NEXT Summit (Astana 2023）
Hon. Mr. Kairat Torebayev, Deputy Minister of Trade and Integration of Kazakhstan, highlighted Kazakhstan’s active promotion of trade and integration strategies aimed at achieving sustainable development and global cooperation. In this vibrant and opportune era, Kazakhstan is committed to creating an open and friendly investment and trade environment. The country strives to build a connected regional economic cooperation framework, enhance industrial competitiveness, and play a more important role in the global value chain through innovation-driven endeavors.
Zhandos Temirgali, Deputy Chairman of Kazakhstan National Investment Company, underscored the vital role of investment in national development. Investment not only brings capital flow but also introduces new technologies and concepts, driving industrial upgrading and innovative growth. He provided detailed insights into Kazakhstan’s investment development environment and major directions.
Ms. Saule Sabyr, Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture of Kazakhstan, highlighted the significance of agriculture in global development. With the application of new technologies such as digitization and intelligent solutions in the agricultural sector, farmers gain more opportunities. Exploring cooperative models to invigorate sustainable development in agriculture is essential. She advocated strengthening cross-border partnership and cooperation to advance sustainable development in the agricultural sector.
Prof. Dong Xuebing, Deputy Director of the Regional Coordination Development Research Center at Zhejiang University and Executive Vice President of the China Academy of West Region Development at Zhejiang University, proposed policy recommendations to accelerate international cooperation in the China-Central Asia digital economy. He called for accelerated digital transformation, comprehensive digital economic cooperation, and exploration of digital economic trade rules to enhance international digital economic governance involving China.
During the “Global Project Roadshow” segment, Assan Sultangali, Vice President of Agroexpo in Kazakhstan, Simon Malpas, CEO of Kitea HealthTech Ltd. in New Zealand, and Chen Shibo, Chairman of Yiluyouxuan (Beijing) Fresh Food Co., Ltd. in China, shared projects in digital agriculture, smart health, and international high-end agricultural product selection and procurement.
（Image: Simon Malpas presenting his project roadshow）
（Image: Chen Shibo presenting his project roadshow）
From August 21st to 25th, the summit featured specialized forums focusing on ESG development trends, prospects of the digital economy, energy and artificial intelligence, foresight of the health industry and food security and agricultural modernization. These forums aimed to provide a platform for exchanging and collaborating on high-level talents, knowledge, technology, and funding in various industries, contributing to the expansion of global cooperation networks.
（Image: In-depth discussions among participants during the summit）
（Image: Dr. Chen Qianjun, Secretary General of the NEXT Federation, moderating the main forum）
The co-organizers of the NEXT Summit (Astana 2023) include the Regional Coordination Development Research Center of Zhejiang University, China, China Academy of West Region Development of Zhejiang University, Indonesia Research and Development International, Singapore Economics and Management Institute, New Zealand Chinese Scientists Association, Korea-China Capital Market Society, Hubei Technology Market Association, China, Hubei Ezhou Seed Technology Research Institute, China, Pacific Channel Limited (New Zealand), Jiangxi Province Belt and Road Service Center, China, Overseas Jiangxi People’s Union, Leyong Group of Companies (UAE).
Co-sponsors include the Shenzhen ThinkDock Information Technology Co., LTD, Hubei Province Lianfeng Overseas Agric. Development Group Co., Ltd, China, The “Belt & Road” International Institute of Science & Technology, Innovation for Sorghum Industry, China, The International Chamber of Commerce for Culture Industry of Shandong Province, China, Gan Shang Dong Li (China). Additionally, the official gift of the summit, Yuzhou Junci Porcelain, received widespread praise from international participants at both offline and online events.
Since 2017, the NEXT Summit has successfully convened six sessions in Auckland (2017), Hangzhou (2018), Dubai (2019), the Sky (2020), Singapore (2021), and Bali (2022). Dignitaries, renowned scholars, and industry leaders such as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Deputy Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin, 8th Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan have attended and delivered speeches at the summit.
The NEXT Summit has become a brand platform for international exchange and cooperation, embracing GMABC integrated service model, coordinating government, media, academy, business, and community resources to provide a vital communication bridge and service platform for practical cooperation in policy communication, project promotion, technical exchange, personnel interaction, and international communication. The official website of the summit is www.nextsummit.org, where detailed information can be accessed.
（Image: Snapshot of the main forum）