Articles by Sir Suma Chakrabarti

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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…

EBRD’s Vision for Astana International Financial Centre

It is an honour to be co-chairing this Foreign Investors Council with President Nazarbayev once again. This year, the theme under discussion is the very exciting plan to create the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC). But, before I touch on that, I would like to go over what we have done since the last meeting.…

Helping Kazakhstan’s Agriculture Blossom

One of the reasons I enjoy coming to Kazakhstan is its hospitality and especially the generous and delicious meals. I have personally enjoyed many examples of the local produce: from rice grown in Kyzylorda to apples from Almaty and of course bread made of Kazakhstan’s high-quality wheat. So I am especially pleased that this year’s…

EBRD Is Kazakhstan’s Partner for Reform

It is a pleasure to be back in Kazakhstanto co-chair the Foreign Investors’ Council meeting on June 12 with President Nursultan Nazarbayev. And I am particularly pleased to be here so soon after the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form a new strategic partnership with Kazakhstan. We…