Astana, 17 September 2009
Following the mandate from the Ministerial launch of the OECD Central Asia Initiative on 4-5 November 2008, this preliminary meeting of the Central Asia Working Group on Investment Climate Policy and Promotion was held on 17 September 2009 in Astana, Kazakhstan alongside the International Conference on Creating Conditions for Sustainable Economic and Social Development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia on 16-18 September 2009.
This preliminary meeting – organised by the Central Asia Initiative of the Eurasia Competitiveness Programme – brought investment policy experts and key partner organisations to the table to discuss strategies and priorities to improve the investment climate on a national level, concentrating on promoting investment in the Central Asia region in times of economic crisis and beyond.
The meeting initiated dialogue on:
- investment policies in times of economic crisis
- the impact of the crisis on Central Asia and their government responses
- business integrity and investment
Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazkahstan
Overview of the Eurasia Competitiveness Programme's Initiative for Central Asia: Enhancing Investment, Competitiveness and Private Sector Development in Central Asia, OECD
OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the OECD Policy Framework on Investment: A Successful Voluntary Approach, Joachim Steffens, Representative of Germany to the OECD Investment Committee, Head of Division for the German Foreign Investments in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology