The stage was set for the formation of the Eurasian Club of Scientists when Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev proposed a series of Eurasian integration initiatives in 1994.
He made the proposals at an address at Moscow State University.
Three years later, at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum in June of 2007, President Nazarbayev proposed creating the Eurasian Club of Scientists to help with Eurasian economic integration.
The Republic of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Economy and Budget Planning and the government’s Economic Research Institute decided to make the president’s recommendation a reality. It created the Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists Association just a few weeks after the president recommended it -- on June 27, 2007.
The idea was for the club to include economists of international repute plus influential government and business leaders and other non-economists from across the world.
Mission of the Astana Economic Forum:
To unite economists and other experts, as well as representatives of the public, in discussing and searching for solutions to socio-economical, legal and cultural issues of Kazakhstan and the world’s economic development. In addition, the Forum will provide economic-development, growth and sustainability recommendations to the Government of Kazakhstan, the governments of the countries participating in the Forum and the Group of Twenty (G-20) nations.
Goals of the Astana Economic Forum:
-- holding conferences, summits, sessions, roundtables, seminars, trainings and other practical activities dealing with current and prospective economic-related issues affecting Kazakhstan and the world;
-- creating a platform for business meetings on the sidelines of the Forum;
-- creating a platform for debates, with the participation of media;
-- organizing an industrial and innovative exhibition, events that can showcase information and communicational technologies, and events dealing with social issues.
-- creating a platform for dialogue among leaders of countries, Nobel Prize winners, media and business representatives and other experts;
-- creating a platform devoted to Forum-related contracts;
-- providing anyone interested in the Forum with a permanent Virtual Astana Economic Forum;
-- providing a permanently functioning platform for facilitating business deals.
Tasks of the Astana Economic Forum:
-- inviting leaders of countries, government officials and leaders of the economy, business, academe and other areas to the Forum:
-- exchanging ideas, experience and knowledge covering different spheres of economic activities and life;
-- attracting potential investors and partners to help facilitate development projects;
--contributing to Kazakhstan’s efforts to invest abroad;
-- organizing discussions and debates among Forum participants;
-- organizing the business meetings among Forum participants;
-- organizing meetings with top-level officials;
-- organizing events dealing with the signing of memoranda and agreements among Forum participants;
-- organizing contests related to various themes on the Virtual Astana Economic Forum;
-- Using the Astana Economic Forum Trade platform to facilitate business deals.
-- fostering Kazakhstan exporters;
-- contributing to innovative efforts;
-- contributing to the development of information and communicational technologies;
-- improving the business and investment climate of Kazakhstan;
-- contributing to the development of Kazakhstan’s tourism infrastructure.
Main areas of activity:
-- getting together scholars, business people and others to discuss and solve the most important economic-related challenges of Kazakhstan and the world;
-- coming up with economic-development recommendations for the Government of Kazakhstan;
-- developing economic-related recommendations for governments of other countries;
-- developing economic-related recommendations for the G-20;
-- arranging for Nobel Prize winners, business leaders and economists to speak at universities;
-- seeking resources to improve the overseeing and carrying out of Astana Economic Forum activities;
-- arranging consultations for potential Forum participants;
-- promoting the Forum in the media, on the Internet and through public-opinion efforts;
-- collecting and presenting statistical information to the public.