Astana Financial Services Authority waives license fees until 2021

On the 29th April 2018 the Astana Financial Services Authority (the AFSA) decided to waive until 1 January 2021 the license application fees for regulated, market and ancillary services in the Astana International Financial Centre (the AIFC) as well as the fees for recognition of non-AIFC market institutions and non-AIFC members of market institutions.  The waiver will not apply to the company registration fee, which will remain at US$100.

The waiving of the license fee is an important first step in the development of the AIFC as it will significantly reduce the cost of doing business and encourage businesses to adopt the AIFC as a centre for financial services and non-financial services activities.

Stephen Glynn, the Chief Executive Officer of the AFSA, said: “The aim of this decision is to create a favorable business environment for companies to become AIFC participants. We believe that the absence of fees will encourage local and international companies and individuals to use the AIFC as a hub for business in Central Asia and beyond”.

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