shall be located on the territory of EXPO — 2017 and provided with a modern infrastructure and advanced technology.

In the territory of AIFC, a special legal regime, based on the Common law, facilitates the regulation of the relationships between the participants AIFC and third parties, and the development of the financial centre.
Main activities

Main activities of AIFC include development of the Capital markets, Asset management, Private banking, Islamic finance, and new financial technologies.
01 Capital markets
Despite the fact that Kazakhstan has the most liquid and developed stock exchangein the Central Asia region, Kazakhstan's largest companies still turn to the international capital markets to meet their financing needs.

With the rapid economic growth and a highly attractive pipeline of IPOs/SPOs in theCentral Asia, there is an increasing need for liquid and efficient regional exchange.Development of the AIFC capital market is one of the major strategic directions and its successful implementation is crucial for the AIFC.

Its main objective is to develop a liquid and well-balanced capital market with a vast range of financial instruments. A new high-tech exchange platform based on international best practices will be created in the AIFC territory in cooperation with a strategic partner from among the leading exchanges. AIFC stock exchange would provide an access to the Central Asia market for the high-quality international investors.
Islamic finance
Despite the fact that Kazakhstan has the most liquid and developed stock exchangein the Central Asia region, Kazakhstan's largest companies still turn to the international capital markets to meet their financing needs.

With the rapid economic growth and a highly attractive pipeline of IPOs/SPOs in theCentral Asia, there is an increasing need for liquid and efficient regional exchange.Development of the AIFC capital market is one of the major strategic directions and its successful implementation is crucial for the AIFC.

Its main objective is to develop a liquid and well-balanced capital market with a vast range of financial instruments. A new high-tech exchange platform based on international best practices will be created in the AIFC territory in cooperation with a strategic partner from among the leading exchanges. AIFC stock exchange would provide an access to the Central Asia market for the high-quality international investors.
Assets Management
Despite the fact that Kazakhstan has the most liquid and developed stock exchangein the Central Asia region, Kazakhstan's largest companies still turn to the international capital markets to meet their financing needs.

With the rapid economic growth and a highly attractive pipeline of IPOs/SPOs in theCentral Asia, there is an increasing need for liquid and efficient regional exchange.Development of the AIFC capital market is one of the major strategic directions and its successful implementation is crucial for the AIFC.

Its main objective is to develop a liquid and well-balanced capital market with a vast range of financial instruments. A new high-tech exchange platform based on international best practices will be created in the AIFC territory in cooperation with a strategic partner from among the leading exchanges. AIFC stock exchange would provide an access to the Central Asia market for the high-quality international investors.
Fin tech
Despite the fact that Kazakhstan has the most liquid and developed stock exchangein the Central Asia region, Kazakhstan's largest companies still turn to the international capital markets to meet their financing needs.

With the rapid economic growth and a highly attractive pipeline of IPOs/SPOs in theCentral Asia, there is an increasing need for liquid and efficient regional exchange.Development of the AIFC capital market is one of the major strategic directions and its successful implementation is crucial for the AIFC.

Its main objective is to develop a liquid and well-balanced capital market with a vast range of financial instruments. A new high-tech exchange platform based on international best practices will be created in the AIFC territory in cooperation with a strategic partner from among the leading exchanges. AIFC stock exchange would provide an access to the Central Asia market for the high-quality international investors.
Green finance
Despite the fact that Kazakhstan has the most liquid and developed stock exchangein the Central Asia region, Kazakhstan's largest companies still turn to the international capital markets to meet their financing needs.

With the rapid economic growth and a highly attractive pipeline of IPOs/SPOs in theCentral Asia, there is an increasing need for liquid and efficient regional exchange.Development of the AIFC capital market is one of the major strategic directions and its successful implementation is crucial for the AIFC.

Its main objective is to develop a liquid and well-balanced capital market with a vast range of financial instruments. A new high-tech exchange platform based on international best practices will be created in the AIFC territory in cooperation with a strategic partner from among the leading exchanges. AIFC stock exchange would provide an access to the Central Asia market for the high-quality international investors.
Advantages
Location


AIFC shall be located on the territory of EXPO – 2017 in the Esil district and bounded by Orynbor, Hussein bin Talal, Kabanbay Batyr and Turar Ryskulov streets (total area – 25 ha.).

The Centre, located right in the heart of the central business district of Astana, is surrounded by Parks, shopping malls, luxury residential properties and Nazarbayev University. International airport of Astana is just 11 kilometers away from the Centre.
Transport accessibility

Regular and convenient air services between Astana and leading international financial centers to be introduced by the gradual liberalization of air transport conditions in the Astana airport for foreign carriers based on "open skies" policy. Currently Astana is connected by direct flights with the cities of Frankfurt on the Main, London, Beijing, Dubai, Seoul.
A construction of a new terminal at the international airport of Astana is expected to be completed before the start of EXPO-2017

Annual capacity of the airport shall increase from 3 million passengers to 7 million passengers.

As part of the Nation's plan "100 steps to implement 5 institutional reforms", Air Astana, the national air carrier, is expected to launch new direct flights to New York, Tokyo and Singapore in thenear future.

A construction of a new terminal at the international airport of Astana is expected to be completed before the start of EXPO-2017
Annual capacity of the airport shall increase from 3 million passengers to 7 million passengers.

As part of the Nation's plan "100 steps to implement 5 institutional reforms", Air Astana, the national air carrier, is expected to launch new direct flights to New York, Tokyo and Singapore in thenear future.

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AIFC Management
AIFC Management Council

AIFC Management Council is the supreme authority. Its main responsibilities include the definition of the main directions of development, coordination of the activities of the bodies, and assistance in the creation of favorable conditions for the formation of a leading international financial services center.

Astana Financial Services Authority (the AFSA)


Astana Financial Services Authority (hereinafter – the AFSA) is a legal entity which regulates financial services and operations related to financial services in the AIFC.

The AFSA, within the limits of its competence given by the Constitutional Law and the Applicable Law is independent of other AIFC's bodies, state bodies, organizations, executives and citizens, and is accountable to the AIFC Management Council and the Governor of the AIFC.

The AFSA in accordance with the procedures set by the Council:

1. Develops drafts of the Council's resolutions on the regulation of financial services and related operations in the AIFC, publishes such drafts for public discussion and presents such drafts to the Council for its adoption;
2. Adopts acts in the form of regulatory provisions on the regulation of financial services and related operations in the AIFC;
3. Establishes the procedures for the issue, placement, trading, redemption and repayment of securities in the territory of the AIFC;
4. Executes the registration, accreditation and licensing of AIFC's participants;
5. Maintains a register of AIFC's participants;
6. Executes control and supervision of activities of AIFC's participants, takes necessary measures with regard to AIFC's participants;
7. Exercises other powers determined by resolutions
of the Council.



AIFC Authority

JSC "AIFC Authority" (hereinafter – AIFC Authority)was established on December 28, 2015. The founder and sole shareholder of AIFC Authority is the National Bank of Kazakhstan, whose shares are transferred under trust management to the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The main activities of AIFC Authority include, but not limited to, the development of the overall development strategy, promotion of AIFC in the global markets, attraction of potential participants of AIFC, attraction of foreign experts with experience in the financial centers to AIFC management.

AIFC Courts

Independent justice based on English law with participation of international judges. The Court of AIFC is out of Kazakh national justice system. The Court have an exclusive jurisdiction in relation to:

• Financial oversight;
• Registration and licensing of companies and individual entrepreneurs;
• Development of norms, rules, regulations;
• All securities trading is concentrated on a single platform — Stock Exchange MFTSA

International Arbitration Centre

Review disputes which the parties have agreed shall be settled by arbitration. The International Arbitration Centre shallbe established and act in accordance with the resolution of the Council "On the International Arbitration Centre".
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