H.E. Asset Issekeshev and H.E. Bakhytzhan Sagintayev Honored with 2019 Global Competitiveness Awards

The GFCC is thrilled to announce the first ever dual recipients of the 2019 Global Competitiveness Award: His Excellency Asset Issekeshev, the former Minister of Industry and Trade of Kazakhstan, and current Executive Director of The Foundation of the First President of Kazakhstan; and H.E. Bakhytzhan Sagintayev, Mayor of the City of Almaty, and former Prime Minister of Kazakhstan.

The Global Competitiveness Award was presented to Mr. Issekeshev on September 17, 2019 at the 2019 Global Innovation Summit in Nur-Sultan, in recognition of his vision and leadership in driving institutional modernization and the development of a national competitiveness ecosystem in Kazakhstan, both through his work in the government and the private sector.

A former government official, H.E. Asset Issekeshev has held positions as Deputy Prime-Minister, Minister of Investment and Development, Minister of Industry and Trade and Mayor of Astana (now Nur-Sultan). After leading the President’s Administration Office, he is currently serving as Executive Director of the Foundation of the First President of Kazakhstan (“Elbasy”). Under Mr. Issekeshev's leadership Elbasy has launched their "Smart Zholy" initiative, which connects young Kazakh entrepreneurs to leading venture capital firms in Central Asia to present their startup ideas for funding, partner with international companies and create innovative new products and services. For his commitment and leadership to the core mission of competitiveness and innovation, H.E. Asset Issekeshev was named a 2019 recipient of the Global Competitiveness Award.

Mr. Sagintayev was presented with his Global Competitiveness Award at the Kazakhstan Growth Forum on September 19, 2019, in honor of his dedication to building up Kazakhstan's business infrastructure and developing innovation capacity throughout his long career in public service.

From his early days as the Deputy Chairman of the Agency for Small Business Support, to his cabinet positions as Minister of Economic Development and Trade, and later Minister of Regional Development; Mr. Sagintayev has demonstrated a strong commitment to the principles of industrial modernization, innovation and competitiveness. During his tenure as Prime Minister and now Mayor of Almaty, Mr. Sagintayev has continued to make sustainable economic development the center of his work. For this and his many other accomplishments in public service H.E. Bakhytzhan Sagintayev was named a 2019 recipient of the Global Competitiveness Award.

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