Central Asia

AIX chief executive: "liquidity breeds liquidity breeds liquidity"

Timothy Bennett, CEO of the Astana International Exchange, talks to FinanceAsia about how his lessons learnt running the NZX will help get Kazakhstan's second stock exchange's engine running.

Much like Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana International Exchange AIX is work in progress. Nur-Sultan is a futuristic planned city of skyscrapers that only became the country’s capital in 1998. The financial hub of the new city is the Astana International Financial Centre AIFC, itself formally launched 20 years later, in 2018.

At the heart of the AIFC is the AIX, whose mission it is to develop the public equity and debt capital markets in Kazakhstan and Central Asia.

Chief executive of the AIX since June 2018, it is easy to see why Timothy Bennett was appointed. The native New Zealander and the former head of the...

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