Astana International Exchange (“AIX”, the “Exchange”) has participated in the “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” initiative – a partnership intended to spur women’s participation in the global economy and promote sustainable development.
On the eve of International Women’s Day, the female top managers of AIX trading members and partners rang the opening bell for trading on the AIX.
AIX CEO Renat Bekturov noted:“By celebrating women in business, in government, and in society, we are in fact celebrating the noble goals of a more inclusive society and the aspirations of fair and equal opportunities for all citizens. Gender equality and the successful inclusion of women in all walks of life translates into greater economic productivity, better outcomes for the next generation, and more representative decision-making and policy choices.”
AIX has a 51% female workforce whilst women hold a quarter of senior management positions, including representatives at the top management and the AIX Board of Directors.
AIX was formed in 2017 within the Astana International Financial Centre development framework. AIX shareholders are AIFC, Goldman Sachs, the Shanghai stock exchange, the Silk Road Fund, and NASDAQ, which also provides the AIX trading platform. The exchange operates within a regulatory environment based on the principles of English Law, thus providing a reliable investment environment. The mission of AIX is to develop an active capital market in Kazakhstan and the region by providing clear and favorable conditions for attracting financing to private and public businesses. AIX develops special segments for mining companies as well as infrastructure projects under the Belt and Road initiative. More details:www.aix.kz
The Astana International Financial Centre The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) is an independent jurisdiction that started operations in 2018. In accordance with the Development Strategy until 2025, the key focus of the AIFC is to consolidate as a universal platform connecting the countries of the EAEU, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. https://aifc.kz/
Ring the Bell for Gender Equality — a collaboration of stock exchanges around the world ringing opening or closing bells to celebrate International Women’s Day and promote the Women’s Empowerment Principles. The initiative is a partnership between the UN Global Compact, IFC, Sustainable Stock Exchanges, UN Women, the World Federation of Exchanges, and Women in ETFs to raise awareness about the business case for women’s economic empowerment and the opportunities for the private sector to advance gender equality and sustainable development.