The concept of G-Global iniative


Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev suggested in 2011 that the world create a G-Global group of nations to replace the G-20 as the most influential force in setting international economic policy. 
The suggestion came on December 15, 2011, during a speech celebrating the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence -- December 16, 1991. 

"So far nobody has suggested a global anti-crisis plan that would be acceptable to everyone,” President Nazarbayev said. “Unfortunately, the G-20 and G-8’s global anti-crisis approach has proved ineffective. I suggest expanding the number of countries that are participating in the search for global anti-crisis solutions. I suggest calling this new communication platform G-Global. 
“I am suggesting this initiative from the rostrum observing the 20th anniversary of independence because during this period our sovereign country has become a reliable partner of the global community,” President Nazarbayev noted. 

The President said the Astana Economic Forum could become a platform for fleshing out and implementing the G-Global concept. 
The Organization for Islamic Cooperation, or OIC, joined Kazakhstan in calling for the convening of a conference in 2012 to address dysfunction in the global economic system. A key objective of the conference would be developing a plan of reforms that could become the United Natons’ next anti-economic-crisis plan. 
That conference will be held in Astana in conjunction with the Fifth Astana Economic Forum from May 22 to 24. The OIC will be cooperating with the effort. 
To kick-start the discussion, the Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists, the main organizer of the Astana Economic Forum, has developed a model of a new global financial system and a single world currency. It is in Appendix 1 of the G-Global Web site. 


G-Global Communication Platform

The unique G-Global communication platform is a place where academics, business people, politicians and others from Kazakhstan and the world can discuss the global economy and related issues. 

The G-Global communication platform allows Internet users to participate in the following activities: 
1. Expert reviews 
2. Debates 
3. Business projects 
4. Polls 
5. Discussions and an Internet forum (since 2009) 

The project was supported by seven Nobel Laureates – Robert Mundell, John Nash, Roger Kornberg, Eric Maskin, John Aumann, James Mirrlees and Finn Kydland; the European Commission; the Re-inventing Bretton Woods Committee; the Club de Madrid, and representatives of many other international organizations, businesses and educational institutions. 

The G-Global communication platform is a component of the Web site of the Astana Economic Forum, which brings together thousands of people a year to discuss the world economy. 

More than 500,000 visitors from 128 countries visited the virtual forum last year.


Who we are

G-Global is a multifunctional Internet platform established with the aim to initiate and maintain a worldwide discussion on global development in its broadest sense and a wide range of related topics.

Since its establishment, 25,000 contributors from 149 countries have been registered and more than 1.8 million people have visited the portal.

In its short period of existence, G-Global has built up a social network of Kazakh intellectuals and their counterparts all over the world joining efforts to seek responses to the world’s most urgent challenges today with the aim to provide durable solutions for the future world. Through open and profound debates, economic, political, cultural, demographic and many other issues are thus touched upon.

G-Global publicises topics in more than 50 domains on its platform within the following five main sections:

-          reviews/comments by economic experts;

-          business projects;

-          blogs;

-          open debates;

-          publications;

-          a monthly online interactive conference is to be held centred around a “Person of the Month” with the participation of both Kazakh economic specialists and experts from around the world.

G-Global has swiftly gained importance and impact thanks to the support of 14 Nobel laureates including Robert Mundell, John Nash, Robert Kornberg, Eric Maskin, John Aumann, Finn Kydland and Sir James Mirlees – as well as other specialists in science and education, business executives and representatives of international organisations.


How it all began

Observing that the information era we live in requires fresh approaches to the way international cooperation and relations have to be maintained and expanded, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the celebration of the country’s 20th anniversary of its independence which took place on December 16 2011 suggested a new formula for multilateral cooperation in which all interested countries as well as international organisations and professional circles within the international community could participate. This resulted in the establishment of the communication platform G-Global which took off on January 12 2012, bringing scientists, members of business communities, state officials and other interested parties in modern-day Kazakhstan together with their peers all over the world to discuss economic issues that matter today. Overcoming the global financial and economic crisis appeared to be on top of the agenda from the beginning.

Topics under discussion include Kazakhstan’s, the region’s and the world’s positions related to issues such as region-wise strategies, food security, law and human rights, a “green” economy, alternative energy resources and others.

Specialists from various parts of the world have already brainstormed on the question how to reduce credit risks for banks, methods of financial asset valuation, the need to boost agricultural productivity and the issue of nuclear energy.

Visitors to our site have proactively participated in discussions on geopolitical and economic issues, education in Kazakhstan and worldwide, the situation concerning the financial constellation in the world, oil prices and other energy-related issues and many other topics of global interest.

In October 2012, work on a rebranding of G-Global was completed, based on three user-friendly devices for those who are working with the Internet: navigation, personalisation and minimisation.


Benefits for all

  • G-Global already includes an unique collection of exhaustive information and data resource material on its site. Articles and other contributions triggered a broad scope of response, reflected in the publications of the Eurasian Economic Review, which is the quarterly journal of the Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists.
  • Each publication posted on the G-Global platform is automatically taking part in the annual G-Global Contest, divided over different scientific domains and have a chance to win a certificate/diploma and/or a prize in cash from an annual fund amounting to 5 million Kazakh tenge (around 24,000 euro or 3,250 US dollar). The awards will be handed out at the Astana Economic Forum followed by a celebration. The contest offers a chance for both participants and non-participants in the Astana Economic Forum to present their profile and their contributions to overall improvements in the economic situation in the world today.