Why Astana?

The return of Routes Silk Road coincides with Astana’s 20th anniversary as a capital. The investment in the country’s infrastructure has led to swift progress and Kazakhstan has seen rapid economic development, and we are sure that hosting Routes Silk Road 2019 will further help them to achieve their objectives.

As the world’s youngest city, with its futuristic architecture and reputation for being one of the world’s top Smart Cities, Astana will be a unique experience for our delegates.

Some cities grow for centuries, others for millennia, and there are cities that can grow in a few decades. Such phenomena include the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. Astana became the country's capital in 1997, and for 20 years the city became the largest modern megalopolis, with developed infrastructure, transport networks and social sphere.

Astana became the face of the state and entered the list of the 30 best cities in the world. Today Astana is the centre of the Eurasian space, accepting various forums, congresses and other events of international importance. The Congresses of Leaders of the World and Traditional Religions, the Astana Economic Forum and other internationally significant events are held on a regular basis. In 2017, Astana hosted the international exhibition EXPO-2017 with "Future Energy" being the main theme.

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