Kazakhstan Investors Forum The Gateway to Investing in Central Asia September 18-19, The Metropolitan Club

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Institutional Investor has created the inaugural Kazakhstan Investment Forum in order to provide attendees with unprecedented information into this rising investment destination and regional financial powerhouse, that provides increasingly diverse investment opportunities.

U.S. Government Support for Doing Business in Kazakhstan

Emerging markets remain an extremely popular investment destinations as US investors seek higher risk-adjusted returns; however the question always remains as to how to take best and selected advantage of the opportunities presented by these frontiers of investments. With this in mind, Institutional Investor, along with our partners and co-sponsors, proudly presents a country profile of Kazakhstan in which expert speakers assess the country's macroeconomic, regulatory, and legal fundamentals with the goal of providing the information US investors need to make informed, risk-managed investment decisions.

Sponsors for the events include:

Forum Partners:
Embassy of Kazakhstan, USA
BTA Bank
Lancaster Group
Visor Capital

Forum Co-Sponsors:
Bracewell & Giuliani
Capital Partners

The Forum features Kazakhstan's most prominent government and regulatory officials, financial intermediaries, and industrialists. To mention a few, the official Kazakh delegation to the Forum includes

Featured Kazakhstan Government Speakers:
Vladimir Shkolnik, Minister of Industry and Trade, Republic of Kazakhstan
Anvar Saidenov, Chairman, National Bank of Kazakhstan
Kanat Bozumbayev, CEO, Samruk Holding Company
Arken Arystanov, Chairman, Regional Financial Centre of Almaty City
Daulet Yergozhin, Vice Minister, Finance, Republic of Kazakhstan
Asem Nusupova, Vice Minister of Health, Republic of Kazakhstan
Galymzhan Pirmatov, Vice Minister of Economy and Budget Planning, Republic of Kazakhstan
Bolat Akchulakov, Vice Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Republic of Kazakhstan
Erlan Idrissov, Ambassador to the United States, Republic of Kazakhstan

Featured US Private-Sector and Government Speakers:
Ambassador John M. Ordway, Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Kazakhstan
Danica R. Starks, Senior Desk Officer/Policy Advisor, Caucasus and Central Asia, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration and Market Access and Compliance Unit, Office of Russia, Ukraine & Eurasia
U.S. Department of Commerce
George R. Hoguet, CFA, FRM, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager and Global Investment Strategist, State Street Global Advisors
Bijan R. Kian, Member of the Board Directors, Export-Import Bank of the United States
Ariel Cohen, Ph. D., Senior Research Fellow, International Energy Security/Russian and Eurasian Studies
The Heritage Foundation
John B. Chambers, CFA, Managing Director, Chairman, Sovereign Ratings Committee, Standard & Poor's

Press Opportunity to Meet with Top Management from BTA Bank, one of Kazakhstan's leading banks:

On Thursday, September 18 at 9:15 am, Institutional Investor will be organizing a special press briefing entitled, Reality Beats Rumors, focusing on the financial/banking sector in Kazakhstan and how the leading Kazakh banks have been reacting to the credit crisis. With the briefing moderated by Marilen Cawad, News Editor at Institutional Investor magazine, top executives from BTA Bank will be available to take questions from the attending press and offer insight into how BTA Bank and its competitors are handling the current crisis.

The Kazakhstan Investment Forum, with its theme "The Gateway to Investing in Central Asia," is to be attended by over 250 international direct and portfolio investors Topic headlines include "U.S. Government Support for Doing Business in Kazakhstan", "Identifying and Analyzing the Opportunities: Kazakhstan's Investment Climate and Economic Prospects", "The Evolution of Kazakhstan's Financial Sector and Capital Markets" and "A Sectoral Review of the Opportunities in Kazakh Industry -- An Emphasis on Diversification", "The Role of the Domestic and Global Private Markets in Kazakhstan" and "The Continuing Jewel in the Crown: The Extractive Industries".

Organized by Institutional Investor Conferences, The Kazakhstan Investment Forum is a continuation of the in depth country analysis meetings we are regularly requested to arrange.

For more complete information on the conference, visit us online at http://www.iiconferences.com/KIF.html.

Journalists wishing to attend should contact Julian Johnson at 212.224.3004 or jjohnson@iiconferences.com.

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