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Diversification of EU energy supply: challenges and opportunities for Central Asia

The Interim Report for the Jean Monnet Project “Diversification of EU Energy Supply: Challenges and Opportunities for Central Asia” financed by Erasmus+.
Date of submission: 31st August. 2018

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The Conference “Sagadiyev Readings 2020. New approaches to Kazakhstan’s economy development at the present stages: features and prospects”

The Conference “Sagadiyev readings‐2020” was successfully held today, 24 April 2020.
The international scientific and practical conference “Sagadiyev Readings‐2020. New approaches to Kazakhstan’s economy development at the present stages: features and prospects” was successfully held on 23-24 April, 2020. It was attended by prominent scholars from USA and Kazakhstan, by faculty members, graduate and doctoral students of the UIB. The Conference was arranged by the UIB together with its strategic partner Erasmus+.
The conference signals the interest of the scientific community for the study of new economic paradigms in Kazakhstan.
While commencing the event, Dr.Darkhan Akhmed‐Zaki, President of the UIB, emphasized that the Conference was held in view of the active role to be jointly undertaken by researchers, where they will introduce new and innovative ideas in studying and analyzing trends existing in the economy of Kazakhstan. Dr El‐Hodiri, professor in the Economics department at University of Kansas (USA), concluded that proper management of companies will be as critical to the global economy as proper management of countries.
Due to the COVID‐19 quarantine restrictions applied in Almaty, the conference was conducted in MS Teams. The conference works were presented within the following 6 sections:
1. Paradigms for economic growth in Kazakhstan under new conditions.
2. EU‐CA relations prospects for energy cooperation,
3. Information communication technologies as the essential component of Kazakhstani social economic policy;
4. Management, marketing, business, logistics: topical issues, trends and perspectives for development;
5.The role of the tourism and hospitality industry in the service economy development;
6. The linguistic factor in the consolidation of national identity in Kazakhstan.
The 2d section named “EU‐CA relations prospects for energy cooperation” was arranged within the framework of the grant project “Diversification of EU energy supply: challenges and opportunities for CA”, financed by Erasmus+.

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The annual student conference “Almaty: Sustainable City‐ 2020”

The annual student conference of the UIB “Almaty: Sustainable City‐ 2020” was held on 21‐ 22 Aril, 2020. It was dedicated to the study of different aspects of the urban environment in order to provide solutions that lead to sustainable development. The main challenge in creating modern sustainable cities lies in the detailed study of the dynamics of urban systems, as well as ensuring the functioning and maintenance of structures supported by natural systems. Large cities, such as the city of Almaty, are the most difficult mechanisms to manage. They represent a fertile ground for economists, financiers, lawyers, journalists, political scientists, IT specialists and other professionals who are able to offer new ideas in accordance with modern technological advances and human needs.
The annual Student Conference examined the interdisciplinary components of sustainable urban development in general, the problems associated with the growth of Almaty.

Conference Sections:
Section 1 “EU‐CA relations prospects for energy cooperation”
Section 2. Safer and smarter cities
Section 3. Urban languages Urban hospitality
Section 4. Urban economics
Section 5. Urban management
Section 6. The Global city: Urban conflicts & diplomacy

The section 1 named “EU‐CA relations prospects for energy cooperation” was arranged within the framework of the grant project “Diversification of EU energy supply: challenges and opportunities for CA”, financed by the European Commission (Erasmus Plus).

Due to the COVID‐ 19 quarantine restrictions applied in Almaty, the conference was conducted in MS Teams. 129 students participated in the Conference.

Survey “European Union Energy Market: Opportunities for Kazakhstan”

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The Roundtable “EU-CA cooperation in the energy sector”

On 25th February, 2020 The University of international business conducted a roundtable discussion entitled “EU-CA cooperation in the energy sector” to examine perspectives for fruitful collaboration between EU and CA countries in the energy sector. The roundtable meeting was held within the framework of the Jean Monnet grant project “Diversification of EU energy supply: challenges and opportunities for CA” financed by Erasmus+.

The availability of energy resources is influencing to geopolitics in Eurasia. Control over exploitation of oil resources and the construction of new pipelines will give crucial advantages in the political and economic positions of Russia, Turkey and the Central Asian states, and change the relations between Russia, China and the USA. Researchers have different explanations of the current situation in Central Asia and the Caspian region. The growing influence of Russia in the region is viewed as stabilization factor by some researchers. Others expect for the reconceptualization of the relationship between Russia and CA countries. Another group of researchers is forecasting that some kind of contemporary casus belli will result from current activities of Russia in Central Asia and Caspian region.
Energy issues are one of the seven priorities of the EU strategy for Central Asia. The EU is interested in Central Asian oil and gas, and it is willing to provide assistance in developing energy deposits.

Although many of aspects of energy cooperation between EU-CA countries have already been examined and reported in the respective literature, a goal of this roundtable is to discuss relevant themes and perspectives with prominent members of the civil society of Kazakhstan.
The following questions constituted the starting point for roundtable participants in determining some of the most important areas of knowledge and practice that may need to be examined in greater depth:
1. Analysis of global energy governance. Assessment of defects in current global energy governance structure. Key objectives and areas of global energy governance reform.
2. Analysis and assessment of potential for cooperation between EU and CA countries in the energy sector. Whether deeper energy cooperation will lead to joint long term strategies, energy governance reforms and substantial changes in CA countries? What the current policies that support or hinder the development of long term cooperation between two regions?
3. Analyzing EU-Russia relations from the perspectives of CA countries. What new policies need to be developed?

The focus of the discussions centered primarily on political aspects of energy cooperation between EU and CA countries, with a view toward addressing other aspects of cooperation at future meetings.

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