with Richard Pomfret, Professor of Economics, University of Adelaide, Australia
Kazakhstan has used energy revenues to save for the future, invest in human capital, and diversify the structure of production with the goal of becoming one of the “fifty most competitive, dynamically developing countries in the world”. Agriculture has been a key part of the diversification strategy ever since the government committed a billion dollars to the 2003-5 Agriculture and Food Program. Since then agricultural policy has passed through several phases, mirroring evolving attitudes in Kazakhstan towards the role of government and of the market in economic development. This seminar analyses the content and consequences of agricultural policy, and agriculture’s role in Kazakhstan’s economic transformation.
Richard Pomfret, Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide, Australia, and adviser to the Australian government and to international organizations such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Marlene Laruelle, George Washington University
Margarita Assenova, Jamestown Foundation
Anara Ibraeva, Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law
The Central Asia Program will be debating Kazakhstan’s rapidly changing social landscape by discussing the relationship between social problems and civil society issues. The speakers will investigate the regional diversity, labor disputes and social problems, and human rights issues, and actions taken to address these issues by the central authorities.