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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.

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