The first meeting of the Strategic Council of the
Center for Strategic Initiatives was held in Astana
September 15, 2016
On September 15, 2016, the first meeting of the Strategic Council of the Center for Strategic Initiatives (CSI) was held in Astana, which is a newly established independent Kazakhstani consulting company.

The Strategic Council consists of public managers and businessmen, namely B. Akchulakov, D. Yergozhin, O. Zhandossov, D. Idrissov,
D. Kaletayev, V. Kim, N. Kussainov and K. Rakishev, and also senior partners of the Center for Strategic Initiatives, D. Sadvakassov and
O. Khudaibergenov.

Senior Partner of the Center Darmen Sadvakassov introduced
a team of partners who have extensive experience on the Kazakhstani and international markets. "Cooperation with the Center for Strategic Initiatives will be beneficial to all those who are interested in high-quality consulting and analytical support, whether they are from public or private sectors. Our values are interests of customers, data confidentiality, high professionalism and competence",
— noted Darmen Sadvakassov.

The Strategic Council's decisions will be advisory, Council members will not have access to commercial and other customer information.
At the same time, the expertise and status of the members of the Strategic Council will lead to establishing high standards for corporate activities in the Center for Strategic Initiatives.

At the first meeting of the Strategic Council a concept of development
of the Center for Strategic Initiatives as well as a number of organizational issues were discussed. According to the concept,
at the first stage the main focus will be on the formation of effective internal procedures and processes in accordance with the best international standards. In the nearest future the implementation
of multi-stage personnel selection and motivation systems, the ethics code, the creation of IT-infrastructure are planned. The publication
of annually audited financial statements and many other plans are announced.

As a result of meeting discussions, a number of internal documents including a Roadmap were approved, and priority project activities
were identified.

Olzhas Khudaibergenov explained the novelty and uniqueness of the Center for Kazakhstan: "International consulting companies have internal procedures at a high-level quality, which allows them to prepare
high-quality documents. However, there are often issues voiced related
to a possible lack of understanding of local specificity.
In the Center for Strategic Initiatives, we have gathered a team of professionals who understand local specifis and could provide services of high quality same as of international consulting organizations".

He also mentioned that the main services of the Center will be strategic consulting, including consulting services on mergers and acquisitions, deals with enterprise restructuring, privatization and support
for investors, preparation of high-quality analyses in the fields
of macroeconomics, oil and gas, financial and transport sectors
of the Kazakhstani economy.

May 30, 2018
August 8, 2018