Articles by Mark Beer OBE

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

Every Great Leader Needs a Polynesia

This year’s Astana Finance Days has been another success, with a diversity of views and cornucopia of themes. Everything from Mining Geology, to Empowerment of Women and Monetising the Fourth Industrial Revolution (or whatever the post-pandemic economy will come to be called). Once again, it showed that Kazakhstan and the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC)…

The Dollar Mirage

Some years ago in Dubai, out to dinner, the barman explained how lucky I was because tomorrow all the drinks prices will be doubling. The place wasn’t cheap, or very good, so I asked why. “Simple” the barman said, they only had half as many customers as the year before, so to make the same…

AIFC meets the Hongqi

Two days ago one of the world’s leading regulators called me to talk about the rise of LawTech – the successor, in many ways, to two decades of FinTech. LawTech is technology designed to enhance access to justice and make the law something that serves citizens, not the other way around. Terrifying lawyers and law…