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2nd Annual Astana International Forum furthers cross border diplomacy and collaboration

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Astana, 12 February 2024 (TDI): Central Asia’s leading international conference, the Astana International Forum (AIF), will take place under the aegis of the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, on the 13th and 14th of June 2024 in Astana.

Building on the success of the inaugural Forum in 2023, this year’s event will provide a critical opportunity for the international community to unite in the face of mounting challenges to global security, stability, and prosperity.

The Astana International Forum 2024 will gather government and business leaders from around the world to exchange perspectives on the most pressing issues of the day and identify new avenues for cooperation.

In 2023, the record-breaking attendance included over 5,000 participants from more than 50 countries, including heads of state, world’s foremost policymakers, business leaders, and public intellectuals.

Notably, the Forum’s programme will be split into four pillars: Foreign Policy and International Security, International Development and Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change, and Economy and Finance.

The pillars will serve as the principal topics for two days of engaging panel sessions, armchair discussions and dedicated networking opportunities, with the ultimate aim of delivering actionable results for the revival of multilateralism and new opportunities for bilateral partnerships.

President Tokayev remarks

Commenting on the launch of the second Astana International Forum, President Tokayev said that in an era marked by polarization and fragmentation, continued economic and geopolitical disruptions threaten to erode the essential principles of cooperation. These disruptions also jeopardize mutual respect.

He further added, “I am deeply proud that, through the Astana International Forum, Kazakhstan is helping protect and enhance the international system at this key juncture”.

President Tokayev highlighted that under the banner of ‘Empowering People, Uniting Nations: Building a Better World Together’, AIF2024 is poised to once again re-energise the global community, providing fresh perspectives and collaborative solutions to some of the most critical challenges facing humanity today.

He reiterated Kazakhstan has long served as a vital bridge between East and West. Our strategic vantage point on the world – geographically, culturally, and politically – positions us to drive crucial discussions.

Moreover, we foster meaningful conversation among the world’s foremost policymakers, business leaders, and public intellectuals, Kazakh President mentioned.

Also Read: AIF2024: Kazakhstan addressing global challenges

The Astana International Forum 2024 is an important milestone for Kazakhstan on the world stage. This year, the country is set to chair several leading international organizations.

These include the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia, the Organisation of Turkic States, the Islamic Food Security Organisation, and the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea.

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