ASTANA – World Investor Week (WIW) is a global campaign promoted by the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) to raise awareness of the importance of investor education and various initiatives of securities regulators. The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) supports the event, being held Oct. 1-7, with organised debates and lectures in different cities across the country.
The campaign will follow the success of last year’s event, which gathered 80 jurisdictions from six continents. More than 80 financial regulators and financial market participants will conduct various activities aimed at the fundamentals of investing and protecting financial services customers.
AIFC is undertaking a range of activities, such as offering investor-focused information, promoting a contest to increase awareness of investor education initiatives, organising workshops and conferences and conducting national financial literacy campaigns.
The centre will be active in a number of Kazakhstan’s largest cities, such as the capital, Almaty, Atyrau, Karaganda, Kostanai, Shymkent and Ust-Kamenogorsk, holding various events aimed at raising the population’s level of financial and investment literacy.
AIFC led into WIW Sept. 29-30 with an investment cup debate tournament among the city’s English debate clubs. The event, at Nazarbayev University, gathered young people with high intellectual potential. The tournament aimed at fostering civic consciousness, developing critical thinking and involving the younger generation in the nation’s economic processes. The resolutions covered a wide range of investment issues, stimulating them to participate in investment activities.
The Financial Literacy Road Show, a national campaign on financial literacy, takes place Oct. 1-5 in Almaty, Atyrau, Kostanai, Shymkent and Ust-Kamenogorsk.
The first part of the initiative involves lectures for students at regional universities to form a financial and investment culture for millennials. AIFC experts will speak at the event, teaching about financial services and technologies and issuing green and Islamic bonds, as well as investing in the securities market.
The second part of the campaign will involve presentations for regional businesspeople, with the experts talking about AIFC’s business opportunities, the specifics of issuing green and Islamic bonds and the centre’s advantages and registration procedure.