The Kazakhstan Investment Forum 2008--"The Gateway to Investing in Central Asia"

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The Forum, organized by Institutional Investor, is a continuation of the popular country meetings we are regularly asked to produce. With our sponsors and partners we shall bring together US investors and Kazakhstan's prominent politicians to discuss the offerings this resource rich country has.

The Gateway to Investing in Central Asia

* The Kazakhstan Investment Forum, organized by Institutional Investor, promises to be another influential information gathering event for US investors. With H.E. Karim Massimov, Prime Minister or the Republic of Kazakhstan opening the Forum via live video conference and BTA bank, one of the future eastern investment banks looking to capitalize on the recent void created on Wall Street, giving a press conference and 1-1 interviews, the forum brings together Institutional Investors and Government officials to shed light on the best opportunities available.

For more information please visit http://www.iiconferences.com/KIF.html or contact Julian Johnson at 212.224.3004 or jjohnson @ iiconferences.com.

Sponsors for the events include:

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

Forum Co-Sponsors:
Bracewell & Giuliani
Capital Partners

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 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:
H.E. Karim Massimov, Prime Minister, Republic of Kazakhstan
Erlan Idrissov, Ambassador to the United States, Republic of Kazakhstan
Danica R. Starks, Senior Desk Officer/Policy Advisor, Caucasus and Central Asia, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Market Access and Compliance Unit , Office of Russia, Ukraine & Eurasia, U.S. Department of Commerce
Gulmira A. Makhmutova, Chief Executive Officer, Samruk Invest
Erlan Idrissov, Ambassador to the United States, Republic of Kazakhstan
Galymzhan Pirmatov, Vice Minister of Economy and Budget Planning, Republic of Kazakhstan
Arken Arystanov, Chairman, Regional Financial Centre of Almaty City
Galymzhan Pirmatov, Vice Minister of Economy and Budget Planning, Republic of Kazakhstan
Murat Daribayev, Chairman, Committee of Industry, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Republic of Kazakhstan
Aygul Amirzhanova, Head, Directorate of Investment Policy, Department of Innovative Investment Policy, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Republic of Kazakhstan
Asem Nusupova, Vice Minister of Health, Republic of Kazakhstan
Alzhan Braliev, Vice-Minister of Environment Protection, Republic of Kazakhstan

Featured US Private-Sector and Government Speakers:
Alan Glatt, Partner, Alpha Equity Management, LLC
Gary Mueller, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, tInstitutional Investor
Sarjeev Singh Sidhu, Global Head of Emerging Markets, Aegon USA
Yusuf Sarimsakci, Managing Director, Capital Partners
The Honorable Bijan R. Kian, Member, Board of 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
Dr. Vladimir Kvint, President, International Academy of Emerging Markets, Chair, Department of Financial Strategy, Moscow State University, Member, Bretton Woods Committee, Author, The Global Emerging Market: Strategic Management and Economics
Ayuhan Nogayev, Chairman, Kazakhstan Engineering
George R. Hoguet, CFA, FRM, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager and Global Investment Strategist, State Street Global Advisors
Nurlan Kapparov, Chairman, Lancaster Group
Roman Solodchenko, tChairman of the Management Board, BTA Bank
Gregory J. Vojack, Managing Partner, Central Asia, Bracewell & Giuliani
Roman Solodchenko, tChairman of the Management Board, BTA Bank
Don Elefson, Portfolio Manager, Harding Loevner
Anvar Saidenov, Chairman, National Bank of Kazakhstan
John B. Chambers, CFA, Managing Director, Chairman, Sovereign Ratings Committee, Standard & Poor's
Robb L. Tretter, Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani
Yusuf Sarimsakci, Managing Director, Capital Partners
David E. Short, Senior Counsel, Trade & International Affairs, FedEx Express
Robert Parisi, General Manager, GE Transportation
Askar Zhumagaliev, Chief Executive Officer, Kazakh Telecom, JSC
Gani Uzbekov, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Kazyna
Siddique Khan, President, Lancaster Infrastructure
Michael Carter, Chief Executive Officer, Visor Capital
Jason Hurwitz, Director, Financial Sector Research, Visor Capital
George Iosifyan, Member of the Board, BTA Bank
Roman Solodchenko, Chairman of the Management Board, BTA Bank
Anvar Saidenov, Chairman, National Bank of Kazakhstan
Alan Glatt, Partner, Alpha Equity Management, LLC
Anvar Saidenov, Chairman, National Bank of Kazakhstan
Atul Patel, Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer, Compass Asset Management
Jonathan P. Gill, Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani
Rodney Lake, Investment Analyst, Office of the Chief Investment Officer, George Washington University
Maksat Kabashev, Chief Executive Officer, Investment Fund of Kazakhstan
Darius Daubaras, Fund Manager - Private Equity, Tau Capital plc
Nurlan Kapparov, Chairman, Lancaster Group
Siddique Khan, President, Lancaster Infrastructure
Jeffry R. Haber, Ph.D. , Controller, Commonwealth Fund
Leila Kulbayeva, Senior Analyst, Mining Sector, Visor Capital
Erlan Sagadiev, Chairman, Zere Group of Companies, President, University of International Business
Erlan Kozhasbay, President, Kazakhstan Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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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