Delegation from Kazakhstan participated in PDAC-2017
A delegation from Kazakhstan headed by Mr. Timur Toktabayev, Vice-Minister of Investments and Development visited Toronto and Ottawa on March 6-10, 2017. Among the delegates were Director of the Subsoil Use Department Mr. Ruslan Baimishev, deputy CEO of KazGeology National Company Mr. Eldar Tagash and others. In Toronto, the delegation participated in the annual Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange, which includes over 900 exhibitors and 22,000 attendees from 125 countries.
As in previous year, a national booth of Kazakhstan was organized in order to provide the visitors and guests with the latest information on the country’s mining sector and its potential, reforms in the area of subsoil use and mining industry. On the margins of the Convention, the delegates held a series of meetings, including with Mr. Al MacDonald, Mayor of North Bay and Mr. George Burton, president of Invest North Bay Development Corporation, representatives of Quebec’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Ontario’s Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Laurentian University, and many companies, including Cameco Corporation, RioTinto, Kinross Gold Corp., GeoTech, Phoenix Geophysics and others. The delegation also participated in the Eurasia Mining Conference organized by the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA), which takes the role of a secretariat of a Kazakhstan – Canada Business Council (KCBC). One of the main topics of the KCBC Mining and Natural Resources Working Group was discussion of the current preparations to the Kazakhstan – Canada Business Council’s 2nd meeting that will be organized in Astana in June on the margins of EXPO-2017.
In Ottawa, Kazakhstan’s delegates met with Ms. Stefania Trombetti, Director General, Policy and Economics Branch, Lands and Minerals Sector, Natural Resources Canada and held the detailed exchange of information with Canadian colleagues regarding Canada’s regulatory environment for mining, tax incentives for exploration, and research & development and other issues.
In general, the visit of Kazakhstan’s delegation to Canada allowed to establish new business connections and expand the existing partnerships, as well as to introduce the Canadian and international business community with the main aspects of Kazakhstan’s new Subsoil Code, which is currently being developed in accordance with the Third Modernization Program aimed at ensuring the global competitiveness of the country.
Government to launch additional 410 agricultural cooperatives to assist small farms
Astana Times, 13 March 2017
Four-hundred-and-ten agricultural cooperatives will be established in 2017 to support small and medium-sized farms. The cooperatives will help farms buy equipment, store and transport products, provide veterinary services, organize the supply of fodder and agrochemical products and help with lending. Vice Minister of Agriculture of Kazakhstan Kairat Aituganov said the program was launched last year and 157 cooperatives are already cooperating with 15,000 farms. The cooperatives created more than 100 milk collecting centres and 7,000 forage bases. In general, the indicative plans are executed in all regions, according to Kazinform.
Aituganov reported that as of March 9, all tasks have been achieved in all regions of the country. The Ministry of Agriculture developed approaches to involve small and medium-sized farms in agricultural cooperation under the State Program for the Development of the Agricultural and Industrial Complex for 2017-2021, an initiative of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The vice minister reported that financing of the cooperatives by the fund of financial support became the top priority of the fund. He emphasized that the initial payment is made at the expense of investment subsidies. The fund implemented new directions of subsidizing farmers: milk production cheapening, fattening of bulls and lambs, cheapening of the cost of equipment and machinery up to 50 percent and subsidies to cooperatives for reimbursement of VAT. Tripartite plans have been concluded between the ministries of agriculture, labour and social protection of the population and city and regional administrations. A single call centre for consultations on cooperation and a website have been created. A group of experts has been trained on the basis of Atameken scientific and production enterprise to implement the new program. Special information materials, including booklets and videos for training in the regions are used as well.
According to the vice minister, training seminars were organised in all 165 districts and cities of the state from Feb. 1 to 22 this year. As of March 9, 75 farms have purchased equipment using the state program. The ministry plans to allocate 50 billion tenge ($157.9 million) this year to support small and medium-sized farms.
Industry experts optimistic about introduction of autonomous vehicles in Kazakhstan
Astana Times, 13 March 2017
Iveco representative in Kazakhstan Lorenzo Bernardeli said he was optimistic about the future of autonomous vehicles in Kazakhstan during an international forum in Astana, according to the press services of Agromashholding and SaryarkaAvtoProm. Its partner in Kazakhstan will most likely be the AllurGroup assembly plant in Kostanai. “During the forum, the representative of Iveco, Lorenzo Bernardeli, presented futuristic concepts of the cars with innovative solutions. Iveco is part of the CNH Industrial Corporation and is demonstrating an active introduction of cutting-edge technologies in the commercial technology sector. The speaker noted that the producer adheres to the policy of switching to the unmanned cars and expressed hope that Kazakh colleagues will be able to follow suit,” the press release read. Bernardeli also said the range of Iveco cars manufactured in Kostanai was adapted for Kazakhstan to meet the needs of customers in this market, including climatic conditions and road conditions of the southern and central regions of the country.
“We are seeing a rapid development of production in Kazakhstan and the desire of our innovative partner AllurGroup to test and implement innovations and technologies; we think that models of futuristic cars will be available to the Kazakhstan market in the future,” he said. Kostanai’s plant was the first plant to switch to the full-cycle production of cars and became a springboard for the formation in the country of adjacent production of auto components and spare parts, such as batteries, tires, glasses, electrical engineering, among other technological products while the plant is also developing commercial transport. The production site is working on the localisation of processes and today, in addition to assembling, is carrying out welding and painting of parts in some models of commercial vehicles. Commercial vehicles meet all European standards and regulations of the Euro 5 type of fuel, and they also have a number of improved technical qualities. The share of localisation of technology is some 33 percent and in specialised assemblies is up to 50 percent. With the use of new technologies, it was possible to reduce the operational cost of equipment by 4 percent. To ensure the maximum productivity Iveco has done considerable work to create the best braking system for all types of car parts. These innovative solutions are also applied in models that are being assembled in Kostanai today.