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What Europe should learn from Kazakhstan

In the past four months I lived and worked in Almaty, Kazakhstan, as a rector of New Economic University. There are several trends in Kazakhstan that should draw attention of EU decision-makers.

What Europe should learn from Kazakhstan
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- In Kazakhstan there is a strong downward trend in usage of alcohol and tobacco, and at the same time fertility rate is going up and number of people declaring that they actively participate in religious activities is going up. And the drop in tobacco/alcohol usage is not caused by high taxes, as in the case of Europe. The price of pack of cigarettes in 1 dollar, while in Europe in 5 or 10 times more. So people choose to quit smoking, and are not forced to do it by high taxes. In Europe  the role of church and family is being depreciated rapidly and as a consequence fertility rates are sinking, with exception of counties where immigrants make a difference. Well, in Brussels Mohamed is the most popular name given to newly born boy. Welcome to new, tolerant Europe. Now you can understand the results of recent elections in Denmark and other countries.

- Homosexual activities are considered as sick by most people I talked to, while in Europe they are promoted as something better than then normal family.

- In Kazakhstan we have more than 150 nationalities living together in peace. You can be part of any religion: Muslim, Catholic, Orthodox, Jew, … you can freely practice it. In Europe some religions are considered better than others, and the tolerance is understood in a pathological way.

- During recent EFMD conference in Brussels I found that all universities struggle to promote women to top ranks. They make 20-40 percent of high ranked positions. I stood up and said that in our university in Kazakhstan all vice-rectors are women, 50 percent of deans are women, and 90 percent of chair heads are women.  In Kazakhstan society is dominated by men, and it has root in history and tradition. And despite this tradition our university has managed to promote women to top positions, which probably make us the most feminist university in the world.

I suggest to my European colleagues that they come to Kazakhstan to understand the positive societal trends that can be observed here. European model is faulty, and recent election choices suggest that European Union values imposed by Hollywood and banksters are causing a massive backlash among societies. Look at Kazakhstan experience to understand how you can make the EU survive.

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Krzysztof Rybiński

Economy of the XXI century -

Professor Krzysztof Rybinski holds MA in computer sciences, and Ph.D. in economics. He has an extensive professional background. He worked as software engineer in Tokyo, director of the Soros Foundation programs in CEE, a consultant to the World Bank. He was chief economist and managing director at commercial banks. In 2004, he was appointed the Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Poland by the President of Poland and performed this function for four years until 2008. He was in charge of research, foreign exchange reserves management, payment systems, cash circulation management, monetary statistics and international relations. Under his supervision National Bank of Poland changed its investment strategy which resulted in additional one billion dollars profit for Poland. In 2004-2005, he was member of the EU Economic and Financial Committee, and in 2007-2008 a member of the Polish Financial Services Authority. In 2007-2008 he served as a World Bank alternate governor for Poland. He was also member of the supervisory boards of several financial sector companies (2008-2009) and Partner in Ernst & Young Poland (2008-2010). Since 2010, he has been Professor and President of Vistula University in Warsaw, which offers education to students from more than 30 countries. In 2012 he launched the investment fund called EUROGEDDON, its investment strategy assumes deepening financial crisis in the Eurozone. The fund launch was covered by Financial Times and CNN International.

Krzysztof Rybinski was economic advisor to several Polish governments. In the last few years he was a coauthor of country higher education strategy, e-government strategy and intellectual capital strategy.

Krzysztof Rybinski is author of numerous refereed papers in economics and (co) author of several books. In March 2012 ranking he was ranked the fourth best Polish economist by number of scientific citations. In October 2012 he received the business award of most respected Polish economist. He has also contributed hundreds of articles on economics and financial markets to Polish newspapers. He published in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and The Economist. He was the first senior central banker in the world to have started a popular and often quoted by media economic blog already in 2006.

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