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Ukraine and Kazakhstan to set up JV for uranium mining 0

Posted on September 26, 2016 by KazCham

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Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry, the Kazakh Energy Ministry and Kazakhstan’s National Nuclear Company Kazatomprom have agreed to establish a joint venture (JV) for uranium mining in both countries, according to Ukrainian Energy Minister Ihor Nasalyk, who commented on the results of his mid-August visit to Kazakhstan.

The Ukrainian minister said that Kazakhstan is ready to buy about 750 tonnes of ion-exchange resin from the Nuclear Fuel state enterprise, stating that “Kazakhstan has the best desalination technology in uranium mining. We’ve agreed that they will create a joint venture and begin to work on our deposits.”

He also said that the cost of uranium ore in Kazakhstan is $30 per tonne, while Ukraine buys 1,500 tonnes per year at $120 per tonne. According to Nasalyk, Kazakhstan also invited Ukraine to participate in the construction of a plant for the production of fuel assemblies for nuclear power plants, which would become an alternative to Russia’s TVEL.

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Kazakhstan and China to build production facilities worth $26 billion 0

Posted on September 20, 2016 by KazCham

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On 5 September, the Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev attended a briefing on the results of his visit to China, where he took part in the G20 summit in Hangzhou. There, he stated that the two countries have made agreements regarding both the exportation of Kazakh food to China and the construction of joint production facilities.

For the first time ever, Astana and Beijing have agreed that Kazakh flour, grain, beans, oil-bearing crops, meat and poultry will be exported to China.

“The list includes 51 facilities, two of which have already been constructed. The construction of four facilities worth a total of $2.5 billion will be completed this year. During five years it is planned to build enterprises for a total of $26 billion,” said Nazarbayev.

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Full steam ahead for academy’s first graduates 0

Posted on September 17, 2016 by KazCham


The inaugural graduation ceremony at the Kazakhstan Maritime Academy in Almaty launched the professional seafaring careers of 15 cadets.

The cohort is the first to complete the four-year Bachelor of Science degree course at the academy, which opened with support from Chevron in 2012. Some of the graduating cadets gained practical experience during internships with Chevron Shipping Company (CSC).

The academy was established to support increasing offshore oil and gas developments and generate employment opportunities outside of the traditional oil and gas sector. It was founded by Chevron’s Kazakhstan joint venture Tengizchevroil (TCO) under the auspices of the Kazakh-British Technical University, and partnered with Netherlands-based international maritime educational conglomerate STC-Group.

In addition to formal education, cadets must complete a prescribed amount of sea time in order to become licensed professional mariners. CSC provided technical expertise and internship opportunities on its state-of-the-art vessels.

The academy features the most advanced integrated navigation and engineering simulation equipment, similar to that used by CSC to train and develop mariners across our global operations. Students complete a comprehensive and stimulating academic program, delivered in English.

Araylym Bekova, marine engineering graduate (pictured below center), said: “It’s a big responsibility to be the first graduates of the Kazakhstan Maritime Academy. At the same time, it’s an honor to represent Kazakhstan in the international fleet. I’d like to express my gratitude to all teachers, project managers and sponsors for believing in us, motivating us and making our first class a success.”

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FM Idrissov Presents Diplomas to Winners of ‘Kazakhstan through the Eyes of Foreign Media’ Contest 0

Posted on September 15, 2016 by KazCham

Astana Times

The Kazakh Foreign Ministry hosted a ceremony Sept. 6 to award the winners of the third annual “Kazakhstan through the Eyes of Foreign Media” contest organized by the Ministry and the Club of Chief Editors of Kazakhstan.

The winners represent France, Jordan, Russia, Turkey and the United States. As a prize, they received a trip to Kazakhstan in September, including visits to Astana, Almaty and the Borovoye resort area, as well as an extensive cultural programme.

“The media as a ‘fourth’ estate of power performs vital educational and ideological work, forms the informational space and has a huge impact on public opinion,” said Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov in welcoming the winners.

He also briefed the guests on the nation’s initiatives in various fields, in particular, nuclear non-proliferation and the fight against terrorism and extremism.

Guests representing the diplomatic corps as well as the sponsors of the contest attended the event.

American Douglas Burton, who writes for “The Washington Times,” won for his article “Kazakh Studying Abroad in Ambitious ‘Future’ Programme Aims to Lift Former Soviet Republic.” In it, he told the story of a Bolashak Presidential Scholarship Programme student, Shalkar Nursetov, who studied at George Washington University to pursue a Master’s degree in media and public affairs.

This year, the contest attracted 60 entries from 29 countries. The victors will tour the same areas visited by last year’s prize-winning journalists from Argentina, Egypt, Indonesia, Poland and Uzbekistan.

Idrissov noted the raising quality of the applications this year and continued growing interest in Kazakhstan’s dynamic development and upcoming major events, such as EXPO 2017 and the Winter Universiade in Almaty next year.

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Kazakhstan gives strong impetus to development of green energy worldwide – Greenpeace 0

Posted on September 14, 2016 by KazCham


Kazakhstan gives a strong impetus to the development of green energy around the world, Tobias Munchmeyer, an expert of Berlin-based Greenpeace international organization, says.

“Our organization welcomes the initiative of Kazakh President who invited G20 member states to join the EXPO 2017 by holding several events in Astana. The theme of the oncoming exhibition is “the energy of  Future”, i.e. development of alternative, eco-friendly energy sources. We can see now that Astana is keen on promotion of green energy development and contribute to environmental conservation around the world,” said Tobias Munchmeyer in an interview with Kazinform.

Greenpeace is looking forward to the EXPO 2017, he added.

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev participated in the Summit of G20 Leaders in Hangzhou during which he announced his vision of solution of the global economic problems. Nazarbayev invited all the countries to participate in EXPO 2017 and suggested holding a number of G20-backed events in Astana as part of the international exhibition.

“Kazakhstan actively contributes to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreements and green economy principles. Astana EXPO 2017 will also contribute to this process,” he said.

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Nazarbayev Suggests Unified Effort in Global Development at G20 Summit 0

Posted on September 12, 2016 by KazCham

Astana Times

It has been eight years since the 2008 global financial crisis made the G20 a “summit-level” primary platform for global economic governance. The most urgent task facing the current G20 Summit is to promote the steady recovery and growth of the world economy and guard against new financial risks.

As a major country, China needs to promote the reform and reshaping of the international economic system and the world order, thus joining hands with other countries to shape the prospects for the international economy with stable, strong and sustainable development.

In speaking at the summit, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev noted the G20 meeting is being held in a complicated time.

“The rates of global economic growth, trade and capital flows are decreasing. It affects the welfare of millions of people. The formation of new transcontinental trade and investment associations may lead to a decrease of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) role and fragmentation of the world economy. These processes may become a start for a new stage of a war in the international markets,” he said.

Nazarbayev stressed the way of global development depends largely on the united actions of the entire world community. In his view, the leading role in international economy and finance regulation should be played by a single global organisation.

“Such kind of structure can be created through the transformation of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) into the Global Development Council, which should serve as a global economic regulator,” he said. The head of state presented the proposal at the 70th jubilee session of the UN General Assembly in New York last September.

Nazarbayev noted the current coordination of monetary and fiscal policies, as well as structural reforms are important. It is not sufficient, however, to ensure stability in the long term. He suggested developing more substantive proposals to stabilise exchange rates around the world, including the developing countries.

The President suggested a new industrial revolution, digital economy and innovation.

“I fully support this approach. Implementation of this task is only possible on the principles of inclusiveness. We need to determine the midpoint of the dialogue between the G20 and the developing countries. As an alternative, I suggest considering the Kazakh communication platform G-Global, which is open to all participants. This platform brings together more than 30,000 experts from 140 countries,” he said.

Nazarbayev added Kazakhstan actively supports implementing the UN’s sustainable development goals, the Paris agreements and the principles of green economy. In this regard, he invited the participants to take part in the upcoming international exhibition EXPO 2017 in Astana, which will be held under the slogan Future Energy.

The President concluded by noting Kazakhstan’s vision of the world’s most pressing issues was presented in the Manifesto “The World. The 21st Century.” He expressed hope for support in implementing its ideas and formation of a world free from nuclear weapons.

Nazarbayev held a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit, including with United States President Barack Obama, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Nazarbayev also met with Chinese business magnate and philanthropist Jack Ma, the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a family of successful Internet-based businesses. They discussed cooperation issues with the company and the prospects of expanding its activities in Kazakhstan, including realisation of joint projects in the field of electronic commerce and payment systems integration.

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Kell Brook vs Gennady Golovkin: Why it’s business time for the Kazakhstan boxer who doesn’t have to fight the pain 0

Posted on September 10, 2016 by KazCham


Gennady Golovkin was only a few hours off the plane from Los Angeles to London when he was asked: “When was the last time you were in trouble in the ring?”

The reply came with a gentle grin: “I don’t know. I forgot. It was a long time ago.”

Twenty two successive knockouts back up the claim, which is made by the fearsome Kazakhstan boxing superstar without any swagger or bravado. There have been 32 KO’s in total in the 34-year-old’s professional career.  He hasn’t been taken the distance in a contest since 2008.

Now he is bringing his devastating combination of style, discipline and ferocity to London after regularly selling out Madison Square Garden in New York and the most prestigious venues of Los Angeles.

It promises to be yet another glittering night of boxing by the Thames when Golovkin defends his WBC and IBF world middleweight title against Sheffield’s Kell Brook at the O2.

This is the sparkling venue which has been made into a home-from-home by Britain’s newest boxing icon, the IBF world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua.

Brook, the IBF welterweight champion, is stepping up two weight divisions in a challenge most of the global fight cognoscenti view as a courageous but unfathomable attempt to beat the scales and huge odds.

This, at first, appeared to make the fight one to captivate the hard-core boxing specialist fans rather than whooping big-night-out followers who have made Joshua’s nights by the river into big social occasions.

But promoter Eddie Hearn – who is staging this date and runs Joshua’s career – insisted:

“I think this is captivating the casuals as well the specialists.

“I thought it would just be the hard-core boxing fans. But this has the same profile as an

Anthony Joshua fight – and also has also has the seasoned followers.

“The casuals say – I can’t miss an Anthony Joshua fight.

Here you have them saying, ‘wow, its Triple G. ‘I’m not missing it’.”

Golovkin is ranked third in The Ring magazine’s list of the world’s best pound-for pound fighters, although many insist he is the top man and the natural inheritor of that catch-all “title,” last borne by Floyd Mayweather junior.

Is Golovkin the complete fighter, as another questioner asked after his arrival in London on Sunday evening?

“I’m not 100 per cent,” he grinned, gently again. “Just a little bit off it.”

“But I don’t feel this pound-for-pound thing. Mayweather, I respect him, he was a great boxer but I didn’t like his style. I am a little bit different.”

By that he means he is far more hungry and attack-minded than the famously brilliant defensive stylist Mayweather, although Golovkin’s chin is notably durable and he underlies his own power with a superb ability to take a shot.

The hurtful and relentless level at which he makes all of this known in the ring is at complete odds with his softly-spoken, amiable style out of it.

It has also made it difficult for him to secure opponents because there is such wariness of his abilities and negotiations to fight British middleweight champion Chris Eubank junior on this date broke down.

Brook, 30, stepped straight in, even though he is climbing is two divisions in the same way that Amir Khan did to meet Mexican WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo,” Alvarez last May – boldly but unsuccessfully.

There is lot of controversy in the USA about Canelo’s apparent unwillingness to meet Golovkin. Meanwhile, the Kazakhstan fighter says: “Big respect to Kell Brook for taking the challenge.”

Here is what will be waiting for the Sheffield fighter, however.

“I become a different guy in a fight,” Golovkin added. ”I don’t know how I switch. But I understand my job, I understand the situation and I understand my business.

“When it is time for fighting, it is my work time. So I am there 100 per cent focused on my opponent. I know what I have to do to do my job.

“I feel  something happening when I get hit but I don’t feel any power in it.

“It’s like a game for me. I might leave myself open and say ‘come on, come on’. But that’s not because I’m crazy and I want to get punched in the face.

“It’s just that I just feel comfortable and that this is my time.

“I am 34 but I have a way to go. I am not at my peak yet.”

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Kazakhstan Says Expo 2017 Buildings Nearly Ready 0

Posted on September 10, 2016 by KazCham

World Expo News

Construction of the venues for the 2017 Universal Exposition in Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital, is in the final phase, the chairman of the board at NC Astana EXPO-2017 JSC said Tuesday.

“The international pavilions are nearly complete. In October we will hand over the exposition to the participants, who have begun to contact us seeking approval of their projects,” Akhmetzhan Yessimov said.

“We now have 98 participating countries in the exhibition. That in addition to 18 international organizations. In June of this year we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Tourism Organization” to cooperate in planning and promoting the event, the former mayor of Almaty said.
Tour packages for the expo will be priced in the range of 100-330 euros ($112-$337), NC Astana EXPO-2017 JSC tourism and promotion director Allen Chayzhunusov said Tuesday during a meeting with the Astana Public Council.
“For example, a tour for 20 people for three days: the economy package will cost 40,000 tenge (100 euros), the standard package will have a price of 59,000 tenge (155 euros) and the premium package will start from 125,000 tenge (330 euros),” Chayzhunusov said.

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World Nomad Games marks the end 0

Posted on September 09, 2016 by KazCham


You’ve probably never heard of the World Nomad Games, and you’re going to be upset that you’re just now finding out about them.

This year’s games, which kicked off with the opening ceremony on Saturday, take place in Kyrgystan and celebrate the nomadic heritage of the Central Asian nations.

Forty countries are participating, not all of which have nomadic history — but who could pass up the opportunity to take part in something as awesome as this?

One such country is actually the U.S., which brought a surprisingly large group to participate.

Enjoy awesome images from Kazakhstan-USA competition on Kok Boru here.

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17-years old student from Satpayev visited the Google office among the other 27 winners of the GCI-15 contest 0

Posted on July 25, 2016 by KazCham

Tengri News

17-years old Imran Tartiev from Satpayev visited the main office of the Google Inc. in California, U.S.

A few months ago Imran won IT contest organized by Google. He took part in the Google Code-in 15 contest for the pre-university students ages 13 to 17. He modified the software for a number of applications, and was among the 28 winners. It was the first time when participant from Kazakhstan was among the winners of the GCI-15.

11th grade student of the Satpayev’s gymnasium named after Saken Seifullin had a trip to California in late June. Trip pictures are available at his Instagram account.

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