On 18th May, Mr. Kairat Kelimbetov, Governor of AIFC (Astana International Financial Center) met with Mr. Lu Hongxiang, Chairman of Jumore E-commerce and his team at AIFC’s head office. The two sides discussed Jumore’s plan to domicile its Central Asia’s headquarters at AIFC and the collaboration on a digital platform dedicated to Central Asia. Mr. Kelimbetov welcomed Jumore to be part of the AIFC family and promised to offer all possible support and facilities to the company. The central Asia digital platform, to be built between Jumore and its Kazakhstan partners, will operate out of Kazakhstan and cover ten Russian-speaking countries in the region. Mr. Kelimbetov said that the digital platform would benefit from the infrastructure of AIFC and attract active participation from other Central Asian countries. He also suggested that AIFC and Jumore make joint efforts to promote digital Silk Road projects within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. At the meeting, the two sides also explored future cooperation on developing digital currency.
The development of Central Asia digital platform is part of Jumore’s international expansion and is expected to benefit the digitization of the regional economy.
AIFC, the Astana International Financial Centre, is a financial hub in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan that was officially launched on July 5, 2018. As part of “100 Concrete Steps” Plan of Kazakhstan, the AIFC was established with a special legal status and based at the EXPO-2017 International Specialized Exhibition infrastructure. AIFC is positioned as a financial hub for the countries of Central Asia, the Caucasus, Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), Middle East, Western China, Mongolia and Europe.