Business Almaty 2012
Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, played host to BusinessCem’s 11th International Central Asia Conference and Exhibition between 15-18 October 2012. Over 100 delegates gathered in the InterContinental Hotel in the city’s leafy suburb that is also home to the Presidential Residence and a stone’s throw away from the busy city centre. ICR was there to find out what keeps the Central Asian cement industry ticking.
After the official opening of the 11th International Central Asia Conference and Exhibition by BusinessCem’s Evgeny Valyukov, delegates were welcomed by Aitleu Zhannat of the Department of Construction and Architecture at Almaty’s Akimat (city mayor’s office). Maral Tompiev of the Association of Builders of Kazakhstan stressed the importance of the construction industry in Kazakhstan and in the Central Asian region. He informed the audience that great opportunities lie ahead for the cement industry as the government plans to build over 7Mm2 of residential housing in addition to several other projects, including road construction.