The First Eurasian Construction Industry Congress

Date of event: 
Tuesday, 2. December 2014 to Wednesday, 3. December 2014

On December 2-3, 2014, Astana hosted the Eurasian Construction Industry Congress - the first global event in the building sector of the Eurasian Union. The founder of the Congress was the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan; the event organizer was an exhibition company KazExpoServis. 

The Congress was attended by all players in the construction sector - leading experts of the EEU countries, executives of government institutions, construction companies, industry associations and unions, material and equipment manufacturers, educational and research institutions, financial institutions, etc.

As you know, the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union has identified a number of issues for harmonization of standards and technical regulations between member countries, as well as opened up perspectives for the development of the construction industry. According to the President of Kazakhstan N.A. Nazarbayev: "In the future of the Eurasian Economic Union we see enormous opportunities for innovative leap forward and accelerated development of our country."

The task set by the Head of State on Kazakhstan’s joining the rank of the 30 developed countries by 2050 requires active work of the Government, all players of the construction industry and the professional community on introduction of the world standards into regulations of the Kazakhstan’s construction market. The Eurasian Congress was the first event of this magnitude, which has discussed the development of the domestic building sector and new opportunities for growth within the Eurasian Union.

The Congress provided an opportunity to coordinate positions on key issues of economic development, to discuss problems and prospects of the construction industry, to develop new ideas and solutions in the construction sector of three countries - Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, as well as to discuss urban development plans, preparation for the EXPO-2017, and a host of other things.

The Congress organizers sound that in recent years the construction industry of Kazakhstan has been showing positive development dynamics, recovering after the financial crisis of 2008, and today it is one of the most important and rapidly growing industries of the country. So, in 2013, the share of the construction industry in Kazakhstan amounted to 7% of GDP, more than 6.8 million square meters of housing were put into operation, and the number of people employed in the industry amounted to about 660 thousand.

The Congress covered a huge range of issues, ranging from the building trading staffing issues to information transparency in the industry. The participants discussed issues of regulation (pricing, regulatory environment, permission documentation), investments (mechanisms of PPP, investment funds administration), growth zones (agglomeration, urban development social issues, tourist hub), design and urban planning on the example of the world's mega-cities, development of green technologies, support for national producers and a host of other things.

Within the context of the Congress a thematic exhibition was opened, which presented state-of-the-art developments in the construction technologies, equipment, products and services, as well as major construction projects. The exhibition focused on EXPO-2017, Green Technology, Architects & Designers, and High Intelligent Solutions for the Industry (software, consulting, etc.), and High-Tech Production and Investment Projects.

As the global practice shows, rate of growth in any industry depends on productivity of the dialogue between all its participants. And it is industry-specific forums, round tables and exhibitions, what is one of the most effective tools for constructive dialogue. That is why in the future the Congress is planned to be held on an annual basis.

Registration of the participants and accreditation of media representatives were carried out on the official website of the Eurasian Construction Industry Congress http://ecic.kz.

COMMENTS OF PROFESSIONALS

Rakhim OSHAKBAYEV, Vice-Chairman, Member of the Board of the RPE of the Republic of Kazakhstan: "The first Eurasian Construction Industry Congress is a central event of the construction industry of Kazakhstan, and of the Eurasian Economic Union in the future."
Aslan SARINZHIPOV, the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan: "The construction industry staff training and retraining become increasingly important for the economy of the country. It is clear that the development of domestic innovative economy and social sphere require better training of future specialists competitive on the labour market and demanded by employers."
Yerlan SAGADIYEV, Vice Minister for investment and development of the Republic of Kazakhstan: "The Congress contributes to the strengthening of international relations, introduction of state-of-the-art technologies and innovative solutions into the construction industry."
Alexander BELOVICH, the Chairman of the Board, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Basis-A holding, the Chairman of the Committee for Construction, Production of Construction Materials and Housing of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan, member of the Congress organizing committee: "Definitely, the Eurasian Construction Industry Congress is helpful in solving problems that our industry faces every day: production development, market expansion, investment, pricing and a host of other things. We expected professional and positive work of the Congress, as well as concrete practical results."
Mukhit AZIRBAYEV, the Chairman of the Supervisory council of the construction company Global, member of the Organizing Committee for the Congress: "The idea of a Construction Industry Congress is well-timed and urgent. Many issues of the Congress require fast solution through joint efforts of all the professionals of the domestic construction industry."
Lyubov NYSANBAYEVA, the President of the City Planners Union of Kazakhstan: "For all the professionals - architects, city planners, designers, - the Congress is extremely relevant and interesting place to find solutions to many challenges in the development of modern cities, creating a comfortable environment and healthy lifestyle."
Akmurza RUSTEMBEKOV, the President of the Union of Architects of the Republic of Kazakhstan: "The Congress’ dialogue platform provides an opportunity to exchange professional experience with foreign colleagues, to receive theoretical and practical skills for determination of new levels of creative investment in the infrastructure and architecture of cities, to increase our awareness of the values of designing in the existing world and determine the place of architecture in the society." 
Serik AKHANOV, the Chairman of the Board of the Financial Institutions' Association of Kazakhstan: “Russia, Belorussia and Kazakhstan construction sectors are under active development: the industry horizons expand, new possibilities emerge, a favourable investment climate is created. Certainly, the Eurasian Construction Industry Congress is helpful for all market players in building up a constructive dialogue with each other and the State. And addressing global challenges together to prepare a stable platform for the further development of the construction industry." 
Ruslan KAKIM, Managing Director of the Real Estate Fund Samruk-Kazyna: "At present, in our country in the framework of the strategy Kazakhstan-2050 and the concept of Kazakhstan's transition to a ‘green economy’, also the construction industry modernization is carried out, improving its legal framework and development of new approaches in the work of government institutions and all entities of the professional construction community. The Real Estate Fund welcomes the establishment of a dialogue platform for participants of the construction sector in the framework of the common economic space and expresses its support for the organizers." 

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