Join us as we welcome Kathy Leach, Her Majesty's British Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan from on Thursday 15th June from 13:00-14:00 BST.
Since the 2000s, Kazakhstan has seen impressive economic growth driven by the first generation of market-oriented reforms, abundant mineral resources extraction, and strong FDI. It recorded GDP growth of growth of 3.2%i in 2022 and is forecast to grow at 3.5% in 2023. Sustained economic growth has transformed the country into an upper middle-income economy, commensurately raising living standards and reducing poverty.
This progress, however, masks vulnerabilities and unevenness in the country’s development model. Slowing economic growth, growing inequality, and weak institutions reflect the potential limitations of the resource-based and state-led growth model and may need to be addressed for Kazakhstan to continue its impressive growth
Ms Kathy Leach started her role as His Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan in August 2021. Previously she was Deputy Director, Constitution and Devolution, Europe Directorate in the FCDO. From 2012 to 2015 Kathy served as Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia. She speaks Russian and French, has learnt Japanese and Armenian, and is currently learning Kazakh.