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Kazakhstan plans international financial center in Astana

Shrugging off doubters, scheme's director insists project will succeed

The EXPO 2017 exhibition site in Astana will be transformed into the Astana International Finance Center by the end of the year. (Photo by James Kilner)

ASTANA -- For Baurzhan Bektemirov and his colleagues, the heavily promoted multibillion-dollar Expo 2017 that Astana is hosting until Sept. 10 is merely a warm-up.

Baurzhan Bektemirov, managing director of the Astana International Finance Center (Photo by James Kilner)

Bektemirov, managing director of the Astana International Finance Center, said in an interview that he was excited by the prospect of creating a regional hub for companies and a capital market on the site after the expo.

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