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Kazakhstan AIFC Waives License Fees Until 2021

Monday 18 June 2018

ASTANA (AIFC press service) — The Astana Financial Services Authority (AFSA) decided to waive until 1 January 2021 the license application fees for regulated, market and auxiliary services in the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) as well as the fees for recognition of non-AIFC market institutions and non-AIFC members of market institutions.

The renunciation will not apply to the company registration fee, which will remain at $100. The waiving of the license fee is an important first step in the development of the AIFC as it will significantly reduce the cost of doing business and encourage businesses to adopt the AIFC as a centre for financial services and non-financial services activities.

Stephen Glynn

Stephen Glynn, the Chief Executive Officer of the AFSA, said:

The aim of this decision is to create a favourable business environment for companies to become AIFC participants. We believe that the absence of fees will encourage local and international companies and individuals to use the AIFC as a hub for business in Central Asia and beyond.

The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC)
In December 2015 the Constitutional law on the Astana International Financial Centre was introduced, creating the AIFC and its Centre Bodies. Its is to develop an international centre of financial services in Central Asia. For the first time, in the post-Soviet era, a Common law framework has been introduced in a former Soviet republic. English is the official language of the AIFC.

The objectives of the AIFC are to attract investment into the Kazakh economy through the establishment of an attractive ecosystem for financial services, to develop local capital markets, to ensure their integration with international capital markets, and to develop markets for insurance, banking and Islamic finance the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The Astana Financial Services Authority (AFSA) is the independent regulator of the Astana International Financial Centre, a legal entity and statutory body of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which is established for the purposes of regulating activities related to financial services in the AIFC. As such, the AFSA administers the AIFC Regulations and Rules, which provides, among other things, for the authorization, registration, recognition and supervision of financial firms and market institutions.

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