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01/26/09

POLITICS

•    President Nursultan Nazarbayev on a state visit to the Republic of India
•    Kazakhstan stands firmly with India. Condemns strongly the Mumbai terror attacks

ECONOMY

•    Kazakh KazMunaiGas To Invest $1.7 Billion In Kashagan This Year
•    India Signs Uranium Mining, Supply Agreement With Kazakhstan
•    Kazakhstan plugs into NTPC, Indian power expertise

OTHER NEWS

•    Astana riders welcome Armstrong's long shadow
 

01/19/09

POLITICS

•    Kazakhstan’s Lawmakers Approved Amendments to the Law on Elections
•    U.S. seeks Afghan supply route via Kazakhstan

ECONOMY

•    Indian-Kazakh energy ties deepen
•    Aker Solutions awarded Kazakhstan contract  
•    Kazakhstan to keep tight rein on exchange rate

OTHER NEWS

•    GAME: International tangle with Kazakhstan 'Torpedoed' by Lakers

01/10/09


POLITICS

•    Kazakh Secretary of State receives U.S Special Envoy to Organization of Islamic Conference
•    Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the situation in Gaza Strip
•    Law “On Amendments to Legislative Acts on Freedom of Faith and Religious Associations” to be reviewed for compliance with the Constitution


ECONOMY

•    Kazakhstan: Investment Bankers Upbeat Amid the Downturn
•    Kazakh Kazkommertsbank Jan-Sept profit up 16 pct
•    Kazakhstan: Astana Settles Old Electricity Debt with Tajikistan
•    Kazakhstan: Uranium Production on the Rise
•    Production Hike Lifts Kazakhstan Oil Exports
•    Indo-Kazakh trade, IT ties set to get major boost during Nazabayev’s state visit


OTHER NEWS

•    Jewish Pride and Chanukah in Almaty
•    Kazakh Orthodox Leader Calls for Religious Tolerance
•    UPS Expands International Express Service
 

01/05/09

KAZAKHSTAN ACTIVELY IMPLEMENTS ITS
STRATEGY FOR INDUSTRIAL AND INNOVATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

12/22/08

KAZAKHSTAN INTRODUCES MAJOR POLITICAL REFORM TO MEET OSCE COMMITMENTS

12/22/08

The Embassy of Kazakhstan and its Intersections Partner host
Inter-Faith Dialogue and Dinner at the Embassy of Kazakhstan
 

12/22/08

 

TRUTH ABOUT KAZAKHSTAN’S
GROUNDLESSLY MALIGNED RELIGIOUS LAW REFORM

12/18/08

No 31 December 17, 2008

POLITICS

•    President Nursultan Nazarbayev Receives Congratulations on Independence Day from US President George Bush
•    Kazakhstan and the United States celebrate 15th Anniversary of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program

ECONOMY

•    Minister for Trade welcomes WTO market access deal with Kazakhstan
•    Kazakhstan: Astana seeks to expand government role in key economic sectors
•    Kazakhstan: Astana pushes for regional meeting to address economic crisis

OTHER NEWS

•    CKE Restaurants to Expand to Kazakhstan
•    British pupils 'lead the western world at maths' - but Borat's glorious nation of Kazakhstan puts us to shame
•    Looking east: project builds bridges with eastern Europe and central Asia
•    The Former Kazakh FBI Apprentice: From Jack the Ripper To a "Democrat"
 

12/08/08

POLITICS
Kazakhstan Ready for OSCE Troika & Chairmanship
Kazakhstan Offers Military Airfield to NATO Forces in Afghanistan

ECONOMY
Kazakhstan: Government comes to the banks’ rescue
Enhancement of Kazakhstan’s participation should be top priority for the Government: President Nazarbayev
UAE's Mubadala, Conoco agree Kazakh deal

OTHER NEWS
Kazakhstan has the last laugh with GAC
 

12/08/08

 

KAZAKHSTAN ANNOUNCES JOINT ACTION GOVERNMENT PLAN

TO REVIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT  

 

 

12/01/08

POLITICS
Kazakhstan president grieved over Mumbai deaths
Kazakhstan Offers Help With Ossetian, Abkhaz Talks 
Major new political reforms for Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan: Draft law on gender equality under discussion 
U.S. and Kazakhstan Reach Milestone in Nonproliferation Cooperation

ECONOMY 
Kazakhstan holds sitting on anti-crisis moves
Kazakhstan: IMF official praises Kazakh bank bailout plan

OTHER NEWS
Forging new links with Kazakhstan

11/29/08

SCHEDULE OF MAJOR INTERNATIONAL EVENTS WITH KAZAKHSTAN’S PARTICIPATION
DECEMBER 2008

11/10/08

KAZAKHSTAN SIGNS AGREEMENT ON KASHAGAN, MOU ON “N” BLOCK AND HOSTS MAJOR INTERNATIONAL OIL AND GAS EXHIBITION

10/28/08

KAZAKHSTAN PROMOTES PROGRESS THROUGH DIVERSITY

10/27/08

SCHEDULE OF MAJOR INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
WITH KAZAKHSTAN’S PARTICIPATION
NOVEMBER 2008
 

10/14/08

POLITICS
Newly appointed US Ambassador meets with top Kazakh officials
New links forged with Kazakhstan oil industry city
Iran’s health minister to visit Kazakhstan

ECONOMY
Kazyna and Samruk merging into single national welfare fund
UK's BG to pursue new gas projects in Kazakhstan
Brief overview of investing and banking in Kazakhstan from Russia/Eurasia Executive Guide

OTHER NEWS
A little slice of Scotland... in Kazakhstan
 

10/08/08

KAZAKHSTAN’S FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS WASHINGTON FOR
HIGH LEVEL TALKS WITH US OFFICIALS

10/06/08

POLITICS
Rice: US Not Trying to Undermine Russia in Kazakhstan
Rice says Kazakhstan reliable US partner in Central Asia
Zatlers: state visit to Kazakhstan was successful
Kazakhstan's election body reports no violations in Senate poll

ECONOMY
Kazakh banks shrug off renewed investor worries
Chevron Achieves Full Production from Tengiz Expansion Projects
Provost embarks on Kazakhstan trade mission
Iran oil show kicks off in Kazakhstan

OTHER NEWS
Pusan shines spotlight on Kazakh filmmakers
 

09/24/08

POLITICS
Kazakhstan, NATO Hold Joint Military Exercises

ECONOMY
Kazakhstan works to avoid new grain export ban
Kazakhstan says wins support for uranium exchange
Shell poised to sign deal with Kazakhstan on oil joint venture

OTHER NEWS
Kazakhstan’s Alexander Mashkevich Honored With John Paul II Wellspring of Freedom Award
Conde Nast Traveler issues its new report on Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan's judges to share experience with Turkmen colleagues
Steven O'Hara takes joint third in Kazakhstan Open
Astana makes pitch to sign Armstrong
 

09/22/08

KAZAKHSTAN’S FOREIGN MINISTER TO VISIT
WASHINGTON ON OCTOBER 1-2
TO HOLD CONSULTATIONS WITH US OFFICIALS
 

09/19/08

ROAD TO EUROPE
Kazakhstan announces its strategic plan on furthering ties with
European countries in 2009-2011
 

09/15/08

POLITICS
Kazakhstan – the anchor of stability in the region: former German Chancellor
Kazakhstan remains key partner in Central Asia – NATO Deputy Secretary General
Kazakhstan to implement bar-code system for public services
CSTO summit disappoints Moscow, unites Central Asia

ECONOMY
Kazakhstan Aims to Boost UAE Trade Ties
Kazakhstan: Banking Overview
Kazakhstan Food and Drink Report Q3 2008

OTHER NEWS
Kazakhstan buys BBC Dibley show
Kazakhstan Director's Film to Open 13th PIFF in Busan
 

09/08/08

POLITICS
Kazakh President content with cooperation with Germany
Kazakhstan offers to participate in talks on South Ossetia
Kazakhstan adopts Road to Europe program to promote strategic partnership with continent leaders
Nazarbayev: Kazakhstan interested in developing cooperation with European Union

ECONOMY
Kazakhstan drafts new oil, metals tax rates
Metro to enter into Kazakhstan

OTHER NEWS
Nuclear test ban treaty’s first ever on-site inspection simulation
Astana: The pleasure domes of a new Xanadu
 

08/30/08

Kazakhstan celebrates Constitution Day

08/27/08

CICA Ministers gather in Almaty to discuss urgent international issues, security in the region
 

08/25/08

Third Ministerial Meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia to be held in Almaty on August 25, 2008

08/18/08

POLITICS
Kazakhstan channels humanitarian aid to Georgia, South Ossetia
CIS must be involved in settling Georgia – South Ossetia conflict, say Kazakh and Kyrgyz leaders
OSCE Centre in Astana organizes discussion of Kazakhstan penal reform
Outgoing US Ambassador meets with senior Kazakh officials

ECONOMY
Ipic creates $1bn fund to invest in Kazakhstan

OTHER NEWS
Kazakhstan: Steppe by step
Chabad to Open New Jewish Center in Kazakhstan

08/11/08

POLITICS
Senator Reid: Kazakhstan – the force of stability in Central Asia
President Nazarbayev visits Beijing, attends Olympics opening ceremony
Mongolian Premier meets Kazakh President

ECONOMY
Kazakh Premier Says State Gets Control of Major Oil Company
Kazakhstan: Astana aims to become world’s top uranium producer

OTHER NEWS
Boys Chorus served as emissaries to Kazakhstan, Czech Republic
Kazakhstan to bid for 2018 Olympic Games

08/05/08

POLITICS
Kazakhstan and the 2010 Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Chairmanship

ECONOMY
Kazakhstan, China sign accord on gas pipeline construction
Iran, Kazakhstan to boost co-op in power sector
Kazakh oilfield plans role reshuffle after 2013
Kazakhstan eyes top spot in uranium output

OTHER NEWS
Torah Classes Grow in Kazakhstan
The Kazakh Miracle: Recovery of the North Aral Sea

07/16/08

ASTANA. July 6. Today Astana people celebrate Day of City and President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s birthday.

07/16/08
During their summit in Kazakhstan's city of Almaty on June 4, 2002, the heads of state and government of 16 Asian nations, declaring their support for peaceful resolution of disputes and the common fight against terrorism, established a new Asian security organization stretching from Egypt to China, an organization that has never existed in the past. In June 2006, the second summic of CICA took place in Almaty taking the organization to a new level.
07/15/08

Information Note #2 on international adoption from Kazakhstan

07/14/08

POLITICS
China-Kazakhstan cooperation continues
Russia, Kazakhstan to sign three-year war games deal

ECONOMY
Kazakhstan starts building gas pipeline to China
Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan Hold Talks on Turkmen Gas Exports
Kazmunaigas interested in Oman's Kazakh ventures
Kazakhstan: Mixed messages from banking sector persist

OTHER NEWS
Analytical paper on Kazakhstan’s foreign policy presented by Johns Hopkins University’s Central Asia – Caucasus Institute
Maltese composer, author win awards in Kazakhstan

07/07/08

POLITICS
Kazakh, Russian presidents hail strategic partnership

ECONOMY
Kazakhstan may halve corporate income tax rate
EBRD steps up support for small businesses in Kazakhstan 
Vimpelcom pays $562 mln to up Kazakh unit stake
Kazakhstan Joined the World Petroleum Council

OTHER NEWS
Kazakhstan beyond Borat
The Wider View: Whitney's palace performance as Kazakhstan's capital city turns ten

07/03/08

SCHEDULE OF MAJOR INTERNATIONAL EVENTS WITH KAZAKHSTAN’S PARTICIPATION JULY 2008

 

07/03/08

KAZAKHSTAN’S PRESIDENT PROMISES FURTHER DEMOCRATIC REFORM, INTENDS TO STRENGTHEN THE OSCE

07/02/08

POLITICS
Kazakh leader vows reform before taking OSCE chair
OSCE parliamentary assembly begins in Kazakhstan

ECONOMY
Kashagan deal good for Western group -- analysts
Kazakhstan Fixes Its Tax Code
 
OTHER NEWS
The northern Aral Sea returns to life in Kazakhstan
Glimmer of hope for shrinking Aral Sea

04/28/08

Ambassador of Kazakhastan invites you to attend a round of Kazakh cultural events in Washington, D.C.

04/28/08

THE MYSTERIOUS HEART OF EURASIA

04/28/08

Embassy of Kazakhstan proudly presents a unique lecture on ancient nomads to be delivered by the renowned expert, Dr. Alma Kunanbay 6 pm, Thursday, May 22, 2008

04/28/08

EMBASSY OF KAZAKHSTAN OPENS ITS DOORS ON MAY 16, 2008

03/21/08
Leaders and senior representatives of all the world's major faiths closed their two-day meeting in Astana September 24, 2003 with a strong condemnation of terrorism and prophecies of a "clash of civilizations". They pledged to continue dialogue in the name of peace, harmony and prosperity.
02/08/08

On Wednesday, February 6, President Nursultan Nazarbayev delivered his annual State-of-the-Nation Address announcing a number of important initiatives. The focal points of his speech were economic development, further political modernization and democracy, social security and strengthening of Kazakhstan’s international alliances.

02/07/08

On Wednesday President Nursultan Nazarbayev delivered his annual Address to the people of Kazakhstan announcing a number of important initiatives. The focal points of his speech were economic development, further political modernization and democracy, social security and strengthening of Kazakhstan’s international alliances.

02/07/08

With reference to a news piece by the Interfax-Kazakhstan.

02/07/08

Dow Jones Newswires

02/07/08

Kazakhstan plans to build a new aluminum smelter and, separately, a $1.2 billion steel plant, senior industry officials said on Wednesday.

02/07/08

IKEA, the world’s largest home-furnishing retailer, plans to invest $500 million opening its first two shopping malls in Kazakhstan as economic growth fuels increased spending in the central Asian country.

02/07/08

Odyssey Books is to release the first ever in-depth English language guide to Kazakhstan this March.

By Bijan Omrani

02/07/08

Chicago Tribune, online edition

ANDYKOZHAR BATYR, Kazakhstan—Under a cloudless sky on the Kazakh steppe, a gray hare scampers over the snow-dusted scrub, about two football fields away from a young hunter in green camouflage and the leather-blinkered golden eagle he supports on a thick, black falconer's gauntlet.

01/23/08

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev called on Nur Otan Party members to fight corruption more vigorously, the Embassy of Kazakhstan reports with reference to the Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency.

01/23/08

Kazakhstan will chair the OSCE Economic and Environmental Committee, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mr. Yerzhan Ashikbaev announced.

01/23/08

A press release issued by the Kazakh Defense Ministry says that the bilateral Five Year Partnership Plan constitutes a sound basis for the development of military-to-military cooperation.

01/23/08
In last week’s joint publication of the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal, the Index of Economic Freedom 2008, Kazakhstan was ranked 76th among world’s 157 economies.
01/23/08

The agreement between the Kazakh government and the Kashagan-consortium led by Eni Spa (AA- (AA minus)/Stable) should help to reduce political risks surrounding the Kashagan oil field development project, Fitch ratings said in a comment.

01/23/08

Energy Commissioner of European Commission Andris Piebalgs welcomes the resolution of the Kashagan oil field dispute, the Embassy of Kazakhstan reports with reference to the Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency.

01/23/08

Kazakh Ministry of Tourism and Sports selected 24 investment projects aimed at the development of tourism infrastructure with total cost of $2.5 bl, head of the Ministry’s industry department, Mr. Yugeniy Nikitinskiy, said.

01/23/08

On January 15-19 Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to the United States, HE Erlan Idrissov, visited the state of California to deliver talks at the World Affairs Councils of San Diego and Northern California as well as to hold a number of meetings with local dignitaries, including Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, the board of Chevron oil company and San Francisco Global Trade Council.

01/19/08

We part with 2007 with mixed feelings. Our economy continued to grow at a rapid pace, and according to preliminary estimates, achieved an 8.7% growth rate in 2007. However, this was also a year, which put the strength of our financial system to test. Recent turmoil that affected financial systems worldwide has reached Kazakhstan as well. Such events underscore the degree to which capital markets have grown to rely on one another.

01/18/08

According to an agreement between the Government of Kazakhstan and foreign contractors, production at Kashagan, the largest oilfield discovered anywhere in the world since 1960-s with estimated reserves of 35 billion barrels, will be further delayed to 2011.

01/14/08

In the Q1 2008 the Kazakhstan’s Finance Ministry is poised to expound the actual economic situation in Kazakhstan to the international rating agencies, Vice Finance Minister Daulet Ergozhin announced at the round-table discussion on investment funds and raising of the finance awareness of the populace.

01/14/08
The annual Eurasian Media Forum will take place this year in Almaty, Kazakhstan from April 24-26. The purpose of the forum is to determine Eurasia’s strategic role in world affairs and how this factors into news coverage.
01/14/08

Kazakhstan has taken a further step toward abolishing death penalty. In addition to a moratorium on death penalty introduced in December of 2003, Kazakhstan has introduced life imprisonment as an alternative to the death sentence for some grave crimes.

01/14/08

Kazakhstan, the world's third-biggest uranium producer, plans to increase output fivefold within a decade and overtake Canada as the largest supplier of nuclear fuel.

01/14/08

The Board of Directors of JSC Air Astana representing the shareholders Samruk State Holding and BAE Systems PLC have agreed to sign a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the firm order of 6 Airbus A320 family and 3 Boeing 787-8 aircraft powered by Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines.

01/14/08

Fitch Ratings is to hold a Conference on Kazakhstan in the context of global liquidity crisis: risks and ways for resistance in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 12 February 2008.

01/14/08
Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation PLC is a leading diversified natural resources group with integrated mining, processing, energy, logistical, and marketing operations. It is the world’s largest producer of ferrochrome, based on chrome content, the world’s sixth largest iron ore exporter by volume and world’s fifth largest supplier of traded alumina by volume.
11/21/07

On November 20-24 President Nursultan Nazarbayev will pay official visits to Slovakia, Romania and Hungary.

11/21/07

Kazakh Foreign Minister Marat Tazhin and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres signed a cooperation agreement to protect rights of refugees in Astana on November 14, reports the Embassy of Kazakhstan with reference to the Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency.

11/21/07

By Isabel Gorst, Financial Times, November 21, 2007

11/21/07

Prime Newswire

Bank Hapoalim has completed the acquisition of control of Demir Kazakhstan Bank (DKB), the first bank in Kazakhstan and in all of Central Asia to be purchased by an Israeli bank.

11/21/07

14 new domestic flights will be launched in Kazakhstan in several months time.

11/21/07

UEFA.com

Sergey Ostapenko's first international goal earned Kazakhstan a victory in Yerevan which took the visitors above Armenia in UEFA EURO 2008™ Group A.

11/14/07

On Nov. 5-9 State Secretary of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Kanat Saudabayev, paid an official visit to the United States and met a number of key officials and law makers, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Tom Lantos.

11/14/07
Mr. Christian Strohal, Director of OSCE’s election watchdog – the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) – visited Kazakhstan on Nov 5-6 to discuss the country’s democracy record and further election reform.
11/14/07

Fitch Ratings said it has affirmed Kazakhstan's City of Almaty long-term foreign and local currency 'BB+' ratings and a short-term foreign currency 'B' rating. Fitch also assigned it a national long-term 'A+(kaz)' rating.

11/14/07

www.kida.kz

First Summit of CIS Independent Directors, 27-28 November, is organized by The Kazakhstan Independent Directors Association (KIDA).

11/14/07

By Mari Iwata, Dow Jones Newswires, Nov 13, 2007

Japanese firms can afford to wait for uranium prices to fall before buying fresh stakes in uranium mines owing to a run of deals in resource-rich Kazakhstan, said a senior government official.

11/14/07

BobsGuide, 7 November 2007

11/14/07

AFP

By clinching a place at the world handball championship finals, due to be held in France next month, Kazakhstan women’s squad presented a precious gift for the national federation, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

11/07/07

Navy News, Nov 5, 2007

Kazakh Deputy Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Bulat Sembinov visited the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) Nov. 1 as part of a theater security cooperation event aimed at enhancing international support of the coalition's efforts toward maintaining maritime security and stability in the region.

11/07/07

UNESCO press-release Nov 6, 2007

The official launching of the Human Rights Digital Library pilot project for Almaty City took place in early October in Almaty at the offices of the Akimat.

11/07/07

On Nov 1-3, 2007 Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Erlan Idrissov, visited Chicago (Ill.), where a team of Kazakhstanian athletes participated to the AIBA World Boxing Championship which hosted more than 700 boxers from 120 countries.

11/07/07

Reuters, Nov 5, 2007

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is considering Kazakhstan's suggestion that it buy stakes in the country's state investment vehicles, the bank's country manager said on Monday.

11/07/07

By Himendra Mohan Kumar, Gulf News, Oct 31, 2007

Aldar Properties, one of the largest companies by market capitalisation in the UAE, yesterday announced its entry into Kazakhstan with the launch of Abu Dhabi Plaza in the capital city Astana at a ceremony attended by Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

11/07/07

“Samgau” National Scientific and Technological Holding announced that it has set up the Innovation and Education Consortium, the Embassy of Kazakhstan reports referring to the Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency.

11/07/07

International Rugby Board, Nov 5, 2007

10/31/07

Last week President of Kazakhstan signed amendments to the Law on Subsoil Use. The amendments have been initiated by Kazakh MPs after a substantial debate focusing on the protection of economic interests of Kazakhstan in situations when foreign partners in major deals persistently do not live up to their commitments.

10/31/07

Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State Kanat Saudabayev chaired a regular session of the Commission under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the Fight against Corruption in Ak Orda (Presidential Palace) on October 29.

10/31/07

According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Russia highly values its partner relations with Kazakhstan, the Embassy of Kazakhstan reports referring to a news article by the ITAR TASS news agency.

10/31/07

Bilateral cooperation between Kazakhstan and India, especially in the energy sector, would see a dynamic rise in the immediate future, said Dr. Kairat Umarov, Kazakhstan's Ambassador to India.

10/31/07

The Government of Kazakhstan expects GDP growth of 9.7 per cent this year, reports the Embassy of Kazakhstan referring to a news article by the Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency.

10/31/07

Reuters

Kazchrome, the world's third-largest ferro-chrome producer, is spending $111 million to build a new plant to produce 700,000 tonnes a year of chrome ore pellets, its parent company said on Tuesday.

10/31/07

Reuters

Kazakhstan hopes to use its newly revamped Astana cycling team to win next year's Tour de France, the head of the Kazakh Cycling Federation said on Wednesday.

10/24/07

EurasiaNet, 18 October 2007

At a meeting with the Kazakh Secretary of State, Kanat Saudabayev, the US permanent representative to the OSCE, Julie Finley, has said that the USA views Kazakhstan’s application for the OSCE chairmanship in 2009 with great optimism, a report released by the president’s press service says.

10/24/07

Extract from Bloomberg news article by Andreas Cremer

10/24/07

On Sunday, October 21, 2007 the Embassy of Kazakhstan to the US in cooperation with the Regional Financial Center of Almaty (RFCA) hosted a reception at the Hay Adams hotel in Washington, DC to celebrate the latter’s official launch.

10/24/07

According to Kazakhstan’s Deputy Energy Minister, Mr. Bolat Akchulakov, recent amendments to the Law on the Use of Subsoil Reserves will not exacerbate the investment climate in Kazakhstan, the Embassy of Kazakhstan reports with reference to the Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency.

10/24/07

K. Konyrova, TrendCapital, October 22, 2007

Kazakhstan is ready to join Nabucco project and to export its gas via the pipeline to the European countries, “Kazakhstan Holding on Management of State Assets – Samruk” Vice President on Transportation Kairgeldy Kabyldin said.

10/24/07

Oct 19, 2007, Forbes.com

HELSINKI (Thomson Financial) - Nokian Tyres said it will take an initial 10 pct stake in a newly formed venture that plans to produce up to 4 mln car tyres a year at a plant in Kazakhstan, with the option to gain a majority holding later.

10/24/07

Oct 21, 2007, the Guardian, by Lucy Kelaart

10/24/07

The Associated Press

ALMATY, Kazakhstan: Portugal scored two late goals Wednesday to earn a 2-1 win over Kazakhstan and move closer to a spot at next year's European Championship.

10/17/07

President Nazarbayev arrived in Tehran on October 15 to take part in the Second Summit of Caspian Sea Littoral States. After the official meeting ceremony President Nazarbayev and his Iranian counterpart, President Ahmadinejad, held bilateral negotiations.

10/17/07

On Tuesday, October 16, Ambassador of Kazakhstan, HE Erlan Idrissov, testified in the US Congress during the Helsinki Commission’s hearings on Kazakhstan’s bid to chair the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in 2009.

10/17/07

By Zheng Lifei, China Daily, October 15, 2007

10/17/07

Astana is committed to diversifying energy export routes and counts on EU's assistance in this respect, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said, according to Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency’s article.

10/17/07

By Danny Yap, The Star Online, Malaysia, October 15, 2007

Malaysians probably know Kazakhstan as a place near the Russian border or that it was where the first Malaysian astronaut (Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor) was launched into space recently.

10/17/07

Eleven of Kazakhstan’s top boxers will compete in the AIBA World Boxing Championships Chicago 2007, according to a press-release by World Boxing Championships.

10/11/07

“I am grateful for Mr Prodi’s positive assessment of Kazakhstan’s economic and democratic achievements as well as the international role of our country. Kazakhstan and Italy share common views on the majority of acute issues of regional and global politics,” President Nazarbayev said at a joint press conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi on Monday, October 8, in Astana.

10/10/07

United Press International, 8 October, 2007

A top U.S. Navy commander met with officials in Kazakhstan in an effort to help the country's fledgling naval and border-security operations.

10/10/07

Kazakhstan’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Sauat Mynbaev, sees no reasons for putting the Kashagan project on halt over the claims of environmental and emergency authorities, the Embassy of Kazakhstan reports referring to the Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency.

10/10/07

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) examines the possibility of acquiring a stake in the Kazakhstan Investment Fund incorporated in the Kazyna Fund for Sustainable Development, the Embassy of Kazakhstan reports referring to the Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency.

10/10/07

Please note that area phone codes in Kazakhstan have been changed as of October 5.

10/10/07

Chabad.org, 9 October, 2007

10/03/07

Presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil and Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan praised the first state visit by the Kazakh leader to Brazil.

10/03/07

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev once again called for the world community to approve the UN Peacekeeping Financial Fund earlier endorsed by UN Secretary General.

10/03/07

The Senate (upper house) of the Kazakh Parliament approved draft amendments to the law “On Subsoil and Subsoil Use” imposing tougher requirements on the subsoil users at a plenary meeting on Thursday.

10/03/07

(Mondo Visione, 28 September, 2007)

10/03/07

(ChinaHospitalityNews, 28 September, 2007)

10/03/07

Women in Business International in partnership with the Kazakhstan Businesswomen's Association will be STAGING the first Women in Business Forum in the Caspian region in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 22nd October 2007.

09/26/07

A delegation from Kazakhstan headed by President Nursultan Nazarbayev took part in the annual general debate held on 25 September during the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly.

09/26/07

Kazakh Secretary of State Kanat Saudabayev, delivered a keynote speech at the session of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna on 20 September.

09/26/07

Interfax-Kazakhstan

09/26/07

By Adrian Bridge, The Telegraph, 22 September, 2007

New direct flights and a stylish guide book are set to heighten interest in Kazakhstan, reports Adrian Bridge.

09/26/07

By Dmitry Kosyrev, RIA Novosti, 20 September, 2007

It is too early to predict which issue will have priority at the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly.

09/26/07
Askar Shakirov has been appointed Human Rights Commissioner of Kazakhstan taking over from Bolat Baikadamov who had earlier left his post.
09/26/07

ALMATY, September 18, 2007 -- JSC "Kazkommertsbank" today announced the launch of the American Express® Gold Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express in Kazakhstan. The new cards, available in Kazakhstani tenge or US dollar denominations, have been designed to meet the needs of a wide range of local consumers who seek a card product that can support their financial and lifestyle needs.

09/26/07

H. Stephen Gardner, Professor of Economics, Director of McBride Center for International Business at Baylor University presented his report on Kazakhstan on 21 September at the international economic forum in Astana.

09/26/07

Leif Westerberg of Sweden completed the “greatest day of my career” to win the richest European Challenge Tour event in history at the Kazakhstan Open and, as a result, secure his place on The 2008 European Tour.

09/19/07

Within the framework of a two-day official visit to neighbouring Turkmenistan Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev discussed with his Turkmen counterpart, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, the possibility of Turkmen natural gas transportation to foreign markets through Kazakhstan’s territory.

09/19/07

Kazakhstan considers Tajikistan to be an important strategic partner in the Central Asian region. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev made the point in the course of his September 13-14 official visit to Tajikistan.

09/19/07

Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs of the US Department of State J. Frank Mermoud visited Kazakhstan in early September to discuss the prospect of enlarging Kazakh-American cooperation.

In the course of his visit Mr. Mermoud met with Kazakh officials, including Prime-Minister Karim Massimov, Transport Minister Serik Akhmetov and others. One of the main topics for discussion was the launch and implementation of the US-Kazakh Public-Private Partnership dialogue.

09/19/07

On Wednesday, 12 September, Kazakh Ambassador to the US, Erlan Idrissov, visited the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute of the John Hopkins University to deliver a speech entitled "A New Kazakhstan".

Representatives of the US State Department, the World Bank, diplomatic corps, oil companies, mass-media and NGOs attended the event.

Ambassador Idrissov discussed the diversification of Kazakh economy, good governance, foreign and energy policy, investment climate and recent developments at the giant Kashagan oilfield in Kazakhstan.

He stressed that the recent constitutional reform is beneficial for long-term political modernization in Kazakhstan.

09/19/07

By Gulnoza Saidazimova, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, 14 September, 2007

09/19/07

Kazakhstan will publish its first report within the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) next November, Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Bolat Akchulakov told a press briefing in Astana.

09/19/07

By Vagif Sharifov, Trend Capital, 7 September, 2007

09/19/07

Kazakhstan plans to attract about USD 21 billion in electric power development by 2015, Mr. Almasadam Satkaliyev, president of JSC "Kazakhstan Electric Grid Operating Company (KEGOC) said at the Kazenergy Second Eurasian energy forum in Astana.

09/19/07

According to a press release by Jo Bonner’s press service

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL) has presented the Ambassador of Kazakhstan, Erlan A. Idrissov, with $2,409.74 raised by students at Mobile’s Dodge Elementary School.

In an effort the students named “Coins for Cancer,” students at Dodge Elementary School collected coins for two years to donate to the Semipalatinsk Oncology Center in Kazakhstan.  Students donated their snack money, parents sent in contributions, and a school-wide art contest was held with a $1 entry fee – all to help provide medical assistance to the people now suffering from radiation-related diseases from the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.

Kazakhstan was one of the 15 new states to emerge from the fall of the Soviet empire in 1991.  For 42 years, the Soviet Union tested 456 nuclear and thermonuclear weapons at Semipalatinsk.  Cancer rates in the region are now twice that of the world rate.  Many suffer physical deformities, mental underdevelopment, and heart disease.  The Kazakh government has estimated that a total of 1.2 million people have been affected by the nuclear testing. 

 

09/19/07

The 3rd edition of the Kazakhstan Open will return to the links at the Nurtau Golf Club and the excitement is growing. The tournament will be played on September 20-23, 2007 in Almaty.

The Kazakhstan Open is a men's professional golf tournament on the Challenge Tour, the official developmental tour of the PGA European Tour. It is the only Challenge Tour event in the Former Soviet Union (the Russian Open was the first Challenge Tour event in the Former Soviet Union, but it has been promoted to the main European Tour). The Kazakhstan Open was first played in 2005, in which year it had a $350,000 prize fund, and in 2007 it has a prize fund of $460,000, which makes it the second richest event on the tour after the Open de Saint-Omer, which is also an official money European Tour event.

 

09/12/07

Kazakhstan is aware of its responsibility for international energy stability, Foreign Minister Marat Tazhin said at the Second Eurasian Energy Forum KazEnergy in Astana on Thursday. His report was entitled “Energy Security as Key Factor of Stable International Relations.”


“Being a dynamically developing exporter of energy resources, whose role will continue to grow, Kazakhstan is fully aware of its responsibility for hydrocarbon deliveries to the world market,” he said.

“Kazakhstan is fully aware of its new role in providing international energy stability and security,” Tazhin said.

“We are pondering large infrastructural projects that will diversify Kazakh deliveries to the world market and ensure stability,” he said.

 

 

09/12/07

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev once again emphasized the importance of trilingual education in schools.

09/12/07

“We have revealed certain problems in the development of national energy sector. In particular, they have to do with some foreign investors who have failed to meet their earlier obligations; as a result, the national interests of Kazakhstan suffer substantial damage”, Prime-Minister Karim Massimov said at the Eurasian Energy Forum in Astana.

09/12/07

By Bruce Pannier, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, 6 September, 2007

Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov today warned the Eni-led consortium operating the Kashagan oil project that delays and cost overruns are taking on a "systematic character" and that the government is having doubts about the ability of the consortium to complete the project.

09/12/07

Kazinform

The city of Almaty, famous for its fragrant apples, is about to be lost in the shadow of an ever-increasing number of skyscrapers.

09/12/07

By Paul Bartlett, EurasiaNet, 5 September, 2007

09/05/07

Mr. Aslan Mussin has been elected Chairman of the new Majilis (lower chamber of Parliament) formed after recent parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan.

Mr. Umirzak Shukeyev (former governor of South Kazakhstan Region) has been appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan.

Mr. Sauat Mynbayev (former Chairman of “Samruk” Holding) has been appointed Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of Kazakhstan.

Mr. Berdybek Saparbayev has taken up the post of Labour and Social Protection Minister.

Mr. Kanat Bozumbayev has been named new Chairman of “Samruk” State Assets Management Holding.

Besides, President Nazarbayev signed decrees on the appointment of Mr. Nurgali Ashimov as the new South Kazakhstan Region governor and Mr. Baktykozha Izmukhambetov (former Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources) as the new West Kazakhstan Region governor.

09/05/07

A group of US Congress representatives led by Mr. Eni Faleomavaega, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment, visited Kazakhstan late in August to take part in the international conference entitled “Kazakhstan's way to a nuclear weapon-free world”.

09/05/07

By Thomas Pochari, World Affairs Monthly, August 2007

09/05/07

By Ariel Cohen, Business New Europe, 28 August 2007

09/05/07

Nokian Tyres confirmed it is in talks about setting up a new production plant in Kazakhstan, but that no agreement has yet been made, the company said in a statement.

The company said it aims to finalise negotiations before the end of the year.
 
Nokian Tyres plans to build a car tyre plant there similar in size to one it opened in Vsevolozhsk, near St Petersburg, in 2005. Nokian Tyres was in talks with senior Kazakh government officials about the proposed plant, which is estimated to cost around 350 mln euros to build and would have an initial production run of some 4 mln tyres a year.

Nokian Tyres currently makes around 6 mln car tyres a year at its factory in Nokia, Finland, and around 4 mln tyres in Vsevolozhsk.

 

09/05/07

A bio fuel association has been set up in Kazakhstan, reports Kazakhstan Today news agency referring to Kazakh Agriculture Ministry’s press service.

Kazakhstan Bio Fuel Association should "unite interested companies and create favourable conditions for Kazakhstan’s bio fuel industry development".

According to the press-service, JSC "National Holding "KazAgro"" has initiated the idea and will coordinate the project.

"The association unites 7 Kazakhstani companies and is based upon the principles of openness, independence and transparency", - reads the press-release of Agriculture Ministry.

 

09/05/07

Kazakh “Beatle” Gabit Sagatov took part in the annual international Beatles Week held in Liverpool on 22-28 August 2007. The Kazakh musician performing songs of the legendary “Beatles” paid his second visit to Liverpool since 2003, when he also participated to the annual show.

As highlighted by organisers and participants to the event, such cultural exchanges contribute significantly to the further development of cultural links between Kazakhstan and the UK and give a unique opportunity to the British people to learn more about musicians from Kazakhstan.

Sagatov’s visit was organized with the support of Kazakhstan’s Embassy in London.

 

09/05/07

www.UEFA.com, 3 September 2007

08/29/07

Ruling “Nur Otan” party has won the parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan with 88.41 per cent of votes, according to a resolution of the Kazakh Central Electoral Commission (CEC). Only “Nur Otan” has passed the 7 per cent threshold for representation in the Majilis, securing 98 seats, reads the resolution.

According to the official results, the Nationwide Social Democratic Party has won 4.54 per cent of votes, “Ak Zhol” has won 3.09 per cent, “Auyl” has won 1.51 per cent, the Communist People's Party has won 1.29 per cent, the Party of Patriots has won 0.78 per cent, and “Rukhaniyat” has won 0.37 per cent.

The CEC has also approved the choice of nine MPs elected by the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan.

After the recent elections the new Majilis has twice as many women as the old Majilis, first deputy chairman of “Nur Otan” Bakytzhan Zhumagulov told journalists in Astana on Friday. According to Zhumagulov, while nominating members of the Majilis the political council of the party has taken in to account the interests of all regions in the republic.

08/29/07

The operations at Kashagan (on oil field in the Kazakh sector of the Caspian Sea) may be suspended because Eni, the operator of the project, violates the environmental legislation.

08/29/07

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev will take part in the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 24-26 in New York. The news was announced during the meeting between Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State, Mr. Kanat Saudabayev, and the Permanent Representative of the UN Development Program in Kazakhstan.

Mr. Saudabayev said that last time President Nazarbayev participated in the UN General Assembly’s session in 2000. “We hope that this will be a fruitful visit, meeting of Kazakh President with the UN leadership will add a new impetus to the development of our relations”, he said.

Nursultan Nazarbayev will deliver a speech at the session’s plenary sitting and hold talks with other leaders.

08/29/07

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08/29/07

Eurasianet.org

08/29/07

15th Kazakhstan International Oil & Gas Exhibition and Conference to be held October 2- 5, 2007

08/29/07

6th – 8th November 2007, InterContinental, Almaty

CFO Summit Kazakhstan to be held in Almaty, from 6th – 8th November 2007

08/22/07

On Saturday, 18 August, landmark parliamentary elections opening way for a new, more powerful and influential legislature were held in Kazakhstan.

08/20/07

On 18 August voters in Kazakhstan cast their ballots in early elections to Kazakhstan’s Parliament widely seen as a crucial test for the country’s fledgling democracy.

08/20/07

On Saturday Chinese President, Mr. Hu Jintao, concluded his state visit to Kazakhstan having reached a number of important agreements.

08/20/07

On Saturday Chairman of Kazakhstan’s Senate (upper chamber of the Parliament) Kassym-Jomart Tokayev held a meeting with the OSCE/ODIHR Director Christian Strohal.

During the meeting Mr. Strohal highlighted positive results of the election campaign in Kazakhstan as well as fruitful cooperation between the OSCE/ODIHR observers’ mission and Kazakhstan’s Central Electoral Commission (CEC).

The ODIHR Director said he hoped for the development of constructive cooperation between the ODIHR and Kazakh Parliament and CEC on further improvement of the election legislation.

08/20/07

Speaking in Kyrgyzstan at a session of the regional group, whose members include major hydrocarbon producers, Nursultan Nazarbayev presented a draft of strategy for creating an SCO oil and gas club, an idea which has been considered since February.

08/20/07

XFN-ASIA

China and Kazakhstan have agreed to extend an oil pipeline that will link mainland China to the Caspian Sea, giving Beijing direct access to an energy-rich region controlled by Kazakhstan, the China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) said.

CNPC, the parent of PetroChina, has signed an agreement with state-run oil company KazMunaiGaz for the second phase of the Sino-Kazakhstan crude oil pipeline. The signing was made during a recent visit to Kazakhstan by Chinese President Hu Jintao. The two parties agreed to extend the existing Atasu-Alashankou pipeline 700 km westward, linking it to the Caspian Sea. China and Kazakhstan invested a combined USD 700 mln in the 962.2-kilometer Atasu-Alashankou pipeline which was completed in November 2005.

The pipeline is ultimately designed to carry 20 mln tons of crude oil per annum, with annual output at 10 mln tons in its initial phases.

08/20/07

Speaking in Kyrgyzstan at a session of the regional group, whose members include major hydrocarbon producers, Nursultan Nazarbayev presented a draft of strategy for creating an SCO oil and gas club, an idea which has been considered since February.