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  • 12 Sep 2017 12:31 PM | Yelena Arkhangelskaya (Administrator)

    Astana Times, 12 September 2017

    ASTANA – EXPO 2017, Kazakhstan’s biggest and probably most ambitious event, ended Sept. 10.

    While  the  average  was  22,840  guests  daily,  slightly  more  than  100,000  visited  on  the  last  day, according to officials. Its legacy and impact will last for years. Nearly  140  scientific  inventions  in  the  renewable  energy  field  received  exposure  thanks  to  theexhibition.  Expo  also  served  as  a  stimulus  for  local  scientific  projects,  said  Kazakh  President Nursultan  Nazarbayev  in  his  closing  ceremony  remarks,  addressing  15  heads  of  state  whoparticipated as guests of honour and an audience of 2,200. “More than 1,400 small and medium-sized enterprises received orders for services and goods for $1.9 billion, while tens of thousands of people got new jobs with worthy wages. The tourism sector of Kazakhstan saw a revitalisation. The demand for tour operators’ services almost doubled during the three months,” he noted.

    Astana was nominated the “City of the Future” by National Geographic Traveler magazine and the organisation featured the capital in its documentary “Megastructures: Astana – City of the Future.” Approximately 196 companies and 200,000 individuals were involved in the expo construction. One  hundred  and  fifteen  countries  and  22  international  organisations  took  part  in  the  exhibition, which  opened  June  9.  Each  participating  nation  presented  its  own  vision  and  concept  of  future energy and showcased its latest technological achievements in the energy field.

    The International Exposition Bureau (BIE) awarded 24 gold, silver and bronze medals of honour, certificates and prizes to participants and pavilions in several categories. The Gold Medal – BIE’shighest award – was given to Nazarbayev for his contribution and success in hosting the exhibition. A second gold was awarded to international participants for their spirit and support.

    Medals of honour were presented to the Astana EXPO 2017 national company for its dedication and high  professionalism,  the  capital’s  authorities  and  citizens  and  expo  commissioner  Rapil Zhoshybayev for attracting such a large number of participants. Certificates of merit were given to all expo volunteers for being the backbone of the exhibition and the expo’s communications service for covering the event in the media.

    BIE announced an additional award and $24,000 cash prize to the National University of Lesotho.  “The  EXPO  2017  Astana  edition  of  the  BIE  Cosmos  Prize  has  been  awarded  to  the  National University  of  Lesotho  for  its  initiative  to  design  and  produce  low-cost  solar  collectors.  Jointly awarded by the BIE, the Expo ’90 Foundation and the expo, this year’s edition of the BIE CosmosPrize was  open to  not-for-profit projects  and  citizen and group initiatives working  in  the area of ‘Future Energy,’ the theme of the expo in Astana,” noted the official BIE statement.Russia received the gold award for exhibition design among type A pavilions (more than 700 square metres). The silver award went to the United Kingdom, the bronze to the Republic of Korea. For theme development, the gold award was presented to Germany, with China and France receiving the silver and bronze, respectively.

    Among type B pavilions (400-700 square metres), Qatar was granted the gold award for exhibition design, with Azerbaijan receiving the silver and Monaco the bronze. For theme development, the gold award in the category was given to Switzerland, with Hungary receiving silver and India the bronze.For type C pavilions (less than 400 square metres), the gold award for exhibition design was granted to  Poland,  with  silver  going  to  Slovakia  and  bronze  to  Latvia.  Finland  received  the  gold  award, Singapore the silver and the Czech Republic the bronze in theme development. Among category  D pavilions  (joint pavilions within  the plazas), the Caribbean Community plaza received the gold award for exhibition design, with the Pacific Ocean plaza taking the silver and the Latin American plaza the bronze. The theme development awards were given to Tajikistan (gold), Ghana  (silver)  and  Ukraine  (bronze).  Honorable  mention  went  to  the  International  Organisationsjoint pavilion. Close to 3.8 million people visited the exhibition, nearly twice as many as the 2 million anticipated by expo officials. The event closed with late-hour grand fireworks.

    ASTANA  –  The  international  green  technologies  centre  to  open  in  Astana  next  month  will  help Kazakhstan transition to a green economy and will focus on renewable energy throughout Central Asia, Kazakh Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev said at the recent Eurasian KAZENERGY forum, Kazinform reports. “An international centre of green technologies and future energy investment projects will be creater on the basis of EXPO in the coming month. Its tasks include transforming the energy sector and the transition to a green business. It will cooperate with the industrialised (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) OECD countries, with Russia, China, the United States, India, and countries of Latin America. The centre will become a worthy continuation of EXPO’s practice. The centre  will  be  focused  not  only  on  Kazakhstan,  but  on  the  entire  Central  Asian  region,”  said Bozumbayev.

    Delegates  of  the  two-day  forum  also  discussed  sustainable  energy  source  management,  climate change and carbon dioxide emissions reduction. The gathering also discussed energy efficiency and smart energy as well as nuclear and uranium industry development. Kazakhstan  is  the  world’s  leading  uranium  supplier  and  that  market  is  expected  to  grow,  said Bozumbaev.

    The  minister  noted  that  Kazakhstan  uses  traditional  and  renewable  energy  sources,  saying  the country hopes the share of renewable energy sources will be 3 percent by 2020, 10 percent by 2030 and 50 percent by 2050. “Undoubtedly,  we  feel  the  influence  on  taking  these  responsible  decisions  on  the  further development of the industry. I am confident that by joint efforts we will be able to build a reliable foundation  for  an  effective,  cleaner  and  greener  future  of  energy.  We  are  obliged  to  provide precisely this kind of future to the next generation of power engineers,” Bozumbayev concluded.  

  • 12 Sep 2017 11:41 AM | Yelena Arkhangelskaya (Administrator)
    Astana Times, 12 September 2017

    ASTANA – Sept. 10 in the capital featured not only the spectacular closing of EXPO 2017, a major event in Kazakh history, but also the first Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit on Science  and  Technology,  another  important  opportunity  for  the  nation  and  the  organisation’s  57 members.

    The  summit  adopted  the  Astana  Declaration  affirming  the  commitment  of  the  member  states  to alleviate  poverty,  increase  the  budget  for  education  and  join  efforts  to  accomplish  the  goals envisioned in the OIC 2025 Plan of Action and the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals.

    Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who opened the summit and welcomed 15 national and governmental leaders, including Azerbaijan, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Uzbekistan, advanced the idea to organise the conference during the 2016 OIC summit in Istanbul. A year later, more than 80 foreign delegations visited the city to discuss the organisation’s priorities and goals inscience, technology and innovation.

    Nazarbayev noted Islam has deep historical roots in the nation’s history. “Islam came to our land more than 1,000 years ago. We served as a link in the friendly dialogue between the Islamic and Western civilisation,” he said.

    The  Kazakh  head  of  state  pointed  out  several  acute  issues  that  the  international  community, including the OIC, needs to address. “First  is  extremist  and  terrorist  activity.  Primarily,  citizens  of  Muslim  [and  Muslim  majority] countries  suffer  from  their  subversive  activities.  Second  is  the  problem  of  the  spreading  of Islamophobia  sentiments.  Crimes  against  Muslims  are  on  the  rise  every  year  in  the  Western countries,”   he noted.

    The  lack  of  unity  in  the  1.5-billion  Islamic  world  is  yet  another  issue  requiring  attention,  said Nazarbayev, who called for establishing  a science  and technology  fund  to  foster development  ofboth areas in the Islamic world that, in the past, was making tremendous progress in surpassing the West. Scientists,  including  five  individuals  honoured  by  the  special  OIC  Science  and  Technology Achievement Award, also agreed that the lack of funding explains why the Islamic world is lagging.Nazarbayev  also  suggested  setting  up  the  forum  by  bringing  15  OIC  member  states  to  boost cooperation. “I believe we need to establish the forum similar to the G20, an informal group to develop science and economy in the Islamic world. Fifteen leading OIC states can form the OIC-15, because the development of science and technology is very important for us. In this regard, we should establish fruitful  cooperation  with  the  Western  world  and  this  will  foster  the  development  of  the  Islamic world,” he added.

    The President also expressed concern about the recent escalation of the conflict in Myanmar and urged the states to join efforts to settle the issue peacefully through the UN. OIC  Secretary-General  Dr.  Yousif  Bin  Ahmed  Al-Othaimeen  noted  the  summit  was  a  “historic event,” as it brought representatives of 57 OIC member states to discuss the salient issues pertaining to science and technology. He thanked Nazarbayev for the conference’s excellent coordination. “Kazakhstan has great respect in the Islamic world. On behalf of all delegations participating in the summit, I would like to express gratitude personally to you and all the Kazakh people for the warm welcome and high level of organisation of the event,” he said.

    Kazakhstan’s experience shapes its actions on UNSC Astana Times, 12 September 2017. As  world  leaders  and  foreign  ministers  prepare  to  fly  to  New  York  for  United  Nations  General Assembly next week at a time of real challenge for the global community, we must hope the chance for formal and informal discussions can play its part in reducing tensions and divisions. There is no shortage of issues to discuss. North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests have sent shockwaves around the world. They are a severe test to global non-proliferation and the crisis they have sparked has again raised fears of how misjudgements or misunderstandings could spark nuclear catastrophe.

    Conflicts in the Middle East and the threat from violent extremism continue to destabilise not only the region but the wider world. Out of the headlines, fighting in Africa – both within countries and across borders – brings misery to millions and remains a major challenge to development. Almost two-thirds of the agenda of the UN’s Security Council is devoted to trying to bring peace to areas of that continent. It would be hard enough to find solutions to these and many other challenges if there was agreement on the way forward. But too often there are acute differences of opinion along with suspicions of motives.

    This is the worrying global background, which has faced Kazakhstan in its first several months as a member of the Security Council. But it is also a time when the country’s commitment to promoting cooperation,  dialogue,  the  rule  of  international  law  and  disarmament  have  never  been  more important. It is a responsibility which the record shows Kazakhstan has taken with the utmost seriousness. In the first six months of the year, Kazakhstan participated in more than 120 formal Security Council meetings and made meaningful contributions to more than 20 resolutions.

    The  country  has  been  entrusted  with  chairing  committees  on  Afghanistan,  enforcing  sanctions against ISIL and Al-Qaida and on the Horn of Africa. As is always the case when member states take on such added responsibilities, there have been increased pressures on the nation’s diplomats. But the experience will serve them and Kazakhstan well in the years ahead. There has been progress, too, on areas which Kazakhstan promised would be a focus for its time on the Security Council. The future of Afghanistan was singled out as a major priority – a recognition of  the  importance  of  Afghanistan’s  stability  for  the  region  and  the  need  to  support  its  long-term economic and social development in the battle against extremism.

    Within  the  UN,  Kazakhstan  has  been  working  hard  to  step  up  international  efforts  to  help Afghanistan’s elected government combat extremism and spread prosperity and opportunity to its long-suffering  citizens.  The  arguments  being  made  are  all  the  more  persuasive  coming  from  a country within the region and show the importance of Central Asia having a voice at the global table. It is also a voice which carries more weight because of the active role Kazakhstan continues to take, wherever it can, to promote dialogue and end conflict. The Astana Process, for example, still holds out hope of progress towards ending the tragedy in Syria despite many obstacles. At a practical level, too,  Kazakh  military  observers  have  joined  the  international  peace-keeping  operation  in  Western Sahara with plans to help support a second UN mission next year.

    It  is  in  January  2018,  too,  that  Kazakhstan  will  take  on  the  task  of  presiding  over  the  Security Council.  It  is  a  role  which  will  further  enhance  the  country’s  stature  and  influence  within  the international community which will have an impact beyond the next two years. Among plans being considered for its presidency are, Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said last week, a debate at the highest level on how to improve international peace and security as well as ministerial level discussions on Central Asia and Afghanistan and regular formal discussions on the Middle East – both among the priorities for action Kazakhstan set out when it took its seat on the UNSC.

    But it is the priority Kazakhstan gave to nuclear disarmament – which President Nazarbayev called the  cause  of  our  time  –  which  strikes  the  loudest  chord  at  this  difficult  time.  Kazakhstan’s experience and commitment to a world without nuclear weapons has never been more relevant nor more important and it is important its message is heard loud and clear on the Security Council.

    Final de-escalation zone established as Syrian talks end in Astana

    ASTANA – The sixth round of the international meetings on Syria ended Sept. 15 in Astana with the participants agreeing on a final de-escalation zone in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. It will be  the  fourth  zone  where  no  military  activity  would  be  allowed  as  envisioned  in  the  May agreement signed by Iran, Russia and Turkey, guarantor states to the ceasefire regime, during the fourth round of talks in the Kazakh capital.

    The so-called Astana process  that has been  going on since January supplement  the UN-brokered Geneva talks meant to find the political resolution of the six-year conflict. Delegations  of  the  three  guarantor  states,  the  Syrian  government  and  Syrian  armed  opposition factions took part in the sixth round, while the UN special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura and delegates from Jordan and the U.S. attended the talks as observers. “Few believed in the success of the Astana process launched in January this year, however, thanks to the determination of the participants of Astana talks, there is now hope to resolve this acute crisis through peaceful means. Today, the participants can go further as they managed to overcome many challenges and achieve considerable results in restoring stability and peace in Syria. They reached what seemed to be impossible and efforts in this direction led to the creation of de-escalation zones in different parts of Syria,” noted Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov during a plenary session wrapping up the two-day closed-door negotiations. In a joint statement read by Abdrakhmanov, Iran, Russia and Turkey announced the creation of the de-escalation  zones  in  eastern  Ghouta,  in  certain  parts  in  the  northern  Homs  province,  in  Idlib province and in certain parts of the neighbouring provinces, including Latakia, Hama and Aleppo, as well  as  southern  Syria.  The  measure  will  be  in  force  for  six  months  and  will  be  extended  if necessary with the guarantors’ consensus.

    Iran, Russia and Turkey will have control over the de-escalation zones and would deploy the forces in accordance with the maps endorsed Sept. 8 in Ankara. The guarantor states also agreed to set up a joint coordination centre to coordinate activities in de-escalation areas. The creation of de-escalation zones does not in no way undermine the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria, said the minister as he read the statement. “We believe that the process launched in Astana will strengthen the regime of cessation of hostilities and have a positive impact on upcoming Geneva talks under the auspices of the United Nations,” said Abdrakhmanov on his own behalf.

    Head  of  the  Syrian  government  delegation  Bashar  al-Jaafari  called  the  Astana  talks  the  “only successful platform in the Syrian process,” which provokes interest among other countries to join the negotiations. “However, the issue of other countries joining the process is not on the agenda. Probably, we will take that into consideration in the future,” said al-Jaafari.

    Yet, Idlib province was not the only topic discussed during the sixth round of talks, according to High Negotiations Committee (HNC) advisor Yahya al-Aridi, as the issue of tens of thousands of Syrians locked in prisons was also on the agenda. “Another matter is detainees, whom some people call buried alive. Tens of thousands of people are there.  Thousands  of  them  were  tortured  and  killed.  None  of  the  parties  raised  this  issue  to  the regime,” noted al-Aridi. Russian  President  Vladimir  Putin’s  Special  Representative  for  Syrian  settlement  Alexander Lavrentiev, however, committed to bringing the issue to the table in an attempt to build a dialogue with  the  opposition  group,  a  critical  factor  in  the  fight  against  terrorist  groups  that  are  recently becoming more active in Syria. “We need to involve armed opposition in the fight against terrorism. The unity of all Syrians in the fight  will not only foster positive changes, but will also build dialogue and trust between them, ”noted the head of the Russian delegation.

    Similar to his colleagues, Lavrentiev commended the outcomes of the two-day negotiations and the potential of the Astana talks. “I must say that the creation of de-escalation zones makes it possible to stop bloodshed and achieve the stabilisation in Syria. The outcomes of today’s meeting affirmed the right choice the guarantor 7 states  made  earlier  about  the  promotion  of  de-escalation  zones  and  fight  against  terrorism,”  said Lavrentiev.

    The  participants  of  the  meeting  also  thanked  Kazakh  President  Nursultan  Nazarbayev  for  his commitment to the Syrian process and the Kazakh government for hosting the meeting. The next round of talks is scheduled for the end of October.  

  • 03 Sep 2017 2:00 PM | Yelena Arkhangelskaya (Administrator)

    Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree “On priority measures for liberalization of monetary policy” on 2 September 2017.

    According to the document, from 5 September, resident-citizens of Uzbekistan will be able to sell foreign currency at exchange rates at the market rate and purchase it for conversion cards for use abroad without any restrictions.

    From 5 September, legal entities of Uzbekistan will be able to purchase foreign currency in commercial banks without restrictions for payment on current international transactions, including import of goods, works and services, repatriation of profits, repayment of loans, payment of travel expenses and other transfers of non-trade nature.

    Individual entrepreneurs the formation of the legal entity engaged in import of consumer goods are allowed to purchase, in line with the rules, set for individuals, foreign currency through bank accounts.

    Uzbek leader abolished the requirement of mandatory sale of proceeds in foreign currency to exporters, regardless of their form of ownership.

    Individual entrepreneurs without the formation of the legal entity, as well as farms that have income in foreign currency, can withdraw cash foreign currency from their bank accounts.

    The decree said that the exchange rate of hard currency to national currency will be set on market mechanisms. The amount of commissions for purchase and sale of foreign currency is established by the commercial bank independently.

    The President has banned payments in foreign currency for goods (works and services), except payments through international payment cards in accordance with international practice.

    Prices and tariffs for goods, works and services, as well as minimum requirements to the authorized capital of companies are determined only in national currency, the decree said.

    State fees, fees and other mandatory payments are levied only in the national currency, with the exception of consular fees.

  • 21 Jul 2017 9:29 AM | Julia Tikhomirova (Administrator)
    July 18, 2017 - Published in Business & investments

    On July 17, the head of Yakutia, Egor Borisov, met with Silver Bear Resources Inc. Management. The parties discussed the implementation of an investment project to develop a silver deposit in the Mangazeya ore field in Kobiai ulus.

        

    Silver Bear Resources International Company is engaged in attracting investments on the world markets for the development of the Mangazeya silver deposit in the territory of Yakutia. Chairman of the Board of Directors of Silver Bear Resources, former Ambassador of Canada to Russia, Christopher Westdal said that in the face of the difficult political and economic environment, the sanctions regimes, Silver Bear Resources can serve as an excellent example of cooperation between Russia and Canada.

    The Company managed to attract 80% of the project financing ($ 65 million), which is necessary to start the activity in the region. In 2003, JSC Prognoz was registered in Yakutsk for direct work at the Vertikalnoye field with an area of 550 square kilometers located in Kobiai ulus.

    As President and CEO of Silver Bear Resources, Graham Hill, said, further areas will be developed: North Mangazeya and South MangazeyaNizhny Endybal and others. In October 2016, according to Russian and international standards, the resources of the Sterzhnevy and Porfirovy deposits were assessed.

    The Company felt that the cost of producing an ounce of silver would be $ 7.49, while the market price is $ 16. There are forecasts that the price of silver will rise. Today the Company sets the task of completing the design of the mining and processing complex of Vertikalnoye, attracting investments for the construction and launch of the project. The Company intends to receive the first silver in the first quarter of 2018.

    Egor Borisov informed that several large companies, including multinational companies, are currently carrying out industrial activities on the territory of the republic. "We are ready to interact with any investor working in full compliance with regional and federal legislation. The Republic is interested in a stable taxpayer providing a profitable part of our budget," he said.

    Graham Hill noted the multiplicative effect of silver mining on the Mangazeya ore field. In addition to raising the investment attractiveness of Yakutia, the receipt of taxes, small and medium-sized businesses will develop, local people will be employed. Hill emphasized that the Company's work will be built in compliance with all environmental standards and ensuring social responsibility. In 2016, an agreement on social and economic cooperation between the government of the republic and JSC Prognoz was signed. Within the framework of the agreement, measures are taken to ensure transport accessibility; proposals are being made to improve the roadbed of the Sebyan auto road with a view to its transfer to the register of winter roads of extended action. Also, the possibility of improving the quality of communication and the Internet in Kobiai ulus is being studied.

    The head of Yakutia pointed to the need to implement the norms of the republican law on ethnological expertise, as industrial activity will be conducted in the territory of compact residence of indigenous peoples of the North - the Evens. Egor Borisov welcomed the intentions of the partners to primarily employ local people. Today, JSC Prognoz employs 85 people, and by the launch of the mining-processing complex, the number of employees will be 200 people. Today the Company employs 20 people from the village of Sebyan-Kyol.

    Taking into account the diplomatic experience of Christopher Westdal, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Silver Bear Resources, who in 2003-2006 was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Russia, Il Darkhan asked to assist in the transfer of the remaining 30 bison from Canada to Yakutia. First buffalo was brought from Canada in 2006 in order to preserve their gene pool. Unfortunately, due to the introduction of sanctions, the last stage of the transfer of animals to our country was thwarted. Today in the territory of Yakutia there are 200 head of bison: in Ust-Buotama there are 36 heads of breeding stock of Canadian wood bison, in Tyympynai of Gorny ulus - 174 bison. This year it is planned to release bison to free grazing into the natural habitat as an experiment. Christopher Westdal, born in the Canadian province of Manitoba, the coat of arms of which is painted with a bison, agreed to do everything in his power to implement the project to save the gene pool of Canadian wood bison.

    Source: http://yatoday.ru/en/business-investments/2237-egor-borisov-meets-with-silve

  • 11 Jul 2017 4:28 PM | Julia Tikhomirova (Administrator)

    By Svitlana  Pyrkalo - July 10, 2017

    Bank will work towards stronger private sector, better regional connectivity, improved access to finance and green economy

    The EBRD Board of Directors has approved a new country strategy for Kazakhstan. The strategy outlines the Bank’s primary areas of investment and policy engagement in the country over the next four years. 

    The strategy builds on the Bank’s strong operational engagement in Kazakhstan, which has seen the country become one of the EBRD’s largest markets, with the total investment to date exceeding US$ 8 billion.  

    Under the new strategy, the Bank will focus on the following priorities:

    Balancing the roles of the public and private sectors. The Bank will continue to support the growth of private enterprises, which are still outweighed by the public sector. By investing in the private sector, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in agribusiness and the non-extractive sectors, the EBRD hopes to improve the economy’s competitiveness. The Bank remains interested in the privatisation programme announced by the government. At the same time, the Bank will continue to support the reform of Kazakhstan’s public sector and the commercialisation of state-owned enterprises.

    Broadening access to finance, strengthening the banking sector and developing local capital markets.Many firms continue to suffer from insufficient access to finance. The EBRD will work on improving the resilience of Kazakhstan’s financial sector, which will in turn help relieve pressures on businesses, especially SMEs and the non-extractive sector. 

    Inter-regional connectivity and international integration. Investing in Kazakhstan’s infrastructure remains an important focus of the EBRD. By supporting inter-regional and cross-border rail and road projects, the Bank seeks to enhance connectivity and boost the economic inclusion of remote regions of the country. 

    Green economy transition. The EBRD is the largest investor in sustainable energy in Kazakhstan, covering both renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. It will continue to combine investment with policy engagement, in order to further help the country develop a supportive regulatory framework for sustainable energy, water and resource use. Decreasing Kazakhstan’s carbon footprint is crucial for the country’s sustainable development across all sectors, notably in agriculture, energy and industry.

    In addition to being a renewable energy champion (the Bank has earmarked €200 million for the sector in Kazakhstan), the EBRD is also the largest institutional investor overall in the country’s economy outside of the oil and gas sectors.

    In recent years, an increasing amount has been invested in crucial public utilities and small business support in nearly all regions of Kazakhstan.

    In the water utility sector, EBRD projects now produce about 267 million cubic metres of potable water every year, improving access to tap water for almost a million people. Improved wastewater services reach more than 1.3 million people across the country.

    An example of the Bank’s work with small businesses is the popular Women in Business programme, which has to date provided about 12,000 loans in the local currency, tenge, for a total equivalent to US$ 41 million, mostly outside of the largest cities Almaty and Astana.

    Inclusion is already a strong focus for the EBRD, with a new US$ 1 billion programme for projects in the energy and natural resources sectors aiming to support technical education and new jobs for local women and young people.

    Source: EBRD website http://www.ebrd.com/news/2017/ebrd-approves-new-strategy-for-kazakhstan.html

  • 05 Jul 2017 2:30 PM | Julia Tikhomirova (Administrator)

    Export and Import Permits Act
    Serial No. 212
    Date: June 30, 2017

    On June 20, 2017 the Government of Canada finalized the regulatory process to amend the Area Control List (ACL) of the Export and Import Permits Act (EIPA). This amendment formally removes Belarus from the ACL, a list of countries to which the Governor in Council deems it necessary to control the export or transfer of any goods and technology.

    Exports of uncontrolled goods and technology (i.e. items that are not listed on Canada's Export Control List – ECL) no longer require an export permit issued under the authority of the EIPA in order to lawfully export those items to Belarus.

    For those items that are listed on Canada’s ECL, export permits are required in accordance with the regular export controls process.  More information on this process can be found in the Export Controls Handbook available at Export and Import Controls.

    This Notice also replaces Notice to Exporters No. 197 “Exports of items listed on the Export Control List to Belarus”.

    The full text of this regulation and its Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement will be available in the July 12, 2017 edition of the Canada Gazette, Part II.

    Contact Information:

    Export Controls Division (TIE)
    Global Affairs Canada 
    125 Sussex Drive
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1A 0G2
    Tel: 343-203-4331
    Fax: 613-996-9933
    E-mail: [email protected]

    Source: Global Affairs Canada  

  • 29 Jun 2017 9:50 AM | Julia Tikhomirova (Administrator)

            

          

    On June 22nd – 23rd, the Second Meeting of the “Kazakhstan ‒ Canada Business Council” (KCBC) took place in Astana, Kazakhstan, under the sign of two outstanding anniversary dates: the 150th birthday of  Canada and  25th  anniversary  of  the  establishment  of  diplomatic  relations  between Kazakhstan and Canada. The event was co-organized by the  Canada  Eurasia  Russia  Business  Association  (CERBA) and Kazakhstan’s  Chamber  for International Commerce (KazCIC) on the sidelines of the International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017 “Future Energy” , under the auspices of the two KCBC Co-Chairs – Timothy S. Gitzel of Cameco Corporation and Askar Zhumagaliev of NAC Kazatomprom.

    More than 160 participants  from  business,  government and non-profit sectors attended the event. The federal Government of Canada was represented by Mr. Fred Gorrell, Assistant Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the Government of Kazakhstan was represented by Mr. Yerlan Khairov, Vice-Minister for  Investments  and Development  of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Both  speakers  highlighted  the  importance  of  the  KCBC’s  goal  to  develop  relationships  between Canadian  and  Kazakhstan’s  businesses,  so  that  the  companies  can  find  ways  to  strengthen  co-operation and bilateral trade between the two countries.

    The KCBC Meeting was also attended by Mr. Steven Bonk, member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, who shared his positive experience about doing business with Kazakhstan in the area of livestock breeding and farm management.   

    Representatives  from  Kazakhstan’s  Ministry  of  National  Economy,  the  Astana  International Financial Center Authority, the International Finance Corporation, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Investors’ Council Association, National Company “Kazakh Invest”, Centre for Strategic Initiatives and others shared their views on the prospects for Kazakhstan’s economic development, the integration of the country into the global economy, measures taken by the Government of Kazakhstan to improve the investment  climate  in  the  country,  opportunities  for  Canadian  partners  to  participate  in  the infrastructural programs, including creation of the International Financial Center in Astana on the platform of EXPO-2017 and other projects.

    Along with the plenary session, the KCBC members participated in the six Working Groups and discussed a wide range of cooperation issues in the following areas: mining & natural  resources; agriculture  &  agri-food;  oil  &  gas;  transportation  &  aerospace;  construction  &  infrastructure; finance & banking.  

    At  the  pavilion  “The  World  of  Nuclear  Energy”  arranged  within  the  framework  of  the  “Astana EXPO-2017”, the KCBC Co-Chairs ‒ CEO of NAC Kazatomprom, Mr. Askar Zhumagaliyev and CEO  of  Cameco  Corporation,  Mr.  Tim  Gitzel  signed  a  Memorandum  on  Digitalization  of Production.  The  document  determines  the  opportunities  for  cooperation  in  implementing  in Kazatomprom  the  tasks  outlined  in  the  Address  of  the  President  of  Kazakhstan  Nursultan Nazarbayev  “Third  Modernization  of  Kazakhstan:  Global  Competitiveness”  and  within  the framework of the state program “Digital Kazakhstan”. Both parties intend to cooperate in the area of automation,  digitalization  and  robotics  at  joint  ventures,  in  particular,  to  develop  projects  for BigData, IIoT, additive technologies, 3D modeling and cloud technologies.

    The KCBC executive committee tentatively agreed to organize the next meeting of the Kazakhstan ‒ Canada Business Council in Canada in the spring of 2018.  

  • 12 Jun 2017 11:49 AM | Julia Tikhomirova (Administrator)

    ASTANA EXPO-2017

    President Nazarbayev opens Astana EXPO-2017 World Fair

    Akroda.kz, 9 June 2017

    Speaking at the ceremony, the Head of the State congratulated everyone on the opening of EXPO-2017 international specialized exhibition in Astana.

              

    The President of Kazakhstan has noted that Kazakhstan is the first CIS and Eastern European country to hold an exhibition of EXPO with participation of 115 states and 22 international organizations. "I would like to express my gratitude to all countries for accepting our application and the proposed theme. The exhibition on this scale is not only the efforts of one state; it is the work of the international community, representing its achievements here. The international exhibition of EXPO in Astana is a new peak in the promotion of our country and national brand "Kazakhstan" in the global space. Declaring theme "Future Energy", we intend to be in the very core of scientific progress", Nursultan Nazarbayev said. The Head of the State underlined that for a century and a half since the first world exhibition in London, humanity had experienced tremendous technological changes, and today it is on the threshold of new discoveries in the field of effective and safe energy. The President of Kazakhstan expressed his confidence that EXPO-2017 will make its unique contribution to this global process.

    "Planned activities with participation of masterminds of modern times will specify new ways of human development. Millions of Kazakhstanis and hundreds of thousands of guests from all corners of the world will get acquainted with the outstanding achievements of world scientific and engineering thought. The EXPO program includes 6 thousand different events. They will promote the development of mutual understanding between countries, productive interaction between science, business and society, as well as acquaintance with Kazakhstan’s culture. We also invite to visit other parts of our country to get acquainted with the unique nature and historical heritage", Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

    The Head of the State paid special attention to the urgency of EXPO-2017 theme for our country, underscoring the importance of environmentally balanced and sustainable development of the world as well. "Kazakhstan, despite its huge hydrocarbon reserves, will actively switch to renewable energy sources. This goal is set in our Strategy-2050 and the Concept of changing for a "green economy". By 2050, Kazakhstan can produce half of the total electricity through renewable sources. At the same time, the economy’s energy intensity will be reduced", the President of Kazakhstan said.

    In addition, Nursultan Nazarbayev spoke about the designation of objects and international pavilions of Astana EXPO-2017 exhibition complex. "Attention of all visitors will be presented to the main object - "Nur Alem" Sphere, personifying the planet. Each level is devoted to a certain type of energy. Our National Pavilion is at the base of the sphere. It includes the Zone of Acquaintance with Kazakhstan and the Zone of Creative Energy, where the best projects of Kazakhstan’s scientists are displayed. At the Expo there are over 130 expositions of countries and international organizations. In two thematic pavilions, the evolution of energy, its problems in the 21st century and technological breakthroughs in this sphere will be shown", the Head of State said.

    The President of Kazakhstan dwelled on the exhibition’s business program, within the framework of which a number of major international events are scheduled, such as the Astana Economic Forum, the Council of Foreign Investors and the Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

    The Head of the State expressed his confidence that the exhibition would give a new significant impetus to international cooperation and contribute to the development of science and modernization of the country's economy.

    Nursultan Nazarbayev also spoke about the further use of EXPO-2017 infrastructure after the completion of its work. "The International Financial Center Astana will launch its activities here. The International Center for Development of Green Technologies and Investments will be established. The International Technology Park of IT start-ups will open. Thus, the EXPO’s "pulse of innovation" will keep on beating for the benefit of the country, the region and the world", the President of Kazakhstan said.

    At the end of the speech, the Head of the State expressed his gratitude to all the participants in the process of preparing the EXPO-2017, and also thanked all citizens of Kazakhstan for their sincere support and assistance in implementing the idea of the exhibition. "I express special gratitude to our high guests - the heads of state and government, who found an opportunity to personally attend the opening ceremony of EXPO-2017 in Astana, Nursultan Nazarbayev concluded.

    With World Expo 2017, Kazakhstan Takes Another Step Onto the Global Stage

    Forbes.com, 09.06.2017

    This weekend's launch of Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan is this former Soviet state’s big moment. Kazakhstan is cementing its role on the world stage and out of Russia's shadow. "Due to their presence in the global market, they are certainly the most-followed country within the ‘Stans’ region," says Dmitry Gladkov, global head of financing at Renaissance Capital, a Moscow-based investment bank.

    For much of its modern day existence, Kazakhstan was a frontier of the Russian Empire, and then a Soviet republic, controlled from afar, with nothing going for it but a lot of land. With generally untapped natural resources and whole ethnic groups exiled there, Kazakhstan struggled to develop. Despite its impressive land mass, there are more people living in Shanghai than in all of KZ, as it is known abroad. Over the last decade, this mostly Muslim Central Asian nation has had some spotlights shone on it, but none quite like this one.

    Within the former Soviet Central Asia, KZ is the "Best of Show" in terms of forward-thinking, investment friendly, emerging market economics. Their three-months long Expo 2017 (part of the World’s Fair system) gives the Kazakh government a chance to highlight its development-friendly agenda and the advances they've made since leaving Moscow's control. “Kazakhstan’s government is focusing its efforts on transforming the country into a knowledge-based diversified economy driven by the private sector,” says Baljeet Grewal, director for strategy and portfolio investments at Samruk Kazyna, the country’s $67.4 billion sovereign wealth fund. “We hope the Expo will be a turning point for Kazakhstan, which will allow the country to push for the development of the IT, renewable energy and tourism industries."

    Some 115 countries and representatives from companies worldwide will be in attendance, including the United States, Brazil, Russia, India and China, which considers Kazakhstan an important cornerstone of Beijing’s new Silk Road. Roughly three million visitors are expected, for the equivalent of one million per month in Astana, KZ’s capital and home to the exposition. Astana's population is around one million. "The 'future energy' theme could very easily fall into the category of natural resources and oil in the traditional sense, but the way we are talking about this here from a U.S. point-of-view is that you need to rely more on ingenuity and innovation rather than natural resources and Kazakhstan is really open to that," says Dr. Joshua Walker, CEO of USA Pavillion, the non-profit based in Washington DC that was created to build the Epcot-like American exposition at Astana. Walker was a former senior advisor to Hillary Clinton and John Kerry in the U.S. State Department. "For the U.S., KZ is the most important country in Central Asia, bar none," he says, after listing the firm's sponsors, mostly energy giants like AES, ExxonMobil and Chevron. "These expos are a great place for a country to tell their story. It's all about raising the host country's profile and right now, on the cusp of this event, the city is frenetic. Lots of energy right here, right now," he says during a phone interview from Astana.

    Kazakhstan jumps 15 spots on IMD World Competitiveness ranking

    Astana Times, 7 June 2017

    Kazakhstan climbed from 47th to 32th place in the IMD World Competitiveness ranking, evaluating business efficiency, public finance and domestic economy. The new ranking shows Kazakhstan surpassing states such as Spain, Saudi Arabia, Poland, Portugal, Italy, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. “Kazakhstan has demonstrated the greatest progress on public finances and domestic economy indicators. The public finances indicator jumped from 51st place to 4th, the domestic economy improved from 51st to 40th place. The country also significantly increased in the business efficiency category in all positions,” said Alexander Zemlyanichenko, expert of RBK Russian media company. Kazakhstan improved its positions for the year, rising 15 spots with an index of 76 points out of 100. Thirty-second place also was achieved by Kazakhstan in 2014 as reported the IMD World Competitiveness ranking 2014 yearbook, according to www.imd.org.

    The World Competitiveness ranking evaluates 63 countries. This year Cyprus and Saudi Arabia were evaluated for the first time, according to the IMD Swiss business school’s annual research.

    Hong Kong took first place in the ranking for the second year in a row. Switzerland and Singapore are in second and third place. The U.S. fell from third to fourth position, receiving the worst result in the last five years. The Netherlands rose in the latest ranking to fifth place from the eighth. The IMD World Competitiveness Centre has also published a separate report ranking countries’ digital competitiveness for the first time this year. Kazakhstan took 38th place, improving from 43th place last year. The new Digital Competitiveness Ranking introduces several new criteria to measure countries’ ability to adopt and explore digital technologies leading to transformation in government practices, business models and society.

    The World Competitiveness ranking determines how countries, regions and companies manage their competencies to achieve long-term growth, generate jobs and increase welfare. The ranking assesses competitiveness using 20 indicators, divided into four categories. There are economic indicators, infrastructure, government and business efficiency categories. The indexes consist of 323 variables, such as the contribution to world GDP, gasoline prices, tax rates and the state policy transparency.

    The IMD World Competitiveness Centre has been a pioneer in the field of the competitiveness of nations and the World Economy Ranking. The IMD Centre has published the rankings every year since 1989.

    Source: Embassy of Kazakhstan to Canada Weekly News Review, June 1-10, 2017, Issue No. 222

  • 05 Jun 2017 3:53 PM | Julia Tikhomirova (Administrator)

    Saint Petersburg, Russia (June 1, 2017) -  On June 2, 2017, the CEO of Roscongress Foundation, Mr. Stuglev, and the Chairman of the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA), Mr. Naumovski, signed a cooperation agreement at an official ceremony at the SPIEF Press Centre, Pavilion H, Hall H2 at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. The ceremony  marked an important milestone for the cooperation between the two organizations. By formalizing this agreement, CERBA is thrilled to get an opportunity to develop stronger ties with the largest operator of conferences and exhibitions in Russia and exchange information, organize joint conferences, trade missions and other activities with the aim of developing trade and investment between Canada and Russia. CERBA members are participating in SPIEF 2017 and several Canadian companies have already expressed interest in joining the delegation to the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 6-7, 2017.

    “Canadian companies active in the Russian market have been participating in the fora organized by Roscongress for many years.  Formalizing the Rosscongress – CERBA partnership sets the stage for greater Canadian participation and even deeper commercial ties in the future.  This more structured approach to involving the Canadian business community in the events organized by Roscosngress will improve the attention on Russian business opportunities for Canadian companies. Agreements like this enhance and support trade, investment and  good relations between Canada and Russia,” says Lou Naumovski, CERBA National Chairman.

          

    About Roscongress

    The Roscongress Foundation was founded in 2007 with the aim of helping to develop Russia's economic potential and strengthen the country's image by organizing congresses and exhibitions with an economic and social focus. The Foundation develops the substantive content for these events, and provides companies with advice, information, and expert guidance, as well as offering comprehensive evaluation, analysis, and coverage of the Russian and global economic agenda. Today, its annual agenda includes events held in locations ranging from Montevideo to Vladivostok, which bring together global business leaders, experts, the media, and government officials to create favourable conditions for dialogue and the promotion of new ideas and projects, and to assist in the creation of social enterprises and charity projects. http://roscongress.org/en

    About CERBA

    The Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA) was founded in 2004 with a mandate to enhance and support trade, investment and good relations between the countries of Canada and Eurasia. CERBA is a unique not-for-profit organization having a network of over 140 corporations. To meet the dynamic needs of its growing membership it has established seven chapters located in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, Moscow and Almaty. In addition CERBA is developing representation in Winnipeg and Tatarstan. As an association, CERBA provides an extensive network of contacts in the private and public sectors with frequent events, informative seminars on pertinent topics in the Eurasian market, a bi-annual business summit, a printed Newsletter, committees of the Canada-Russia Business Council (CRBC) and Kazakhstan-Canada Business Council (KCBC), and annual trade missions. Additionally, CERBA provides market intelligence, advocates with the Canadian and Eurasian government on key issues, and manages active sector-based committees to promote partnership between CERBA members and their counterparts in Eurasia. www.cerbanet.org

  • 24 May 2017 3:47 PM | Alex Grichine (Administrator)

    Dear CERBA Members,

    Please be advised that at the time of the confederations Cup foreign citizens arriving to Russia will have to register with Federal Migration Service within one day.

    In accordance with presidential decree No. 202 dated May 9, 2017, in the period from 1 June to 12 July 2017 at the time of the Confederations Cup in Moscow, St.-Petersburg, Kazan, and Sochi, the timeframe for registration of foreign citizens with Federal Migration Service will temporarily be reduced to one day. Registration at the place of stay must be completed either by the receiving party or directly by the foreign citizen.

    This measure is temporary and applies to all categories of foreign nationals without exception (including highly qualified specialists). Companies and foreign citizens, who violated the rules of migration registration, may be brought to administrative responsibility, followed by deportation outside the Russian Federation.


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