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.
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